Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jazzmaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with an unusually dark and saturated original three-tone Sunburst finish. A well-kept Pre-CBS example produced late in '64, this Jazzmaster is 100% original save for an upgraded carved bone nut, retaining the larger neck profile carve seen on Jazzmasters in '63 and complete with the original hand-dated gray bobbin pickup pair and black tolex no-logo hardshell case. Lightweight and lively at only 8lbs, this Jazzmaster will delight the most discerning collectors and seasoned professionals.
Powerful, resonant, and extremely versatile, this Jazzmaster is everything you'd expect from a guitar produced in Fender's golden age. Acoustically, the guitar has a very authoritative sound that translates well through the two original gray bobbin pickups. This Jazzmaster has a particularly woody sound with a bouncy sparkle and spank in the bridge position and a broad, textured neck position tone with significant breadth. The Rhythm Circuit on the lower body horn has a sound that's thick and sweet with a dry cut that retains clarity, well suited to a heavily overdriven tube amp or sputtery fuzz pedal in need of a bit of thickening. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Jazzmaster with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has one of the most substantial profile carves seen on a Jazzmaster in a brief window from 1963-64, this neck has ample shoulder in every register and quickly gains heft and chunk as you travel up the fretboard, with faintly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort. The profile measures .845" deep at the 1st fret, .900" at the 5th, and a hearty .990" at the 12th. The extremely dark 7 1/4" radius Brazilian rosewood fretboard has some very dynamic stripes in the grain on the treble side beyond the octave, sporting clay dot inlay and original slender fretwire. The frets have been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, showing zero wear, while there is light wear into the rosewood itself on the treble side of the board from frets 1-5, which doesn't affect playability in the slightest. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1.650" wide. On the headstock, the original transitional Jazzmaster waterslide decal is practically perfect, and both the headstock and neck profile show sparingly little ambering of the original clear nitro lacquer gloss. The original single line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines are intact and still function as intended. On the heel of the neck, the original 4SEP63B stamp is very bold, translating to "4" (Jazzmaster model number), September, 1963, and the "paint stick" markings in the neck pocket are saturated and crisp as well.
All of the electronics function as intended, and the pots have just been given a thorough cleaning, turning smoothly and without static. The wiring is immaculate with untouched solder and stock brass shielding tubs. The Stackpole pots further broaden the part code date span on this instrument, sporting codes from the 18th week of '62. The two original gray bobbin pickups have their original windings, dating to 10-13-64 and 10-14-64.
The original deep red tortoise nitrate tortoise pickguard shows sparingly little shrinkage and is positively glossy. The pickup covers and knobs are bright white too, showing virtually no yellowing and a stunning contrast to the guard. All of the hardware has remarkably clean chrome plating, and the original vibrato tailpiece works very smoothly with the stock arm. This elegant design responds instantly to the lightest touch for quick semitone flutters, surfy dives and deeper bends, returning with ease to the original pitch. The neck plate has its original "L" prefix serial number.
The nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and it's an extremely dark "target burst" with thick, deep black edges. There's zero finish fade when comparing the exposed finish and that which has been protected from UV light beneath the pickguard for over half a century. Cosmetic wear is limited to some scattered finish chips on the body parameter, with prominent tight, horizontal lacquer checking and a small spot of targeted buckle rash at the edge of the belly contour. The nitro on the profile shows palm wear through the gloss behind frets 1-7, extending more sporadically until the octave.
The original smooth black tolex no-logo hardshell case is included and extremely clean with black leather ends, functional latches, and the original handle.