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1965 Fender Jazzmaster Vintage Electric Guitar Olympic White w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, featuring a body-only nitro lacquer Olympic White refinish courtesy of Riggio Custom Guitars. A transitional model from the first half of ‘65, this Jazzmaster features a pair of hand-dated gray bobbin pickups, pearloid dot inlay on the unbound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, and an L-prefix neck plate.

Resonant and sonically balanced with an alder body, this Jazzmaster lives up to the promise of a guitar produced in Fender's golden age. Acoustically, the instrument has a lively, authoritative sound that translates well through the original gray bobbin pickup pair. Indicative of Fender’s gray bobbin-era wind, the bridge pickup has ample sparkle and cut with plenty of upper midrange articulation and an underlying sweetness. The neck pickup has a thick woody cut and bark, and the Rhythm Circuit thickens things further with greater bass register breadth and mellowness. This Jazzmaster weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with rolled fretboard edges in every register and a gentle increase in shoulder and overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4“ radius, pearloid dot inlay, and a refret with medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are in fantastic shape, with well-rounded crowns and ample meat, exhibiting just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8“ in width, substituted with a hand-carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original transitional Jazzmaster waterslide decal is fully intact, and the original double line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines function as intended and turn smoothly. On the heel of the neck, the original 4APR65B stamp is present, translating to "4" (Jazzmaster model number), April, 1965.

All of the electronics function as intended, and both original gray bobbin pickups have grease pencil dates on the bobbins dating to May 19, 1965. The harness is all original, and the Stackpole pots in the Lead Circuit date to the 8th and 15th weeks of ‘65. Hardware includes the original L-prefix four-bolt neck plate, bridge, and vibrato tailpiece, complete with the original arm. Plastics comprise a replacement pair of aged Strat-style knobs with lightly greened text, and original pickup covers. The original nitrate tortoise pickguard has a wide edge bevel, with modest shrinkage, still lining up with the all original mounting holes and sitting quite flat.

The nitro lacquer Olympic White refinish was expertly executed by Riggio Custom Guitars, extremely accurate to vintage spec with a yellowed clear coat, horizontal lacquer checking, and a few very restrained simulated marks of wear. The original nitro lacquer finish on the neck profile exhibits natural palm wear through the gloss, predominantly behind frets 2-5, with further palm wear extending to the upper registers on the shoulders. The neck has a silky smooth,  satin-esque feel in the palm, and there’s subtle figuring in the maple too.

The original no-logo black tolex hardshell case is included. The case features clean black leather ends, a trio of functional latches, and the original handle.

***We are dealers for the M1 Mastery bridge which can be installed prior to shipping for an additional charge***