Up for sale, a 2001 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazzmaster in 100% original condition, complete with the original G&G hardshell case and hangtags. A discontinued model produced very early in the model's run when Jazzmaster production totals were notably small, this American Vintage '62 Jazzmaster captures the feel and tonal properties of a Pre-CBS example with a tonewood complement comprising an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, yielding an extremely resonant, detailed, and broad natural acoustic tone.
The American Vintage '62 pickups are constructed with black fiber bobbins and beveled alnico magnets, wound with a bit more midrange push than vintage Jazzmaster pickups, lending these coils a certain presence and a touch more fullness than many other Jazzmaster winds. The bridge pickup has ample sparkle, twang, and percussive cut, while also offering more inherent warmth than any other Fender single coil. Complimenting the bridge position single coil, the neck pickup is rich and nuanced, with more low end oomph on tap via the Rhythm Circuit, ideal for articulating darker chord voicings or thickening up your favorite fuzz pedal. The guitar weighs 8lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar (where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments) with fresh 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender spec with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 1.650" nut width, and full 25 1/2" scale length. The slab rosewood fretboard retains the stock slender fretwire which has its full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, and fainter flattening of the crowns extending to fret 7. The guitar plays well in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The headstock boasts a Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" Jazzmaster logo, with Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel and pocket have numerous factory stamps, with dates between December of 2000 and July of 2001.
Electronically, everything works as it should, with the pickups wired to a three-way pickup selector, Volume and Tone knobs, and the "Rhythm Circuit" with on/off selector and Volume and Tone rollers. The wiring is untouched, and the original CTS pots date to the 24th week of 2000. The vibrato has a smooth and responsive feel, the vibrato arm sits nice and tight in the collet, and the chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean. Even the original bridge cover is intact. Plastics include an extremely dark and glossy red tortoise pickguard, exhibiting some faint pick scuffing, with parchment pickup covers and knobs. The gloss Olympic White nitro lacquer finish has light, uniform yellowing of the clear coat, exhibiting some small dings and scuffs on the back and body perimeter, with an area of light buckle rash in the clear coat of the gloss central to the back. The gloss nitro on the neck profile is smooth and lightly ambered with only a couple small marks on the profile length.
The original brown tolex G&G hardshell case with gold plush interior is included, and while the exterior is a bit rough, the original latches are intact as is the handle. A few hangtags are also included.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 Bridge, OMV-P Offset Vibrato, and Lollar Jazzmaster pickups, any or all of which can be installed prior to shipment for an additional charge***