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2003 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazzmaster Sunburst 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 2003 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazzmaster in 100% original condition, complete with the original G&G hardshell case. A discontinued model, the 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 a clear, balanced acoustic voice.

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 6oz, 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 .930" at the 12th. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender spec with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 1 5/8" nut width, and full 25 1/2" scale. The slab rosewood fretboard retains the stock slender fretwire has its full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, extending more faintly until fret 9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The headstock boasts a Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" Jazzmaster logo, as well as Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel and pocket have numerous factory stamps, with dates from February and April of '03.

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 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. Plastics include the distinctive deep red "meatball" tortoise used on the earliest American Vintage Jazzmasters, along with parchment pickup covers and knobs. The gloss three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer finish exhibits a few finish chips and scuffs on the lower bout body edge, with a few additional finish scratches and nicks on the back and bass-side body horn, and some requisite pick scuffing across the strum path. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear.

The original brown tolex G&G hardshell case with gold plush interior is 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***