Up for sale, a 2005 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, boasting the original Ocean Turquoise Metallic finish and upgraded with Curtis Noval pickups and a Mastery M1 bridge (a $500 value). A rare example from the discontinued American Vintage line, the '62 Jazzmaster is an increasingly sought after model, crafted when production totals for Jazzmasters were extremely low compared to Fender's other models at the time.
Via the Curtis Novak pickups, this Jazzmaster has a broad tonal palette, very faithful to vintage spec and detailed in its tonal response. The traditional tonewood platform includes an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, yielding a clear, balanced natural acoustic response. The Novak pickup pair includes a JM-V in the neck position and a JM-Fat at the bridge, crafted with gray fiber bobbins, vintage-correct output, and and cloth-covered leads. The pickups are extremely articulate and dynamic, and each selection on the three-way pickup switch is bold and distinctive. The bridge pickup is wound for a fuller sound with a slightly more tailored midrange, having a nice round character, while the neck position has a clear, bell-like tone, with more low end fullness on tap via the Rhythm Circuit, ideal for articulating darker voicings or thickening up your favorite fuzz pedal. The guitar weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining just a hair more depth as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .899” at the 12th. The particularly dark, tight-grained slab rosewood fretboard features a 7 1/4" vintage radius and slender vintage-style frets that retain their full factory height and are practically perfect. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width. The headstock boasts a Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" Jazzmaster logo, as well as a set of stock Kluson-style chrome tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel and pocket have February, 2005 date stamps.
The upgraded Novak gray bobbin pickups are wired to the original harness, and all of the electronics function as intended. The vibrato has a smooth and responsive feel, properly calibrated for quick dives and warbles. The vibrato works in concert with an upgraded Mastery bridge with its hard chrome-plated brass saddles. This bridge is an ideal upgrade for any Jazzmaster, ensuring ideal stability, resonance, and reliable vibrato response. Plastic parts include the original knobs, cream pickup covers, and pale mint green pickguard which shows some scuffing and a very faint outline on the treble side from a previously removed sticker.
The Ocean Turquoise Metallic gloss nitro lacquer finish shows virtually no aging of the clear coat, staying very true to its factory shade, exhibiting just a few tiny nicks on top, some scuffing and buckle rash just below the belly contour and on the back of the bass-side body horn, and a few additional ancillary marks, mostly relegated to the back. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro finish, brought down from a high gloss to a more satin-feeling semi-gloss.
The original brown tolex Fender-branded G&G hardshell case is included. The case retains its functional latches and clean handle. The original bridge is also included.