Up for sale, a Fender American Vintage '62 Jazzmaster, honestly played and upgraded with a genuine nitrate tortoise pickguard and Mustang bridge. A discontinued model finished in gloss Black, this particular American Vintage '62 Jazzmaster pairs a 2006 neck with a fully loaded body dating to 2005. The guitar 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 12oz, 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 modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a bit more overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .915" 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 been lightly leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime, retaining good meat and showing no wear. The guitar plays well in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock boasts a Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" Jazzmaster logo, with Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. There is a repaired split in-line with the Low E and A tuner posts on the bass-side edge of the headstock, and the repair is perfectly stable.
The electronics function as intended, 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 very 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. The original neck plate isn't present, substituted for a Fender F plate. Plastics include parchment pickup covers and knobs, and a modern genuine nitrate tortoise pickguard.
The gloss Black nitro lacquer finish exhibits finish scratches across the back, one larger finish chip on the top edge of the neck pocket, and a smaller chip on the bass-side edge of the pocket. The smooth ambered nitro lacquer gloss on the neck profile shows only a few shallow marks on the profile length.
A padded Fender gigbag 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***