Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A custom color example finished in its original Candy Apple Red nitro lacquer gloss, this Jazzmaster is 100% original save for a new volume potentiometer. Produced in the first quarter of '65, the guitar also has a couple notable Pre-CBS-era holdover features including a mint green nitrate pickguard and L-prefix serial number.
The original gray bobbin pickups deliver equal parts dynamic treble detail and smooth warmth, with the clarity and cut of your favorite Fender single coil, yet providing a tonal breadth that's unique to the Jazzmaster pickup design, with the original pickup windings extending all the way to the very edge of the bobbins. Whether you desire the sinewy snap and sparkle of early surf recordings or the aggressive note attack of your favorite Elvis Costello or Sonic Youth records, it's hard to beat a genuine vintage Jazzmaster. This alder-bodied Fender balances well on a strap and weighs 8lbs 2oz. Professionally setup and dialed in to perfection here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar (where we specialize in Offset Fender guitars), this Jazzmaster features fresh 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck offers a notably slender, fast-feeling C profile carve at the nut with slight shoulders. While the profile carve gains appreciably more depth up the fingerboard, the shape still feels effortless and retains sloping shoulders that further accentuate the feel, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. There is light palm wear through the nitro gloss, primarily behind frets 1-6 and extending further up the treble side shoulder, and the profile is silky smooth, with none of the stickiness sometimes associated with a higher gloss. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which have been leveled and crowned, currently showing only light wear on frets 1-2, extending even more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 5. There is also matching wear into the rosewood on the treble side of the board, mostly between frets 1-4 and not impeding playability in the slightest. The fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, and the nut measures 1.680" in width, just fractionally shy of 1 11/16" (while the "B" designation on the heel would suggest a more slender 1 5/8" width). On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly with clean plating. The matching Candy Apple Red peghead also features the original transitional Jazzmaster logo. The March, 1965 date stamp is clean and bold on the neck heel, and the original "paint stick" markings for the custom color finish are visible in the neck pocket.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, untouched save for a replaced Volume pot, with the code on the Stackpole Tone pot dating to the 8th week of '65. The gray bobbin pickups have their original bright copper windings, cloth leads, and covers. All of the brass shielding tubs are intact, and the original routes are unaltered. The chrome-plated hardware is positively gleaming, and the original vibrato tailpiece works exceptionally well and responds to the lightest touch for quick flutters, surfy warbles and deep dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease and complete with the original arm. The bridge shows some patina on the saddles, complete with the stock bridge cover. Perhaps most importantly, the guitar boasts its original mint green wide bevel pickguard, a feature only seen on custom color Jazzmasters, and one which would disappear with the switch to white guards occurring in the second quarter of '65. The guard does show a tiny bit of the usual shrinkage, especially around the Rhythm Circuit route, yet all screw holes still line up well and the pickups are adjustable without being impeded by the guard.
The Candy Apple Red nitro lacquer gloss is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting faint horizontal lacquer checking and one spot of targeted buckle rash just south of the neck plate. The guitar was at one time fitted with Fender's Parker "Body Guard", and there i some residual evidence of the black rubber gasket of the Body Guard visible on the body parameter, particularly on the lower bout through the color and into the silver primer coat. Wear is otherwise limited to some extremely faint marks in the clear coat of the gloss, and various scuffs and finish scratches on the back.
The original black tolex no-logo hardshell case is included and notably well-kept, retaining its original trio of latches, functional handle, and clean black leather ends.
A note on shipping: Shipping in the continental USA will be $175, fully insured and shipped via FedEx Express. Two-Day and Overnight shipping is available for an additional fee at buyer's request. We happily ship worldwide.