Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case. A first-year example with a stunningly figured birdseye maple neck, this Jazzmaster boasts all original electronics as well as the original nine-hole anodized gold pickguard and Pat. Pending vibrato tailpiece. Fresh back from Riggio Custom Guitars, this Jazzmaster has been refinished in period correct Fiesta Red pure nitro lacquer with subtle lacquer checking and a tasteful light relic treatment. Extremely lightweight for a Jazzmaster at only 7lbs 9oz, this guitar is simply one of the most comfortable, resonant, and elegant Jazzmasters we've ever had in the shop.
There's a very warm and detailed tonal quality to this guitar via the original black bobbin pickup pair, translating the extremely vital, immediate and dynamic acoustic tone with a cutting, clear response, evenly balanced across all strings. The neck pickup reads a 7.49k ohms, while the bridge pickup compliments it well at a particularly robust 8.25k ohms, wound to the furthest edge of the wide/flat black fiber bobbin. The richness and low end content of these pickups rivals any Fender single coil, and the bridge pickup has a rich treble spank and chewy sparkle. Extremely clear and woody, the neck pickup has a bell-like top end with taut, perfectly defined wound strings, while the Rhythm Circuit has a silky, broad woof, thick and sweet without being muddy. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Jazzmaster is dialed in with fresh 11-48 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a classic 1958-59 profile carve, with prominent birdseye maple figuring extending the entire length of the profile and across the headstock. The neck has a slender, fast-feeling C shape at the nut, with substantial shoulder and roundness in the higher registers and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .765" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. Part of the restoration on this Jazzmaster necessitated a new genuine Brazilian rosewood slab fretboard furnished by Portland Fretworks, jet black in color and tight-grained, flawlessly matching the construction and 7 1/4" radius of the original board. The fretboard boasts flawless vintage-spec slender 6230 fretwire, and the nut measures just shy of 1 11/16" in width (1.665"). On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuners are intact, and the headstock face features a new period correct Jazzmaster waterslide decal with no patent #s. The neck heel retains its original 12-59 grease pencil date.
On the body, all of the original electronics function as intended with all original circuitry, and both black bobbin pickups retain their original windings. The majority of the solder joints are untouched (save for what was strictly necessary when the new finish was applied) and the CTS pots in the Lead Circuit both date to late '58. Beneath the bridge pickup shielding plate, the original 11/58 body date has also been retained. The body routes are untouched and original, and all of the stock shielding tubs are present. The guitar features a Mastery M1 bridge, fitted in the original deep bridge thimbles, working in concert with the original Pat. Pending vibrato tailpiece. The vibrato works with an elegance that you simply can't get with any Fender reissue, featuring a taut spring, yet actuating easily for very exact and delicate warbles and dives, jumping back to the correct pitch in a way that few other vibrato units can manage. The original anodized aluminum nine-hole pickguard is intact, freshly regrained and reanodized. All of the original plastic parts are intact including the pickup covers, knobs, and amber switch tip.
The Fiesta Red nitro lacquer gloss finish is an exactingly accurate, vintage-correct shade of this custom color, closely matching the George Fullerton prototype Jazzmaster, yet a hair less saturated with just a touch more coral. The birdseye maple neck had also been finished in red in its past, and remnants of that red are still present primarily on the parameter of the heel. The nitro has been brought down to a smooth satin on the majority of the profile, with a higher gloss amber on the headstock and heel. The neck had also been fitted with larger side dots at one time, subsequently filled and replaced with the correct size. The tasteful relic treatment on the Fiesta Red nitro includes tight horizontal lacquer checking, a few simulated marks of wear, and a sliver of the white primer coat exposed where the forearm crosses the top.
The original tweed "knucklebuster" hardshell case is included. The tweed is deeply ambered and the brown leather ends are mostly intact, save for on the lid, headstock end of the case, which also shows some moisture staining. The original handle is intact, as are all three original latches which still spring open and engage as they should.
A note on shipping: Shipping in the continental USA will be $250, fully insured and shipped via FedEx Two Day Air. Overnight shipping available for an additional fee at buyer's request. We happily ship worldwide.