Fender Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1962)

Fender  Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1962)
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Fender Jazzmaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Fullerton, California, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.

This late 1962 Jazzmaster shows some general wear but is a lovely instrument loaded with a bevy of classic pre-CBS Fender features. These include the medium-thickness unbound rosewood fingerboard with "clay" dot inlay, beautifully blended 3-color sunburst lacquer finish on the body and gold "Spaghetti" logo headstock decal. The pickguard is the lighter nitrocellulose tortoiseshell style nicknamed the "pepperoni" pattern which was a Fender trademark at the time. The standard Jazzmaster wide-coil pickups, rhythm circuit and floating trem are of course all present. The neck has some nice flame figure to the maple, not often seen on these.

The ink-stamped date on the neck heel is September 1962, just over 60 years ago. The electronics are original but there are no easily visible pot dates. The guitar was likely assembled and sold around the end of '62; could it have been under someone's Christmas tree? In this pre-Beatle "Camelot" era the Jazzmaster was the state-of the-art solidbody on the cutting edge of "modern" electric sounds.

Early '60s Jazzmasters are often exceptionally fine instruments. While after spring '62 they ranked below the newly-introduced Jaguar in the Fender line the model still offered a unique feel and sound. While they did not catch on with the jazz artists Leo intended them for this was still an influential and quite successful guitar at the time, seen with many period players across a wide variety of musical genres from surf & instrumental rock to chitlin circuit R&B.

This guitar has evidence of some serious play time but remains largely original and complete inside and out and sounds exactly as it should, with the bright but slightly deeper tone character specific to the Jazzmaster and that famously flexible vibrato system. After a long period in the shadows the Jazzmaster has enjoyed renewed popularity over the last few decades with new generations of performers re-discovering its particular charms. This prime Pre-CBS example has survived in fine playing condition, a lightly natural relic veteran of the '60s with loads of sound still to offer.
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a moderately worn but all original old Jazzmaster, used but never abused. There is a wear to the body overall, heaviest on the back (which has a lot of belt buckling) and edges but not so much on the face, which has a lightly faded sunburst preserving a decent amount of red pigment. The neck lacquer is smoothly worn down with that glorious "played-in Fender" feel. The fingerboard has been neatly refretted with exact correct wire not showing much wear anywhere. The original factory neck shims are still in place.

The headstock is relatively clean and the original decal is completely intact. The pickguard has less shrinkage than many with no cracked or broken corners, just some wear in the standard spot from truss rod adjustment long ago. The hardware is all original; the trem arm is intact only the snap-on bridge cover has gone missing. This is a very nice played-in old Fender, a great feeling genuine relic of a guitar with the character that many modern builders now attempt to artificially replicate. It still rests in the solid original brown Tolex OHSC. Overall Very Good + Condition.