Fender Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1961)

Fender  Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1961)
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Fender Jazzmaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1961), made in Fullerton, California, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.

This beautiful early slab-board Jazzmaster shows a bevy of the classic early 1960s pre-CBS Fender features, including the unbound rosewood fingerboard with "clay" dot inlay, beautifully blended dark 3-color sunburst lacquer finish on the body, and gold "Spaghetti" logo headstock decal. The pickguard is the nitrocellulose tortoiseshell style which was a Fender trademark at the time. This one has a penciled neck date of 5-61, so it was likely sold that summer at the flowering of the Camelot period in the US.

These early '60s Jazzmasters were the top of the Fender line and are exceptionally fine instruments, with a still-unique sound. While they did not catch on with the jazz artists Leo intended them for, this was a radically new and quite successful guitar at the time, seen with many period players in a variety of musical genres. The Jazzmaster has been increasingly popular over the last couple of decades with new generations of performers re-discovering its particular charms. This one has been refretted and newly set up, making it ready for its next 60 years of service, still in its original brown Tolex hardshell case.
 
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.).

Overall this is a very clean guitar, with some light typical wear. The body finish has light checking and small dings and dents, with some larger wear spots to the bottom edge and a belt buckle mark on the back. The sunburst still has a very deep, rich color palette with hardly any fade. The neck finish shows only light wear, and the headstock face and decal are quite clean as well.

The guitar has been refretted with larger wire than the original spec. and fitted with a new nut. The frets can be adjusted to taste; they are currently quite a bit taller and somewhat wider than the original, leaving plenty of room for alteration if desired. The instrument is otherwise all original and complete, down to the trem arm and chrome bridge cover.

This is a really excellent-sounding Jazzmaster, a boon to the player who prefers a more modern fret style as the "refret or not" question is already answered. It includes a very nice original brown case too. Overall Excellent Condition.