Fender Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Fender  Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)
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Fender Jazzmaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L59075, Candy Apple Red lacquer re- finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/2 in. (38 mm.).

This very attractive just-CBS era Jazzmaster is a fine example of what we generally call "player grade vintage" meaning a genuine older instrument which har modification or restoration to a notable degree. The guitar is a stock 1965 Jazzmaster that has been heavily re-worked and is possibly made up of parts from a couple of different original instruments, but retains its full vintage character. It is a lovely looking and sounding Jazzmaster and an excellent stage guitar; true vintage at the price of a modern "relic".

The original body has a high grade very accurate Candy Apple Red refinish; there is an old humbucker rout in the middle of the body so this one had an eventful life at some point. Overall it is very clean with one area of loss on the bottom edge by the strap button. The back of neck and headstock are original finish but the face of the headstock has been refinished in natural, with an excellent reproduction Fender logo decal. The Kluson tuners are also reproductions.

The clay dot fingerboard has been neatly refretted, this is a very late example of this earlier fingerboard style as the neck is dated February 1965. The guitar is set up with a correct original 1965 white plastic pickguard for a custom color Jazzmaster, with the correct shielding plate. The internal wiring is a mix-and-match situation; The pickups look like original Fender coils that appear to have possibly been re-wound and definitely re-leaded, with some 1965 date markings on them that are not entirely convincing. The pots are correct period (6503 and 6350) with some of the original color-coded wiring, some of the wire is replaced. Most of the original copper shielding plates are intact, and the rhythm circuit wiring is largely original.

The neckplate is original and has a correct L-number for early 1965. The knobs and trem assembly are original, the trem arm is a repro. The pickup covers are original but look to have been painted over and then later cleaned off. The instrument is set up with a Mastery bridge, the modern player's almost universal choice for maximum tone and playability on the Jazzmaster and Jaguar. While not a fully original guitar this is an excellent stage or studio instrument; great sounding, great playing and snazzy as heck! It includes a somewhat battered but still fully functional OHSC. Restored to Excellent Condition.