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 # L91893, Candy Apple Red lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original molded brown plastic hard shell case.

This is a stunningly well-preserved early CBS-era Fender Custom-Color Jazzmaster with a difference: a very rarely ordered "A" neck, which is an extra-slim 1 1/2" wide at the nut. This narrow nut was standard on the Jazz Bass and (for some inexplicable reason) the Bass VI, but only available as a special order item on other Fender instruments. This guitar with its super slim "hot rod" neck and custom car-style finish was a double special order piece, and what's more it is still housed in the very rare "lightweight molded" plastic hard case that Fender offered as an upgrade at the time. Somebody wanted a super flashy package from Fullerton, and got it!

This is a "transition" guitar in every way, still made up of Pre-CBS pattern parts except for the pearloid dots on the fingerboard in place of the earlier "clay" versions. The neckplate is stamped with a late example of the 1963-5 "L" series numbers, typical of this period. The neck heel has a stamp of 4 Jul 65A, which does not mean it was made on the 4th of July although that's a poetic thought for this gleaming red piece of Americana. The neck was fabricated in July, but "4" is the stock code for a Jazzmaster. For experienced Fender players the very slim neck feels a bit odd at first, but is still very comfortable unless you have particularly large fingers. This is a very rare and fine-sounding and playing Jazzmaster; if you've been looking for an "A", this is your baby, and it's worth a try even if you're usually a "B" player!

Other features are typical for the era, with a Candy apple Red finish on the body and headstock face, thick white plastic laminated pickguard, white "amp" style knobs and the standard Jazzmaster pickups, floating bridge and vibrato. The grey-bobbin pickup coils are hand-dated on the bottom "9-22-65" so the guitar was likely assembled in the fall of that year. Everything on this guitar is original and though it shows some minor play wear it rates as one of the nicest JM's we've had the pleasure of handling in a while. Pretty much the ultimate hot rod Surf'n'Twang machine, and a also very versatile sounding and always super sharp looking guitar.
 
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 beautiful Jazzmaster is all original and complete, including the oft-missing trem arm and snap-on chrome bridge cover. The deep Candy Apple Red finish retains great color with virtually no fade and very little yellowing to the overcoat. Overall it shows some minor dings and dents but the only really notable spot of wear is a cigarette burn on in the typical spot on the headstock face near the low E tuner.

This special-order guitar was somebody's baby; it does look to have been played a bit, but was well taken care of. The original frets have been crowned down somewhat but are still quite playable, and the fingerboard shows hardly any wear. The rarely-seen molded plastic case is a wonderful Fender oddity; this is the first intact example we have seen in some years. There is minor warping to the edges and scuff marks overall but it is still largely intact and completely functional, with a repaired handle. Overall this is a super cool package of flashy Fender goodness. Excellent + Condition.