This is a vintage 1958 Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 35472, is in very nice 100% all original condition and includes the original tweed case, the original Fender owner’s manual, the original owner’s custom leather strap and the original tremolo arm. First-year anodized gold guard Jazzmasters are highly desirable, and finding a perfectly intact 100% original example, purchased from the original owner, is becoming near impossible.
Serial Number: 35472
Potentiometer Date Codes: 137-838, 137-811 (1958 CTS)
Weight: 8 lbs. and 6 oz.
As previously mentioned, this ’58 Jazzmaster is in very nice 100% all original condition. From the frets to the finish, this crisply well-preserved specimen remains ALL ORIGINAL. With absolutely no issues whatsoever, every solder joint is intact and no modifications or repairs were ever performed.
It was purchased directly from the original owner who bought it new from Newman’s Music Store of Baldwin Park, CA, in 1959, along with the matching Fender Vibrolux amplifier pictured in the first photo (not included, but will be offered separately). It is quite clear that while the original owner used this guitar extensively while playing in local country western groups, he had much respect for his equipment and took great care of his Jazzmaster and related accessories.
The years of isolated and consistent playing wear is evident where one’s arm rests, slightly on the anodized pickguard, on the back of the neck and on the fingerboard. There is also significant buckle style wear on the back of the body, none of which created the infamous rash which goes through the finish into the wood, rather, most of the wear apparent affected the clear nitrocellulose lacquer coat only. The early 3-tone sunburst finish displays lots of weather-checking and both the neck and body display an attractive yellow patina typically indicative of exposure to cigarette smoke.
The guitar works perfectly, plays great and sounds quite amazing. All electronics and hardware are fully functional without issue. The neck is as straight as an arrow, and while the frets and Brazilian rosewood slab fingerboard display the usual playing wear divots, the action and playability have not been compromised.
The original black bobbin large single coil pickups are quite loud and efficient, both of which are surprisingly musical. With an amazing capacity to produce well-balanced tonality, all 3 positions sounds great: loud, clear, robust and warm, this guitar is really a must have for any serious studio, player, or enthusiast. One very interesting anomaly, are the two volume knobs. The pot are wired traditionally so the top one is volume, and the bottom is tone. However, the original owner claims that the guitar is exactly the same as the day it was purchased, and that it took him several years to realize that the guitar did not have two volumes! I have seen some of these random factory mistakes made before. The patina, coloration and wear pattern on both knobs are identical, which for those who have ever tried to match knobs discovered, this would not be possible after the fact. I sincerely believe both knobs to be original, but if the buyer requests, I will include a vintage era-appropriate tone knob just in case.
The guitar also includes a vintage leather belt, used in a fashion to secure the case on the end where the latch broke. The original latch tongue is included as well.