Here’s a vintage 1959 Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 34708, is in very nice original condition. Given the amount of wear and patina, this example would be perfect for a player. This “Gold Guard” Jazzmaster is also probably the best looking variant, and this first generation model sporting this beautiful anodized pickguard was only produced for approximately 1 year, making it the most collectible.
Serial Number: 34708
Pot Codes: 137 909 (1959 CTS)
Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz.
Body Date: 11/58
Neck Date: N/A (indicative of ’59)
This pre-CBS ’59 Fender Jazzmaster features: a nitrocellulose lacquer 3-tone sunburst finish over a light-weight alder body, a Brazilian rosewood slab board fingerboard with clay dot inlays on a maple neck, a spaghetti logo decal, an attractive gold anodized pickguard, original single-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, robust black bobbin large P-90-style single-coil pickups, and all original hardware.
This ’59 Jazzmaster was recently purchased form the original owner’s family, who happened to live in southern Georgia. Having not been stored in a hard case, it was exposed to moisture and other elements, which resulted in finish flaking around the edges and contours. However, the body finish is all original and the mojo is endearing. The neck was oversprayed with a clear coat many years ago, and was perhaps done for reasons related to the body finish flaking. The guitar is entirely 100% original, aside from the oversrpay on the neck only.
It sounds great, feels great, and really looks attractive. The neck profile is a somewhat typical ’59 slim taper shape. There is plenty of fret life and the action is very comfortable. Weighing less than 8 pounds, it is on the lighter side.