This is a vintage 1962 Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 80994, is in very excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original whammy bar/tremolo arm, the original leather strap, and the original brown hard shell case! The generous slab of rosewood, beautiful nitro-finished 3-tone sunburst alder body, and amazingly rich black-bobbin pickups combine to make this Jazzmaster an extremely special, all-around fantastic player’s guitar. This no-stories example was disassembled with the utmost care to illustrate it’s complete and utter originality. As always, I were attentive enough to put all of the original screws in their correspondingly original holes. This paticular Jazzmaster displays subtle wear and patina, which enhances it’s vintage vibe and curb appeal. This uncirculated example was recently purchased from the original owner’s family, and would make a fantastic addition to your axe arsenal, a choicely curated collection, or simply as your reliable everyday tone tool.
Serial Number: 80994
Neck Date: 4 MAY 62 B
Pot Codes: 304-6152, 304-6218 (Stackpole)
Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 7.95Ω (bridge), 7.94Ω (neck)
As previously mentioned, this guitar is in 100% all original condition. This beautiful pre-CBS ‘61 Fender Jazzmaster features: a gorgeous 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 tortoise pattern pickguard, original single-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, robust black bobbin large P-90-style single-coil pickups, the floating tremolo system with the original arm, all original hardware, the original leather strap, and the original brown hard shell case.
While earlier model years are typically more revered for their inherent scarcity, slab board models reached their prime and highest quality in 1961-1962. With more comfortable neck profiles, and better-sounding pickups, generally every model (the; Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar, Jazz Bass, Precision Bass, etc.) benefited from these very subtle enhancements.
With mild playing wear visible on the back of the neck, the back of the body, and on the body in the form of arm wear, this guitar is most certainly not in mint condition. However, it does remain nicely preserved, and was well-respected during its years in use. A fantastic piece for both the player and collector, it is clean enough to appreciate the mostly intact aesthetic, while still displaying light evidence of organic player’s patina that would not deter the new owner from playing it without worry. Quite an optimal compromise.
The neck profile feels fantastic, the finish on which has been worn enough to feel extremely comfortable. It is light weight with loud acoustical presence, a quality that naturally translates when plugged in. The pickups are evenly matched with very similar output, and the guitar is simply enjoyable in all respects. The fret wear is rather minimal, and in no way inhibits playability. Recently re-strung with Pyramid .009-.042 gauge strings, this guitar is ready to go.