This is a vintage 1964 Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number L29563, is in 100% all original 9+/10 condition and includes the original tremolo arm, bridge cover, original leather guitar strap and black “no logo” case. This completely pre-CBS variety is perhaps one of the best Fender guitars from this era with respect to price point, and really represents an incredible value both as a collector’s piece and as a player’s instrument. Originally more expensive than it’s more popular Telecaster and Stratocaster counterparts, it has since deserved a very unique vintage utilitarian appreciation as it is a a highly functional guitar, in addition to, being an undeniably classic design with such a distinct and marvelous pickup design, that it was later re-appropriated by Leo Fender himself while innovating at Music Man and G&L.
Serial Number: L29563
Neck Date Stamp: MAY64
Pot Date Codes: 137 6410, 304 6421
Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 8.78Ω (Neck), 8.56Ω (Bridge)
As previously mentioned, this guitar is in 100% all original condition. This no issues, no excuses, and no stories Jazzmaster features: a gorgeous nitrocellulose 3-tone sunburst finish with a large attractive red band over a light-weight alder body, a Brazilian rosewood 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 gray-bobbin large P-90-style single-coil pickups, the floating tremolo system with the original arm, all original hardware, original bridge cover, original Fender leather strap and the original black “no logo” case.
Upon scrutinous visual inspection, it is clear that while being extremely well taken care of, and clearly well-preserved, it does exhibit minimal mild playing wear. There is evidence of slight belt buckle wear on the back of the body, which left superficial marks in the clear coat, that has not worn through or affected the underlying nitro sunburst finish. Though the neck finish is crisp and light, void of fading and usual weather-checking, there is some very minimal evidence of playing wear in the open chord positions, the same playing technique that created very slight wear on the first three frets only. While there is not much playing wear on the body, there is a small assortment of random light dings refined to the periphery of the body. Otherwise, the plastic parts, including the pickguard and white plastic pickup covers, are in very fine condition with no cracks, no breaks and no issues. The metal hardware is relatively pristine, with only minimal expected oxidation, and free of rust, stripping or wear from use.
Aside from the aforementioned cosmetic issues, the guitar is in otherwise excellent condition. The original pickguard is beautiful with only minor shrinkage but void of any cracks or chips. The pickup covers too, are not cracked and in excellent structural condition. The finish has not faded in the slightest, and the coloration is particularly beautiful resembling a pattern that is more reminiscent of one painted in ’63 than ’64. It is a particularly light example, and weighs 7.5 lbs (7 lbs. 8 oz., 3.4 kilograms)
Most importantly, the guitar plays unbelievably well, feels fantastic, and sounds incredible. The original frets are still entirely intact with only the slightest bit of playing wear on the first 3 frets. The delicately worn neck finish makes the neck feel like an old worn-in baseball glove: intuitive, comfortable, and inspiring. All 6 tuning machines work perfectly without hesitation or slipping. Surprisingly, the guitar does not exhibit the usual weather-checking, which enhances the appearance of the condition. Due to this, the top of the guitar would rate a 9/10. It looks that good. All of the electronics work perfectly and sound amazing. The large single-coil Jazzmaster pickups offer a very unique Fender sound, only achievable with a Jazzmaster. With rich warm robust bite, the growl of this Jazzmaster makes the tone from a Jaguar or Strat sound like a whimper. The case is also in excellent condition, however, the accessory compartment is a bit flimsy. While it is present and nice, it might need reinforcement.