Legend has it that Fender made more Jazzmasters than anything else in the early 1960s though many of us in the retail world wonder where exactly they all are. Were the numbers misreported? Did many of these guitars meet their demise at the hands of surf rockers turned punk? Are they simply in closets and under beds across the America?
This particular guitar has seen plenty of playtime all while being taken care of. Years ago the body was refinished with the same kind of lacquer used originally, and there is a bit of finish checking (more noticeable on the darker edges of the sunburst) as well as some buckle rash and small scratches and pock marks here and there. If the fingerboard seems a touch thin for a slab board, that's because the neck has been refretted at least once and the finish wear on the back of the neck would seem to suggest a fair amount of play. The bridge has been swapped out for a Mustang style bridge (a possible improvement), something having happened to one of the saddles on the original bridge (pictured), though there does seem to have been an unsuccessful repair attempt to at least match the original aesthetic. It also seems that the nut that holds the 1/4" jack in place ran off at some point and was replaced as was the original trem arm.
As you can see in the photographs the neck is dated "9-60" while the serial number indicates this guitar was completed in early 1961. A four month difference between the neck and body dates was not uncommon in this era of Fender history. The pickguard is noticeably shrinking (note the foil sticking out along the edges) and so we decided NOT to remove it to check the pot codes. In our experience removing and reinstalling this type of shrinking Fender pickguard nearly always causes the guard to crack, or the shrinkage held captive for years by the mounting screws catches up big time when the 'guard is loosened and the holes no longer line up with the original holes in the top . One of our technicians did remove one corner and peek in at the wiring which looks appropriate, but combined with that and all the other physical and sonic attributes of this guitar, there is no evidence to suggest that the electronics have been disturbed.
This is a great example of a classic and iconic Fender guitar that is highly playable and in great condition. It comes with modern Fender hardshell case.
stock no. 54640
|Nut width||1 5/8"|
|Bridge material||Replaced: Mustang Style|
|Notes||Neck from 09-1960|
|Case||Modern Fender Hardshell|