Introduced in 1959, the Jazzmaster was was Fender's newest top of the line model, and the first guitar in a Fender catalog to feature a rosewood fretboard. Initially unpopular with the Jazz guitarist of the time, the Jazzmaster would go on to be an iconic guitar in both the '60s California scene and later with alternative guitar bands of the '80s. This 1960 Fender Jazzmaster is one of the best examples of a pre-CBS, slab board Jazzmaster that we have seen, in exceptional condition.
This guitar showcases all of the typical Pre-CBS specifications you would expect of a model from this period. Constructed from a contoured Alder body with a maple neck, this Jazzmaster features the earlier slab rosewood fingerboard, a feature introduced by Fender to coincide with the introduction of the Jazzmaster model in 1958. The body is fitted with the original Jazzmaster overwound single coil pickups that when paired with the lead & rhythm circuitry can cover a wealth of tonal options.
This guitar is in excellent condition, with only very minor signs of play wear to the body and rear of the neck. The finish has aged nicely, with the typical minor red lacquer fadeout and the black turning to an almost chocolate brown in some areas. The electronics are original and fully functioning, with the original black bottom over wound single coils having all the mellow tone you associate with these guitars. The original pots date to early 1960, although the exact week is obscured by solder (304 600X) The original 3 ply celluloid tortoise pickguard is in very good condition, with some minor warping. The original threaded saddle bridge, tremolo arm and ashtray bridge cover are present and correct. The only changes to this guitar are the strap buttons and a replacement set of period correct Kluson single line tuners. This guitar also includes its original brown tolex hard case.