Introduced in 1959, the Jazzmaster was intended to be Fender's new deluxe model as the company entered in to the 1960s, and would go on to be an iconic guitar in both the '60s California scene and later with alternative guitar bands of the '80s. This 1962 Fender Jazzmaster is a great example of a player grade, early veneer board Fender offset guitar refinished in a cool looking black lacquer.
This guitar showcases all of the typical Pre-CBS specifications you would expect to find on a post '62 Jazzmaster. Featuring an Alder body with a maple neck, this Jazzmaster is an early example of a veneer laminate rosewood fingerboard, as the slab rosewood board was phased out from the middle of 1962. This guitar shows an AUG 62 neck stamp. The body is fitted with the typical Jazzmaster overwound single coil pickups that when paired with the lead & rhythm circuitry can cover a wealth of tonal options, with the signature mellow tone associated with the model. This guitar has been fully refinished at some point in its life, with the refinish already showing natural signs of ageing.
This guitar is in good condition, and has sustained a variety of changes over the years that are reflected in the price. The guitar has been fully refinished in black with a matching headstock and replacement headstock decal. The lead/rhythm circuit selector switch has been replaced with what appears to be a Mustang switch. The original pots and wiring have been replaced, with the wiring redone in more modern plastic wire as opposed to cloth. The pickups are the original black bottom single coils, although the appear to have been rewound. The original 3 ply celluloid tortoise pickguard is in good condition with only minor warping around the bridge posts and pickup surrounds. The original bridge has been replaced with a modern Mustang style bridge, and while the original vibrato unit and arm have been retained, the lock slider is missing. The underside of of the pickguard has been extensively shielded with copper tape, as has the body cavity. Aside from this, the rest of the hardware appears to be original and correct.
This guitar has been given a full service & setup, along with a refret, by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.