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 1965 Fender Jazzmaster is a great example of a transitional period Jazzmaster, as Fender moved to CBS ownership, and sports many 'pre-CBS' features.
The Alder body is fitted with the classic Jazzmaster overwound single coil pickups, that when paired with the lead & rhythm circuitry can cover a wealth of tonal options. These grey bobbin pickups are original and date to the 14th of April and 11th of May. The Maple neck features an unbound rosewood fingerboard and the pearloid dot inlay that was used on Jazzmaster models between late 1964 and mid-1965. The neck has a typical mid '60s profile, slim feeling but very playable and not overly small in the hand. The original sunburst finish is in spectacular condition, with the three colours in the burst all retaining their vibrancy, and only minimal play wear to speak of, primarily to the rear of the body.
This guitar is in very good condition, and is original with the exception of the bridge pickup appearing to have been rewound at some point in its life. The electronics are original with the pots dating to the 9th and 33rd weeks of 1965, and the neck heel showing an April 1965 ink stamp. The finish shows only very minimal signs of play wear and patina commensurate with age. This guitar also includes a mid '60s no-logo black tolex Fender case, original ashtray bridge cover, and period case candy.