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 1967 Fender Jazzmaster is a great example of a Jazzmaster from the very start of the CBS era, with the block and bound neck design that is now so associated with offset guitars of this period, along with an aged, factory original Candy Apple Red custom colour finish.
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 20th January 1967. The Maple neck features a rosewood fingerboard and the block inlay and binding that is customary for Jazzmasters from this period. The neck has a typical mid '60s profile, slim feeling but very playable and not overly small in the hand. The original custom colour finish showcases the kind of aged bronze / orange hue that a lot of post 1965 Candy Apple Red finishes display, with the gold primer coat altering the tone of the red top coat over time. Likewise, the matching headstock has significantly faded over time.
This guitar is in very good condition, and is original with the exception of a replaced tremolo spring and some newer pick guard screws. The electronics are original with the pots dating to the 17th and 36th weeks of 1966, and the neck heel showing an October 1966 ink stamp. The finish shows signs of play wear and patina commensurate with age, with some significant areas of colour fadeout to the lower treble side edge of the body, which the red has worn through almost entirely to leave only the gold undercoat. This guitar also includes a mid '60s no-logo black tolex Fender case.