1964 Lake Placid Blue Fender Jazzmaster anyone?
This particular example belonged to Thomas Evans of The Iveys and subsequently Badfinger, the first band signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records. Though initially brought into the band to replace Dai Jenkins on guitar, Thomas would be a more familiar presence on bass in later years, writing many of the hits and singing lead on Come and Get It.
Included is a copy of a photograph of Tom playing this when it was unfaded in its original Lake Placid Blue, plus a piece of audio recorded from this guitar's previous owner saying how he bought this from Tom and some interesting info and history on the guitar.
This is a lovely example. The guitar was originally Lake Placid Blue though this isn’t immediately evident as any paint under the current coat is obscured. Whoever carried out the current paint job has matched the faded colour quite well and as such the finish is excellent. There are a few minor bumps but nothing too substantial.
The neck, dated August 1964, has been completely refinished when the last owner bought it in 1970. When we received the guitar, the clay dots had been replaced with plastic ones so this has been rectified. The fretboard is in reasonable shape though there are signs that removing the dots was not straightforward. This too has been smoothed out when the new dots were fitted. The neck has been refretted.
Hardware is in good condition with the prerequisite level of corrosion.
Plastics are in great condition as you’d expect.
Electronically there have been some changes. Pickups and the rhythm circuit are correct as are the selector switch and jack. The two pots and cap have been replaced probably due to wear and tear.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case.
This guitar plays and sounds as good as it looks. The rhythm circuit is suitably dark with the lead circuit providing plenty of light. This coupled with a smooth vibrato, surely there is little else you need?
A worthy addition to any collection, this guitar will surely turn some heads and has an interesting story with it....