Everyone needs on elf these in their collection, this is a superb 1960 slab board example, get yours....
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From its third year of production, the flagship of the Fender range, the 1960 Fender Jazzmaster.
This guitar has certainly seen some action. Not excessively worn but neither has it been Molly-coddled during its life. As you can see the three tone sunburst has faded on the front and to some degree on the back although the red is clearer here. This is a common factor in finishes from this period where the red hue is lost over time. This was remedied by 1962.
The body carries a few scratches and bumps, especially around the base of the body. This is kept mainly to the back so where there is also a little buckle rash. The neck has a comfortable profile and the lacquer has worn to a comfortable satin sheen. There is some signs of use on the fretboard but nothing too serious. The original frets are worn but still have some life left in them. Also noteworthy on this guitar is the light colour of the headstock which was a feature of guitars from this 59/60 period.
The tortoiseshell pikguiard shows very little signs of shrinkage (a common issue with these nitrocellulose guards) . There is a little warping around the edges and the holes for the pickups have shrunk a little but there is not signs of cracking and it fits well underneath the bridge.
All the solder joint look good and the electronics work well. The hardware is free of any discolouration or corrosion
The guitar comes with its correct Brown Tolex hardshell case which has been inscribed with the name of previous owner though the calligraphy makes it difficult to read however the person who did this may have thought he/she was famous or important…
With every one of these guitars that passes through our hands, the better you come to understand their quirks and appreciate the guitar for what it is. This one is defiantly a fine example. The rhythm circuits isn’t quite as dark as earlier incarnation but still sounds different enough when compared to the lead circuit. The neck pickup in both roles has a wonderful smoothness which never gets too muddy. The bridge pickup has excellent bite to it which adds a surprising twang to proceedings. All the controls are very responsive and the tremolo is so pleasingly springy, as is the best of the Jazzmaster range.
Ok, it was never going to be a jazz guitar but for those of you out there looking for something different and inspiring, you can’t go wrong with a Jazzmaster. Grab this one before it gets away.
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed and tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers, by appointment only, at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment Only) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdom
Landline: 01242 697607
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