An amazing, body only Olympic White pre-CBS Jazzmaster with such a good and old refin it could and did, fool a fair few people..
A great opportunity to grab a players grade Jazzmaster, this 1961 has had a lovely refin in Olympic White that looks great. In fact the previous owner of this guitar was totally convinced it was an original finish Olympic White and yes, it does look it. The dealer who sold it to us was also convinced but it was not until we got it back here that it became obvious, upon internal examination, that it is in fact a very old and very well done, authentic looking nitro refin.
People would often take there guitars to automotive body shops to get them re-finished, and this is evident in the grey primer that can be seen in the neck pocket that this is the case. Back in the 70’s and 80’s there were not many specialist lutheriers like there are now who could do expert refinishes so most people’s options were either to send it back to the manufacturer or to take it to an automotive body shop who possessed both the skills and the correct paint to do a decent Fender body refin and this is exactly what it seems has happened.
Body refin aside, the neck is original finish although the front of the headstock has had an overspray, probably to protect the decal. It may have also had a very good refret job. Everything else, including electrics and pickups are correct, apart from a few disturbed solder joints which would originate from the refin. All pots and cables are correct and in great working condition.
This guitar sounds great, both pickups are evenly balanced and all positions of the selector switch yield fantastic tones. The rhythm circuit is dark without being woolly and the lead circuit brings out the character of the instrument.
All hardware is totally correct with not a single item being swapped out as far as we can see. It has a good weight for a Jazzmaster and has a lovely, medium C profile neck which feels very nice and fast indeed.
Overall the guitar is in good condition, a few scratches and dings to the paintwork but nothing you wouldn’t expect for a (nearly) sixty year old instrument!
It comes with the correct tan tolex hard shell case which is actually in good condition.
If you’ve been after a vintage Jazzmaster for a while but not quite been able to stretch your budget to fit, this could be the guitar for you and from any distance whatsoever, no one would no it is a body refin. It even black lights almost like an original…
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
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