Fender Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Fender  Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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Fender Jazzmaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L86390, Blonde lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This is a truly superb example of a *just* CBS Custom-Color Fender Jazzmaster with a neck dated to January 1965, the very month Leo's company was sold into corporate slavery! The appointments are all still the classic "pre-CBS" features; the blonde lacquer finish is over an ash body (which is quite a rare feature --all other color options used alder) and allows a little grain to peep through, much like Telecasters from the same year.

The unbound rosewood fingerboard still has the "clay" dot inlay that would be superseded by pearl dots right about this time; January '65 is one of the latest-dated clay dot Fender necks we have seen. The tortoise nitrocellulose laminated pickguard on this guitar was also about to disappear in favor of a less attractive -- but less flammable -- plastic replacement. The neckplate shows the typical pre-CBS style "L" number, correct for this transition period. This is a great-looking and very fine-sounding and playing Jazzmaster, with just some minor playwear, but overall exceptionally well-preserved.
 
Overall length is 41 1/16 in. (104.3 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a very clean and all original guitar, down to the last screw! There are small dings and dents to the finish and light corrosion to some metal parts, but really, for a '60s guitar, this is not showing a lot of wear. The frets have been taken down a bit but still play fine. This is a GREAT-sounding Jazzmaster; it really rings even when not plugged in and the ash body likely has a lot to do with that. A special guitar -- just cool as all get-out! Excellent Condition.