Fender Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1959)

Fender  Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1959)

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Fender Jazzmaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1959), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 35776, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original tweed hard shell case.

This is a splendid example of an early Jazzmaster, with a beautiful deep 3-color sunburst and the classic gold anodized pickguard used only up to the summer of 1959. As is typical of instruments made in spring '59 there is no date pencil marked on the neck heel; the pots however date to the 11th week of that year. When this example was made. The Jazzmaster was still a new model, and top of the line.

Fender definitely lavished a maximum of care and effort on their production, and we usually find these first generation Jazzmasters to be exceptionally fine instruments. Lightly used but never abused, this very well-cared-for guitar remains an exceptional sounding and extremely attractive twang machine. This particular guitar has a lovely "ring" to it, even when not plugged in.
 
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 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 guitar overall, and all original. There is some light finish wear, mostly to the back, with only a few scratches to the top. The anodized pickguard is in exceptionally fine condition with hardly any wear. The finish on the neck is a bit "smoked" and the decal has darkened, but it is all intact and worn down perfectly on the back of the neck. The original frets are low but still eminently playable, and this is a splendid-sounding instrument in every position.

Includes the original hangtag (with matching serial number) and the original tweed case, with some moderately heavy wear and a small tag that indicates the guitar was originally purchased at Fife & Nichols, a well-known Hollywood music shop. Perhaps it has a history in the tinseltown scene that is now lost! Excellent - Condition.