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Fender Jazzmaster Solid Body Electric Guitar (1962)
Fender Jazzmaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 71232, Lake Placid Blue lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.
This is a beautiful Pre-CBS Custom-Color slab-board Fender Jazzmaster, a fairly early Lake Placid Blue example with a neck dated to January 1962. The appointments are the classic "pre-CBS" features, with some quirks specific to this particular time. The alder body is finished in Lake Placid Blue with a thin lacquer overcoat which has "greened" somewhat over time. This is not the rarest of color options but is a fairly early example of this finish in use. The official Fender Custom-Color chart was first issued in July 1961, and the company took some time to streamline the production standards for this now-codified dealer option.
This guitar's headstock face is not painted to match the body color. Fender introduced that new finishing practice on their higher-priced instruments in early-mid 1962, making this likely one of the later LPB Jazzmasters with a "naked" headstock. The "green" thick nitrocellulose laminated pickguard used on this guitar was also a new feature at the time. Earlier Custom Color Jazzmasters used the standard tortoise pattern 'guard, but the obvious color clash of the "Pepperoni" red plastic with some of the new flashy solid finishes led to the use of this more "neutral" shade! The mix of this pickguard with the unpainted headstock is seen only for several months in late 1961-early '62 period.
Other features are typical for the era. The neckplate shows the pre-CBS, pre L style number; the slab rosewood fingerboard is outfitted with "clay" dots. The pickups have a very lively sparkle and even unplugged the instrument has a real "ring" to it. This is a truly great-looking and sounding Jazzmaster with some playwear, but overall well-preserved.
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 beautiful early Custom-Color Jazzmaster shows some general wear but remains all original and complete, except the snap-on bridge cover is missing. There are a number of small dings and dents to the body finish, mostly on the edges and on the back; the face is fairly clean. These early Fender finishes are fairly thin and chip easily; this is a pretty well-preserved example for the period.
The neck lacquer is worn somewhat, but is still intact except for some dings and a couple of larger scrapes behind the 10th fret area. It is worn enough to have that perfect "old Fender" feel without being down to the wood. All hardware is original including the trem arm, and everything works as Leo intended. The frets have a bit of wear but nothing to affect playability. This Jazzmaster is lighter than many from this period and is an easy handling and very fine-playing and sounding guitar, complete in its original brown case. Very Good + Condition.
Item # 8473
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