Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A very early example with a January'59 neck date and late'58 pot codes, this guitar is clean and original aside from an older gloss nitro lacquer refinish and professional refret.
The tone is quintessential Fender, with a pair of black bobbin pickups that deliver the sparkle and twang of a Telecaster, but with a warmth and depth to the tone that you simply can't achieve with any other Fender model. The 1Meg CTS pots let more punch and top end snap through than lower values used on Teles and Strats and the range of tones these pickups provide is part of what makes the Jazzmaster such a versatile and essential instrument for the stage and studio. The pickups are well balanced with healthy output and original winds, providing a very distinct set of sounds in all three positions on the lead circuit toggle. Weighing in at 7lbs 14oz, this Jazzmaster is extremely dynamic and well balanced, both tonally and while hanging on your guitar strap! The guitar has been professionally setup in-house with 11-50 strings, low action, and solid intonation, and here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar we specialize in Fender Offset guitars.
The neck has a particularly slim C profile, and since all of the necks were hand shaped at the Fender factory during this era, this does give each Jazzmaster a unique feel. The profile does gain significant depth as you move into the higher registers of the fretboard, with a nice chunky C from roughly the 10th fret on up. The nut is just a hair over 1 5/8" in what would become the standard "B width by 1962, with ideal string spacing that has just enough room for easy fingerstyle playing if desired.
The guitar has been refretted with jumbo wire and the slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard has been re-radiused to modern Fender spec, measuring 9.5. The frets currently show no wear, the neck is arrow straight, and the truss rod nut is flush with the end of the fretboard, evidence that very little adjustment has been needed over the decades.
The neck profile and headstock face were refinished with a clear gloss nitro that's still very smooth and silky, and the headstock face has a replacement era correct "spaghetti" Fender waterslide decal as well. Perhaps most importantly, the original grease pencil "1/59" date has been retained on the heel of the neck.
The original single line Kluson Deluxe tuners are present and still work well with moderate patina on the gear housings. On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and the original wiring harness is untouched, with CTS pots that all date back to late'58. The early harness is also notable for having the paper-in-oil caps that would be replaced with ceramic discs by late'60, and the underside of the gold guard is signed by "Esper, " the Fender employee who wired the guitar 60 years ago.
All of the original brass shielding tubs are intact and were painted red at some point in the past. The factory routes are unmodified and completely original, as are the contours of the'59 body which has the slightly thicker overall body with more rounded contours, typically seen before mid 1961. The original bridge works in concert with the stock Pat. Pending vibrato unit for an incredibly responsive and smooth feel, perfect for light surfy shimmies or deeper dives, jumping back into tune well and setup to perfection.
You simply can't get this kind of response from a modern Fender vibrato spring, and this early Pat. Pending example still has clean lettering and great shine to the chrome plating. Cosmetically, this guitar is a real stunner, with a very tasteful professional nitro lacquer refinish in Olympic White which shows just a touch of natural yellowing that compliments the light natural patina on the bridge saddles and back edge of the vibrato unit. The finish shows sparingly little wear aside from a couple small nicks, and the pickguard shows some light wear on the treble side of the pick path.The neck profile is flawless. Overall, this is a stunning'59 Jazzmaster, priced for a player, yet still extremely original for the discerning collector. Don't miss out on this very original and exceptional playing example of Pre-CBS Fender quality! The original tweed hardshell case is included, with original handle working latches and clean interior. The case shows consistent ambering of the tweed and is overall in excellent shape with well kept brown leather ends.
Check out our shop "Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, " and please let us know if we can answer any questions! International orders will be declared as merchandise, and the value of merchandise will be declared as the amount paid. We cannot declare anything as a gift or for a lesser value. The item "1959 Fender Jazzmaster Pre-CBS Vintage Offset Guitar Olympic White, Tweed Case" is in sale since Friday, February 09, 2018.This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "mmguitarbar" and is located in Seattle, Washington. This item can be shipped worldwide.