How does a clean, plus all original, Fender Jazzmaster from the late 60’s grab you ? – This is clean example, with no negative stories to tell you about, so time for me to update you with a host of details
How do you date a Fender Guitar ? – In the mid 70’s Fender created a serial number sequence that effectively allowed you to date the guitar from the first letter and number – This made dating a guitar from this period on-wards very easy – ie S9XXXXX is clearly a 1979 model – Prior to this, there have been a number issues that can make dating a guitar a touch confusing – In reality Fender never actually built guitars – As well as buying in various pots in bulk, Fender would manufacture a host of individual components, most of which have their own dates, then place them in a storage area until they are required – A final assembly area of the factory would then pick such components, at will, from bins and shelves to create the finished guitar – In the past this process has certainly created many ‘transition’ models, as new features on select components, would be coupled with the left overs from various bins and shelves – Many like to utilise the serial number alone to establish the date of the guitar – Some will support this with the neck date, the pot date and/or the pick-up dates, which is fine if all the components have the same date – Yet in many instances, a Fender Guitar can be assembled with components that have multiple dates – In the instance of this Fender Jazzmaster, we have a serial number plate that indicates 1968, a neck date that supports 1968, pot dates that are 1966, whilst the pick-up dates indicate the 25th week of 1969 – It is obvious that with such information that a guitar can’t be built in 1966, or indeed 1968, if one component alone indicates a later date – So in reality the youngest date indicates the date of ‘assembly’ – So we can now deduce this all original Jazzmaster was assembled in 1969 and no way can it ever be justified as a 1968 model
Additional details + info regarding a 1969 Fender Jazzmaster :-
- When I acquired this Jazzmaster it came into stock with an old beaten up ‘hand made’ case – It is not acceptable to sell such a valuable guitar like this – As such I have included, within the asking price, a new G&G Fender Jazzmaster black vinyl case, with the stitched leather ends – Effectively the same case that Fender will ship the USA Vintage replicas with
- Whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 4oz
- Pot dates indicate 304 66 – So Stackpole pots with a 1966 date – It is a known fact that CBS purchased thousands of such pots around 1966 and even Fender Guitars built in 1970 can be found with 1966 pots
- The butt end of the neck indicates a 68B neck code – Neck measures .919″ around the top nut end and .949″ around the 12th fret – Medium depth + C profile
- 41.66 mm nut width
- Smooth + dark rosewood fingerboard with barely end signs of nail wear Original frets and no issues so no fret dress work required
- Black logo with the 5 appropriate pat nos codes
- Bound fingerboard – note there are a few slight hairline cracks to the binding, which is not unusual, but no missing parts to the binding
- Single string tree
- F stamp tuners
- The 3259 stamp on the pick ups indicate the 25th week of 1969 – Both pick-ups measure around 7.25K
- All solder joints + wiring + pots + caps are all kosher and correct
- Original finish to the neck + body – Overall condition is pretty good for a guitar that is now over 50 years old – Yes it has some marks on it but I’ve seen many 60’s Fender’s that show far more wear ‘n’ tear
- All grub screws and intonation screws on the bridge assembly function as they should to allow for individual adjustment as required
- Re-strung + set-up with a set of 10-46 gauge strings
I can adjust the set-up as required including the gauge of strings – It will certainly support a set of 11’s, or indeed 12’s if required – I know some players like to try a set of flatwound strings on such a guitar – It is generally not the type of guitar, with a vintage 7.25″ radius + vintage frets, were players want to rip into SRV or Gilmour style big blues bends – As such a heavier gauge is often more preferential on such a guitar – It is currently set up with a sensible easy action that responds to a light touch – Effortless to bash out a few big chords and riffs – Generally suits the more simplistic and melodic side of riffs, licks and solos – Certainly fun to play – For some it might be the only guitar you’ll play – For others it will certainly add something different to any collection – Tone is clear, big and open – More full and smooth from the neck pick-up – More bite from the bridge pick-up with enough body to stop it sounding thin and/or brittle – It has enough character to allow you to stay on a clean amp setting as acquired – Yet only a touch of gain on the amp is required to get you hooked – The sonic tonal character of a Jazzmaster has always been popular for those that like to saturate the amp with gain and then get down and dirty, yet retain clarity and definition when playing into big riffs and driving rhythm – On amp settings with less gain the pots allow you to milk more expression from the guitar, from the full on mode with the pots on 10, to a softer chilled out mode with the pots rolled of to around 6 or 7 – The tone is always big with no shortage of character, expression and energy
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