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FACTOIDS & TRIVIA

The Fender Jazzmaster was manufactured from 1958 to 1981 and was at the top of the Fender line from 1958 to 1962. Leo Fender designed the pickups to produce a mellower tone than the Stratocaster and Telecaster in hopes that jazz guitarists would use it. However, very few jazzers played it and this model, ironically, became one of the favorite axes of surf guitarists in the early '60s. Always the innovator, Leo Fender designed an all-new vibrato system and electronics circuit for the Jazzmaster. In addition, the Jazzmaster was the first Fender to be offered with a rosewood fingerboard. In 1966, the Jazzmaster underwent a minor cosmetic change with the addition of a bound fingerboard, block markers, and Stratocaster-like headstock shape. This Jazzmaster is one of the last to feature the famed “clay” dot markers that Fender used from 1959 to very early in 1965. In fact, most Fenders had switched from clay dots to pearloid dots by the end of 1964. Jazzmaster players include the Chicago blues guitarist Magic Slim, progressive rocker Elvis Costello, C&W artist Roy Lanham, and numerous modern rock guitarists.

FENDER JAZZMASTER (January 1965)


Body: Solid, 2-piece alder

Finish: Sunburst, nitrocelluslose lacquer

Neck: 1-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Brazilian rosewood, clay dot markers

Number of Frets: 21

Pickguard: Tortoise/white/black/white plastic laminate

Bridge: Fender steel; Floating Tremolo tailpiece, chrome

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, nickel

Pickups: Two, Fender single coil

Controls: Master tone, master volume, 3-way pick-up selector, rhythm circuit selector, tone and volume for rhythm circuit

Scale Length: 25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 14 inches

Body Depth: 1 5/8 inches

Weight: 7.7 lb.











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