1961 Fender Jazzmaster ID-6354
1961 Fender Jazzmaster
This 1961 Fender Jazzmaster is in excellent condition. It has normal wear and lacquer checking. This is to be expected from a 50+ year old instrument. This instrument has had the original early sunburst refinished by Fender in the late 60's, with a late 60's 3 Color burst. This has been confirmed by George Gruhn at Gruhn Guitars. This can be seen in the report below. This guitar was also refretted and Plek'd, and set up for maximum playability at Glaser instruments here in Nashville, Tn.
With a name like Jazzmaster, Fender didn't expect what would happen in the early to mid 60's. The Jazzmaster found an unexpected appreciation among the surf scene. It was adopted by great players such as Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and the instrumental band The Ventures.
The Jazzmaster was first introduced in 1958 at the NAMM Show. It remained fairly popular until the 1970's. Along with the rise of the humbucker tone and the Gibson Les Paul specifically. Production of the Jazzmaster ceased in 1980. The Jazzmaster has always enjoyed a cult like following. This is thanks to players like Elvis Costello and Tom Verlaine as well as many players in the Indie music scene. The value of these instruments began increasing in value in the early 90's. This was due to its following and many players looking for some of the early Jazzmaster models.
Fender has now decided to re-issue period correct models. Largely because the popularity has never really waned from it's inception!
The Jazzmaster Pickups were designed with a brand new tone circuit specifically by Fender. This was meant to produce a deeper mellower tone. In this way it differs from the popular, and iconic, Stratocaster and Telecaster models. It has separate pickup tone and volume controls as well as a 3-way pickup selector. The versatility of tone on the Jazzmaster is unprecedented. Just below the pickups is the, at the time, new "floating tremolo". It also has the adjustable floating bridge with six individual two-way saddles that allow for precision string intonation.
With some new features the Jazzmaster also featured well-known standard Fender appointments. These include a truss-rod reinforced fast action neck with a "slab" Rosewood Fretboard, Clay dots and Chrome Hardware.
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: 60101
- Top Wood: Alder
- Back Wood: Alder
- Nut Width: 1.650"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Inlays: Clay Dot
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Saddle Material: Individual Bridge Saddles
- Bridge: Floating Bridge and Tremelo
- Pickguard: Tortoise
- Headstock Shape: Enlarged Headstock
- Headstock Inlay: Fender Jazzmaster Logo
- Pickup(s): Jazzmaster Pickups
- Pickup Controls: Tone and Volume Roller Knobs, 3-Way Pickup Selector
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
- Misc. 1: 3 Tone Sunburst
- Misc. 2: Chrome Plated parts