1961 Fender Jazzmaster

Alex Townley

Posted on August 08 2019

1961 Fender Jazzmaster

1961 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst offset waist"FENDER JAZZMASTER: There is no more convincing proof of the fine playing qualities of the Fender Jazzmaster than its rapid acceptance by guitarists throughout the world during the past few years. This remarkable guitar incorporates all the well known Fender developments including the "off-set" body design, smooth tremolo action plus separate rhythm and lead tone circuits... Every convenience is provided including the tremolo lock, adjustable master bridge channel with individually adjustable two way bridges, and completely adjustable high fidelity pickups. The Jazzmaster represents one of the finest additions to the Fender line and far surpasses other instruments in its price class."   -- Fender catalog, 1960

Make and Model: Fender Jazzmaster

Year: 1961, "7/61" pencilled neck date, serial 62xxx

Specifications: 25 1/2 scale length, 7 lbs 9 oz, .79" neck depth at the first fret, .98" neck depth at the 12th fret, nut width actual = 1 41/64" (1 5/8"), 7.63k ohm neck pickup, 7.89k ohm bridge pickup, slab Brazilian Rosewood fretboard with "clay" dot fret markers.

Originality: All parts appear to be original except for the rythm/lead circuit switch. I added foam underneath the pickups to gain some height adjustment but left the original foam in place.

Condition: Very good with no breaks or repairs. The red in the sunburst is still very bright, typical of the '61-'63 style sunburst. The finish is clean but has various nicks and bumps. There is an area of buckle rash on the back. The pickguard exhibits typical shrinking and mild warping. Playability: Excellent. I’ve just completed a full set up and inspection. This one plays nicely with a working truss rod  (.002″ relief) and strong pickups.  All electronics function properly after cleaning and lubrication. Notes: Just in! Another pencil neck date, slab board Fender Jazzmaster from 1961. It's nice and clean and ready to play. It felt very light for a Jazzmaster when I first pulled it out of its case so I wasn't surprised to find that it weighs only 7lbs 9oz. The dark slab Rosewood fretboard feels nice to play. The pickups are nicely balanced in out put now that the height can be adjusted properly with fresh foam under the pickups. I'm confident you'll love this clean 1961 Fender Jazzmaster!

 

1961 Fender Jazzmaster in original case

1961 Fender Jazzmaster logo headstock

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