1962 Fender Jazzmaster Lake Placid Blue Metallic
Posted on April 19 2021
This 1962 Fender Jazzmaster in Lake Placid Blue finish came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always looking for vintage Fender electric guitars but I especially love Fender Jazzmaster guitars from the 1950s and 1960s. You can contact me here to sell a Fender guitar.
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This custom color Lake Placid Blue Metallic electric guitar with matching headstock Jazzmaster was purchased by the original owner as her main tool for teaching guitar lessons. Loretta kept the guitar in very nice condition and retained the original leather strap, hang tags, allen wrench, case and case key. She special ordered it in this color and with an A neck width to compliment her smaller hands.
The guitar was lightly played during her short tenure as a guitar teacher and never needed modification or repair. Loretta put her Jazzmaster back in the case for a little over 40 years before I was able to purchase it from her. The guitar is in beautiful condition and plays like a dream. Both pickups were weak so I sent the to Lindy Fralin for a proper spec rewind. We discussed this guitar and its pickups in depth in order to have a rewind well deserving of the guitar. Lindy wound the pickups himself by hand using a vintage Jazzmaster correct 1/8" bobbin spacing. Other than the coils on the pickups, the guitar is completely original as Loretta played it back in the 1960s. She did a wonderful job preserving a great piece of Fender history.
This 1962 Jazzmaster (May neck stamp) features rare early features such as a slab rosewood fretboard, mint green pickguard and pre-L series serial number. The original fawn colored case with brown leather ends is in good condition with proper working latches. The original hang tag still has the allen bridge adjustment wrench held on by a piece of clear tape. Loretta even kept the oft disposed of Tolex hang tag.
This 1962 Fender Jazzmaster is special because it made during the very small period of time that Fender was using both the slab Rosewood style fretboard and the matching color headstock. Fender manufactured the Jazzmaster from the model's introduction in 1958 until mid 1962. Custom colors were available during that time, but the face of the headstock was still finished natural like the Sunburst and Blond guitars. It was until 1962 that the custom color offset guitars came standard with a matching color headstock.