1961 Fender Jazzmaster Blond

John Shults

Posted on October 07 2019

1961 Fender Jazzmaster Blond

I was reminded by a friend about this super clean 1961 Fender Jazzmaster this morning that breezed through the shop in 2017! It has a rare factory Blond finish with Ash body instead of the typical Alder body.

1960 Fender Jazzmaster Blond finish over Ash body with hang tag and case

Fender's Jazzmaster model electric guitar debuted in 1958 as their top of the line guitar meant to supersede the Telecaster and Stratocaster models. It sold well enough but players seemed to gravitate back to the simplicity of the Telecaster and Stratocaster over time. The main thing holding it back was the new low angle floating bridge design. It was designed for use with heavy .012 gauge strings which fell out of vogue in favor of lighter strings in the 1960s. This introduced some issues with break angle over the bridge that weren't easily resolved. The Stratocaster and Telecaster both had bridge designs that weren't susceptible to playability issues with changing string tension.

 1960 Fender Jazzmaster headstock Fender spaghetti logo slab Rosewood fretboard

I'm always looking for clean examples of the Fender Jazzmaster. It's one of my favorite guitars ever made! My own personal electric guitar is a Fender Jazzmaster from 1965. Are you looking to sell a vintage Fender Jazzmaster? I'd love to check it out. If you're looking for "where to sell vintage fender guitar" then check out the Sell My Guitar page here. Or, you can hit the red Contact Me button in the lower right corner of your browser. I'm looking forward to seeing it. 

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