Fender Jazzmaster 1959

Fender Jazzmaster 1959


After a few months of clinging to this gold guard 1959 Fender Jazzmaster, I've decided it's time to let it for sale. I purchased it from its second owner who purchased it from his roommate in 1964. Although he did not receive the original case when he bought it, he did keep the guitar in nice condition throughout the decades. It has the perfect combination of wear and patina. 

Make and Model: Fender Jazzmaster

Year: 1959. Gold anodized pickguard, 2/59 neck heel date, 11/58 body date, and potentiometer code reading 137 850 (137 = CTS, 8 = 1958, and 50 = 50th week). Oddly enough, it has a serial number plate within a range used in 1956. I have seen this one one other Jazzmaster made during the same month. 

Measurements: 8 lbs / 3.65kg total weight. The neck profile measure 0.80" deep at the first fret and 1" deep at the 12th fret. The nut width measures exactly a full 1 11/16".

Originality: All parts appear to be original to the guitar except the strings and case! The case is a correct 1959 era tweed knucklebuster case but someone spray painted the tweed gold at some point.

Playability: Very good! This is a nice player but there is typical fret wear for a guitar of this age. I didn't find it to be so significant that I'd like to have it refretted but many players may disagree. 

Notes: I'm thrilled to offer this 1959 Fender Jazzmaster to the market for the first time since 1959. The '59 era Jazzmaster Sunburst is gorgeous to look at with purple undertones in the darker areas. The slab Rosewood fretboard is dark and has all the cool patina. The clay dots have shrunk into the board in the areas of heavy player traffic. It's a joy to hold and play and I know I'll miss it dearly.