Jazzmasters are proving to experience a solid comeback into the mainstream these days, after being Fender's underdogs and indie kids favourites. Many players who were true to their Strats and Teles are only now discovering these truly inspiring instruments. As a result, Jazzmasters are increasingly hard to get in the second hand market, mainly because everyone who owns one won't want to part with it.
Most of the time Jazzmasters coming up for sale are traditional models made either in Japan or Mexico. Many more rock-oriented players really want to get one of these, cause they are more or less affordable, but then quickly discover a whole list of drawbacks (and come to us for modifications). Firstly, the original bridge design with ridged adjustable saddles doesn't really work that well with lighter string gauges and with more aggressive rhythm playing - strings just pop out of the saddles all the time. So a Mustang bridge is a good upgrade.
Secondly, the original pickups and A1MEG pots provide very trebly sound, the bridge pickup, especially on the Japan Jazzmasters is particularly shrill, brittle and practically unusable unless you wanna play surf. So lowering the pots value or replacing at least the bridge pickup with a more powerful model is very common for rock players. The rhythm circuit, originally meant for jazz players in the 1960s, isn't really doing much besides making the neck pickup muddy. Everyone wants a series/parallel mod.
Thirdly, the thick polyester finish kills quite a bit of body resonance (together with the brittle bridge) so many players want a thin nitrocellulose refinish (just like the vintage models), but stripping poly and refinishing costs quite a lot of money.
And finally the necks on the vast majority of Jazzmaster reissues are surprisingly thin, which is fine if you have small hands, but a pain for everyone else.
So many people love the looks of the Jazzmasters, but then want extensive mods to make it work for their rock, alternative or indie music. Here's when custom Jazzmasters, like the one here, come into play.
Jazzmaster for sale is truly unique, sporting that special Seafoam Green nitro finish, matching headstock and faded gold anodized pickguard. Vibrant finish was done by one of the best vintage finish specialist in UK - Rexter guitars. These guys offer some of the most accurately-matched custom colours available, specialising on the vintage guitar colours of the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike some other refinishers who use catalysed lacquer with added melamine (meant to speed up the painting process in industrial furniture finishing) their clear nitrocellulose lacquer is made to a traditional formula – completely non-catalysed with zero plasticisers added. This small but important detail gives a truly authentic vintage style finish.
Thin finish allows that 2-piece alder body to resonate very nicely and provide solid sustain and loud acoustic tone without being overly heavy. Body was carefully handmade with very lovelty vintage contours and comes with full inner cavities copper foil shielding, that together with the aluminium pickguard creates a so-called "Faraday Cage", that helps curb any interference. Body has some surface wear here and there, small bumps and scratches, but nothing too drastic. Nitro finish will keep aging gracefully over the years.
1959 style anodized gold pickguard adds some uniqueness to the look, while 1960s amp knobs disrupt the norm a bit.
This Jazzmaster has a chunky D-shape neck, licensed by Fender and made in USA by a well-known boutique company Musikraft. Neck has rounded freboard edges, beautifully figured dark slab rosewood fretboard, vintage frets and fretboard radius of 7.25'', gorgeous matching green headstock and '65 decal. Satin nitro finish on the back reminds of worn vintage guitars. Besides a little pain scuff on the edge of the headstock the neck has minimal wear. Nut is made of TUSQ, that helps eliminate friction and improve tuning stability.
Unique features continue with the electronics. In order to make this sound as good as it looks, we've installed a set of Seymour Duncan Hot Vintage single-coils, that have outstanding clarity and punch thanks to Alnico V magnets and overwound coils.
Wiring is all USA-spec with the highest grade components, including CTS USA 405-series brass solid shaft A500K pot for the volume and A1MEG for the tone, Neutrik output, Switchcraft toggle and slider switches and vintage-correct cloth-covered wires. Smooth treble roll off with a growly low end is provided by a 1960s style ceramic disc tone capacitor.
Traditional rhythm circuit that has very limited application and usually just makes the neck pickup sound muddy was ditched in favour of a much more useful and exciting 4th sound. Slider on the upper horn engages both pickups in-series, where both coils essentially act as a spaced humbucker, doubling the output and overdriving any tube amp into sweet heaven. This sound is incredibly balanced thanks to all the twang from the bridge pickup, warmth of the neck and lack of mid scoop, that you usually get in a more traditional "middle" position, where pickups are engaged in-parallel. With the slider down, using the 3-way toggle switch you still get those 3 traditional tones.
Wait, but there is more! If your 3-way toggle is in the neck position and you move the slider switch up - you will get silence. Which means in this configuration your slider switch turns into a killswitch for all those brilliant percussive Tom Morello-style tricks!
Fender Japan hardware works very smoothly. Tremolo has the lock function, that helps stay in tune in case of a string break. Traditional Jazzmaster bridge famous for its rattling and string slippage, has been replaced with a much more sturdy Mustang bridge. Kluson vintage-style tuners are smooth and reliable.
Looking for a rock Jazzmaster? We honestly think this is as good as they get :)
This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, body polish, neck deep clean, lemon oil fretboard treatment, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with D'addario 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.
This guitar will be shipped around UK and EU with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping available as well!
Jazzmaster Custom - USA - Musikraft neck - Seafoam Green nitro (2017)
MODEL: Jazzmaster Custom
COLOUR: Seafoam Green nitro gloss finish
PICKGUARD: 1-ply aged anodized gold
NECK: Musikraft USA licensed by Fender chunky D-shape maple neck, satin nitro lacquer, matching headstock
FRETBOARD: rosewood, 7.25-inch radius
NUT: TUSQ frictionless, aged finish
NUT WIDTH: 41.7 mm
NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret - 25.4 mm, 12th fret - 26 mm
FRETS: 21 vintage frets with no wear
TUNERS: Kluson vintage style slotted tuners, nickel finish
BODY: Rexter custom alder body, traditional contours and SS body routing, full copper foil cavity shielding
TOTAL WEIGHT: 3,6 kg
PLASTICS: aged cream pickup covers, black vintage amp knobs
BRIDGE: Mustang bridge with barrel saddles
TREMOLO: Fender Japan Jazzmaster tremolo
WEAR: surface wear and some scratches on the body, one ding on the edge of the headstock, minimal neck wear
PICKUPS: Seymour Duncan USA Hot Jazzmaster pickups, Alnico V flatpole magnets, cloth-covered wires, fiber bobbins
WIRING: USA-spec wiring with Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch, CTS A500K solid brass shaft volume pot, A1MEG tone pot, Switchcraft slider switch for series/parallel connection and kill-switch, 1960s ceramic disc tone capacitor, Neutrik output jack, full vintage-style cloth-covered wiring
Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference and we cannot give any guarantees. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.
We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.