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Fender Lee Ranaldo Signature Jazzmaster Original Prototype w/ Original Neck Owned by Sonic Youth

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This Fender Lee Ranaldo Signature Jazzmaster Original Prototype w/ It's Original Prototype Neck is part of the private collection of Sonic Youth.

Fender released the Lee Ranaldo Signature Jazzmaster in 2009 along with another signature Jazzmaster for fellow Sonic Youth guitarist, Thurston Moore. Both models featured striped down electronics and a satin nitro finish.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BUYERS PURCHASING FROM OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES: Please be advised that due to CITES regulations enforced by the Fish & Wildlife Administration in 2018 - An additional delivery time of up to 4 weeks may be enforced because of the Rosewood used on the neck of this guitar. Buyers will need to file for a CITES import from their local customs office prior to shipment. Buyer be advised.

The Ranaldo model also features a pair of wide-range humbuckers similar to those found on a '70s Telecaster Deluxe. Lee's primary guitar for many many years.

Included in this listing is the original prototype neck that was on the guitar for many many years before being swapped out for a newer production model after being thrashed from years of shows. 

No serial information as this is the original prototype. Heavily abused. Tone electronics removed. Pickup selector is scratchy but settles in. Very stickered. Whammy bar in place. In gig bag.

Used by Lee: 2009-2010
  • 2009 -- CGDCGD (What We Know)
  • 2010 -- solo shows


  • This is the first prototype for Lee's custom signature Jazzmaster -- the only difference I see is that this one has a regular headstock where-as the finished model has a black headstock. THIS NECK COMES WITH THIS GUITAR.

  • Lee has used the prototype live, though possibly only for solo gigs -- but he did use it for 'What We Know' on the Pitchfork A>D>D session (he used the 'finished' model for the remainder of the songs).

  • As of September 2010, Lee was still using this for his solo gigs (typically hung from the ceiling pendulum-style).

  • Sapphire Blue Transparent body
  • Black anodized aluminum pickguard
  • 2 "newly voiced and improved Fender wide range Humbucker reissue pickups voiced to Lee's specs" This one had standard Tele Deluxe humbuckers, which were replaced for the 2nd prototype + production run
  • Streamlined electronics - no rhythm circuit, just one volume knob
  • Fender Mustang bridge
  • Vintage frets and 7.25" fretboard radius
  • Vintage style nickel hardware
  • Pickup selector switch 'side to side' instead of up/down
  • Vibrato bar
  • "Ultra Eczema" sticker
  • Spiral sticker on reverse
  • Pavement 09/21/10 NYC guest pass on the back

  • All pieces of gear in the Official Sonic Youth Reverb Shop ship fully insured with delivery confirmation and include a signed and embossed Certificate Of Authenticity with signatures from all four original members of Sonic Youth.

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    Product Specs

    Listed3 years ago
    ConditionFair (Used)
    Fair condition gear should function but will show noticeable cosmetic damage or other issues.learn more

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