Fender Jazzmaster 1960 Sunburst OHSC

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By 1960 the Jazzmaster entered its third year of production at Fender. Since its introduction in 1958 the anodized aluminum pickguard had been updated to a tortoise red/brown guard. Other early Jazzmaster features like a slab rosewood fretboard, black bobbin pickups, a 'Patent Pending' vibrato tailpiece, high bridge thimbles and brass shielding "tubs" lining all of the electronics cavities were still present.


At the time Fender used a red aniline pigment for their sunburst finish that proved to be unstable and faded quickly when exposed to UV. The sunburst of a '60 Jazzmaster often has a 50's 'two-and-a-halve-tone' look when viewed from the front. The red band is usually more present at the back and/or underneath the pickguard, as this guitar readily shows. The somewhat bright red pickguard and stark white plastic knobs are also distinct 1960 model year features.


This guitar was built right at the end of 1960. The neck is dated in November (11/60). The decal has three very small patent numbers underneath the 'With Syncronized Floating Trem' line, these numbers started to appear by the fall of 1960. The date codes on the electronics point to halfway 1960. The serial number (58864) roughly dates to maybe early 1961, but in our opinion dating this guitar a '60 is correct because all the dates and features of the 1960 model are present and correct. By early 1961 the two-way 'rhythm circuit' switch would change to a version made by Stackpole (that did not require two nuts to attach it) and the wax paper Cornell Dubilier capacitors were changed to SK ceramic disk capacitors. None of these 1961 features were introduced as of yet when this guitar was made.


This Jazzmaster is in excellent sounding and playing condition. Even unplugged the guitar sounds very full with solid lows, great dynamics and lots of sustain and resonance, even with the stock bridge. Plugged in the powerful black bobbin pickups translate to a lively sound with the beautiful full midrange of an early Jazzmaster. The slim neck plays great and feels very solid. The all-original electronics work flawlessly. The rhythm circuit is very useful for creating a darker, smoother sound. Apart from some belt buckle wear, subtle crazing all over from age and a nicely worn-in neck the finish looks great and is in fully original condition, with no repairs or oversprayed areas. The pickguard has warped and shrunk from age but still fits reasonably well and shows no breaks.


The guitar has been refretted with close to original size fretwire. The fretboard shows only minor playing wear. The tremolo arm is a newer reissue part. The high E tuner has a bent shaft, for practical reasons we've replaced it with a replica aged 'single line' Kluson tuner. The original bent tuner is included separately. A saddle raiser screw in the high E bridge saddle is corroded stuck but it's left in a suitable position to setup the bridge correctly. Some other saddle raisers have been replaced. The guitar is currently setup with .011 Pure Nickel strings and plays great at low to medium action (slightly below 2mm above the 12th fret).


The foam underneath the pickups turned to gum so in order to be able to adjust the pickups we've replaced it but saved the original pieces. Underneath the neck pickup we found a short piece of painters tape that was left during production as an assembly/inspection mark, signed by Fender employee 'Mell'. Since it was wandering loose inside the pickup cavity we removed it to prevent it from going missing.

Product Specs

Listed6 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more

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