Fender Jazzmaster 1959

Fender Jazzmaster 1959

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Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Jazzmaster
Finish
  • Blonde
  • Sunburst with Gold Anodized Pickguard
  • Sunburst with Tortoise Pickguard
Year
  • 1959
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Ash
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Tailpiece
Color Family
  • Brown
  • Yellow
Finish Pattern
  • Sunburst
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Model Family
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 21
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • Offset Body
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Series
Wood Top Style
  • Plain

Overview

Fender announced the Jazzmaster at the 1958 NAMM show as a high-end jazz guitar with an array of innovative features and sleek sports-car inspired curves. Though the model never really caught on with jazz players, it was quickly embraced by surf rock players due to its unique floating tremolo system and mellower sounding pickups. Later, the Jazzmaster would find new life as an iconic instrument for a range of indie rock players.
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Years of Production:
 1958 - 1980

Unique to this Year: Fender switched from an anodized aluminum pickguard to a 3-layer celluloid tortoise pickguard partway through 1959. Examples with the earlier pickguard are more valuable. 

Body Style: Offset solidbody 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with slab Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 2 single-coil soapbox pickups, 3-way pickup selector, 25 1/2-inch scale length, treble and bass roll knobs, floating tremolo system, lead/rhythm circuit switch,  anodized aluminum pickguard

Finish Specifications: Sunburst was the standard finish for the Jazzmaster in 1959. Custom colors were available and are more prized by collectable. 

Notable Players:  Nels Cline, J Mascis, Elvis Costello, Lee Ranaldo, Kevin Shields

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