Vintage 1959 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst with Gold Anodised Pickguard
All original except for a pro refret, this classic early ‘59 Jazzmaster plays beautifully. The 59 pick ups have a stunning clarity with darker tones than later models.
Cool for jangle … killer for overdriven/distorted
it’s relatively lightweight weighing in at around 3.1 kgs. Everything works great including the trem arm.
50’s Fenders are getting harder to find. This ‘59 Jazzmaster is a thing of beauty.
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.
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