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HAPPY NGD!!! 1962 Fender Jazzmaster (UPDATED with better pics)

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by ugacrow, May 18, 2011.

  1. ugacrow

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    Well, not to me. But to my girlfriend's dad, so I'll get to play it all the time.

    He got this as a gift from a friend who bought it new in 1962, wore it out for a few years, then forgot about it. Original pickups and bridge got lost at some point over the years. Put Lollars in this thing, installed a new bridge (which will soon be replaced with a Mastery bridge), got a complete set-up from Greg at the Classic Axe in Nashville, and now the thing is a rock and roll tone machine! The burgundy mist finish polished up beautifully, and I love the natural right arm rest wear. And that's a REAL mint green pickup... nothing new or "relic'd" about any wear on this thing!

    UPDATE: better pics added here:

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    Crappy phone pics below:

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    Thanks to everyone for their input on how to restore this baby. For the record, here's what it looked like when he got it:

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  2. AL30

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    Oooof! That's a beauty. Someone has some great friends.

    AL
     
  3. CyberFerret

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    What a beautiful guitar!! Congrats on a great restoration!
     
  4. wayben

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    Wow, nice restoration!! Gratz.

    Wayne
     
  5. SLBlues

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    Fantastic story and guitar. Glad you get to help your GF's Dad enjoy it.
     
  6. VicAjax

    VicAjax Male Supermodel

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    sounds like you need to marry this chick tout de suite.
     
  7. ugacrow

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    Thanks for all the kind words, folks!
     
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  8. Nada

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    that is very cool~ congratulations to the new owner!
     
  9. Mitch T

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    I will congratulate you AFTER you get rid of the blasphemic harmonics killer (otherwise referred to as buzz stop) :puh
     
  10. Bobby D

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    that finish is in really good condition for a '62 -- beautiful!


    i have a good friend who has a '64 strat in that color, it's breathtaking in person :p
     
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    Sweet JM! I agree with Mitch, though. Tell your GF's dad to take that Buzzstop off! Had one on my '64 for years and took it off a while back. Don't know what I was thinking. Mine never buzzed or jumped strings anyway so all it did was choke the jangly growl.

    Where pics taken before Mastery was installed? The bridge in the photos doesn't look like a Mastery.
     
  13. small axe

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    love the color and matching headstock....score!
     
  14. thrashmetl

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    Very nice, coincidentally I've got a '59 Jazzmaster in my future. Just got married 2 weeks ago and my father in law said he's going to leave his sunburst/tortoise '59 and '63 Vibrolux Reverb to me since I'm the only person in the family who plays. Never gotten to play the thing yet though, he's in Kansas and I'm in California. I've actually never even been to his house.
     
  15. ugacrow

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    Nope, that's a Mastery bridge. Looks just like this one: http://www.masterybridge.com/bridge.html

    EDIT: Well hold on, no, it doesn't. Hmm. This is weird. May need to look into this...
     
  16. Aaronchoo

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    Looks great after its fixed up! Congrats!
     
  17. ugacrow

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    NM.
     
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  18. ugacrow

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    A few corrections here:

    1) I incorrectly stated that the JM has Fralins in it. Instead, they're Lollars. They sound great.

    2) Thanks to slimjw, it's now clear that indeed, that is an original JM bridge, not the Mastery bridge. We'll get this corrected stat.
     
  19. gbsmusic

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    Very nice. Congrats!
     

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