70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

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70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by CorporateDisguise » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:01 pm

Does anybody here know whether the maple fretboard, black blocks and binding necks on some of the 1970s Jazzmasters were one piece with a skunk stripe or two piece with a seperate fretboard.

I've been dreaming up a project, and I haven't been able to fine a photo of the back of any of these necks.
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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster.

Post by CorporateDisguise » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:03 pm

Also, is the 70s Jazzmaster headstock the same as say a Post CBS strat?

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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by Paolo_ray » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:38 am

I'm guessing it has a skunk stripe due to the truss rod heel access. I have seen close ups of the headstock and it doesn't look like there's a separate fretboard either. I'm currently making one and I used the CBS strat headstock for the template, looks close enough to me!

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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by MatthewK » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:47 am

No stripe, maple cap on this 1975 Antigua Jaguar from Reverb:
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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by offkeyericdee » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:04 am

CorporateDisguise wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:01 pm
Does anybody here know whether the maple fretboard, black blocks and binding necks on some of the 1970s Jazzmasters were one piece with a skunk stripe or two piece with a seperate fretboard.

I've been dreaming up a project, and I haven't been able to fine a photo of the back of any of these necks.
The necks were two-piece with a separate fretboard. Also, they indeed had the larger CBS headstock. Also also, the maple fretboard option on Jazzmasters was only available in 1966 and 67, not into the '70s - as far as I know only 1 was ordered. Jaguars, on the other hand, had the maple board option until 1973.
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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by Paolo_ray » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:08 am

Very cool! Looks like they did one and two piece necks:

https://imgur.com/a/HvXwxDk

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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by CorporateDisguise » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:23 pm

Great info! Thanks all for your input.

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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by kracdown » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:12 pm

They're maple cap necks. Truss rod came in before the fretboard. No skunk stripe.
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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by Mechanical Birds » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:55 pm

Weird looking at those price lists that got posted and seeing that maple fretboards were like $30 more than the rosewood fretboards. Seems like it should have been cheaper.

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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by amv » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:19 am

MatthewK wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:47 am
No stripe, maple cap on this 1975 Antigua Jaguar from Reverb:
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I guess this finally proves what I've always suspected, which is that Antigua isn't half bad when you replace that heinous airbrushed pickguard with literally any other normal color. Not a bad look.

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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by Mechanical Birds » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:25 am

I’ve seen a few that seemingly had no green at all and just looked like a black and white burst that I liked a lot.

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Re: 70s Maple Fretboard Jazzmaster Question

Post by MatthewK » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:18 am

Well yeah, Antigua was a greyburst finish (white fading to dove grey). Only yellowing varnish gave it the avocado look.
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