NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster [Now in Burgundy Mist! p.2]

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NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster [Now in Burgundy Mist! p.2]

Post by gishuk » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:43 am

I spotted this on Reverb and happened to have some money floating around so I picked it up. Its an early 1962 so still has a slab board neck, but had been modified for 9 strings in the past :wacko: so the headstock has had the extra holes filled and been veneered and the nut has some repairs around it, which made the price very inviting. It looks like whoever did it did a good job so thats not an issue to me.
The whole guitar including the neck has been refinished in poly though, it looks like a professionally done job, and done some time ago by the wear and yellowing of the clear. However I'm very much thinking about sending it to Rexter sometime in the future and having it refinished in nitro in a custom colour appropriate for 1962, but that would be next year.
Everything else is original according to the seller and I don't see any reason to doubt that, all looks correct to me.
The main thing is that it sounds and plays fantastically! Really great tone and it feels so alive, despite the poly finish, you can feel it vibrating, its very impressive.
I may get a staytrem bridge though as I don't like the stock saddles, I have a mastery on my other JM but fancy trying staytrem this time.

Excuse the phone photos in not the best light. The other guitar is my 1961/62 partscaster which I've had for about 10 years now and could do with a refret!

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by PJazzmaster » Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:44 pm

wow! great find! :-* I wouldn't worry much about the mentioned repairs. All seems to be restored very well.
I wonder what the weight is!?

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by gishuk » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:37 pm

It weighs very much similar to my other one, but as I dont know the weight of that either that isn't very helpful :D

One slightly odd thing I've found is the volume pot appears to have its entire range from about 6-10, anything lower than that is basically 'off'. But it seems to have a full range of sound just in a very compressed amount of travel on the pot :wacko: Not sure what thats all about.

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by ludobag1 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:20 am

congrat!
i am jalous ,nice jazz

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by redchapterjubilee » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:51 am

That's a fine rack full of guitars there.

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by RIORIO » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:30 am

Oly white w tort is simply divine

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by min7b5 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:57 am

On the volume, it could be a few reasons

1) the pot it linear. Audio pots approximate a log scale which is how we hear. So a log pot should give a more even increase.

2) the taper of the audio pot sucks. I have an audio pot in mine that I just wired up and it's similar to your experience.

I recently bought emerson pro cts pots which should have a better taper.

Once I rewire I can let you know how it sounds.

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by gishuk » Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:07 pm

That would be helpful thank you. Its not a huge issue but even though its the original electronics I'm not averse to replacing it if necessary.

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by Paul-T » Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:41 am

That looks great.

I think the 8-string mode gives our European Jazzmasters an extra layer of history. I had mine veneered and resprayed by Clive Brown.
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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by gishuk » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:18 pm

Your Jazzmaster is awesome, that veneer work to restore the headstock is incredible too.

The 9 string thing is kinda weird for sure but youre right it totally tells a story.

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by Mechanical Birds » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:37 pm

Oh
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the tort on that maroon Jazzmaster is like the prettiest I’ve ever seen it’s just amazing! And the new guy looks really good too, like I see no evidence of there ever being extra tuners so it looks like whoever fixed it did a great job.

Awesome, awesome guitars there man.

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by gishuk » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:56 pm

Thanks! As a fellow tort lover I've seen a lot of vintage tort too and still nothing has come close to this one. I was lucky to find it, and it was very cheap too.

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by Mechanical Birds » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:35 pm

Man, I really need to get off my ass and start trying to make some tort. I’d put it on everything I own

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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by postchrist » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:30 am

i’ve thought pretty hard about the whole 9 string offset thing... such an interesting mod, and makes sense with the way the bridge is designed. great bit of history there.. such a beautiful piece!
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Re: NGD! 1962 Jazzmaster

Post by gypsyseven » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:55 am

Wow, congrats! Nice collection by the way...

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