1959 Jazzmaster Restoration

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1959 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Howlin_Wolf! » Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:58 am

Hi all,

I’ve just put the cash down on a refin 1959 Fender Jazzmaster. It looks to be mostly original, however the (gold) tuners and neck plate have been changed (currently has a chrome ‘62 neck plate and repro tuners). The body has a nasty refin and there’s some repaired routing going on under the guard. There’s every chance it could be a partsa but I’m happy it was a good price and I’m looking forward to a restoration project. I’m collecting tonight so will hopefully post some pics soon.

My first question is, what luthier’s would you recommend for refin work here in the U.K? I am based in the Midlands but don’t mind travelling.

As it has a lovely tort guard I am thinking aged Blonde (dependant on wood/grain) or Olympic White, with a little bit of me wanting to go for Desert Sand/Tan. I think it was originally SB judging by the neck pocket.

Any thoughts on colours? Hardware is gold.

Thanks for your help, Adam

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Re: 1959 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by zhivago » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:53 pm

You could try Yuuki....he does amazing work...and he is in the UK. 8)

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Re: 1959 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by andrewaward » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:28 pm

If the body turns out to be ash, I would go seethru blonde .

If it was originally sunburst though, then its unlikely to be ash, it'll be alder...…….so in that case I go aged Olymplic White which has turned a blondey colour.

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Re: 1959 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Paul-T » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:26 pm

If it's blonde I'd go for Clive Brown. Google his blond finishes; they are known as the best in the world. I can't remember the name of the fella did the Black Guard Tele book, Nacho someone, he got Clive to refinish several of his guitars. Very expensive though, so only worth it if the guitar is good. Here's my thread on his work.
Edit; if you can't see the ash, go for sunburst. Jo, below, is great.


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Jo Dobson, in London, is great too. Again, google him. PM if you need more deets.
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Re: 1959 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by jvin248 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:38 pm

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Pics of what you're starting with?

Oly White with Tort would look great.

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