ejstans wrote:Japanese necks are a little too wide at the heel to fit in the pocket of a vintage JM. At least that's what I found when I tried my CIJ neck on my 1959 body. Guess it's a metric vs. imperial thing.
Strat neck it is! Oh well, its a temporary replacement.
So after weeks of waiting and obsessing about this thing I finally have it. The owner believed it to be a '59 body but I'm not so sure. Here's how I'm breaking this down largely according to Jim Shine's excellent webpage on Jazzmaster dating. (I know that most of us have read it but if you need a refresher you can find it here: http://jimshine.com/jazzmaster/intricacies_of_the_fender_jazzma.htm
Nail Holes: Pre 1965
Short crown on bridge thimbles: 1961-1981
Celluloid pickguard with rectangular holes on aluminum plating for rhythm controls: Pre 1963
Brass shielding on rhythm rout lines only the back of the cavity: 1962-1964
Oh, also the ground wire runs from the bridge thimbles. I'm going to strip it within the next couple of days so hopefully there'll be some pencil marks still in there.
So if I am correct this seems to be a 1962 body. If my deductions are off please let me know! Anyhow, here she is in all her yucky two tone burst glory. Note that I haven't installed the rest of the shielding which is tub style...
And back. Note the interesting shape of the shading of the black band. Hope we're not trying to hide anything too nasty under there...
All in all it's not as rough as I remembered it. I'll get my calipers out and measure it as well as take some better pictures tomorrow. Until then I'll be getting high on stripper fumes. It'll be like my bachelor party in more ways than one...