1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by FrankRay » Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:01 pm

Personally, I don't think I've ever seen an original black offset with a tort pickguard. All the ones I've seen have mint. I've always taken the combination to be a sure sign of refinishing.

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:50 pm

Johno wrote:Is the neck plate original, I thought it would have an L prefix being pre 65?
The L prefix came sometime in late 1962.

"At the very end of 1962 and into 1963, Fender changed to a system where serial numbers began with an "L." According to some accounts, the L was supposed to just be a 1 to mark the cross over into the 100,000 range from the previous scheme, but an L was used by mistake."
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:05 pm

This is super cool! I was eyeing that one thinking it would be a cool project. Glad you're leaving the headstock. 8) totally the right move. I vote black n tort. Can't beat that combo. You could always hunt for an original mint guard and have either or depending on your mood.

Where in Chicago are you moving? Love this city!

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:50 pm

kosmonautmayhem wrote:This is super cool! I was eyeing that one thinking it would be a cool project. Glad you're leaving the headstock. totally the right move. I vote black n tort. Can't beat that combo. You could always hunt for an original mint guard and have either or depending on your mood.

Where in Chicago are you moving? Love this city!
Yeah I'm thinking black is cool going to be the way to go. I love the black and tort guard look.

I'm in school down in Hyde Park...
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by zhivago » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:28 am

kracdown wrote:
Yeah I'm thinking black is cool going to be the way to go. I love the black and tort guard look.

Oh yeah, Black will definitely work...

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:54 am

kracdown wrote:
kosmonautmayhem wrote:This is super cool! I was eyeing that one thinking it would be a cool project. Glad you're leaving the headstock. totally the right move. I vote black n tort. Can't beat that combo. You could always hunt for an original mint guard and have either or depending on your mood.

Where in Chicago are you moving? Love this city!
Yeah I'm thinking black is cool going to be the way to go. I love the black and tort guard look.

I'm in school down in Hyde Park...
Cool! Good for you! My wife used to work down there. 8)

Black may be a safe choice, but it's classic and doesn't get old, IMO. The again, I always wished I refund my old 64 in shoreline. I went safe with an Oly refin and ended up flipping it. But that may have been my Jaguar Gas calling. :mellow:

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by øøøøøøø » Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:37 am

kracdown wrote:Thanks for the info guys. The guitar should be coming sometime this week while I'm out of town in NY . To make matter worse, I'm relocating to Chicago for the rest of the year . So someone will be shipping it to me from LA to Chicago, where I'll need to find someone to prep the body and fix the tuners...

As for the finish, I'm having a tough time figuring out if I want LPB or Black... I absolutely love LPB, but maybe I'll save that for my first 100% original custom color Jazzmaster... Also, I will be able to use the original pick guard if I go black(I would grab a Spit fire for the Mint guard).

Also need to pickup a set of aged single line deluxe Klusons, but I want to get a better idea of the condition of the neck so I can decide on what level of aging I need...
I would go black.

Black + tort and natural headstock is one of the most attractive JM color combinations, to me. Pure class. I do agree that LPB looks really, really great with a matching headstock and mint green guard (though I'm biased-- I have a late '62 in this configuration). Do one of those later!

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When you disassemble the guitar to have the body painted, screw the pickguard to a piece of plywood or scrap. This will keep it from shrinking as fast. It's amazing how quickly a celluloid guard can shrivel up, cup, and shrink if not screwed down to a flat surface. There's a very real possibility that, by the time you get the guitar back, the screw holes will no longer line up. Screwing it down to a piece of scrap should help prevent (or at least slow) this process.

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:25 am

kosmonautmayhem wrote:
kracdown wrote:
kosmonautmayhem wrote:This is super cool! I was eyeing that one thinking it would be a cool project. Glad you're leaving the headstock. totally the right move. I vote black n tort. Can't beat that combo. You could always hunt for an original mint guard and have either or depending on your mood.

Where in Chicago are you moving? Love this city!
Yeah I'm thinking black is cool going to be the way to go. I love the black and tort guard look.

I'm in school down in Hyde Park...
Cool! Good for you! My wife used to work down there.

Black may be a safe choice, but it's classic and doesn't get old, IMO. The again, I always wished I refund my old 64 in shoreline. I went safe with an Oly refin and ended up flipping it. But that may have been my Jaguar Gas calling.
Yeah... I don't love Shoreline gold, though I LOVE Aztec Gold. I think I'll have to that, which I guess wouldn't be correct, or black. Most likely the latter.

As for screwing down the guard, thanks for the heads up. I planned on doing that, as I've experienced how tricky those guards can be on my '66 and '63...
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:36 am

Yep! Screw that guard down! I use a piece of press board from an old bookshelf. Super flat, super sturdy and was totally free. :shifty:

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by MelWaldorf » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:54 pm

Nice to see a vintage Jazzmaster getting restored.

For what it's worth, the guitar is autographed by the Ventures, the group that established the Jazzmaster as a must have guitar in the early 60s. The signatures are of Bob Bogle, Don Wilson (founding members), Leon Taylor (son of Mel Taylor, the Ventures drummer for most of the 60s and 70s) and Gerry McGee (lead guitar since '68). There's not massive value there, but just wanted to acknowledge the band that got a lot of kids, myself included, playing guitar and Jazzmasters in particular.

Here's a photo of the Ventures sporting their Jazzmasters. L-R: Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Mel Taylor, Don Wilson
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:37 pm

MelWaldorf wrote:Nice to see a vintage Jazzmaster getting restored.

For what it's worth, the guitar is autographed by the Ventures, the group that established the Jazzmaster as a must have guitar in the early 60s. The signatures are of Bob Bogle, Don Wilson (founding members), Leon Taylor (son of Mel Taylor, the Ventures drummer for most of the 60s and 70s) and Gerry McGee (lead guitar since '68). There's not massive value there, but just wanted to acknowledge the band that got a lot of kids, myself included, playing guitar and Jazzmasters in particular.

Here's a photo of the Ventures sporting their Jazzmasters. L-R: Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Mel Taylor, Don Wilson
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OK, now back to the regular programming....
Yes - I figured they would probably applaud the restoration ;)

So here's a question for you guys, should I do repro single line Klusons or real '64 double line Klusons?
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by MatthewK » Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:45 am

kracdown wrote:So here's a question for you guys, should I do repro single line Klusons or real '64 double line Klusons?
Repros, then wait patiently for a deal on double lines. You've got nothing to lose (unless it's one of the repros which needs 10mm ferrule holes, so not those).

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:08 am

I'm all for repros. I wouldn't even bother with vintage keys unless they were included.

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by friendshipmaster » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:42 am

My buddy sold that to you!!! I was gonna try to snag it from from him... FYI if he were to keep it his plan was to do gold sparkle :)

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:51 am

kosmonautmayhem wrote:I'm all for repros. I wouldn't even bother with vintage keys unless they were included.
I might be taking them in on a partial trade, so I'll have to see.
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