1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Hyphen Nation » Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:53 pm

Can I suggest a charcoal frost [what I am thinking about for a banana yellow refin I have], or that late paint approach that Dano just posted to instagram yesterday or the day before that?

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by takeittothemall » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:06 am

I love the idea of Shoreline Gold on this bad boy.
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:50 pm

I took the thing apart to start prepping in the body and found two problems I need help with....

First, the job someone did reaming out these tuner holes was pretty pathetic and sloppy... Two of them are HUGE holes... What should I do with these?
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Second, someone put in these huge bridge thimbles that I need to know how to take out... The pick guard is stuck on it... Otherwise, it has barely shrunk.
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Maybe this has been refined before? Look at this neck pocket:
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But the trem has the original sunburst in it:
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:04 pm

That's got all the hallmarks of an early JM. This body was pre paint stick. The neck pocket was painted fully. That looks like remnants of an original sunburst neck pocket. My early '63 Jag is like this.

The thimbles are the earlier tall style. They're also original. I haven't seen too many '62s with tall thimbles though. Compare your bridge to others you have. The legs should be slightly taller than the later ones to accommodate the taller thimbles.

Suck about the bad ream job. I'd do it right and have the holes plugged and redrilled.

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:00 pm

kosmonautmayhem wrote:That's got all the hallmarks of an early JM. This body was pre paint stick. The neck pocket was painted fully. That looks like remnants of an original sunburst neck pocket. My early '63 Jag is like this.

The thimbles are the earlier tall style. They're also original. I haven't seen too many '62s with tall thimbles though. Compare your bridge to others you have. The legs should be slightly taller than the later ones to accommodate the taller thimbles.

Suck about the bad ream job. I'd do it right and have the holes plugged and redrilled.
hmm... is there a way to do this without having to refinish the headstock?
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:09 pm

I don't it would be easy but I bet someone could do it. I'm no woodworking expert though. Would love to know myself. ;D

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by øøøøøøø » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:20 pm

yeah, dowel and re-drill is probably best. Could do it without refinishing if you're careful, but that might be an "expert" job. The new bushings would likely cover the old battle wounds, at least mostly. I'd consult a professional.

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by lemat » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:12 am

Ugh, those tuner holes are disappointing.

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:48 am

lemat wrote:Ugh, those tuner holes are disappointing.
Yup. Good news though, getting them filled and redrilled without any refinishing.
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:51 am

Awesome news! Where did you end up taking the guitar?

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:51 am

kosmonautmayhem wrote:Awesome news! Where did you end up taking the guitar?
Chicago fret works. I've used third coast with decent results and had terrible experiences at CME's shop.
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:11 am

Cool. Will love to find out how your experience was.

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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Gav Haus » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:35 am

kosmonautmayhem wrote:That's got all the hallmarks of an early JM. This body was pre paint stick. The neck pocket was painted fully. That looks like remnants of an original sunburst neck pocket. My early '63 Jag is like this.

The thimbles are the earlier tall style. They're also original. I haven't seen too many '62s with tall thimbles though. Compare your bridge to others you have. The legs should be slightly taller than the later ones to accommodate the taller thimbles.

Suck about the bad ream job. I'd do it right and have the holes plugged and redrilled.
Yep, looks like the pocket in my slab '62 sunburst Jag too. Congrats by the way, should be lovely.
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:35 am

UPDATE: I decided to just dowel out the two larger holes and use conversion bushings. Should make it look pretty good and will be done later this week! Then I just need to prep the body and send it over to Dano...
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Re: 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kracdown » Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:06 pm

Tuner holes are repaired:
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Also, here is a good representation of the tort. I'll sand the body tonight and send the body off to Danocaster tomorrow!
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