1958 Gold Jazzmaster

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by shadowplay » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:55 pm

Literally magical.

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by kracdown » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:09 pm

I've never been so jealous, and I own a perfect gold guard. Looking out for a stripped gold guard to send to Danocaster... :? :? :?
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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by Squirrel » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:34 am

I'm so glad this thing survived the 1980s unscathed. Just wow.

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by Hiwatt Bob » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:09 pm

Unbelievable! Very cool. Congrats!

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by zip73 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:37 am

This photo was taken in 1959 (page 194 of Fender The Sound Heard 'Round The World). Note also the maple neck version:
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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by bterry » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:56 pm

I’ve seen that one :)

I’ve done some more research on it and gotten some valuable input from some who are very well versed in 50s custom colors - the thinking on mine is that it was part of a small run for a trade show in late ‘58 or early ‘59 - they may have made as many as 6 but probably more like 2 or 3 in gold, along with some in red, blonde, etc.

Most-likely the guitar was bought by the original owner at the show, and the color is not shoreline gold but probably a popular gold color from ‘57 or ‘58.

The undercoat on the guitar is very different from the 60s custom colors, a white base with a sort of blueish grey coat over the top to which the gold paint was applied. This is one sure way to identify a legit and original 50s custom color finish and without this undercoat it’s most-likely refinished.

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by bterry » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:51 am

Here's a closeup of the body, you can see the reddish/coppery hue a bit better, here...

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by Paul-T » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:02 am

That is probably the most beautiful custom colour I've seen, of whatever guitar. Such lovely condition, too, just enough wear to make it pop.

I hope you enjoy playing it for many decades.
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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by bterry » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:20 am

Thanks, man. It is for me as well, such a great-looking JM. Plays and sounds great, too!

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by zepset » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:23 am

Thanks for the extra photos. In a world where every guitar is "RARE!" it's a treat to see something that is truly unique from very early in the model run.

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by bterry » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:27 am

sure thing - I’ll post some more closeups when I get some time...

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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by BoringPostcards » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:44 am

Gorgeous! Great score!
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Re: 1958 Gold Jazzmaster

Post by countertext » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:43 pm

Aw man, I knew I saw this axe in a thread and I couldn’t remember where it was. But now I found the thread and can post this in the right place: Misirlou

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