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thumbwheels which ran through a capacitor that further mellowed the tone (White's
prototype was profiled in the October '14
issue of VG).
Jazzmasters came with a variety of funky
accessories, including the Parker Body Guard
- a plastic shell that protected the back and
edges - and also apparently damaged the
finish as it deteriorated over the years.
The Jazzmaster was made until 1980, then
revived as a Japanese model in '86, followed
by U.S.-made models in '99. While certainly
not "rare," the relatively low popularity and
original high price make the Jazzmaster one
of the less-common vintage Fenders. Custom
colors are the most prized, though knowing
the sunbursts are faux wood makes them
very interesting. Ill-conceived, perhaps, but
still venerable.
(BELoW) Patent drawings for the Jazzmaster,
including details of its overall design/shape,
vibrato, and a player seated in different positions.

hen it debuted in 1958,
the Jazzmaster was the
company's top model. Offered
with the same color options
and hardware-finish upgrades
as the Strat, it nonetheless has
always played second fiddle.
Still, the guitar is certifiably
collectible and has become
more popular lately thanks
to alt-rock players emulating
their '70s idols, who did the
contrarian thing in employing a Jazzmaster. Examples
include Elvis Costello on My

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Aim is True and Tom Verlaine
on Television's Marquee Moon
(both from 1977). In the '80s,
the similarly influential Thurston
Moore played one on Sonic
youth's landmark Daydream
Nation, while J Mascis carved
a trail on one in Dinosaur Jr.
In the '90s it emerged again in
the hands of Nels Cline (Wilco),
Troy Van leeuwen (Queens of
the Stone Age), and Greg Camp
(Smashmouth).
From a collector's perspective, the Jazzmaster sits a
bit above entry-level/newbie
status but (very) comfortably
below the cash-to-burn level

FEATURES

1958	Sunburst
1958	
Sunburst, rare maple 'board
1959	
Custom colors, includes rare
1959	Sunburst
1960	
Common colors
1960	
Rare colors
1960	Sunburst
1961	
Common colors
1961	
Rare colors
1961	Sunburst
1962	
Common colors
1962	
Rare colors
1962	Sunburst
1963	
Common colors
1963	
Rare colors
1963	Sunburst
1964	
Common colors
1964	
Rare colors
1964	Sunburst
1965	
Common colors
1965	
Early '65, Sunburst
1965	
Late '65, Sunburst
1965	
Rare colors
1966	
Common colors
1966	
Rare colors
1966	
Sunburst, block markers
1966	
Sunburst, dot markers
1967-1969	
Common colors
1967-1969	
Rare colors
1967-1969	Sunburst
1970	
Common colors
1970	
Rare colors
1970-1980	Sunburst
1971-1974	
Custom colors
1975-1980	
Custom colors
July 2016

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Vintage guitar

of a '50s Strat/Tele. Here, from
The Official Vintage Guitar
Price Guide 2016, are values
for Jazzmasters in excellent
condition (all original parts and
finish, no playing wear, minimal
weather checking).
(Ed. Note: The Vintage Guitar Price
Guide offers the following definitions
in regard to the collectibility of custom
colors. Common: Black, Blond, Candy
Apple Red, Olympic White, Lake
Placid Blue, Dakota Red, Daphne Blue,
Fiesta Red. Rare: Shoreline Gold, Inca
Silver, Burgundy Mist, Sherwood
Green, Sonic Blue, Foam Green. Very
Rare: Surf Green, Shell Pink.)
LOW

EXC. COND.
HIGH

$8,000
$7,000
$8,700
$7,800
$7,800
$9,800
$5,800
$7,300
$8,800
$5,000
$7,300
$8,800
$4,000
$5,000
$7,000
$4,000
$4,800
$6,900
$4,000
$4,400
$3,900
$3,700
$6,700
$4,000
$6,500
$3,600
$3,700
$3,700
$5,000
$3,600
$3,700
$5,000
$2,600
$3,000
$2,700

$10,000
$8,700
$13,000
$9,800
$9,800
$15,000
$7,200
$8,800
$13,700
$6,300
$8,800
$13,700
$5,000
$7,000
$12,000
$5,000
$6,900
$11,000
$5,000
$6,700
$4,800
$4,600
$9,900
$6,500
$9,000
$4,500
$4,600
$5,000
$7,000
$4,500
$4,800
$6,900
$3,300
$4,000
$3,400


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