The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender® history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender's roots—expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it's going, but also remembers where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender's best selling guitars (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, we've completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept—restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more—based on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because there's pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
The American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster® takes you back to the middle of that musically momentous decade, when the reverb-drenched surf had largely receded and the Jazzmaster began its steady decade-long ascent toward alternative indispensability for subversive new generations of iconoclastic guitarists. It had also acquired some elegant new design features by 1965, such as a bound round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dot inlays, and distinctive white "witch hat" control knobs.
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I got my Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster at Matt Umanov's guitar shop in NYC. I was lucky to get one with the 1 of 46 back plate too.
This guitar sounds so good its ridiculous, the quality and overall playability is awesome. You can play almost any genre of music with it, having a good time doing it and enjoying the looks of this awesome Leo Fender design.
The only problem with it is that in 1965 nobody was thrashing their guitars and probably a modern Jazzmaster will do that job better. The notes tend to choke when you play above the 12 fret. You can fix that by adjusting the action on the guitar, but you loose by doing that to.
The tone is epic, it drives beautifully and screams if you make her.
Watch out for this one, its a keeper.
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Tonal versatility is great. Note that in fenders, the center pickup switch, increases the total output. its simple pickup 1 + pickup 2. But in more traditional guitars with 2 humbuckers, the center mode have the same output as one pickup alone.
in this case, its like you have one high output humbucker in middle mode . and if you dont like that, that Jazzmaster, Jaguar lead/rhythm Swithches are ready ! any output and gain you want ...
the only drawback is the bridge. In this model bridge angle is low. You cant pick hard with 9-42 gauges . but 10 wil do the job :)
and theses pickups. THESE are NOT simple single coils with their characteristics. They are something like P90s but with different Coiling pattern. They have warm and powerful sound. if I should find a suited humbucker, they sound like Alnico Pro 2 o pearly gates from SD or simple PAF pickups .
|Model Name:||American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster®, Round-Lam Rosewood Fingerboard, Olympic White|
|Body Finish:||Fender Flash Coat Lacquer|
|Neck Finish:||Fender Flash Coat Lacquer|
|Neck Shape:||Mid '60s "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard:||Bound Round-Laminated Rosewood|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Bridge Pickup:||American Vintage '65 Single-Coil Jazzmaster|
|Neck Pickup:||American Vintage '65 Single-Coil Jazzmaster|
|Controls:||Lead Circuit: Volume, Tone. Rhythm Circuit: Volume, Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup; 2-Position Slide: Up: Rhythm Tone Circuit, Down: Lead Tone Circuit|
|Bridge:||American Vintage Floating Tremolo with Tremolo Lock Button|
|Hardware Finish:||Chrome/Nickel-Plated Steel|
|Tuning Machines:||Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style|
|Control Knobs:||White "Witch Hat"|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Bound round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dot inlays; White "witch hat" control knobs; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with classic dual-circuit wiring and controls; Vintage-style floating tremolo with lock button|
|Included Accessories:||Vintage '65 Jazz Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Flatwound String Set, '60s Jazz Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Vintage and Modern Owner's Manuals, Saddle Height Wrench|
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