1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

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1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by TweedBassman » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:43 am

first, a big thanks to Jonas and Andrew for shipping me some parts to get this baby back together!

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out with the old, in with the older.

when i got this guitar, it was a little messed up. there was a strat pickup crammed under the neck cover, no rhythm circuit, and needed a setup badly. the good news is everything was original except one pickup, the pots, one strap button, and the pickguard (including the original tweed case!). so, i put in a set of seymour duncan antiquity II's with no rhythm circuit and played it like that for about 6 months.

then, all of a sudden jazzmasters became extremely popular and prices on the parts skyrocketed. i blew it, should have picked up a pickguard and pots last year. oh well.

so, i got the itch to bring this baby back up to full spec, or more like vintage hot-rodded spec. for a daily player, i can't see spending $100 on a volume pot or $500 for pickups, so the antiquity's and replaced master vol/tone pots stayed. but the cheap looking pickguard always bugged me, as well as the fact that i had a pile of correct parts for it sitting in storage.

thanks to the folks at offsetguitars.com, i was able to source some vintage parts for my ax; namely, a complete '61 rhythm circuit and a '61 pickguard. i was amazed at the prices of new rhythm circuit parts, the little wheels and bracket are actually really expensive new so i went for the actual vintage parts for just a little more. the pickguard has had the pickup holes slightly enlarged at some point so it's not perfect but i don't mind... it was a little cheaper this way, and kinda matches the beat up look of the rest of the ax, and you can't really tell from more than a foot away anyway.

here's the way it was; pickguard, switch/switch tip, knobs, and pickup covers are not original, no rhythm circuit:

(sorry for the large pics, photobucket is broken right now)

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and in with the older: original switch/tip, original pickup covers with the duncans underneath, original knobs, correct pickguard and installed rhythm circuit:

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and no, it's not a wall trophy haha... this guitar is my main writing/practicing/recording ax and sees use every day.

did the sound change? actually, yes. the rhythm circuit is cool, but i really don't see myself using it a ton. for some reason, the guitar always sounded best to me in the middle position.  now, it sounds great in all three positions, even bridge only which was very sharp and treble-y before. it shouldn't really sound much different but it does. i did re-seat the pickups and re-adjust the pickup height so that may have something to do with it. also, when restoring it, i put in a TON of sheilding, making sure everything is nice and closed up. it worked perfectly, it's very quiet in the single pup positions and hence is really fun to play without a lot of hum.

thanks again to Jonas and Andrew, and all the good folks here for the info and inspiration!

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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by Jazzprod » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:53 am

I love the beat up look!!!!!!

It's beautyful!!

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Post by fuzzking » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:59 am

It's a looker!

Strange, but I like the back more than the front. So inviting!
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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by Soiouz » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:07 am

Oh!! Wow! Congrats, this JM is gorgeous!!!!!    :?

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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by the older brother » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:03 pm

:-*

That's a very lovely piece of wood you got there!

Is it a sunburst underneath the white fin? The wear looks awesome with that darker laquer underneath.
Someone knows where I can find the nearest woodchipper to throw my pieces of junk into?

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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by TweedBassman » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:25 pm

the older brother wrote: :-*

That's a very lovely piece of wood you got there!

Is it a sunburst underneath the white fin? The wear looks awesome with that darker laquer underneath.
the finish, and story, of this guitar are kinda crazy.

picked it up at a tag sale from the original owner, an older local studio cat. he said he bought it new in the mid 60's. now, everything on the outside of the guitar screams 1961... pat pend trem, serial number, chunky neck with clay dots, yellow/orange switch tip... but when i set it up and took off the neck, it had a 1964 neck stamp!!

that's right, a clay dot neck with a 1964 stamp. my theory is, since i can't see any signs of a sunburst under the white, that this is a 1961 that was sent back to the factory for a refin in 1964, primed brown and sprayed olympic white (no clear coat, still pretty white even though he smoked). after getting blasted white the neck was stamped and off she went sold as new to a dealer.

who knows! anyone have any insight to this? there's also a chance that there IS a 3TSB under the brown, it's tough to see.

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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by shikantaza » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:13 pm

ENVY!!  ENVY!!  ENVY!!!  ::) ;)

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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by painted wood » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:25 pm

;) yeah, that looks like a good one.  8) :-*  :?

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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by Junkyard God » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:24 pm

this is me green with envy  :-X.

Yeah I agree the backside of it is just great and the back of the neck is king!
I would have kept the rhythm circut out but either way this looks good!
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Post by spiffy chap » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:30 pm

Yeah, envy fills me.

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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by OffYourFace » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:17 pm

TweedBassman wrote:
who knows! anyone have any insight to this? there's also a chance that there IS a 3TSB under the brown, it's tough to see.
Got any pics of the inside & underneath the pickups?
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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by greenlander » Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:07 am

That thing looks awesome! Nice save.
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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by mynameisjonas » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:54 am

wow, that is one great looking guitar, matt. the beat up finish is totally :?-worhty. it feels great to see the guard got such a good new home :)

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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by mcjt » Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:17 am

Very nice! congrats! reminds me of what im doing with daphne....
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Re: 1961 Jazzmaster restoration project pics

Post by TweedBassman » Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:58 am

OffYourFace wrote:
TweedBassman wrote:
who knows! anyone have any insight to this? there's also a chance that there IS a 3TSB under the brown, it's tough to see.
Got any pics of the inside & underneath the pickups?
i should have investigated further... but the brass plates were intact and i didn't want to mess with them. on the off chance that i do need to 'go back in,' are there any clues under the brass shielding?

and thanks for the good words guys!

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