Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster - Olympic White with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Olympic White
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Multiple Tones with Plenty of Vintage Vibe

The Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster's sonically balanced alder body works in concert with its vintage-wound single-coil pickups to deliver the short sustain and warm piano-like tone that has made this classic solidbody electric guitar a favorite of surf musicians and indie rockers alike. The Jazzmaster's versatile tone switching is here, right down to the intricate thumbwheel controls and slide switch. The guitarists at Sweetwater have discovered that this guitar's laminated-rosewood fingerboard-topped '60s C-shaped maple neck brings heaps of comfortable playability. Topped off with aged plastic knobs and switchcaps for a true vintage appearance, the Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster is the distinctive solidbody electric guitar you've been searching for!

Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • American Vintage Series means period-accurate details
  • Beauty, tone, and playability
  • Vintage-style pickups provide classic tone
American Vintage Series means period-accurate details

Fender spared no expense in creating the American Vintage Series, and you'll see it in the American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster. To make it as vintage accurate as possible, Fender restored original tooling dies, voiced new pickups, and even reformulated vintage finishes based on actual vintage examples. The result is a guitar that not only looks accurate — it feels like you're playing a well-worn-in classic that's been waiting to be rediscovered.

Beauty, tone, and playability

With Fender's American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster, there's genius in the details. This beloved guitar's beauty, tone, and playability are no accident. It starts with the lightweight alder body, the classic 4-ply shell pickguard, and a thin Fender Flash Coat nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Then, there's the highly playable C-profile maple neck with its round-laminated rosewood fingerboard and 21 vintage-style frets, unique sounding single-coil pickups, floating tremolo with lock button, intricate switching system, and more. If you're a fan of '60s Jazzmasters, the Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster is one drool-worthy axe.

Vintage-style pickups provide classic tone

Fender wouldn't rest until the American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster sounded as vintage as it looks, so they got to work developing a special set of pickups specifically for the American Vintage Series. This Jazz packs a duo of American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster single-coil pickups, specially wound to period-correct specs and tone. You get the same tonal versatility that made the Jazzmaster the legend it is today.

Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • American Vintage Series Jazzmaster that's based on the design of original 1965 Jazz
  • Vintage-style Flash Coat Lacquer finish is thinner than modern finishes, allowing the alder body to breathe and enhance tonally as it ages
  • Mid-'60s C-shaped neck plays fast
  • 2 specially voiced American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster single-coil pickups are wound to match the sound and specs of original '60s pickups
  • Aged plastic knobs and switchcaps complete the vintage look
  • Comes with 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
  • Deluxe Vintage Black hard case included

The Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster is a vintage-vibed tone machine!
Note: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Jazzmaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Color Olympic White
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Mid '60s C
Fingerboard Material Bound Laminate Rosewood, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 21 Vintage-style Frets
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage Style Floating Tremolo with Tremolo Lock Button
Tuners Fender Deluxe Vintage Style
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster
Bridge Pickup American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster
Controls Lead Circuit: Volume, Tone; Rhythm Circuit: Volume, Tone, 3-way Switch, 2-way Tone Switch
Strings Fender USA 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0112200805

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Jazzmaster Dream

Great guitar, great price, great customer service.
4.5/5

Better than expected...

I've only owned a couple of electric guitars before pulling the trigger on buying this (a 95 American Standard Strat which I've had since 97 and a cheap MIM Tele deluxe that wasn't very good), but I've wanted a Jazzmaster since I first started playing guitar in the mid 90's. With one glaring exception, I love everything about this guitar. Firstly, the neck is perfect. I've played so many JM's in guitar shops that I've liked but felt weary about buying due to the neck. I'm not sure what it was, but many of them didn't feel comfortable right away. This one however, feels amazing. I don't have huge hands or particularly limber fingers, but this plays so easily. The frets are a little low, but I don't do huge, sustained bends, so they're fine with me. Chording is really easy, despite the long scale. Its actually easier than with my strat which has a more modern and slim C neck profile. This feels like a Louisville Slugger with frets, and though that may not appeal to everyone, it feels very intuitive for me. The pickups are excellent, quite hot without being too bright, and although I'm still dialing in my guitar and amp settings, they sound absolutely sublime with my Fender '65 DRRI. I don't understand why some people shy away from the dual circuitry, I find it very easy to use and the difference in tones is very useful, and not gimmicky. There is only one issue I have with this guitar, and its that useless, terrible, horrible, wretched bridge. I've read about how finicky they are for years, and for the first two days, I had no issues. But now, barely a week later (and with the stock 10 gauge strings, which I'm planning to bump up to 11's), I'm already encountering terrible string buzz from the bridge, slipped strings in the saddles, and really just a generally hateful experience from it. I've ordered a Mastery bridge which by all accounts, should take care of this. So be sure to budget a little extra for a new bridge should you purchase this otherwise fantastic guitar.
4.5/5

A Fine Vintage Guitar

This is a most excellent guitar. It is comparable to my JM Custom Shop. I did not give it a 5, because I believe it is slightly overpriced, as are the CS. Nevertheless, after playing it for an hour, I fully understand why Leo Fender thought the JM was the top of his line. I agree with Leo. The neck is wider than some of the modern JM reissues, but easy to maneuver. I was worried about the vintage frets being too narrow and low, but found them to be perfect on this neck. Smooth Jazz, Blues and Surf tones. Please do not try Heavy Metal with this, and then whine. Sweetwater and Paul Lea are the only music dealers I trust without hesitation. P.S. To Fender, if I find the ****** who invented the plastic on the pickguard, I will do my best to harm him.

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Dylan Fisher

I'm extremely pleased with how well the Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster holds up to different playing styles. It's perfect for rhythmic, low-gain indie rock playing, but I got beautiful, round clean tones out of it as well. Switching from the rhythm to the lead circuit, I was also able to get more edgy and crunchy Nirvana-like distortion tones. It's hard to believe how versatile this guitar is!
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