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BLONDE AMBITION

This ash-bodied 1959 Jazzmaster sports a gold anodised pickguard and a blonde finish, making it one of the rarest and most collectible offsets in the Fender canon. Although the guitar’s price tag places it firmly in the wheelhouse of collectors and rockstars only, we wonder about the impact that ash has on vintage Jazzmaster tone…
The practical benefit of an anodised pickguard is that it won’t shrink over time and make it impossible to set the pickup heights

Had Fender approached Mary Kaye a couple of years later than it did, the most soughtafter 1950s Fenders of all may have looked something like this. In fact, this guitar is probably just about as rare and collectible as Jazzmasters get – and it’s only the very earliest 1958 examples with black pickup covers and metal knobs that might trump it.

It’s still a very early one, as evidenced by the gold anodised pickguard. Leo Fender was obviously keen on the idea, no doubt as a method for reducing the interference that plagued his preferred single-coil pickup designs.

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