Up for sale, a Fender Dale Wilson Masterbuilt 1965 Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Representing the highest tier of Fender Custom Shop construction, the Masterbuilt instruments aren't team built like other Relics and Custom Shop offerings, but are instead crafted by one individual uniquely suited to create the finest guitars Fender has to offer in the modern era. Dale Wilson began working at Fender in 2003, started his tenure in the Custom Shop in 2005 and was elevated to "Master Builder" status in 2011. Building guitars has been a driving passion for the California native since childhood. Wilson comes from a long line of expert woodworkers, and the requisite Custom Shop zeal for outstanding craftsmanship has long been part of his DNA. He did repair work and mods in a small guitar shop right out of high school in the late 1980s; subsequently moving on to stints at Dobro and Rickenbacker before arriving at Fender, where he worked on Guild, Gretsch and Benedetto guitars before beginning his apprenticeship with various Custom Shop Master Builders.This particular Jazzmaster was made to represent the brief window in early 1965 when Fender offered an unbound neck with pearl dot inlays as well as a transitional headstock logo. The Firemist Gold nitro lacquer finish and expert Relic treatment result in a unique and decidedly vintage looking Jazzmaster that has a genuinely worn in and played feel without feeling forced or overdone like so many lesser Relics on the market today. The pickups are reissues of the original Pre-CBS black bobbin design, hand-wound by Abigail Ybarra, and perfectly suited to delivering a full range of Fender tones from warm and wooly to twangy and sparkling. Recently retired after a 50+ year tenure with Fender, Abby's pickups are among the most coveted and at the heart of this Masterbuilt model. Paired with a hand-selected alder body, these single coils balance a bell-like sweetness with cutting clarity in the bridge position, and a bit more muscle and girth to the tone at the neck. The oft-disregarded Rhythm Circuit on the guitar's bass side lower bout is a dedicated circuit for the neck pickup with a tone cap that thickens things up significantly for smooth Jazz chord voicings, rumbly lows, or simply fattening up your favorite sputtery fuzz pedal. Weighing 8lbs 2oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Offset Fender guitars, this Masterbuilt is dialed in with low action, spot-on intonation, and fresh 11-50 roundwound strings.The neck profile is asymmetrical, with more girth on the bass side of the profile and a more slender feel behind the plain strings. It's a more slender profile at the nut in line with '65 specs and gains more depth and roundness in the shoulders as you move up the fretboard. The Indian rosewood veneer fretboard features a 7 1/4" radius with slender vintage-style fretwire that shows sparingly little wear. The truss rod is responsive with ideal relief and the guitar plays cleanly in all positions with no buzzing or dead spots. At the nut the guitar measures1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, a transitional Fender waterslide decal sits atop a matching Firemist Gold headstock paired with Kluson single line tuners that have received a light Relic treatment. The neck heel is signed by the builder noting the "1965 Jazzmaster" model, which is consistent with the Masterbuilt logo on the back of the headstock. As with all Masterbuilt models, the typical Custom Shop relic stamps aren't present on the body, but the initials of the builder (in this case "DW") are stamped into the neck pickup cavity.All of the electronics work as they should, and the pickguard is hand-wired just like the originals with cloth wiring and an aluminum shielding plate beneath the off white guard. The plastic and metal parts all show strategic factory aging, and thankfully this process has not impeded the functionality of the bridge screws or vibrato unit. The vibrato is notably smooth in its response, actuating effortlessly and fluttering like few of these units do. Whether you want a bit of light chorusing and a subtle waver to your notes or fairly deep dives, this vibrato does its job very well and jumps back to the original pitch with ease.Cosmetically, this guitar naturally has its factory Relic treatment, although it has seen some additional honest playwear as well with a few more nicks and dings on the body and neck profile, although nothing significant. It's admittedly a challenge to separate factory aging from subsequent use, but suffice it to say that given the limited fretwear, the majority of the wear was done by Dale Wilson.A black tolex Fender G&G hardshell case with red plush interior is included.
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