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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / American Jazzmaster reissue '62 vs '65



Sep 8th, 2012 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

The American reissues...'62 vs '65 Jazzmasters...I have seen them both advertised..but no comparison as to differences...anyone have experience with either/both/pros/cons?


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Sep 8th, 2012 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Considering the price difference, once you start looking at the street of the '65RI you can start looking for refin'd and worked over (in other words, player) Jazzmasters.

If these were Jaguars, you could buy refins without issue at the pricepoint listed for the '65.

Unless there's some amazing feature you have, have, have to have on the '65RI, and the choice is only between these two, '62RI all day long.

Personally, assuming I wanted to spend that kind of coin, I'd cherrypick a Classic Player (MIM), a MIJ with upgraded electronics, or gut a Squier ($300).

Not kidding on the latter, honest.



Aug 23rd, 2013 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have both a 62 and 65. If I a/b them there is absolutely no difference in the sound. The neck is slightly more thicker on the 65 and its bound. Not sure which I prefer. The 62's are discontinued so maybe collectible. Both need to have the bridge sorted, don't bother with the mustang bridge that everyone just jumps on the band wagon and suggests. Go for a tusq or string saver from graph tech. They offer indivual height adjustment and look good.
I have both and play them back to back, absolutely no difference in sound no matter what you read.

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Watervliet, NY

Oct 31st, 2013 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

The 65' looks killer. White with matching headstock or 3ts. The binding. On the neck is nice (wish it had blocks) and the jazzmaster knobs look better than plain old start knobs. It's true, they should sound about the same but the 65's attention to detail and quality parts make it a much better guitar in my opinion. Mustang bridge worked fine for me. You can try to upgrade a cheaper jazzmaster but all you will have is an ok guitar with good pickups.

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 31st, 2013 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a '62 but sold it when things got tight. It was a very nice guitar. No issues at all, none, after I set it up. The stock bridge works just fine if one knows how to set one up.

I have a MIJ JM presently. It's a 2005 with a bound neck and block inlays. I bought it in mint condition from GC for $700 in a C&G case. I find the stock PUs to be just fine when set at the proper height. No mods necessary.

Note that the most common problem with JMs is the lack of string break angle over the bridge to have enough downward force on it. A simple neck shimming from more neck angle and a little blue Loctite goes a long was and is muck less costly that replacement bridges.

No matter which you choose it will most likely need shimming and set up to be correct.

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