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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / 1964 Jazzmaster Lake Placid Blue- help identifying non original volume pot



Sep 7th, 2014 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently purchased a 64 Jazzmaster in LPB from Southside guitars. I later found out it had some touch up paint on several spots. I was going to send it back for a refund but after playing it over the weekend, I bonded with the guitar, as the tone and neck feel are really nice. I just couldn't let her go!

After doing some research on removing the touch up paint, I negotiated a lower price with Southside and have been playing the Jazz for the past couple weeks without issue. Sooooo.. a few days ago, I notice an intermittent problem with the electronics. The rhythm circuit volume and tone controls seemed to cut out and then would not work properly meaning that when I roll either volume or tone dial- no effect. I also noticed some intermittent distortion when playing single notes or full chords on occasion. I had been hesitant to take off the pick guard as it has shrunk and the neck pickup cover was very tight in there and I did not want to damage anything. I finally got brave enough to attempt it and after wrestling with it for several minutes, I got both PU covers off without damaging anything. I have now completely photographed the inside of this Jazzmaster. I'm quite a novice when it comes to being able to tell if everything is original but looking at the neck pocket, the tremolo cavity, and the other areas under the pick guard- it looks like its an original LPB finish. It's got the paint stick impression and two nail holes that have bare wood in them. The big issue I have found is that the lead circuit volume pot appears to be non-original and there is a non original wire running from the pickup selector switch to that pot with some obvious non-original solder on it. I could only read a few numbers off that pot as there is rust and solder covering it up. It looks like it reads "AUD 250" and either "7249" or "1249." I'm guessing it's 7249 and its from the 49th week of 1972 but don't know for sure. Anybody out there know why someone would have routed that extra wire from the selector switch to that pot? If you Jazzmaster Pros could take a look at the photos here and let me know what you think is original and what not- I would really appreciate it. One last question- in red pen on the alum shielding under the pick guard looks like someone’s name "Mell". Was this a common practice?


1964 LPB Jazzmaster- under the hood

(This message was last edited by ktallman at 08:03 PM, Sep 7th, 2014)

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Sep 13th, 2014 12:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Use some Deoxit5 or contact cleaner on the slide switch and work it back and forth several times. Do the same on the pots (clean and rotate several times. If you still have problems then you may need to replace them.

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