Fender Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar (1964)

Fender  Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1964)

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Fender Jaguar Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1964), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L38253, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This is a superb example of a late pre-CBS era Jaguar, showing only very light wear and in fine playing condition. The guitar was built not long before the Fender sell-out to CBS in January 1965; the stamped neck date is October '64 and the pots date to the 21st week of that year. The typical late 1964 features include an unbound rosewood fingerboard with the old style "clay" dot inlay, bright 3-color "target" sunburst lacquer finish on the body, and gold transition logo headstock decal. The pickguard is the older nitrocellulose tortoise style, soon phased out at Fender in favor of a thinner (and less flammable!) ABS plastic. The guitar still has an original clear plastic Fender Bodyguard ("by Parker") mounted covering the back and includes the original case and hangtag/instruction manual.

Even having recently undergone a revival of sorts, the Jaguar remains a somewhat under-appreciated guitar with several interesting features. The scale length is shorter than other professional-grade Fender guitars at 24", a feature designed to enhance playability. The two-circuit wiring and floating vibrato are shared with the Jaguar's ancestor, the Jazzmaster, but the guitar actually feels quite different. The unique Jaguar pickups with the chrome-plated "claw" baseplate are optimized for clarity and crispness, factors that led to the Jaguar losing popularity in the late '60s as twang went out and distortion and crunch came in! Nevertheless, these are top-of-the line 1960s Fenders and very high quality guitars, still a relative bargain in a vintage Fender instrument. We've been setting these up recently in period 1964 style with flatwound 12s and folks are loving it! The Twang of the ages lives on.
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 14 in. (356 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

A very clean guitar overall, and 100% original including the optional (and extra cost) Fender Bodyguard to protect the back from buckle scratches. Unfortunately, the foam lining on the inner edge of that plastic piece dissolves over time, and usually leaves some marring to the finish it was in contact with -- an irony for the ages. In this case this is fairly minor, but there are spots on the edges where the finish is visibly affected.

Other than this, the guitar shows minimal wear, with just some small dings and scratches and a few spots where it looks like someone left some finger marks on the face, perhaps when using a cleaning solvent. This is all very minor; the finish shows hardly any fade and the guitar is still shining like it was 1965! A really nice old Jaguar, complete except for the snap-on bridge cover, and ready to twang again. Excellent Condition.