Fender Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Fender  Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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Fender Jaguar Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L56818, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This is a nice example of a *just* CBS-era Jaguar, showing only some light wear and in fine playing condition. It was built in the months immediately after the Fender sell-out to CBS in January 1965; the stamped neck date is actually February '65 and the pots date to the 8th week of that year. The typical early 1965 features include an unbound fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay, bright but still well-blended 3-color sunburst lacquer finish on the body and gold transition logo headstock decal.

The pickguard is one of the earliest ABS plastic style, which still looks very much like its nitrocellulose predecessor. The one little oddity we note is that the third "strangle" switch has a lower profile slider than the adjacent pickup selectors; we'd never seen this before. We checked underneath the plate and all the wiring appears stock, so this was either a brief experiment or one of those Friday afternoon parts substitutions often seen on mid-'60s guitars.

Even having recently undergone a revival of sorts, the Jaguar remains one of the more under-appreciated of vintage guitars 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 '60s Fenders and very high quality guitars, still a relative bargain in a 1960s Fender instrument. We've been setting these up recently in period 1965 style with flatwound 12s and folks are loving it! The Twang of the ages lives onů
 
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 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar shows some wear, with dings and dents to the body finish (mostly on the edges) and playwear to the back of the neck. It remains all original with no repairs or alterations, complete except the snap-on bridge cover is missing. The mute is intact; the foam has hardened into something like 50-year-old chewing gum, but can be replaced if desired. There's a little corrosion to the hardware here and there, but the frets are still very well-preserved and this is an excellent player. Another splendid twang machine, complete in its original black Tolex HSC. Excellent - Condition.