Fender Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar (1962)
Fender Jaguar Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 89561, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case. Item # 7578
This all-original, first-year Jaguar shows only some light average signs of play, and offers a world of serious twang for surfing styles and beyond. The Jaguar debuted in 1962 as Fender's top-of-the line; this flashy chrome-dazzled guitar was a serious status symbol for many types of combos in the early '60's, especially California teen surf bands. This one has typical '62 features: unbound thick rosewood fingerboard with clay dot inlay, blended 3-color sunburst, and gold "transition" Fender logo decal. Despite a recent revival the Jaguar remains a somewhat under-appreciated guitar with several interesting features. The model features the same vibrato unit and rhythm/lead circuit as the Jazzmaster with the addition of individual on/off switches for the pickups; the "Jag" is a flexible guitar with a lot of sonic options.
The scale length at 24" is shorter than most Fender guitars and the pickups are optimized for clarity and crispness…factors that led to the Jaguar losing popularity in the late '60's as twang went out and distortion and crunch came in! Nevertheless these are still the top-of-the line 60's Fenders; extremely popular when new and extremely high quality guitars. This one includes the original mute (the foam is frozen rock solid but could be replaced if desired) and even the oft-missing bridge cover; truly an exceptional example and one of the nicest Jaguars we have ever had!
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 13 7/8 in. (35.2 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 is a very nice all-original example, overall very well preserved with only light typical wear. There are some small chips to the finish on the edges and small scuffs but The oft-missing trem arm and bridge cover are present, the mute is intact although the foam has hardened to the consistency of 50-year-old chewing gum (it could be replaced if desired). A superb first-year Jaguar complete with a nice original brown HSC. Excellent Condition.
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