Fender Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)
Fender Jaguar Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Fullerton, California, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case. Item # 7627
This is a well played but definitely well loved *just* CBS-era Jaguar, showing wear but in overall fine playing condition. It was built not long after the Fender sell-out to CBS in January 1965, the stamped neck date on this guitar is May 1965 and the pots date to the 19th week of that year. The typical '65 features include an unbound fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay, bright 3-color "target" sunburst lacquer finish on the body and gold transition logo headstock decal. The pickguard is still the older nitrocellulose tortoise style, just then being phased out at Fender in favor of a thinner (and less flammable!) ABS plastic unit.
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 '60's as twang went out and distortion and crunch came in! Nevertheless these are top-of-the line 60's Fenders and very high quality guitars, still a relative bargain in a 1960's Fender instrument.
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 has a lot of play wear overall but no alterations except a recent refret and correct repro Kluson-style but Grover branded tuning pegs. There are dings, dents and scrapes and the finish has a slightly smoky patina overall, although the face is fairly clean considering the amount of use it obviously received. The neck has that perfectly worn-down-to-the-wood feel beloved on old Fenders, "hand polished" by years of use. The chrome areas show some pitting, especially the mute and serial number area of the neck plate. The mute foam is gone but the unit still mpves and the function could be restored if desired. A great feeling guitar, really played-in and feeling "Pre-CBS" despite its early 1965 birthdate. Very Good + Condition.
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