Fender Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar (1966)

Fender  Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1966)
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Fender Jaguar Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 183490, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This very sharp early-CBS-era Jaguar shows only some light wear for its 55+ years on the planet and remains in nicely all original condition. This instrument was the top-of-the-line Fender guitar in 1965-6, although the model's popularity would fade around this time. This guitar was built not quite two years after the Fender sell-out to CBS in January 1965, but has some noticeable changes from a Pre-CBS example.

The neck heel on this guitar is stamped OCT 66 and the pots date to the 34th 36th weeks of that year. The most notable change from earlier models is the is the bound fingerboard with pearloid block inlay, a recent addition at this time. The old style lacquer finish is still on the body and neck, just applied a bit thicker than the Pre-CBS era. Other features include the gold transition logo headstock decal, newer "F" housing tuners and pickguard made of tortoise pattern plastic instead of the nitrocellulose used earlier.

Even having undergone a noticeable revival in recent years, the Jaguar remains a somewhat under-appreciated guitar with several interesting features. The 24" scale length is shorter than other professional-grade Fender guitars, a feature designed to enhance playability. The twin-circuit wiring and floating vibrato are shared with the Jaguar's ancestor the Jazzmaster, but the guitar actually feels and sounds quite different.

The unique Jaguar pickups with the metal "claw" baseplate are optimized for clarity and crispness, factors that led to the guitar losing popularity in the late '60s as twang went out and distortion and crunch came in! It also performs better with heavier strings, due to the combination of a short scale and the low tension vibrato system. Nevertheless, this was the top-of-the line '60s Fender and a very high quality guitar, a flashy chrome-trimmed California hot rod.
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 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 clean and all original guitar, showing some light random light superficial wear and no serious alteration or repair. The original lacquer finish has hardly any fade and only very light wear, mostly small random dings a few of which have been lightly touched up. The neck finish also shows very little wear, in fact the guitar does not appear to have been played very much over the last 55 years. There is a small chip gone from the "F" in the fender headstock decal. The original small frets show some string wear in the lower positions, but the guitar still plays well.

All hardware is original and complete, even the flip-up mute is still functional with the original foam, if there are any players out there that want to use this feature. The original snap-on bridge cover and trem arm are intact, and the original factory shims are still in place under the neck heel. The original "no-Logo" black tolex case is present and quite clean, with the original hang tag with the serial number written in present in the pocket. An old unused and coiled but unpackaged set of Fender Super Bullet strings is also in the case pocked, probably nit useful now but kind of cool anyway. This Jaguar is simply a very fine almost time-capsule example of CBS/Fender's sleek chromed 1960's hot rod right before the model started to fall from favor. Overall Excellent Condition.