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 # 123783, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This is a very nice example of an early CBS-era Jaguar, showing some general wear but in fine playing condition. It was built some months after the Fender sell-out to CBS in January 1965; the stamped neck date is November '65, and the pots date to the 30th week of that year. Typical late-1965 features include a bound fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay, bright "target" 3-color sunburst lacquer finish on the body, an F-stamped neck plate with a 6-digit serial number and the gold transition logo headstock decal. The pickguard is the new-for-65 ABS laminated tortoise pattern plastic that had just replaced the older Nitrocellulose piece.

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", 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. While the tremolo unit itself is the same as the Jazzmaster, the lower string tension of the shorter scale gives it even more flexibility.

The unique Jaguar pickups with the chrome-plated "claw" baseplate are optimized for punch, clarity and crispness, factors that led to the Jaguar losing popularity in the late '60s as twang went out and heavy distortion 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. The once-ignored Jaguar has found an appreciative new audience in the last decade or so, and 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 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a nice example overall, nearly all original and showing some typical finish wear but nothing too serious. The body finish has moderate checking and some general wear and tear; there are dings, dents and scratches and a few larger areas flaked away in the lower cutaway and on the body edge near the jack. There is one noticeable scratch on the top off the upper waist, and some buckle wear into but not through the back finish.

There is only light wear along the back of the neck, mostly on the treble side. All hardware is original except the strap buttons have been replaced. The trem arm and bridge cover are intact; the mute is missing which is quite common with Jaguars as it was never particularly useful to most players anyway. The bridge legs have been blocked in making the bridge solid and not rocking; this can easily be reversed if desired but tends to help the guitar stay in tune better under heavier playing attack. The original case is included in excellent shape. Excellent - Condition.