Fender Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar (1964)

Fender  Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1964)
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Fender Jaguar Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1964), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L37936, Candy Apple Red lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, period black tolex hard shell case.

This is a super cool true Pre-CBS custom-color Jaguar, a real six-string hot rod in Fender's classic Candy Apple Red finish. This super flashy Jag looks and sounds fabulous and in its metallic red-and-chrome livery carries a serious mid-'60s vibe. Candy Apple Red was one of Fender's most popular custom colors, and looking at this one it's easy to see why. The deep but bold metallic red came direct from the California custom car palette, and the Jaguars' chrome accents make this instrument look fast just sitting still! While C.A.R. is far from the rarest of these player/dealer ordered finishes, all are much scarcer than the standard sunburst and many found today date to 1965 and '66, not the true Pre-CBS era.

This guitar has the typical look and feel for 1964, with the classic features from the period just before the CBS takeover in January 1965. The neck date stamp is May '64 and pots dated to the 21st week of that year. The unbound rosewood fingerboard has clay dot inlay, the matching headstock bears the gold "transition" logo decal and the pickguard is still the beautiful "mint green" celluloid used since 1961 on Custom Color instruments. The neckplate carries an "L" series serial number, which would disappear in late 1965.

The once-ignored Fender Jaguar has returned to favor in the last couple of decades but still remains an somewhat under-appreciated guitar with a unique feel and several interesting features. It uses the same floating vibrato unit and rhythm/lead circuit as the Jazzmaster with the addition of individual on/off switches for the pickups, making the "Jag" a very flexible guitar with a lot of sonic options. The third switch engages a small resistor that emphasizes the highs to cut through even better. The 24" scale length is much shorter than the 25 1/2" on other top-line Fender guitars, giving the Jaguar a much suppler feel. The instrument performs better with heavier gauge strings compared to the other pro grade Fender models, something often lost on previous generations.

The Jaguar single-coil pickups are generally similar to Stratocaster units. They are optimized for clarity and crispness, with a solid metal cage underneath the coil intended to concentrate the magnetic energy. Several of these factors combined led to the Jaguar losing popularity in the late '60s as twang went out and "heavy" distortion and crunch came in! Nevertheless this was the top-of-the line Fender in 1964 in one of the all-time most iconic finishes, a true 1960's relic and timeless instrument in its own way.
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 nicely original guitar, showing signs of use and general wear but remaining all original and VERY sharp looking. The vibrant metallic red finish has retained excellent color, with hardly any of the fading and yellowing often encountered. It shows minor dings, dents, and chips overall, the only comparatively heavy areas of wear being a collection of belt buckle spots on the back. The face of the body is comparatively clean, with only some small marks most of which do not go through to the undercoat. The edges of the matching headstock face have a number of small chips and dents, but no heavy loss.

All hardware remains original and complete inside and outside except the snap-on bridge cover is long gone. The "green guard" is in excellent shape with less shrinkage than many, the chrome shows some minor corrosion. The bridge saddles have some light rust but all work properly with nothing locked in place. The patented Fender mute is still intact; the foam has been replaced with the correct strip material so it actually works quite well, though very few players have ever bothered to use it.

The back of the neck shows some relatively light wear, as does the fingerboard. The original frets have been crowned down a bit, but still have good height and the instrument plays very well and sounds great, with the twang of the ages. A period black Tolex "no logo" Fender hard shell case is included with some general wear but still fully functional. Overall Excellent - Condition.