Fender Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar (1962)

Fender  Jaguar Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1962)
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Item # 9004
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Fender Jaguar Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 82135, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.

This lovely original, first-year Jaguar shows a lot of wear from heavy play, but still 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 '60s, especially California teen surf bands. This one has a neck dated September 1962 and typical first-generation features: an unbound thick rosewood fingerboard with clay dot inlay, deep 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 '60s as twang went out and distortion and crunch came in! Nevertheless these are still the top-of-the line '60s 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. This is a very well-loved guitar, definitely someone's gigging instrument for some time and still a great-playing and sounding Jag. We often find 1962 Jaguars to be the pick of the litter and especially good instruments; this one is no exception.
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 well-played guitar, but also nicely original and relatively well-cared for. While there is quite a bit of wear overall, the finish does not show the large areas of loss often found on heavily-used Fenders. The sunburst is still bright and unfaded and there is not a lot of checking; there are wear spots through the lacquer in numerous spots, most notably to the bottom edge of the body. The back of the neck is heavily worn down mostly to the bare wood and feels fantastic, and the guitar has been nicely refretted with period correct wire.

The body does show signs of heavy play; there is a spot of wear through the finish on the cutaway from reaching for the highest notes and the pickguard has a spot worn into the lower layer where the player rested their pinky just below the bridge. The chrome has wear but all hardware is complete and intact except for the trem arm, which is a correct modern repro. The original brown Tolex case is very battered but still functional. All-in-all this is a GREAT-playing and sounding early Jaguar and the sort of genuine relic you just can't create artificially, although folks are constantly trying these days. Very Good + Condition.