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 # 158754, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This beautiful early-CBS-era Jaguar shows only some very light wear for its 50 years on the planet and remains in superb 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 just about a year after the Fender sell-out to CBS in January 1965, and is only subtly changed from a Pre-CBS example.

The neck heel on this guitar is stamped MAR 66 and the pots date to the 45th week of '65 and 12th week of '66. Typical late '65-early '66 features include a bound fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay (changed over the last year from the unbound "clay" dot style) but still the old style lacquer finish on the body and neck. 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. The other appointments remain unchanged from 1962.

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. This is one of the cleanest Jaguars we have had in a while.
 
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 guitar overall, all original with no repairs or alterations. The finish has some small dings and chips, and there is some very light strap melt and buckle wear into but not through the finish on the back. The fingerboard has some very light divoting in the lower positions, the original frets do show some light wear in the same area. While this beautiful Jaguar shows some signs of use, whoever played this guitar took very good care of it. The original mute foam is still present -- ossified into a solid black mass but can easily be removed (or replaced) as desired. A neat package of exactly 50-year old Fender charm, complete in a very nice original black telex case. Excellent Condition.