Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Jaguar in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and strap. This rare, Pre-CBS example from the first year of production features a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, flat pole piece black bobbin pickups, a nitrate tortoise pickguard, and clay dot inlay on the fingerboard. With a particularly vibrant, saturated, and completely un-aged three-tone Sunburst finish, this guitar embodies golden era Fender quality, and will satisfy serious players and discerning collectors alike.
There's an unmistakable acoustic resonance and clarity with this Jaguar, and the warmth and string to string balance of the acoustic signal translates well through the pickups. The top of the line Fender model when introduced in '62, the Jaguar has a particularly wide range of tones available to the player, while living up to its reputation of being able to out-twang a Tele and deliver sparkling, glassy cleans like no other Fender can. This is also one of the warmest sounding Jaguars we've ever encountered, with a distinct breadth to the tone and heft in the bass register.
The earliest incarnation of the Jaguar (from 1962-mid '63) had the flat pole piece pickups seen here, generally with a slightly hotter wind than the later staggered pickups, and this pair delivers a sound that is much bigger than you expect from a Jag. Of course, the Jaguar offers tonal options to both thicken up the sound and alternately make it even more sinewy and thin. The "strangle" toggle (located on the hexagonal plate next to the individual pickup on/off switches) gives the guitar a treble heavy snap, while the Rhythm Circuit (located on the guitar's lower horn) is a separate circuit for the neck pickup, engaging a darker tone cap. The Rhythm Circuit provides one of the best sounds on this guitar, with a thicker, wooly tone that still has plenty of clarity, while adding warmth to your clean signal as well as giving an overdriven tube amp or your favorite fuzz pedal that little bit of extra low end push to make single note lines stand out. This Jag weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, with 12-52 roundwound strings, solid intonation, and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a slender, effortless C-shaped profile carve at the nut with appreciably more shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .785" deep at the 1st fret, graduating to .955" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark and tight-grained cut of this hallowed tonewood, and the original frets have good height and perfectly rounded crowns, having just received a very light fret level and crown. The neck has the Jaguar's signature 24" scale, with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and traditional Fender "B" nut width which equates to 1 5/8" (actually measuring a hair wider at 1.650"). The original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines are intact on the headstock, and these tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should with particularly clean chrome plating on the gear housings and buttons. The "Fender Jaguar" waterslide decal is in near mint condition, with plenty of gold flake still present in the Fender name, and bold, crisp edges on that decal and the separate "Offset Contour Body" decal further up the headstock. On the heel of the neck, the original factory date stamp from October of 1962 is intact and bold. The fully finished neck pocket is also one of the last to show this feature before Fender changed their finishing processes with the "paint stick" method that would be used across the board by the following year.
All of the electronics function flawlessly with zero static, and the pair of original black bobbin Jaguar pickups compliment each other well. The bridge pickup retains its original windings, while the neck pickup has been freshly rewound to match. The wiring harness is completely original, and the Stackpole pots date to the 32nd week of 1962. The routes on the body are untouched and original with stock shielding plates on both the body cavities and the underside of the pickguard.
The original hardware on the body is completely intact and in fantastic shape, with gleaming chrome plating on the stock bridge base, mute, bridge cover, vibrato unit, control plates, neck plate. The foam on the mute is original, and the mute still pivots up as it should (new foam will be needed for the mute to properly dampen the strings). The vibrato unit engages very smoothly and responds to the lightest touch, giving the player the ability to do subtle trills, surfy bends, and deeper dives with ease. The vibrato retains its original spring and arm, which locks in securely. The tortoise nitrate pickguard provides the perfect contrast to the Sunburst finish, and this pickguard alone is extremely valuable and clean, sitting particularly flat on the body with zero warping and virtually no shrinkage. The nitrate tortoise is rich and glossy, and the white pickup covers show sparingly little aging.
In terms of cosmetic wear, this is a lovely example with a completely unfaded and notably vibrant three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer finish. The deep red ring in the middle of the burst is very rich, and the color transitions to a deep, blackish-brown on the edges of the offset body. There is absolutely no "tan line" between the exposed finish and that which has been preserved beneath the guard and control plates. Cosmetic wear on the body is limited to two spots of cable worming both on the treble side upper bout and on the lower bout adjacent to the rear strap button, with some minor scuffs and nicks mostly relegated to the body parameter, and faint buckle rash central to the back. The smooth lightly ambered gloss is intact on the entire profile length save for a small amount of palm wear adjacent to frets 1-2 on the shoulders and a couple exceedingly minor marks on the profile length.
The original brown tolex hardshell case with brown leather ends is included. This case is in fantastic shape and all three working latches are intact, along with a clean brown leather handle, and orange interior. The original strap is also included.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 bridge and Offset Vibrato which can be installed/included prior to shipment for an additional charge***