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1962 Fender Jaguar Pre-CBS Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Jaguar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and polish cloth. 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 and saturated 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. This Jaguar weighs 8lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, solid intonation, and low action.

The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with appreciable shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, filling out to a nice handful from the 9th fret and beyond, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The jet black Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a tight-grained cut of this hallowed tonewood, and the original slender frets are in remarkable shape, presumably lightly leveled and crowned in their lifetime and still retaining good meat, currently showing only very faint wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. 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 1.645"). 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 clean plating on the gear housings and buttons. The "Fender Jaguar" waterslide decal is near mint, with plenty of gold flake present in the Fender name. On the heel of the neck, the original factory date stamp from October of 1962 is clean 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 original 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, and the neck pickup has just been professionally rewound. The Stackpole pots date to the 32nd week of 1962. The body routes are untouched, with stock shielding plates on both the body cavities and the underside of the pickguard. The body date is 12/62, written in grease pencil and located in the vibrato cavity.

All original hardware is intact and in fantastic shape, with gleaming chrome plating on the bridge base, mute, vibrato unit, control plates, and 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 a light 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, with the deep glossy reds and yellow swirls seen on the earliest examples of this material. The pair of stock knobs and bright white pickup covers round out the plastics, and there is one small split on the bass-side edge of the neck pickup cover that does not affect stability or pickup adjustment.

The three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, showcasing a very vibrant and thick central red ring on the burst. There are various nicks and scuffs on the body perimeter, particularly on the treble side, with a spot of buckle rash central to the back and additional minor marks on the body as a whole consistent with honest use. The nitro gloss on the neck profile exhibits palm wear and some additional scuffing central to the carve behind frets 1-6.

The original brown tolex hardshell case with brown leather ends is included. All three working latches are intact, along with a clean brown leather handle, and orange interior. The original polish cloth is also included, along with a vintage strap.

***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 bridge which can be installed/included prior to shipment for an additional charge***