Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Jaguar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the earliest examples of the Jaguar model we've ever offered for sale, this Pre-CBS Fender boasts a slab Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The instrument has a professional nitro lacquer refinish in gloss Black with a matching peghead and tasteful relic courtesy of MJT Custom Guitars. With original black bobbin pickups and gleaming chrome hardware, this is an ideal specimen of golden age Fender quality.
Produced in the introductory year of Jaguar production, this Pre-CBS Fender sports the model's earliest features, with an unbound Brazilian rosewood slab fretboard, clay dot fretboard inlay, and a pair of flat pole piece black bobbin pickups. In terms of tone and feel, this Jaguar is simply a joy to play and a classic example of the guitar that was Fender's top-tier instrument in '62. The original pickups have the twang, chime, and cut for which these single coils are known, and in output they're virtually identical to a Strat pickup, albeit with the metal "claw" surrounds that both focus the magnetic field of the pickups and reduce unwanted hum. The flat pole piece design is also unique to Jags produced from 1962-63, yielding a fatter, fuller sound than later iterations. The myriad of switching options and 1Meg potentiometers ensure that the Jaguar can cover much more range than a Strat, while still covering the traditional Fender single coil territory. In the Lead Circuit (hexagonal control plate), the "strangle" switch cuts low end and can make for great tic-tac tones. The Rhythm Circuit on the guitar's bass side horn introduces a set of darker tonalities exclusive to the neck pickup, with a richness and low end girth that fills things out nicely and is great for driving a tube amp or your favorite fuzz box. A lightweight example at only 8lbs 1oz, this Jaguar has a bold, textured acoustic tone that rings out with great authority. We've professionally setup this guitar here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, and the guitar is dialed in with fresh 11-50 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has flame figuring extending the entire length of the profile, particularly on the bass-side. The neck has a slender U carve at the nut, with appreciable shoulder as you travel up the fretboard and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark and tight-grained slab, and only Jaguars from the first half of '62 feature the thicker (and tonally preferred) slab fretboards which were replaced with thinner veneers in July of '62. The guitar has been professionally refretted with slender vintage-spec fretwire, and the new frets are practically perfect with well-rounded crowns. The neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the truss rod nut is flush with the neck heel, having needed sparingly little adjustment in the last half century. The nut has Fender's "A" width nut measuring 1 1/2". The neck profile and headstock face have been refinished in a smooth nitro lacquer with a period-correct Jaguar waterslide decal on the headstock face (Fender-only without the "Jaguar" text, as was spec for matching Black pegheads). The original Kluson Deluxe single line tuners are intact with extremely clean plating, turning smoothly and holding pitch well. The original March, 1962 date stamp on the neck heel is intact and bold.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with a pair of original black bobbin pickups. The bridge pickup retains its original windings and the neck pickup has just been rewound to match, complete with stock covers and claws on both single coils. The wiring harness is completely original, with Stackpole pots that date to the 32nd week of '62. Rounding out the applicable date codes, the original 10/62 grease pencil body date is intact in the vibrato route. All of the original chrome control plates have plenty of shine, and the modern bridge comes is paired with the original flip-up string mute complete with original foam. The vibrato has a smooth, responsive feel complete with the original arm, allowing for everything from subtle trills to deep, expressive dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The plastic parts include a modern vintage-spec wide bevel mint green pickguard and original knobs.
The body features a pitch-perfect nitro lacquer Black refinish courtesy of MJT Custom Guitars, with subtle "shattered glass" lacquer checking and a few strategic marks of simulated wear. Additional playwear beyond the MJT relic is ostensibly quite limited. The neck profile has a silky smooth satin nitro finish that feels great on the palm.
The original extremely clean brown tolex hardshell case is included with brown leather ends, the original handle, and a trio of functional latches.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 bridge and Offset Vibrato which can be installed/included prior to shipment for an additional charge***