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1963 Fender Jaguar Vintage Pre-CBS Offset Guitar Blonde, Collector-Grade w/ Hangtag & Case


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Up for sale, a 1963 Fender Jaguar in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtag and brown tolex hardshell case. Produced in the first weeks of 1963, this Jaguar is stunningly well-kept, 100% original save for an upgraded carved bone nut. The Blonde gloss nitro lacquer finish is transparent, highlighting the broad grain of the ash body, and features align with the Jaguars earliest specs, boasting flat pole black bobbin pickups, a jet black Brazilian rosewood fretboard with clay dot inlay, and pre-L plate serial, as well as a larger neck profile carve indicative of the 1963 model year.

This Jaguar weighs 8lbs 3oz, and the ash body ensures an authoritative and powerful natural acoustic tone with more breadth and midrange heft than an alder body. The original pair of hand-wound black bobbin single coils have the flat pole pieces only seen from 1962-63, and these early single coils also have a fatter, broader sound than all later Jaguar pickups.

These single coils both retain their original winds and easily deliver the raw twang, chime, and cut for which these pickups are known. In design and 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 myriad of switching options and original 1Meg potentiometers cover the traditional Fender single coil territory, yet with the cutting top end that only comes with a Jag. 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 lower 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. We've professionally setup this guitar here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a profile very representative of the larger neck carves seen in 1963, and this neck has a medium C shape at the nut, yet with notably full shoulders in every register, quickly gaining more heft and filling out to a substantial handful as you travel up the fretboard. The profile measures .840" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a jet black cut of this hallowed tonewood, featuring clay dot inlay and original slender frets which show virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.645" in width (a hair wider than 1 5/8"), upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The "Fender Jaguar" waterslide decal is practically perfect, and the Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as intended with notably clean plating. On the neck heel, the Jan, 1963 date stamp is very bold, with a flush truss rod nut that has needed sparingly little adjustment in the last half century. The neck pocket is also fully painted, predating the "paint stick" markings seen on later models.

On the body, all of the original electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and original black bobbin pickups that both retain their original windings. The Stackpole pots date to the 9th week of '63, and the original grease pencil date in the vibrato route is dated 2/63. The chrome-plated hardware is positively gleaming, and even the original bridge cover is included. The stock bridge works in concert with the vibrato unit, and this Jaguar can execute everything from very subtle warbles and shakes at the end of notes, all the way to deeper dives that jump back to the original pitch with ease. The original flip-up mute even retains its original (still spongy) mute foam. The wide bevel tortoise pickguard is a deep, glossy red, showing a tiny amount of reshaping due to shrinkage around the hexagonal lead circuit plate and pickup routes to ensure the pickups can be adjusted easily.

The Blonde gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the finish has greater transparency on the back, highlighting the grain of the ash body. Incredibly clean, cosmetic wear is limited to a few light finish scratches and minor dings on the body as a whole, and faint lacquer checking extending in all directions. There is also a small spot of very faint finish reaction in the clear coat on the back treble-side lower bout where the guitar sat on its original strap in the case for some time. The smooth, nigh flawless nitro gloss on the profile shows faint palm wear on the treble-side shoulder.

The original hangtag is included, and the case keys are still taped inside the tag. The original brown tolex hardshell case is equally as well-kept as the guitar, with clean brown leather ends, functional latches, and the original handle.