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1964 Fender Jaguar Pre-CBS Vintage Guitar Candy Apple Red, Collector-Grade w/ Case, Strap


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Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jaguar in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original black tolex hardshell case and strap. Produced in late '64, this Pre-CBS Fender boasts a transitional feature set with a parchment pickguard, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlay, hand-wound black bobbin pickups, Kluson single line tuners, and L-prefix neck plate.

Notably lightweight for a Jaguar at only 7lbs 15oz, the natural response of the guitar translates very well through the staggered pole black bobbin single coil pair. The pickups easily deliver the raw twang, chime, and cut for which these coils are known, and the metal "claw" surrounds both focus the magnetic field of the pickups and reduce unwanted hum. The black bobbin pickups are a bit fatter-sounding than the gray bobbin pickups that would be introduced mere months later, and the myriad switching options cover traditional Fender single coil territory, yet with the incredible top end presence that only comes with a Jag. This Jaguar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar (where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments) with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a gradual and appreciable increase in additional heft and shoulder up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut with pearl dot inlay and the original slender frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the B string on frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock decal is flawless, and the Kluson Deluxe single line tuners are notably clean and function smoothly. The neck heel retains its bold December, 1964 date stamp.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with original windings on both black bobbin pickups, untouched solder joints, and Stackpole pots that date to the 50th week of '64. The chrome control plates are positively gleaming, and the original flip-up string mute is present with its original hardened foam. One of the best vibrato units ever designed, this Jaguar can execute everything from very subtle warbles and shimmies to deeper expressive dives that jump back to the original pitch with ease. The parchment pickguard is extremely clean, sitting flat with minimal shrinkage, and the pickup covers are bright white.

The Candy Apple Red finish is positively glossy and 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, stunningly clean in its presentation. Cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings, largely clustered on the lower bout of the back, a small area of faint buckle wear at the edge of the belly carve, and a few additional minor dings and scuffs from careful use. There are also a few small finish chips on the body perimeter revealing the silver base coat, largely clustered along the edge of the belly carve. The gloss on the neck profile is practically perfect, virtually un-ambered with zero palm wear.

The original black tolex no-logo hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar, along with the case key, near-mint strap and a few vintage Fender picks.