Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jaguar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original blonde tolex hardshell case. This Jaguar is 100% original save for a StayTrem bridge and Candy Apple Red gloss overspray on the body and headstock over the original matching Candy Apple Red finish, still ostensibly fully intact, and visible beneath the pickguard and control plates. Produced in the first half of '64, this guitar has all the essential Pre-CBS Jaguar features, with a mint green nitrate pickguard, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with clay dot inlay, hand-wound black bobbin pickups, and Kluson single line tuners.
This articulate natural response of the guitar translates very well through the original staggered pole black bobbin single coil pair. The pickups easily deliver the raw twang, chime, and cut for which these coils are known, and 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 switching options and original 1Meg potentiometers cover the traditional Fender single coil territory, yet with the incredible 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, especially with flatwounds. 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. Weighing 8lbs 14oz, this Jaguar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar (where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments) with 11-50 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, filling out to a chunky handful with generous shoulder by the 7th fret and beyond, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret, and .985" at the 12th. The profile has rolled fretboard edges, and the original nitro lacquer is worn to the smooth bare maple along the profile length from natural palm wear. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut with clay dot inlay and the original slender frets which have been leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime, currently showing zero wear. The nut has Fender's slender "A" 1 1/2" width, and the matching Candy Apple Red headstock features an older "Fender Jaguar" waterslide decal which certainly looks the part with the correct "cloud" around the text and some oxidation of the gold on the word "Fender." The original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines are intact with light surface patina, still functioning as intended. On the neck heel, the March, 1964 date stamp is clean and bold, with a flush truss rod nut that has needed sparingly little adjustment in the last half century.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should and are 100% original, with original windings on both black bobbin pickups, and Stackpole pots that date to the 8th week of '64. The pickups also feature the unique small yellow date stamps on the bobbins only used for part of '64, dating to May 19th. All of the original chrome control plates are intact with surprisingly clean plating, and the upgraded StayTrem bridge fits cleanly over the original flip-up string mute. 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 original mint green pickguard is extremely clean, sitting flat with minimal shrinkage.
The Candy Apple Red gloss overspray was executed long ago, with some chipping of the Candy Apple top coat on the bass-side edge of the pickguard, behind the vibrato unit, and just south of the Lead Circuit knobs, revealing the slightly lighter shade of original Candy Apple below (it's also worth restating that the original Candy Apple finish is also fully present beneath the pickguard and control plates). Cosmetic wear includes various small dings across the body, primarily on the back and parameter, with a small spot of strap wear through the silver base coat adjacent to the rear strap button.
The original blonde tolex hardshell case is included. The case shows modest edge wear, retaining its black leather ends, original trio of functional latches, and stock handle.