Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jaguar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with the original custom color Lake Placid Blue finish. Produced at the tail end of '64, this guitar is one of the last Pre-CBS Jaguars, featuring a Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl 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. 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. The guitar weighs 8lbs 5oz. We've professionally setup this Jaguar here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar (where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments) with 11-50 roundwound strings, optimal action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve at the nut with rolled fretboard edges and appreciable shoulder and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut with pearl dot inlay and clay side dots, a transitional combination that only lasted a couple months at the tail end of '64. The original slender fretwire is intact with good meat and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 5. The original nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the matching Lake Placid Bllue headstock features the original "Fender Jaguar" decal. The Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines are present too, still functioning as intended. On the neck heel, the December, 1964 date stamp is intact, 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, untouched solder joints, and Stackpole pots that date to the 50th week of '64. All of the original chrome control plates are intact with surprisingly clean plating, and the original bridge and vibrato are intact too. 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 flip-up string mute retains the stock mute foam. The original white three-ply pickguard is clean and bright, still lining up with all original screw holes and exhibiting minimal shrinkage. The rest of the stock plastics are equally clean.
The Lake Placid Blue nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting just a hint of greening in the clear coat of the gloss with faint, vertical lacquer checking. There's a touch of forearm wear through the clear coat where the forearm crosses the top, some scattered minor finish chips on the body parameter, a few shallow dings and scuffs on the back, and an area of targeted buckle rash at the waist. The neck profile is nigh flawless, with light palm wear through the ambered nitro gloss on the profile behind frets 1-7, particularly on the treble-side shoulder.
The original black tolex no-logo hardshell case is included and extremely clean with functional latches, clean black leather ends, and the original handle.