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1964 Fender Jaguar Vintage Pre-CBS Offset Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jaguar in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A lovingly played example made in the last year of Pre-CBS Fender production, this Jaguar features original black bobbin pickups and untouched electronics, with additional era-specific features of note including single line Kluson Deluxe tuners, an unbound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, and an L prefix serial number on the neck plate.

Pairing an alder body with a maple neck, this Jaguar has a focused note attack and a lively natural acoustic quality, weighing 8lbs 3oz. Channeled through the original black bobbin single coils pickups with staggered alnico magnets, the characteristics of these pickups are very similar in output and design to a Stratocaster pickup, with the notable addition of the metal claws that focus the field of the magnets and dampen a bit of the usual single coil hum. Matched with 1Meg pots, the Jaguar has a very open tonal quality and a fullness and brash rhythm tone that you simply can't coax out of any other Fender. From spank and snarl in the bridge position to more mellow jangle at the neck, this Jaguar boasts extensive yet intuitive switching options. Engaging the Rhythm Circuit offers smoothed out, dark tones that help abate the excess treble response of many amps while also providing a lovely voicing for your favorite overdrive and fuzz pedals. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, this Jaguar plays easily with low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with notable roundness and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is extremely dark and tight-grained with early pearloid dot inlay, refretted with medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat and shows virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone, measuring 1 5/8" in width and corresponding with the "B" nut width designation stamped on the neck heel. On the headstock, a replacement "Fender Jaguar" waterslide decal has been applied, and the original Kluson Deluxe single line machines are intact with remarkably clean plating, turning smoothly and holding pitch well. The underside of each gear is also stamped with the vintage-correct patent number. The neck heel retains its faded November, 1964 date stamp, with the correct paint stick markings for the original Sunburst finish in the neck pocket.

All of the electronics are clean and original, with Stackpole pots that date to the 50th week of 1964 and solder joints that haven't been touched since the factory. The body routes are untouched as well, with original shielding plates intact, and beneath the "claws" of both pickups, the bobbins retain their original windings. One pickup is also stamped with the tiny yellow date codes only seen in 1964, reading "Dec 16, '64" and also stamped "AY," as this pickup was wound by legendary Fender pickup winder Abigail Ybarra.

Hardware includes the original control plates which retain their bright chrome plating and provide a nice contrast to the stock nitrate tortoise pickguard that has the deep yellow swirling and ruddy color only seen on Pre-CBS era Fender guards. The pickguard sits quite flat with minimal shrinkage and only one small (stable) split in the material adjacent to the bridge pickup. The vibrato unit is properly calibrated for everything from subtle shimmies to deep bends, jumping back into tune well and responding to the slightest touch with the original arm. The vibrato works in concert with the original bridge, and the stock flip-up string mute even retains the original crusty foam (foam would need to be replaced to be functional).

The nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish shows no touchup or overspray, exhibiting prominent vertical lacquer checking and heavy playwear including buckle rash across the back, various nicks and scuffs, some forearm wear on top, and pick scuffing that extends beyond the guard on the bass side. The neck profile and headstock were refinished long ago in a smooth ambered nitro gloss, with subsequent palm wear through the finish for a more satin feel on the majority of the profile.

The original black tolex no-logo hardshell case with black leather ends and functional latches is included.

***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 bridge which can be installed prior to shipment for an additional charge***