Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Jaguar in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A sparingly played example made early in the '65 model year, this Jaguar has a feature set more in-line with 1964, boasting Kluson Deluxe double line tuners and an L-prefix 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. Channeled through the original gray 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 simply can't be coaxed 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 notably slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a gentle and appreciable increase in overall depth and shoulder further up the fretboard, measuring .770" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid dots and practically perfect original slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 24" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, corresponding with the "B" nut width designation stamped on the neck heel. On the headstock, the original waterslide decal is intact, and the Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines have clean plating, turning smoothly and holding pitch well. The neck heel retains its February, 1965 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 CTS pots that date to the 19th week of 1965 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. Hardware includes the original bright chrome control plates, contrasting with the deep red nitrate tortoise pickguard. 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 which has patina across the threaded saddles, and the stock flip-up string mute has been fitted with new foam.
The nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish has a burst gradient indicative of 1965, with a more orange-ish central ring and deep black edges. The finish shows no touch-up or overspray, with some small nicks across the back and on the lower bout body edge, one scuff through the gloss on the treble-side body edge, and light buckle worming central to the back. Wear on top is very restrained, with just a few minor marks. The neck profile retains its smooth, lightly ambered nitro gloss with no palm wear.
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***