Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Jaguar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Featuring a body-only Black nitro lacquer refinish, original gray bobbin pickups, and a recent professional refret with 6105 fretwire, this Jaguar plays exceptionally well and delivers a range of vital tones.
The tonewood complement includes an alder body, maple neck, and bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and the natural acoustic tone is clear and lively. The gray bobbin single coils have staggered alnico magnets, very similar in output and design to a Stratocaster pickup, with the notable addition of metal claws that focus the field of the magnets and dampen unwanted hum. The 1Meg pots found in the Jaguar ensure a broader, bolder sonic range than a Strat, with exquisite definition, sparkle, and percussive cut. From spank and snarl in the bridge position to more mellow jangle via the neck position single coil, this Jaguar boasts a switch or knob to surgically tweak the tone to every player's needs. The Rhythm Circuit on the lower body horn offers fatter, darker tones, while the "strangle" switch on the hexagonal Lead Circuit plate yields more tic-tac treble and snap. Weighing 8lbs 7oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Jaguar has been dialed in with fresh 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and a very easy-playing feel, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard features cream binding (with a new piece of binding on the bass side of the board from frets 1-3) and pearloid dot inlay, professionally refretted with flawless 6105 fretwire. The 6105 size has the same slender width as vintage wire with appreciably more height and crown for long fret life and effortless bending. The frets show zero wear and the fretboard retains its 7 1/4" radius. The neck is straight and truss rod is responsive, necessitating sparingly little adjustment in the past half century, with the truss rod nut flush with the neck heel. The nut has Fender's "B" nut width, measuring 1 5/8" and upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The original "Fender Jaguar" waterslide decal is very clean and completely intact on the headstock face, and the original Fender "F" chrome tuning machines are present too, holding pitch well and turning smoothly. The neck heel is date stamped April, 1966.
All of the electronics function as intended, with an all original harness save for one pot in the Lead Circuit. The original CTS Tone pot dates to the 36th week of '66. Both gray bobbin pickups feature original winds and inked dates on the bobbins from October of '66. The control plates have gleaming chrome plating, showing just a touch of patina, and original hardware includes the stock bridge and vibrato unit, while the flip-up string mute is no longer present. 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, fitted with a modern collet and arm.
The Black nitro lacquer gloss finish on the body is an older refinish, very soulfully worn with scattered small finish chips on the back and body perimeter, and broad, arching horizontal lacquer checking. No artificial relic’ing here! There is one spot of more matte finish on the lower bout body edge from reacting with a guitar stand, and there is a small split corner on the red tortoise pickguard at the control plate (corner is intact). The original nitro gloss finish is intact on the profile, with light palm wear through the gloss favoring the treble side, and just a couple minor marks on the profile length.
A gray tolex hardshell case is included with black leather ends and a dark burgundy plush interior. The central case pocket isn't complete (not ideal for storage), but the case provides a handy, secure tote.