Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Jaguar '62 vintage reissue electric guitar model JG66-75 in excellent condition and perfect working order. A first-year example of Fender Japan's Jaguar model, this notably early and rare instrument was produced at the Fujigen factory in the golden "Made in Japan" age of Fender Japan production.
For surfy snap and twang, it's hard to beat the Jaguar, a model adopted by a wide range of genres for its cutting Fender tone and easy playability. With a percussive clarity and snarl in the bridge position and warmer, darker tonalities at the neck, there's a surprisingly wide range of voicings available on the Jaguar, further enhanced by the Rhythm Circuit on the lower bout (for even darker tones) and a bass cut switch on the hexagonal switch plate (for more thinned out, treble-centric sizzle). This Jag weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup with 11-49 strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled edges for a fast, effortless feel, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, featuring the stock slender fretwire. The frets retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-7 and playing easily up the 24" scale length with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock retains the original Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should, and the small blue numbered price sticker (reading "70" although this model was introduced at a price of 75,000 yen) is still present. The "Made in Japan" text and F-prefix serial is present above the four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with individual on/off switches for each pickup on the Lead Circuit, in addition to the bass cut (or "strangle switch") on/off toggle and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The Rhythm Circuit has its own pair of Volume and Tone wheels in addition to the on/off toggle switch that engages this circuit, which adds a darker tone cap exclusively for use on the neck pickup. The original full-size pots in the Lead Circuit date to June of 1986.
The chrome-plated control plates and vibrato have plenty of shine, with light surface patina and more concentrating pitting on the vibrato. The vibrato unit has a very smooth, easy-actuating response which works well for surfy warbles and dives, complete with its vibrato arm. The vibrato works in concert with an upgraded bridge that features individual brass barrel saddles that provide more stability and treble articulation than the stock saddles. Plastics include uniformly yellowed pickup covers and a distinctive brown tortoise pickguard seen only on Fender Japan's earliest examples of the Jaguar.
The vibrant three-tone Sunburst gloss finish exhibits some scuffing on the back lower bout body edge and adjacent to the forward strap button. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to some light finish scratches and minor marks consistent with 35+ years of light, careful use. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh- flawless.
A gigbag is included.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M2 bridge and OMV-P Offset Vibrato, as well as Lollar Jaguar pickups, any of which can be installed prior to shipment for an additional charge***