Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Jaguar '62 vintage reissue electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order. An Order Made example (essentially Fender Japan's Custom Shop in their golden age), this Jaguar features an exceedingly rare Candy Apple Green finish, complete with matching headstock. This guitar was produced at the famed Fujigen factory in the "Made in Japan" era of production, offered only to the Japanese domestic market and virtually unseen outside its country of origin.
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 actually 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 9oz, professionally setup with 10-46 strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile at the nut with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, featuring the stock slender fretwire. The frets are flawless with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, playing easily up the 24" scale length with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has a traditional 1 5/8" width. The Candy Apple Green headstock retains the original Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The "Made in Japan" text and S-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel and pocket feature matching stamps from the Order Made special order program.
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 chrome hardware is positively gleaming, including the vibrato unit which works well for surfy warbles and dives, complete with its vibrato arm. The plastic parts are also very clean, and the bright white pickguard shows some requisite pick scuffing.
The gloss Candy Apple Green finish is among the rarest finishes offered by Fender Japan, and it's one of only a handful of examples that have ever surfaced for sale. This finish is just a hair brighter than Sherwood Green, and cosmetic wear is limited to a couple dings on the bass-side lower bout on top and two finish chips, one at the bass-side waist and one on the treble side lower bout. The body is otherwise exceedingly clean with a near pristine back and just a couple additional minor marks on the back and body perimeter. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.