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1997 Fender Jaguar '62 Vintage Reissue Electric Guitar JG66 Candy Apple Red, Japan CIJ

$1,599.99

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Up for sale, a 1997 Fender Jaguar '62 vintage reissue electric guitar in perfect working order, boasting a custom color Candy Apple Red finish and matching headstock. Manufactured in Japan, this "Crafted In Japan" Fender was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and is rarely seen outside its country of origin.

Acoustically, this Jaguar offers a clear, ringing voice which translates well through the original pair of flat pole piece alnico magnet single coils. For surfy snap and twang, it's hard to beat the Jaguar, a model adopted by a huge 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 broad range of tones available on the Jaguar, a range further enhanced by the Rhythm Circuit on the bass-side body horn (for even darker tones) and a high pass filter switch on the hexagonal switch plate (for more thinned out, treble-centric sizzle). The guitar weighs 8lbs 6oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, this Jaguar plays very well with fresh 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C profile carve with modest shoulder, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut, a veneer in the strictest sense since it follows the curvature of the fretboard radius, but thicker than many slabs. The fretboard radius is 7 1/4", and the instrument has just been professionally refretted in-house with 6230-size vintage-spec fretwire. While the frets are flawless, there is very light wear into the rosewood on the treble side of the board from frets 1-3, which doesn't affect playability in the slightest. Notes ring out clearly in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.675" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The matching Candy Apple Red headstock retains the original Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The script "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the stock electronics are in good working order, with individual on/off switches for each pickup on the Lead Circuit, in addition to the high pass filter (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 control plates are bright and clean with just a dusting of surface patina, and the vibrato unit works well for surfy warbles and dives and comes complete with its vibrato arm, working in concert with the original bridge. Plastics include the original white pickguard, pair of knobs, and uniformly aged pickup covers.

Cosmetically, this guitar looks stunning in its rare Candy Apple Red gloss, and the matching headstock option is even more uncommon on these instruments. There is some requisite pick scuffing across the white pickguard, some scattered nicks on the lower bout on top, and more concentrated wear along the body edge with some modest finish chipping. The neck profile has a smooth ambered gloss.

***We are dealers for the Mastery M2 bridge, Mastery OMV-P Offset Vibrato, and Lollar pickups, any of which can be installed or included prior to shipment for an additional charge***