Up for sale, a 1998 Fender Jaguar '62 vintage reissue electric guitar model JG66-85 finished in Lake Placid Blue with a matching peghead, complete with the original hangtags. 100% original save for an upgraded Mustang-style bridge, 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 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments 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 lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a nice thick cut retaining the original slender vintage-style frets which show light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9, primarily beneath the G string. Notes ring out clearly in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width, and the fretboard radius also matches vintage spec at 7 1/4". The matching Lake Placid Blue headstock retains the original Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The "Crafted in Japan" script text and O-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the 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 quite clean, and the vibrato unit works well for surfy warbles and dives and comes complete with its vibrato arm, working in concert with the upgraded Mustang-style bridge.
Cosmetically, this guitar looks stunning in its custom color Lake Placid Blue gloss, and the matching headstock option is an uncommon option on these instruments. There is light greening of the clear coat of the gloss, with some tan lines of previously removed stickers on the back of the body. There is one large finish chip on the treble side lower bout body edge, a few tiny nicks on the back and body parameter, and a few additional shallow marks adjacent to the vibrato on top. The ambered gloss finish on the profile is flawless save for a tiny shallow nick behind fret 3.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M2 bridge, Offset Vibrato, Lollar pickups, and G&G Fender cases, any of which can be installed or included prior to shipment for an additional charge***