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1999 Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar Offset Guitar Olympic White w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1999 Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, boasting a deeply yellowed Olympic White nitro lacquer finish and complete with a hardshell case. Introduced in 1999, this first year American Vintage '62 Jaguar model is from an era of production when Jaguar shipping totals were extremely small.

This Jaguar has a traditional tonewood complement with an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, delivering a clear, authoritative natural acoustic tone. Plugged in, this Jag delivers the goods, retaining the original pair of black bobbin single coil pickups with lightly beveled flat-pole alnico magnets. The American Vintage '62 pickups are a bit rounder and fuller in the midrange than later Fender Jag pickup winds, retaining plenty of twang and snap in the top end, with the slightly aggressive chime and sinewy snarl that sets this model apart. Offering plenty of sparkling cut and percussive snap, this Jaguar is quite versatile. Engage the Rhythm Circuit on the guitar's lower body horn for darker, meatier tones, or flip the "strangle" switch in the Lead Circuit for thinner tic-tac sounds. Top it off with more chrome than a Cadillac and a flip-up string mute and you have the model that was Fender's flagship guitar when it was introduced in '62, with every bell and whistle Leo Fender and his team could think to include. This Jaguar weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Offset Fender instruments, strung with 11-49 roundwound strings and dialed in for low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The slab Indian rosewood fretboard features a 7 1/4" vintage-spec radius and original slender fretwire that retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The 24" scale length makes bending and chord extensions a breeze, and the nut measures 1.650" in width. On the headstock, the Jaguar waterslide decal is intact, and the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel is pencil dated 10-26-99, and the neck heel and pocket have stamps from November and December of '99, along with all requisite additional factory markings.

All of the electronics work as they should, the copious chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean with only a light speckling of surface patina. The vibrato works extremely well for small surfy shimmies or deeper dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease and setup so that there's proper break angle between the bridge and tailpiece for optimal stability and minimal string slippage. The neck plate with V-prefix serial rounds out the hardware, and plastics include the original deep red "meatball" tortoise pickguard and cream pickup covers and knobs.

The nitro lacquer Olympic White finish is uniformly aged and deeply yellowed, presenting as more of a semi-gloss. There are two spots of wear through the gloss (smooth to the touch) on the lower bout body edge, some additional minor wear at the treble-side waist, and just a few additional tiny nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The deeply ambered gloss on the neck has two pots of extremely shallow “stand rash” on the profile carve, smooth and not impeding the palm in the slightest when fretting.

A hardshell case is included.

***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 bridge, OMV-P Offset Vibrato, and Lollar Jaguar pickups, any of which can be installed or included prior to shipment for an additional charge***