Up for sale, a 2001 Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, boasting a rare Inca Silver gloss nitro lacquer finish and complete with the original hardshell case. Introduced in 1999, this very early American Vintage '62 Jaguar model is from an era of production when Jaguar shipping totals were extremely small, and Inca Silver was only available as a finish option for a few short years at the beginning of the run.
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 9lbs 2oz, 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 medium C-shaped profile carve with an effortless feel, round shoulders in every register, and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .925" 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 sparingly little 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 stamped December 14th, 2000, and the neck heel and pocket have matching stamps from February of 2001, 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, and the string mute engages easily. 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 pale greenish gray pickguard and cream pickup covers and knobs.
The nitro lacquer gloss Inca Silver finish is remarkably well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat and a couple spots of light finish chipping on the top edge of the neck plate and at the treble-side waist on the edge of the top. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is clean and smooth, highlighting light flame figuring on its length.
The original brown Fender G&G Deluxe 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***