Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Jaguar '62 vintage reissue electric guitar in excellent condition and 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. The guitar is 100% original save for an upgraded Mustang bridge, complete with the original Fender Japan black tolex hardshell case.
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 12oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, this Jaguar plays very well with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with moderate shoulder and a bit more roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a veneer in the strictest sense since it follows the curvature of the fretboard radius, but thicker than many slabs. The original slender vintage-style frets have their full factory height, showing only very light wear on the crowns beneath the G and B strings on frets 1-7. Notes ring out clearly in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the fretboard radius also matches vintage spec at 7 1/4". The matching Candy Apple Red headstock retains the original Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The "Crafted in Japan" text and Q-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. Plastics include a mint green pickguard and aged pickup covers, with aging of the plastic most prominent on the bridge pickup cover.
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 are light finish scratches on the back, particularly along the belly contour with a few nicks and one finish chip on the body (wear is mostly localized on the lower bout body edge). The neck profile finish is a smooth, lightly ambered gloss that feels great on the palm.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included. This Fender Japan exclusive case features a raised Fender badge on the exterior, functional latches, and black leather ends, with a nifty ribbon inside the case for securing the neck.
***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***