Up for sale, a 2005 Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A discontinued model, this Jaguar sports a gloss nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish and comes complete with the original brown tolex Fender G&G hardshell case and numerous hangtags.
Tonally, 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 8oz, with a clear, chiming acoustic voice that translates well through the pickups. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Offset Fender instruments, this Jag is dialed in to perfection and strung with 11-49 roundwound strings.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with an effortless feel, moderate shoulder, and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825" 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 with well-rounded crowns. These stock slender frets retain their full factory height, showing virtually no wear, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The 24" scale 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. On the neck heel and in the pocket, all 2007 date stamps are present along with all requisite additional factory markings.
All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder and CTS pots which date to the 30th week of '07. The copious chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, 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 nitro lacquer Sunburst gloss finish is accented by a deep brown tortoise pickguard, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few small dings and faint finish scratches on top in the black of the Sunburst on the lower bout. There is a very small spot of targeted buckle rash just south of the belly contour and a few additional minor scuffs on the back. The lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is free of wear. As the photos show, this is a lightly played and well-kept Jaguar, and a lovely example of a discontinued model.
The original Fender brown tolex G&G hardshell case is included.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 bridge, Offset Vibrato, and Lollar Jaguar pickups, any of which can be installed or included prior to shipment for an additional charge***