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2006 Fender Jaguar '62 Vintage Reissue Offset Guitar JG66-85 TOM Sunburst, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2006 Fender Jaguar '62 vintage reissue model JG66-85 TOM in excellent condition and in perfect working order. In many respects faithful reissue of the Jaguar's original specs from the model's 1962 introductory year, this Jaguar has one modern deviation, boasting a factory-installed Tune-o-Matic bridge for improved stability. This guitar was manufactured in Japan exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, rarely seen outside its country of origin.

Tonally, this Jag does everything a good Fender should, with plenty of twang and snap in the top end, and the slightly aggressive chime and sinewy snarl that sets this model apart. The stock pickups have balanced, sweet output and great clarity for strummed passages and sparkling lead lines. Engage the Rhythm Circuit for even darker, meatier tones (great for use with fuzz pedals) or click on the "strangle" switch in the Lead Circuit for even thinner tic-tac sounds. Top it off with more chrome than a Cadillac 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 guitar weighs 8lbs 3oz, with a warm, clear acoustic tone that translates well through the pickups. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, this Jag plays very well with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, and lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The thick rosewood fretboard features pearl dot inlays and stock vintage-spec slender fretwire on the 24" scale. The frets show only light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The upgraded carved bone nut has a 42mm nut width (1.650"), and the headstock retains the original Gotoh-made, Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The "Crafted in Japan" text and S-prefix serial are present 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 bass cut (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 vibrato unit is very responsive, actuating smoothly for surfy warbles and dives, working in concert with the original Tune-o-Matic bridge (responsible for the TOM suffix on the model name). The chrome-plating on the control plates and vibrato is bright and clean, with a touch of surface patina on the bridge.

The Sunburst gloss is rich and bold, accented by a glossy dark brown tortoise pickguard. Cosmetic wear includes a few dings central to the back and at the treble-side waist, and one shallow mark on top on the bass side between the bridge and vibrato. Wear is otherwise limited to a few faint finish scratches on the body, and the neck profile has a nigh flawless smooth amberd gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.

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