Up for sale, a 2007 Fender American Vintage '62 "Thin Skin" Jaguar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This extremely rare Jaguar comes complete with the original G&G hardshell case.
The "Thin Skin" series was extremely limited, and the first run was only available from 2007-2008 from three select Fender dealers in the USA. Very few examples were produced in each custom color, and by many accounts fewer than 50 instruments were made in each finish. Truly the best American Vintage reissues Fender has ever offered, this Jaguar sports a "Thin Skin" Shoreline Gold nitro lacquer finish (eschewing the poly base coat seen on other American Vintage examples) along with other notable features including a 9.5" modern Fender fretboard radius, 6105 fretwire, and matching headstock. The guitar weighs 8lbs 12oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, this Jaguar is dialed in to perfection with a fresh set of 11-49 roundwound strings and low action.
Tonally, this guitar delivers plenty of Fender sparkle and twang, with a lively, full natural acoustic tone. The electronics on this guitar are the same as seen on the standard run '62 American Vintage Jags, and there's plenty of bite from the bridge pickup, which has more punch and top end content than other Fender single coils, given the 1 Meg volume and tone pots that let more signal through. The neck pickup is warm and cutting, with increased thickness when the Rhythm Circuit on the lower body horn is engaged, ideal for mellow chord voicings or fattening up your favorite fuzz pedal. The chrome "claws" that surround the pickups are also unique to the Jaguar, focusing the magnetic fields of the pickups and also providing extra shielding against unwanted single coil hum. The Jaguar was Fender's top of the line instrument when introduced in 1962, and it's one of the more feature-rich guitars ever offered by the Fender company. Both Lead and Rhythm circuits have individual Volume and Tone controls, with an extra bass cut switch on the Lead circuit for even more thinned out tic-tac tones.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and rolled fretboard edges on the slab rosewood fretboard, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. On the slab rosewood fretboard, the frets are practically perfect, with just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly in all positions, and the slightly increased height and crown of the 6105 fretwire (compared to vintage wire) lends itself to effortless bending and longer fret life. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone measuring 1.650" in width. The matching Shoreline Gold peghead retains its Fender Jaguar waterslide decal over the lacquer, and the original Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The guitar retains its original neck plate with SE-prefix serial.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and the American Vintage '62 Jaguar pickups have all the twang, chime, and snap you could ever want from a Fender with a bit more output and midrange content than Fender's later American Vintage Jag coils, adding a touch of extra warmth and fullness to the tone. The chrome plating on the hardware is gleaming, and the vibrato tailpiece works extremely well for surfy shimmies or deeper dives, working in concert with the stock bridge. The flip-up string mute is a brand new Fender USA component with fresh foam. Plastics include the original knobs and mint green pickguard which has aged and darkened.
The Shoreline Gold nitro lacquer gloss shows virtually no aging of the clear coat, retaining its factory shade, and cosmetic wear includes pick wear across the strum path and scuffing on the guard, with a small cluster of nicks at the bass-side waist, and some similar marks on the top headstock edge. There are a few scattered dings and finish scratches, mostly on the lower bout body edge, with one scratch into the alder just above the neck plate. The smooth nitro gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
The original G&G hardshell case is included.