Up for sale, a 2007 Fender American Vintage '62 "Thin Skin" Jaguar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This extremely rare Jaguar comes complete with the original G&G hardshell case, hangtags, case candy, and COA.
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 7oz. 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 round, inviting shoulders and rolled fretboard edges on the slab rosewood fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .899" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is thicker than most American Vintage series slabs, increasing the shoulder on the profile shape, and ensuring the warmth and clarity inherent in this particular tonewood. The frets are practically perfect, and the guitar plays cleanly in all positions. The slightly increased height and crown of the 6105 fretwire (compared to vintage wire) lends itself to effortless bending and longer fret life. The back of the neck and entire headstock are finished in a thin coat of gloss nitro lacquer and the face of the headstock sports an immaculate "Fender Jaguar" decal over the Shoreline Gold. The original Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
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 plastic parts and chrome hardware are near mint, with an SE-prefix (Special Edition) Fender neck plate as well. The vibrato tailpiece works extremely well for surfy shimmies or deeper dives and the arm collet has been adjusted so that the arm is just tight enough to stay put when you want it within easy reach.
The Shoreline Gold nitro lacquer gloss is extremely well-kept, especially given how easily these finishes age, exhibiting only a few spots of isolated, broad lacquer checking, a few scattered tiny nicks on the body as a whole, and two finish chips, one on the edge of the bass-side body horn, and the other adjacent to the rear strap button. The neck profile has light flame figuring in the wood along the profile length, particularly on the bass side, and the profile is flawless.
The original G&G hardshell case is included and as clean as the guitar, with brown tolex, brown leather ends and handle, and gold latches. The hand-dated COA, case candy, and hangtags are included.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 bridge, Offset Vibrato, and Lollar Jaguar pickups, any or all of which can be installed prior to shipment for an additional charge***