Up for sale, a 2008 Fender American Vintage '62 "Thin Skin" Jaguar in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This rare Jaguar comes complete with the original G&G hardshell case, COA and all hangtags and case candy.
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" Burgundy Mist 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 9lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 roundwound strings, low action and accurate intonation.
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 medium C-shaped profile carve with particularly round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. On the slab rosewood fretboard, the frets are practically perfect, 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 guitar plays cleanly up the 24" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width, and the matching Burgundy Mist peghead retains its Fender Jaguar waterslide decal over the lacquer, along with Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The guitar retains its original "Limited Edition" neck plate with LE-prefix serial.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and the chrome plating on the hardware is gleaming. The vibrato tailpiece works extremely well for surfy shimmies or deeper dives in concert with the stock bridge, and the flip-up string mute also functions as intended. Plastics include the original knobs and mint green pickguard.
The Burgundy Mist "Thin Skin" gloss nitro lacquer finish exhibits one small finish chip on the treble-side lower bout body edge and a few light finish scratches and microscopic marks on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original G&G hardshell case is included, along with the COA and all hangtags and case candy.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M1 bridge, OMV-P Offset Vibrato, and Lollar Jaguar pickups, any of which can be installed prior to shipment for an additional charge***