Up for sale, a 2012 Fender 50th Anniversary Jaguar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A limited run USA-made model that paralleled the American Vintage line of instruments, the 50th Anniversary Jaguar boasted a few player friendly and aesthetic tweaks including medium jumbo fretwire on a 9 1/2" radius rosewood fretboard, cream fretboard binding and block inlay, a repositioned vibrato unit for increased break angle, and a pair of "hot" Jaguar pickups.
The alder body is finished in a thin nitro lacquer "flash coat" of Fender's custom color, Burgundy Mist, and alder offers a lively, clear acoustic voice that translates well through the pickups. The pickups offer a bit more meat and warmth than a traditional Jag, given the slightly hotter wind which delivers more midrange character and slightly increased output. There's plenty of traditional chime and cut on tap as well, with more spanky sounds available when the low cut "strangle" switch is engaged, and thicker woof when toggling to the Rhythm Circuit on the lower body horn. This Jaguar weighs 8lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and ideal substance, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark cut of this tonewood, featuring pearloid block inlay (echoing specs introduced on the Jaguar in 1966), with a modern 9 1/2" radius and original medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of meat, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. 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 headstock features a clean Jaguar waterslide decal and Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck pocket on the 50th Anniversary model is also angled one degree further back, eschewing the extra shims often needed on Jaguars for better connection between the neck and body.
The electronics all function as intended, and the chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, including the original bridge cover and 50th Anniversary-embossed neck plate. The vibrato engages easily, positioned closer to the bridge for increased break angle, putting more downward pressure on the bridge saddles and increasing stability and sustain. Plastics include the original knob pair and mint green pickguard. Cosmetic wear on the nitro lacquer Burgundy Mist gloss finish is limited to a few faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, and a bit of faint wear in the clear coat from contact with a guitar strap on the bass-side lower bout and behind the bridge on top. The smooth gloss lacquer is also retained on the neck profile.
A black tolex Fender hardshell case is included.