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2012 Fender 50th Anniversary Jaguar Offset Guitar Burgundy Mist Lacquer, USA-Made w/ Case & Tags, 1 of 50


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Up for sale, a 2012 Fender 50th Anniversary Jaguar in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, hangtags, and case candy. A limited run USA-made model that paralleled the American Vintage line of instruments, this particular 50th Anniversary Jaguar was one of the first 50 produced, which were individually hand-numbered on the back of the headstock. The model boasts 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 have 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 5oz, 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 .815" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a 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 and shows virtually no wear. 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 hand-inked #33 on the back of the headstock refers to the 1 of 50 limited run (preceding the larger distribution of this limited edition model). 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 tiny nicks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, and a bit of faint pick scuffing at the bass-side waist beyond the pickguard edge. The smooth gloss lacquer on the neck profile is flawless.

The original brown tolex Fender/G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags and case candy.