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2013 Fender Jaguar '62 Vintage Reissue JG66 Candy Apple Red w/ Upgrades, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2013 Fender Jaguar '62 vintage reissue electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, boasting a custom color Candy Apple Red finish and matching headstock. Manufactured in Japan, this "Made In Japan" Fender was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and is rarely seen outside its country of origin. The guitar boasts numerous upgrades including a single-ply black plastic pickguard and control plates, a black chrome Rhythm Circuit plate, black pickup covers, all black mounting screws, and a nickel ABR-1 bridge.

Acoustically, this Jaguar offers a clear, ringing voice which translates well through the original pair of flat pole piece alnico magnet single coils. For surfy snap and twang, it's hard to beat the Jaguar, a model adopted by a huge range of genres for its cutting Fender tone and easy playability. With a percussive clarity and snarl in the bridge position and warmer, darker tonalities at the neck, there's a surprisingly broad range of tones available on the Jaguar, a range further enhanced by the Rhythm Circuit on the bass-side body horn (for even darker tones) and a high pass filter switch on the hexagonal switch plate (for more thinned out, treble-centric sizzle). The guitar weighs 8lbs 4oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, this Jaguar plays very well with fresh 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard retains the original slender vintage-style frets which have their full factory height, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. Notes ring out clearly in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1.665" (shy of 1 11/16") in width, and the fretboard radius matches vintage spec at 7 1/4". The matching Candy Apple Red headstock retains the original Gotoh, Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The "Made in Japan" text and JD13-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics are in good working order, with individual on/off switches for each pickup in the Lead Circuit, in addition to the high pass filter (or "strangle switch") on/off toggle and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The Rhythm Circuit has its own pair of Volume and Tone wheels in addition to the on/off toggle switch that engages this circuit, which adds a darker tone cap exclusively for use on the neck pickup. The vibrato unit works well for surfy warbles and dives and comes complete with its vibrato arm, working in concert with the upgraded ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge. Installation of this bridge necessitated cleanly doweling the original bridge mounting cups and redrilling for the smaller ABR-1 inserts. Plastics include a mint green pickguard and aged pickup covers, with aging of the plastic most prominent on the bridge pickup cover.

Cosmetically, this guitar looks stunning in its rare Old Candy Apple Red gloss, and the "Old" prefix refers to a darker, richer, and more vintage-correct shade of this classic custom color. There are some small scattered dings on the bass-side lower bout on top, a couple scuffs adjacent to the rear strap button, and some light finish scratches and minor marks on the back. The lightly ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

***We are dealers for the Mastery M2 bridge, Offset Vibrato, Lollar pickups, and G&G Fender cases, any of which can be installed or included prior to shipment for an additional charge***