Up for sale, a 2023 Fender Traditional II 60s Jaguar in like-new condition and in perfect working order. This guitar boasts a $800+ worth of premium upgrades including a Spitfire tortoise pickguard, Lindy Fralin black bobbin pickups, and a G&G Deluxe hardshell case.
An FSR (Factory Special Run) example with a Sherwood Green gloss finish, matching peghead and bound rosewood fingerboard, this particular iteration of the Traditional II 60s Jaguar platform was made for a single vendor in Japan, with a few other notable features that set it apart from other Traditional Series offerings including a Mustang-style bridge with barrel saddles, an alder body, and medium jumbo fretwire. The current Traditional II series Fender Japan models are designed exclusively for the domestic Japanese market, rarely seen outside their country of origin.
A reinvention of Fender Japan's Jaguar platform, the new Traditional II 60s model features USA-made CTS pots, Switchcraft switches, and USA Fender plastics (save for the upgraded Spitfire pickguard). Tonally, this Jag does everything a good Fender should, and the upgraded Lindy Fralin black bobbin single coils have a circa 1962-63 flat pole piece design. As Fralin describes, these pickups are fat, beefy, and warm, hotter and thicker-sounding than comparable Strat-style single coils. The pickups dish out plenty of twang and snap in the top end, with a slightly aggressive chime and sinewy snarl that sets this model apart, and a balanced, sweet sound with great clarity for strummed passages and sparkling lead lines. Engage the Rhythm Circuit for even darker, meatier tones (great for use with fuzz pedals) or click on the "strangle" switch in the Lead Circuit for even thinner tic-tac sounds.
Top it off with more chrome than a Cadillac and you have the model that was Fender's flagship guitar when it was introduced in 1962, with every bell and whistle Leo Fender and his team could think to include. This guitar weighs 8lbs 1oz, with a warm and clear acoustic tone that translates well through the pickups. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, this Jag is dialed in with 11-50 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled binding edges for added comfort, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl dot inlay and flawless medium jumbo fretwire on the 24" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The fretboard radius measures 9 1/2", and the nut has a 40mm (1 9/16") width. The headstock is fitted with Gotoh-made Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The Lindy Fralin pickups are governed by on/off switches for each pickup on the Lead Circuit, in addition to the bass cut (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 is smooth and responsive, actuating easily for surfy warbles and dives, working in concert with the Mustang-style bridge with barrel saddles. The chrome-plated hardware shines like new, and the Spitfire tortoise pickguard has a depth and dimension comparable to Fender's nitrate tortoise pickguards of the 1960s. The Sherwood Green gloss finish is showroom clean with barely a scratch on it, and the neck profile is similarly flawless.
A Fender G&G Deluxe brown tolex hardshell case is included, along with the original pickup pair and mint green pickguard.