Up for sale, a 2000 Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An exquisite example of this discontinued model, this Jaguar is finished in custom color gloss Fiesta Red nitro lacquer, complete with the original G&G hardshell case, hangtags, and factory paperwork. Introduced in 1999, this very early American Vintage '62 Jaguar model is an exceedingly well-kept example from an era of production when Jaguar shipping totals were extremely small.
Tonally, this Jag does everything a good Fender should, with plenty of twang and snap in the top end and the slightly aggressive chime and sinewy snarl that sets this model apart. The stock pickups have great clarity for both strummed passages and sparkling lead lines. Engage the Rhythm Circuit for darker, meatier tones (great for use with fuzz pedals) or engage the "strangle" switch in the Lead Circuit for even thinner tic-tac sounds. Top it off with more chrome than a Cadillac and a flip up string mute and you have the model that was Fender's flagship guitar when it was introduced in '62, with every bell and whistle Leo Fender and his team could think to include. This Jaguar weighs 8lbs 6oz, with a clear, chiming acoustic voice that translates well through the pickups. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Offset Fender instruments, this Jag is dialed in to perfection and strung with 11-48 roundwound strings.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .899" at the 12th. The slab Indian rosewood fretboard features original slender frets which are remarkably clean with their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar boasts a traditional 7 1/4" fretboard radius and plays cleanly in every register with an optimally adjusted truss rod. The 24" scale makes bending and chord extensions a breeze, and the nut measures just a hair under 1 11/16" in width (1.665"). On the headstock, the Jaguar waterslide decal is immaculate, and the Kluson-style Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel and pocket retain original factory date stamps from September and October of 2000.
All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and CTS pots which date to the 26th week of 2000. The copious chrome is positively gleaming save for some light scuffing on the bridge cover, and the string mute engages easily and is also well out of the way of the strings when disengaged. The vibrato works extremely well for small surfy shimmies or deeper dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease and setup so that there's proper break angle between the bridge and tailpiece for optimal stability and minimal string slippage.
The original nitro lacquer Fiesta Red finish is one of the rarer options offered on this American Vintage model, just saturated enough yet with a distinctive salmon/pastel shade. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few faint finish scratches and minor wear on the back, mostly just south of the belly contour, one pinhead-sized nick on the lower bout where the forearm crosses the top, and one similarly tiny nick on the lower bout on the back. The clear gloss nitro on the neck profile is clean and smooth, free of palm wear. As the photos show, this is a remarkably well-kept Jaguar, and a lovely custom color example of a discontinued model.
The original brown tolex G&G hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags and factory paperwork.