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Fender Jaguar 1965 Sunburst SOLD

Price £2,750.00

Description

SOLD

Some History:

The Fender Jaguar was launched in 1962 some 4 years after its offset body older brother the Jazzmaster. Both guitars shared the modern offset body shape and distinct floating tremolo system. The Jaguar had a shorter 24-inch scale length and different pickups. There were stronger single coil pickups to the Jazzmaster and were which were encased in notched chrome covers to shield the electronics from external radio noise. Both guitars were equipped with a rhythm/lead circuit design. The Jaguar lead circuit includes three switches: on-off for the front pickup, on-off for the back pickup, and a bass-cut switch that adds an extra capacitor to the signal. As a deluxe new addition to the Fender range the Jaguar had some fancy deluxe upgrades installed. This include: chrome switch plates and tremolo system and a flick up string-mute system like you might see on a bass guitar. This never really caught on with players. By 1965 when this guitar was made the Fender Company was in the hand of new management from CBS Corporation and this marked what’s known as the transition era for the Fender Company. Changes seen during this period include a switch from clay to pearloid fingerboard inlays, three-layered plastic pickguard and Kluson F-style tuners.

Fender Jaguar. Neck date and Pot Codes all date to 1965. The neck plate serial number appears to be earlier (1963) as it is missing the "L" or "F" that was used during this time. However it is very possible that it was one left over from earlier productions. The patina on the reverse of the plates matches the body perfectly so it has been on the guitar a very long time but I guess we will never know for sure. The neck has a large number stamped it. Apparently this signifies a guitar that had gone into Fender to have some work done. Refinish, replace parts etc etc. The tuners installed are also pre "F" plate era so also circa 1963. The neck being dated 1965 does have holes drilled for "F" tuners but it does not look like a screw has ever been screwed in to them. 

So....This could be a 1963 body, neck plate and tuners that Fender completed with 1965 parts. I guess we will never know for sure but it has been fun trying to figure it out.

Complete with trem bar, string mute and bridge cover. All switches and pots are original.  There are dings, marks and finish checking you can see in the pictures but nothing I call serious. It just adds to the mojo. The guitar had been in storage for a long time and there is a musty smell to the case. I have Febrezed the case and it is better but still a little musty. I have replaced the bridge saddles as they were corroded and the originals are in the case. I have had the neck pickup rewound. When disassembled a signature of Abigail Ybarra was revealed. See pic. No guarantee but it is possible the remaining bridge pickup has the same signature.

The neck is slightly deeper than the other 65 I have listed. Not a lot but you can feel the difference in the hand. The neck is nice and straight and the action low. Original frets have been dressed. Guitar still plays fine but they are naturally lower now. I think it is still very playable but all depends on your style of course.. The picguard has shrunk (as they do) Guitar plays and sounds great. Weight is 8lbs 4 oz.

Ref: P445 Stock Status: 1 Units in Stock

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