A Brief History from our Tech Writer:
Conceived of as the high-end crown jewel of the original Fender product line, the Jaguar began life as a surf-rock guitar at the ebb of the proverbial wave. The Jaguar was made with 22 frets in a 24” scale, marketed as an easier player than the Teles and Strats that preceded it. It was also given many other features, such as a string mute, hum-reducing ringed single coil pick-ups, and a much more varied and complex tone and lead circuit. Meant to be the fully loaded “Cadillac” of the Fender catalog, the myriad features went unappreciated, and the poorly aimed ad campaign which pointed toward Surf Rockers saw the Jaguar quickly falling out of favor, being eventually discontinued in 1975. It wouldn’t be until the late ‘70s, when Punk emerged on the scene, that the long ignored Jaguar would become the affordable weapon of choice for the Punk rocker on a budget. The real resurgence, however, came in the early ‘90s, when Punk-inspired Grunge musicians began utilizing the Jaguars raunchy and unpredictable tone to fuel the burgeoning genre. With its new found place in the hands of modern guitarists like Kurt Cobain, Fender began producing new Jaguars in 1999 and continues to do so today.
This piece is from the original production year of 1962; a very well preserved snapshot of the Jaguar in its original glory. The 22-fret fretboard is slab rosewood board in Fender’s so called “A” width (1 ½”), a new option introduced with the model. The Kluson tuners are in great shape and the guitar retains all of its original hardware save for the bridge cover. The neck stamp reads 3/62 and the serial number on the neck plate reads 78161, which is consistent with the pot codes which date to 1961. Condition-wise, the guitar does show some marks from wear including checking and finish chips on the back, but the instrument is incredibly clean for its age. There is also some minor clouding on the tuner knobs and same slight discoloration on the bridge pick-up. The nut is original and the frets are full of life and show very little wear aside from some oxidation from age. All told, this is an incredibly clean, all-original piece that is a must have for any collector. Ships in its original hard-shell case.
Weight: 7 lbs 15 oz.
Nut width: 1 ½”
8/10 (excellent condition) 1962 Made in the USA
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