The Jaguar is a classic from Fender that some would say has lived two separate lives – first as the instrument that inspired ‘60s garage rock & surf bands, and then reborn as one of the models of choice for 1990s indie, alternative, and grunge rockers. From Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine churning out mountains of feedback to Tom Verlaine’s intricate playing for punk pioneers Television, the Jaguar has established itself as much more than a niche model.
This particular example is from 1966 and features the block inlays, white neck binding and “F” tuners which Fender switched to mid-way through that year. And everything appears to be in original condition.
The Fender Jaguar single coil pickups sound just fine, wide a wide variety of tones available via the rocker switches and selectable rhythm circuit. It sports the lockable Fender floating vibrato system as well as the original Jaguar bridge with push-in trem arm. It even has its wacky string mute mechanism still in place.
The 24” scale neck has a comfortable D-profile and measures 1 5/8th” at the nut with a nice dark rosewood finger board. There is some light fret wear apparent on the low end of the neck, but there’s plenty of life left in them yet.
There is honest player wear including buckle rash, and some dings & scratches on the back. There is a substantial scratch on the top, some finish wear, and a few other dings & dents to add character, but overall it is in impressive condition for its age. Weighs in at 7.9 lbs
This is a lovely 66 Jaguar with some serious mojo, and in great condition. It also happens to be a great player – beautiful neck, excellent frets, low action, no buzz. Sounds like a vintage Jag should – chimey & woody, jangly & snarly – whatever you want !
Comes in original Fender black tolex case in good condition.