Here’s something a bit special. This is the cleanest 60s Jag we’ve ever seen. For a guitar celebrating its 50th year, this thing is in amazing condition.
The Jaguar is a classic from Fender that 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 1967 which was the last year of nitro finishes and features the block inlays, white neck binding and “F” tuners which Fender switched to mid-way through 1966.
Considered Fender’s top-of-the-line model until 1967 when Hendrix changed everything with his usage of the Stratocaster. The Jaguar’s pickups are more powerful and better shielded than the Strat & eliminated some of the hum problems associated with the Jazzmaster. The shorter 24 inch scale was favoured by many guitarists at that time, especially the surf twang guys. The Jaguar shared its unique wiring circuit with the Jazzmaster.
The single coil pickups on this Jaguar sound just great, with a wide variety of tones available via the rocker switches and selectable rhythm circuit. This Jag sports an excellent Mastery replacement bridge which is super solid, intonates brilliantly and drops right into the existing bridge posts. The original bridge is in fine working condition and is included in the sale. The original bridge can be dropped right into its slots, with no evidence of the Mastery unit ever having been there. However, just about every owner of a vintage Jaguar who actually plays it, uses a Mastery bridge. Because they work brilliantly.
The 24” scale maple neck has a comfortable D-profile and measures 1 5/8th” at the nut, with a lovely rosewood finger board. This Jag has had a bone nut installed and an excellent professional refret. There is no wear apparent on the new frets.
There is virtually no player wear or buckle rash or any significant player wear on this 50 year old instrument. There are some minute marks on the back, but no serious dings, dents or scratches anywhere. This one is in amazing condition for its age. Weighs in at 7.9 lbs
This is actually the best playing Jag we’ve ever listed. It has a great neck, a low action with no flat spots, new frets, and it is super comfortable to play.
Comes with 1967 swing tags, owner’s manual and original Fender black tolex case in good condition.