SOLD - Fender CIJ Jaguar – Japan 1999-02
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This is a great Fender CIJ Jaguar out of the Tokai Gakki factory, Japan between 1999-2002.
Some history on the Fender Jaguar:
Fender guitars of the late '50s and early '60s borrowed a lot from the automobile designs of the times which meant lots of chrome and lines that were anything but "traditional." The Jaguar used the same offset-waist body shape as the Jazzmaster (first introduced in about 1958) and added even more chrome across the face of the instrument including a plethora of switch and control plates as well as a separate bridge and "floating" vibrato system. Another "upgrade" was a removable mute - which most players immediately removed.
Keeping with Fender trends the Jaguar sported two single coil pickups with special metal shielding to reduce noise plus unique circuitry that allowed guitar players to "dial in" the perfect lead and rhythm sound. While this added versatility it put off some guitarists who were used to more traditional switching. However, its versatility is appreciated by today's tone-conscious guitar players.
While certainly under-appreciated by guitar players when initially introduced the Jaguar's special "Lead" and "Rhythm" circuitry could produce a superb array of tone colours from crisp and clear to warm and chunky. The single coil pickups are specially designed to duplicate the unique sound of the original 1960s units including the distinctive metal shielding.
The "Lead" circuit includes a two-position tone switch along with both volume and tone controls while the "Rhythm" circuit had volume and tone controls along with its own circuit selector switch (first seen in the Fender Jazzmaster of the late 1950s). By tweaking these controls, a wider range of sounds was available than from your "typical" dual pickup guitar.
Yet another change found in the original Jaguar was a shorter (and somewhat mellower) 24-inch scale as opposed to the standard 25 1/2-inch scale made popular by the Stratocaster. The rosewood fingerboard was another shift to attract players who might find the blond Fender necks too radical. Interestingly the larger headstock was eventually adopted across the entire Fender line during the mid-1960s.
Solidbody Electric Guitar
"C" Shape Maple Neck
25.5" Scale Length7.25" Fretboard Radius
21 Vintage Style Frets
8 lbs 7 oz.
.810" Neck Profile at 1st Fret
.910” Neck Profile at 12th Fret
The P in the serial number designates a CIJ instrument from 1999-2002.
This Jaguar comes with all original hardware and electronics.
The guitar is in good condition with some player wear with a few small dings and scratches around the body. Some rear buckle rash is evident and presents only slight tarnishing of the metal. It is in great order for a 20-year-old instrument.
The neck is clean and straight. It is a pleasure to play with its medium C shape and low action.
This is a fine example of a nice Japanese made Jaguar. The guitar plays & sounds great. Frets are good, intonation has been nicely set, tuners and truss rod work perfectly. A well-priced alternative to its Fender USA counterparts.
Comes in original G&G hard case in good condition.