Here we have a sunburst pre-CBS Jaguar with the distinctive offset contoured body and ‘L’ serial number. The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard on this example is particularly impressive – very dark, almost black, set atop a lovely subtle flame maple neck – cool. The Jaguar was introduced in 1962, 3 years after its sister guitar the Jazzmaster. Jaguars have the smaller single (shielded) coil pickups, a different (i.e. complicated) switching arrangement for the pickups and a shorter scale neck (24” with 22 frets as opposed to the Jazzmaster’s 25½” and 21 frets). Like the Jazzmaster, it is now a standard tool for indie bands of the 21st century. Like the Jazzmaster, rapidly increasing prices means that clean, original pre-CBS Jaguars are becoming hard to find at a reasonable price. However, they still remain extremely good value compared to equivalent Strats and Teles of the same era.

  • Sunburst finish
  • Maple bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and dot markers
  • Scale length 24”
  • Original tuners
  • Original tortoiseshell scratchplate
  • Original single-coil pickups (the bridge pickup has had an alternative at some point but the original is back in place), switches, pots, knobs and jack socket
  • Original bridge and vibrato tailpiece – Fender’s ‘infamous’ bridge mute is intact including the foam (now hardened) and comes with the guitar
  • Newer tweed hardshell case
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