1965 Fender Jaguar
Very good condition featuring double cutaway contoured offset alder body with natural (stripped) finish, original multi-ply “mint green” pickguard, two original Fender Jaguar single coil pickups with white plastic pickup covers, small metal control plate with black plastic sliding pickup on/off switches and “strangle” switch, one volume control and one tone control with dome topped knurled metal knobs and output jack mounted to elongated metal control plate, small metal control plate with black plastic sliding “Jazz Circuit” on/off switch and two knurled metal volume and tone roller controls, Fender and Pat# stamped vibrato tailpiece, adjustable Fender bridge with six adjustable short barrel slotted saddles, bolt on maple neck, veneer rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays starting at the third fret, bone nut, enlarged Fender peghead shape with blue hand painted Fender logo and original black Jaguar logo, single butterfly string tree, six in a line Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines, four bolt neck fastening plate, two metal strap buttons, nickel plated metal hardware and unoriginal modern brown rectangular hard shell case. This guitar weighs 8lb even.
This charming 1965 Fender Jaguar is in very good vintage cosmetic condition and has been heavily modified throughout. The body finish has been stripped and the body has been re-contoured. The belly contour is extremely thin and bladed, the upper horn is thinner and more pointed and the edges have been beveled. Although this is probably not everyone’s cup of tea, this contouring was well done and looks well... awesome, in my opinion. The back of the instrument bears a pencil drawn Zeppelin “Swan Song” image that has been sprayed over. The Fender logo has been hand painted in blue while the original “Jaguar” logo remains. This was also pretty well done and kinda adds to the overall vibe and quirkiness of this thing. The neck finish looks to be original but there is some clear overspray on the back and front of the peghead. The neck plate is a replacement and the neck is stamped March of 1965. Since the body has been stripped of its finish, you can see the original “nail holes” on the back. This Jaguar retains its original pickups and electronics though the “roller” tone control pot has been replaced (the original is in the case). The volume and tone knobs have been replaced with domed top Telecaster style knobs. The pickguard, tuners, pickups, metal control plates, tailpiece and bridge are original. This guitar is by far one of the best playing examples of a Fender Jaguar that I have played in quite some time. It was professionally re-fretted and set up in Nashville, Tennessee, by world class luthier Dave Johnson (Scale Model Guitars). He also made a new bone nut for the guitar and replaced the bad “roller” control pot. The playability of this instrument is superb and the quality of the re-fret and set up work that Dave performed has well surpassed any fret/setup work that I’ve seen in quite some time. This 65 Jag sounds incredible and original pickups deliver the quintessential 1960s Jaguar sounds. If you are interested in playing anything from Surf to Indie, this guitar will nail it and look incredible while doing so. Though this Jaguar has been heavily modified, I find it to be extremely cool, well done and unique. A true gem.