When the Jaguar debuted in 1962, it represented a significant departure from Fender orthodoxy. For one, its 24” scale length was closer to a Gibson’s 24 ¾” scale than the 25 ½” scale generally favored by Fender. For another, its two narrow-field single coil pickups were enclosed in a metal plate that canceled hum and produced a somewhat un-Fendery percussive twang. Finally, its combination of mini switches and roller pots were uncharacteristically complex and utterly unlike the straightforward simplicity of its Telecaster and Stratocaster brethren. Given all that, since the early ‘90s, this guitar has undergone a reevaluation in the court of public opinion, as adventurous players like Johnny Marr and Sonic Youth have enthusiastically embraced this model.
This first-year example has been resprayed in a sleek creamy hue that recalls, but doesn’t quite duplicate, classic Olympic White. Other than the very old refin, this one-owner guitar is all original, with plenty of fret life remaining, and a gorgeous Brazilian rosewood fingerboard.
As expected, this Jaguar produces classic twangy surf tones, but can also create serrated modern timbres. Includes original brown case and ultra-rare original instruction booklet. $2600