Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Jaguar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This rare Lake Placid Blue custom color example is an absolute joy to play, with transitional features including a bound fretboard and pearloid dot inlay, as well as early gray bobbin pickups.
A guitar capable of great versatility, the Jaguar is perhaps best known for its ability to out-twang any of Fender's other offerings, with shimmering, glassy top end that does cut through but can still feel warm and round. You can immediately feel the resonance of this instrument when you strike your first chord, and that dynamic, soulful quality really translates into the amplified signal. Of course, the Jaguar offers tonal options to both thicken up the sound and alternately make it even more sinewy and thin. The "strangle" toggle (located on the hexagonal plate next to the individual pickup on/off switches) gives the guitar a treble heavy snap, while the Rhythm Circuit (located on the guitar's lower horn) is a separate circuit for the neck pickup, engaging a darker tone cap. The Rhythm Circuit provides one of the best sounds on this guitar, with a thicker, wooly tone that still has plenty of clarity, while adding warmth to your clean signal as well as giving an overdriven tube amp or your favorite fuzz pedal that little bit of extra low end push to make single note lines stand out. This Jag weighs in at 8lbs 12oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, with 12-52 strings, solid intonation, and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a medium C shaped profile that feels particularly sturdy and reliable, with just enough depth to feel substantial down at the nut and a bit more girth as you move up the neck. The Brazilian rosewood veneer fretboard has pearl dot inlays and the original frets, which play cleanly up the neck wiht no buzzing or dead spots. The frets currently show moderate wear beneath the G and B strings on frets 1-2, with only faint flattening of the fret crowns beneath those same strings until roughly fret 5, and virtually no wear further up the neck. The neck has the Jaguar's signature 24" scale, with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius and traditional Fender "B" nut width of 1 5/8". The guitar has been fitted with a hand-carved bone nut that improves the overall resonance of the instrument substantially over the piece of plastic that would have been present when the guitar left the Fender factory. The early chrome Fender "F" tuning machines are intact on the headstock, turning smoothly and holding pitch as they should. The "Fender Jaguar" waterslide decal is in fantastic shape, with plenty of gold flake still present in the Fender name and only light wear on the "F". On the heel of the neck, the original factory date stamp is clean and intact, noting a June, 1966 date for the neck, as well as the Jaguar's model code and the B nut width.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the pair of original gray bobbin Jaguar pickups compliment each other well, with strong output and original winds on both pickups. The original switches are present in the lead circuit, hexagonal control plate, and the Stackpole pots date to the 17th week of 1966. The pots and switch in the Rhythm Circuit are original as well. The routes on the body are untouched and original with stock shielding plates on both the body cavities and the underside of the pickguard. The wiring is original aside from a spliced ground wire to the lead circuit and touched up solder on the neck pickup leads.
The original hardware is completely intact and in fantastic shape, with clean chrome plating on the stock bridge, mute, vibrato unit, control plates, and "F" series serial number neck plate. Even the original foam is still present on the mute, although it has hardened with age and would need to be replaced to be functional (oh, the woes of originality). The vibrato unit engages very smoothly and responds to the lightest touch, giving the player the ability to do subtle trills, surfy bends, and deeper dives with ease. The vibrato retains its original spring and arm, which locks in securely. The white nitrate pickguard provides the perfect contrast to the custom color Lake Placid Blue finish, and this pickguard alone is valuable and clean, showing only a tiny bit of warping near the Rhythm Circuit, and complete with no cracks or modifications.
The nitro lacquer Lake Placid Blue finish is 100% original, with the correct "paint stick" markings present in the neck pocket, and hints of the silver undercoat and Fullerplast yellowed base coat peeking through in the various tiny nicks around the body contours. In terms of cosmetic wear, there are a few signs of honest use, but overall this example is one that will satisfy collectors and players alike. There's some buckle rash across the back of the body, with wear down to the base coat on the top edge of the belly cut body contour, as well as wear on the treble side of the body adjacent to the lead circuit control plate. The originality of the finish has also been verified under a blacklight, and in this light the entire body, neck, and headstock have a uniform glow. Various other tiny cosmetic marks show through to the bare wood on the edges of the body and headstock. All signs of minor wear and use are represented in the photos, and more photos are available upon request!
The original, black tolex hardshell case with small Fender logo is included. The case is in great shape, with a clean orange plush interior, working latches, and original handle.