1962 Fender Jaguar Pre-CBS Vintage Offset Electric Guitar Olympic White w/ Hangtag & Case

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Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Jaguar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, hangtag with matching serial, and photo of the original owner, Arthur "Hank" Grover (more on Hank further down the listing). A custom color example, this guitar is extremely original save for a body-only nitro lacquer refinish back to the original color, matching the headstock face which retains its original Olympic White gloss. With 100% original electronics, gleaming hardware, a dark nitrate tortoise pickguard, and provenance from the original owner, this is an ideal specimen of golden age Fender quality.

Produced in the introductory year of Jaguar production, this Pre-CBS Fender sports the model's earliest features, with an unbound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, clay dot fretboard inlay, and a pair of flat pole piece black bobbin pickups. In terms of tone and feel, this Jaguar is simply a joy to play and a classic example of the guitar that was Fender's top-tier instrument in '62. The original pickups have the twang, chime, and cut for which these single coils are known, and in output they're virtually identical to a Strat pickup, albeit with the metal "claw" surrounds that both focus the magnetic field of the pickups and reduce unwanted hum. The flat pole piece design is also unique to Jags produced from 1962-63, yielding a fatter, fuller sound than later iterations. The myriad of switching options and 1Meg potentiometers ensure that the Jaguar can cover much more range than a Strat, while still covering the traditional Fender single coil territory. In the Lead Circuit (hexagonal control plate), the "strangle" switch cuts low end and can make for great tic-tac tones. The Rhythm Circuit on the guitar's bass side horn introduces a set of darker tonalities exclusive to the neck pickup, with a richness and low end girth that fills things out nicely and is great for driving a tube amp or your favorite fuzz box. Weighing 8lbs 7oz and balancing well on a strap, this Jaguar has a bold, textured acoustic tone that rings out with great authority. We've professionally setup this guitar here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, and the guitar is dialed in with fresh 11-50 roundwound strings and low action.

The one-piece maple neck has a textbook late '62 C-shaped profile carve, slender and effortless at the nut, with appreciably more shoulder and roundness in the higher registers, a precursor to the particularly chunky shapes seen in 1963. The profile measures .815" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is extremely dark and tight-grained with clay dot inlay and the original slender fretwire. The frets have well-rounded crowns, showing only light, uniform wear beneath the strings on frets 1-5, extending even more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 8. The neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the truss rod nut is flush with the neck heel, having needed sparingly little adjustment in the last half century. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, having been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock face retains the original nitro lacquer Olympic White finish, and while the majority of the "Jaguar" portion of the waterslide decal is intact, much of the "Fender" half has been worn away. While faithful replacement decals are available, we'll leave that up to the discretion of the next owner. The headstock also retains the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines which are positively gleaming and hold pitch as intended. The original August, 1962 date stamp on the neck heel is intact and bold.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with a pair of original black bobbin pickups. Both pickups retain their original windings, metering at 5.53k ohms in the bridge position and 6.07k at the neck, complete with stock covers and claws. The wiring harness is completely original, with cloth-covered leads and Stackpole pots which date to the 32nd week of 1962.  All of the original chrome control plates are positively gleaming, and the bridge comes complete with its stock flip-up string mute (with fresh foam) as well as the original bridge cover. The vibrato has a smooth, responsive feel complete with its particularly curved arm, allowing for everything from subtle trills to deep, expressive dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The plastic parts include a dark and glossy original nitrate tortoise pickguard which sits flat with sparingly little shrinkage, as well as bright white pickup covers.

The body features a pitch-perfect nitro lacquer Olympic White refinish courtesy of Riggio Custom Guitars, as the original owner had painted the body black in the guitar's lifetime, while preserving the original Olympic White headstock face. The original Olympic White nitro was retained in all body routes, and wear on the body is limited to just the tasteful aging applied by Riggio including tight horizontal lacquer checking, simulated strap and case rub, and some strategic marks on the body contours to simulate a lightly played vintage appearance. Riggio also finished the neck profile, with a smooth gradient between the lightly ambered nitro gloss and silky bare maple.

A bit about the original owner Aurthur "Hank" Grover: Arthur was a lifelong musician, adopting the nickname "Hank" early in his career for his keen memorization and recitation of the music of country music legend, Hank Williams. Hank worked with groups including the Dick Sherwood Band and TV Show, the Don Ring Orchestra, the Blue Knights, and the Goose Island Ramblers. The included photo of Hank is dated December, 1962 on the back, and Hank is pictured in front of a Christmas tree in full cowboy regalia with his new Fender Jaguar. The case is also marked with his initials "HG" below the handle, completing the package.

The original hangtag is included, matching the serial number on the neck plate. The original brown tolex hardshell case has a trio of functional latches, and retains the original handle.

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listed2 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
Body Shape
Right / Left Handed
Number of Strings
Neck Material
Body Type
Offset Body

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