Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Jaguar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with the original nitro lacquer Candy Apple Red custom color finish and matching headstock. With features that span late 1964 and early '65, this guitar still has plenty of Pre-CBS allure, with Kluson double line tuners, an L-prefix neck plate, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with clay dot inlay, and original pair of black bobbin pickups.

This Jaguar weighs 8lbs 5oz with an alder body and authoritative acoustic voice that's lively and clear. The original pair of hand-wound black bobbin single coils easily deliver the raw twang, chime, and cut for which these pickups are known, and in design and 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 myriad of switching options and original 1Meg potentiometers cover the traditional Fender single coil territory, yet with the cutting top end that only comes with a Jag. 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 lower 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. We've professionally setup this guitar here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard features clay dot inlay and original slender frets which show light, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-5, with wear extending even more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the matching Candy Apple Red Red headstock has heavy lacquer checking, retaining the original "Fender Jaguar" waterslide decal. The Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch as intended, with a bend in the High E tuner arm that doesn't affect performance. On the neck heel, the Jan, 1965 date stamp is present, with a flush truss rod nut that has needed sparingly little adjustment in the last half century. The correct "paint stick" markings are also present in the neck pocket.

On the body, all of the original electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and original black bobbin pickups that both retain their original windings. The Stackpole pots date to the 50th week of '64. The chrome-plated hardware has ample shine, and even the original bridge cover is included. The stock bridge works in concert with the vibrato unit, and this Jaguar can execute everything from very subtle warbles and shakes at the end of notes, all the way to deeper dives that jump back to the original pitch with ease. The original flip-up mute even retains its original (still spongy) mute foam. The wide bevel white pickguard sits flat with no cracks or undue warping.

The Candy Apple Red nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, with faint horizontal lacquer checking. There is wear through the finish where the forearm crosses the top and on the back of the bass-side body horn, with various small dings and signs of honest use, mostly concentrated on the back and on the bass-side lower bout on top, The nitro gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless, with a bit of gentle palm wear through the gloss on the profile shoulders.

The original black tolex hardshell case with raised Fender logo on the exterior is included. The case is in great shape, with clean black leather ends, functional latches, and the original handle.

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Listed7 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
  • Jaguar
  • Candy Apple Red
  • 1965
Made In
  • United States
Finish Style
  • Metallic
  • Fender Vintage CBS Era
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
Product Family
  • Fender Jaguar
Scale Length
  • 24"
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Color Family
  • Red
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Model Family
  • Fender Jaguar
Offset Body
  • Yes
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Tailpiece
Finish Features
  • Matching Headstock
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On

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Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar

Seattle, WA, United States
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