Fender Jaguar with Gold Hardware Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1964), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L31727, Candy Apple Red lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case. This is a super cool solidly Pre-CBS example of Fender's absolute top-of-the-line guitar for 1964, a custom-color Jaguar with the added option of gold plated hardware. This Jag looks fabulous, a real six-string hot rod in Fender's classic Candy Apple Red livery with gold accents. This was one of Fender's most popular custom colors, and looking at this one it's easy to see why. The deep but bold metallic red came direct from the California custom car palette, and this Jaguars' gold trim makes it look fast just sitting still! While C.A.R. is far from the rarest of these player/dealer ordered finishes, the gold hardware was a costly and not common addition to the package. You can find a lot of CAR's, but not many gilded ones! All custom colors are of course are much scarcer than the standard sunburst.This Jaguar shows some play wear but remains overall a nice original example. It has the expected 1964 features, including the Pre-CBS style "green" nitrocellulose pickguard, unbound rosewood fingerboard with "clay" dot inlay and a transitional gold logo on the matching headstock. The neckplate carries an "L" series serial number, the neck is stamped MAR 64B and the pots are dated to the 21st week of that year.Even well into the 21st century he Fender Jaguar remains an under-appreciated guitar with several interesting features. The 24" scale length is shorter than other professional grade Fenders, and it was intended to be easier to play with the heavy strings common at the time. The pickups are optimized for clarity and crispness, all factors that led to the Jaguar losing popularity in the late '60's as twang went out and slinky strings, distortion and crunch came in! Custom color Jaguars were made in decent numbers in the mid-'60s but are still relatively rare compared to their sunburst counterparts; the gold hardware lifts this one to another level. In 1964 this combination of features listed for $456.88, plus $52.50 for the case; the most expensive Spanish guitar in the catalog. This absolute top-of-the line Fender solidbody still represents the classic '60s playable hot rod and a very badass-classy guitar.Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This very flashy Jaguar is not minty but remains for the most part nicely original, showing some typical wear overall. The unaltered original Candy Apple Red finish has very little fade-the red is much truer than many survivors as the top lacquer clear coat often yellows more heavily than this over time. Overall it shows a collection of dings, chips and dents most noticeably on the edges of the headstock, body edges and the back, which is largely free of the common buckle wear. The top has a few small dings and chips, most heavily on the upper edge. There is larger area flaked away along the curve of the lower back edge of the body, likely from exposure to moisture long ago. The loss is confined to this area. There is light wear through the finish down to the maple on the back and sides of the neck in the lower positions. The Fender logo decal is nicely preserved. The electronics are all original except the neck pickup was re-wound to original spec by Norio Imai, New York's Fender Whisperer and sounds perfect. All external hardware is original except the snap-on bridge cover is missing, and the trem arm has been changed to a functional but not correct gold Stratocaster/Mustang style piece. The guitar has some noticeable loss to the gold plating on all surfaces, which is pretty typical; Fender's plating in the '60s was not very heavy. There is a nicely aged-in patina about it, anyway. The original frets have been crowned down a bit but not enough to affect playability. This Jag plays and sounds exactly as it should, with a wide sonic range from surfy to snarly to mellow at the flick of a switch. Overall this remains a rear and very nice example of a Custom Color Pre-CBS Jag, complete with the original no-logo black Tolex hardshell case. Overall Excellent - Condition.

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ConditionExcellent (Used)
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  • Jaguar
  • Candy Apple Red lacquer
  • 1964
Finish Style
  • Metallic
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
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
Body Material
  • Alder
Model Family
Offset Body
  • Yes
Wood Top Style
  • Opaque
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Tailpiece
Finish Features
  • Matching Headstock
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 22

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