More Vintage Fender Jaguar Guitars from 2020
Posted on January 08 2021
The first three vintage Fender Jaguars to come through the shop in 2020 featured the standard Sunburst finish, but the last three were the far more rare custom colors! Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters from 1962 until the end of the decade were available finished in custom colors with matching headstocks for a 5% upcharge according to the Fender custom color chart. Many players preferred the Sunburst finish to the solid colors, so custom color Fender guitars are far less common these days.
1965 Fender Jaguar Candy Apple Red Metallic
This amazing 1965 Fender Jaguar in original custom color Candy Apple Red Metallic finish came to me from its original owner! It's a fine playing example that's been very well kept throughout its lifetime. The neck heel date stamp is 1MAY65B" indicating 1 = Jaguar model, MAY = May, 65 = 1965, B = 1 5/8" nut width. It's a very late L series serial number plate which, in my opinion, makes it still pre-CBS even though the company was sold in January of that year.
1966 Fender Jaguar Blue Ice Metallic
Now this is a truly rare custom color 1966 Fender Jaguar! The Blue Ice Metallic color, often called Ice Blue Metallic, is a light blue opaque metallic color that commonly fades to a more greenish hue. Blue Ice Metallic is a post-CBS buyout color so you won't find it in the 1964-65 color chart. This is the first Blue Ice Metallic Fender I've found in over a decade of buying vintage guitars. It's a very uncommon color that I'm thrilled to have found.
The guitar itself is a fabulous playing Jaguar after the thorough cleaning, foam replacement, shim installation, electronics cleaning, and set up with .011 strings. It weighs in at 8lbs 6oz and has a comfortable neck measuring 1 5/8" at the nut, .86" depth at the first fret, and .93" depth at the 12th fret.
1962 Fender Jaguar Olympic White with Slab Fretboard
Behold! The most desirable vintage Fender Jaguar that I've had the pleasure to own, this 1962 Fender Jaguar in Olympic White with slab Rosewood fretboard and matching headstock. Olympic White is one of the most common of the custom colors, so that's not exactly why this one is so special. Fender nerds will remember that the guitars made from 1959 until 1962 featured the thick slab Rosewood fretboard instead of the thinner veneer fretboard that replaced it. You'll also remember that custom colors were available before 1962, but matching headstocks were not except for VERY few examples (less than 50 maybe?). This Jaguar was made during the very short period of time that the slab fretboard overlapped with the matching headstocks being standard for custom color offset Fenders.
The guitar itself was also a phenomenal playing example that weighed in at 8lbs 10oz, and had a comfortable neck profile that measured .80" at the first fret and 1" depth at the 12th fret. The original Olympic White finish featured the earlier style desert sand colored primer coat and no clear coat over top. This was probably my favorite vintage Fender Jaguar I've ever had!