When the Jaguar debuted in 1962, the new model was intended to be Fender's feature-laden top-of-the-line electric guitar. The Jaguar borrowed the offset shape, rhythm circuit, and vibrato system from the Jazzmaster (Leo's top-of-the-line design that preceded the it), but the Jaguar featured a shorter 24" scale, 22-fret neck, two newly-designed single coil pickups, and a new switching system.
In the pre-CBS era, the Jaguar found a home in Surf Music, but the cheaper Telecaster and Stratocaster greatly outsold the more expensive models. Because of that, the Jaguar was removed from the line in the '70s. Since then, it has been rediscovered by a wide range of musicians and for good reason, too! The short scale is different a feel than other Fender templates, and the pickups are much less prone to interference than other single coils. Plus, the unique lead/rhythm switching system—though perceived as cumbersome in the '60s—leads to a wider range of applications and sounds than a more conventional three-way switch. And when it comes down to it, how can you deny the cool factor of Jaguar? There's nothing else quite like them.
The neck on this Jaguar is dated Dec. '64, and the pots date to the 50th week of '64. The L-Series # on the neck plate is L57547, which matches '64. This guitar was used professionally, at least for some of its life. The original case is stenciled with "Property of Sonny and the Jet Set," and the guitar shows the authentic wear and patina from smoky roadhouses and late night sets. Despite the wear, it finds us with most of its original parts and components, functioning 100% as it should.
On this '64 Jaguar, the nut has been replaced, and the fingerboard has been refretted. The foam on the original "Fender Mate" mute was also replaced at some point along the way, and the original saddle screws became badly corroded and needed to be replaced. The original nut, mute foam, and saddle screws are included. Other than that, this guitar finds us in much the same condition as when it left Fullerton, California in '64. Well, kind of... along the way, it picked up a ton of vibe, character, and authentic play wear, too.
This 1964 Jaguar is an authentic relic of the surf rock era. If you can find Sonny and the Jet Set, let them know their Jaguar is doing just fine. Cool guitar, cool package. We love the faded and smoked-out three-tone top finish. This is the type of mojo you can't recreate in the Custom Shop. Original hardshell case included, but the spring latches are a little wonky.