Wow, is that what I think it is?! Yup, an late 1964 L Series, green guard Fender Jaguar in stunning Candy Apple Red…
Billed as ‘faster and easier to play’ due to its shorter scale length and equipped with some of the most advanced switching options of any Fender to date, the Jaguar has always been a little bit at odds with its other stable mates but has always found favour in the underground. Even so, there is no denying the iconic look of the instrument, especially decked out in custom colours and covered in chrome.
The first thing that strikes you about this guitar is the colour. So vibrant with some nice wear on the body. The exposed areas reveal the multiple layers of not only red but also silver which is the base colour for the Candy Apple of this period. There are only a few more dinks and marks that don’t detract from the overall look.
The neck, which is unbound as per 1964 specifications, with single line Klusons, has a worn wonderful. The fretboard is in greta condition, the frets show signs of use but nothing too heavy. The original nitro headstock finish has a few minor paint chips but the decal is still intact.
The hardware on a whole is free of corrosion apart form some expected discolouration on the bridge. Elsewhere the chrome retains that unmistakable gleam. Electronically the guitar is correct and all the solder joints (and yes, there are many!) look to be undisturbed which is always a welcome sight.
Included is the original black Tolex case.
The is guitar sounds fantastic. Unplugged there’s a vibrancy that isn’t always evident in these offset guitars. Once plugged in, the guitar has a wide pallette of tones available and both pickups work well so as to make any option a good one, again a statement that can’t be made about all Jaguars unfortunately.
This guitar is certainly special. Looks to die for with tone to match. They don’t often get here in this condition so its a must for anyone looking for a custom colour offset for their collection…