Classic, second year Fender Jaguar from 1963 with the slightly chunky neck people look for. Looks totally classic in its all original finish and used on a very well selling album...
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Yup, 1963 Fender Jaguar in very well played Sunburst…
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.
This guitar was owned by Tom Clarke of The Enemy who used it across their second album ‘Music for the People’. The previous owner is often in touch with Tom and he told him that it was bought on Denmark Street in 2009. The guitar was also used by Rob Marshall (guitarist with Mark Lanegan).
The first thing that strikes you about this guitar is the look. The three tone sunburst is still vibrant, the body worn in that way that only really looks good on a sunburst finish. This guitar has certainly led a life. There is a small repair to the body near the strap button which was repaired around the time the previous owner purchased the guitar.
The lacquer on neck has worn comfortably with no signs here of damage as is the case with the fretboard. The frets have plenty of life left in them. The headstock is in good shape with some minor damage to the logo.
The original tortoiseshell pickguard has shrunk very slightly but has not warped at the edges. The hardware is free of too much corrosion and still gleams. The mute is missing but otherwise all the other hardware is correct. Electronically the guitar is correct and all the solder joints (and yes, there are many!) look to be undisturbed.
The is guitar sounds fantastic. Unplugged there’s a vibrancy that isn’t always evident I 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.
Looks to die for with tone to match. Why buy a relic when you can get the real thing…? This one sure looks, feels, sounds and plays the part…
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