1965 Fender Jaguar Custom Colour Black + OHSC

1965 Fender Jaguar Custom Colour Black + OHSC

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This would go well with your tuxedo...

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None more black than this 1965 Fender Jaguar.

The 1956 Fender catalogue offered ‘available in a DuPont Ducco color of the player’s choice at an additional 5% cost’ and its true that you could spec out your new Telecaster, Strat or Precision bass in any colour you wanted from the beginning but it wasn’t until 1960 that Fender started offering custom color with the first batch consisting of 14 hues.

With Cadillac Eldorado looks, this is one stylish guitar. There are the odd dinks and scratches over the front and edges, the back bears a few scars as well but the black finish is still glossy and eye catching. The neck has worn to a smooth satin finish which is very comfortable. The fretboard is in great shape with no evidence of wear even at the first few frets. The frets too have plenty of life left in them and only show slight signs of wear.

The binding (dot inlays, changed from clay to pearled in 1965, and binding is a feature of these late 1965 instruments before the transition to block inlay and bound necks in 1966) too hasn’t been touched as is evident by the nubs around the nut. Often the glue fails here near the headstock which causes the finish to crack but none are visible. The headstock looks fantastic in it s black livery, set off wonderfully by the gold of the lone Fender logo that is unique for these black Custom Colours as of course, you would not be able to read the black lettering of the model etc.

The chrome hardware is lustrous, only the saddles and the foam on the mute giving away the age of the instrument. The plastics have remained relatively fade free. The pickguard has warped a little under the bridge but this does not really affect playability.

Electronically things are all straight. All solder joint look undisturbed and everything works as it should.

The guitar comes with its correct Fender Black Tolex hardshell case.

Often dismissed as difficult and unusable by players unfortunate enough to come across a badly setup Jaguar, these guitars have had a bad press over the years which is a great shame and something that is now thankfully being rectified (though I’m sure those of you who are fans would prefer if this didn’t cause the prices to go up!). This guitar exhibits a wonderful sustain acoustically with a pleasantly present tone.

The neck is very comfortable and plays very easily. Plugged in the variety of tonal options afforded by the controls really opens out the potential in the guitar. The neck pickup alone when moving from rhythm circuit to lead offers a plethora of musical options and the bridge pickup is a twang-fest that combines well with its partner. The cherry atop this cake is surely the vibrato that gives you that smooth wobble that is such an intrinsic part of the offset experience.

Black and chrome is always a winner in our book, and with tone like this you’d be a fool to pass it up….

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At a glance

Model: Jaguar
Year: 1965
Finish: Black

Modifications: None
Repairs: None
Weight: 3.89 Kg

Case: Correct Black Tolex Fender Hardshell case
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Correct F Style

Pickups: 2 x Correct Single Coil Pickups
Hardware: Correct Chrome
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: Correct Stackpole pots




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