Head to end-pin in Lake Placid Blue, what more can you do.....
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Some guitars seem to be conceived in a certain colour, the form perfectly suited to its tinted jacket. A case in point is this 1966 Fender Jaguar and its coat of Lake Placid Blue.
Identified in the 1960 Fender catalogue as DuPont shade number 2786L, a shade synonymous with Cadillacs from 1958, Lake Placid Blue is surely one of those instantly recognisable Fender shades. This Jaguar is certainly striking and although there is a little yellowing of the clear coat over time, causing the finish to ‘green’, the colour is still vibrant.
The matching headstock too, really sets off the look having itself survived relatively unscathed. There is the expected checking and the finish has flaked on the lower corner of the body, probably due to environmental circumstances in the guitars past as were evident elsewhere on the guitar.
The neck is worn comfortably on the back and the binding shows signs of wear but is in good shape. The guitar has recently been freshly and expertly re-fretted with correct fretwire. When we received the guitar it was unplayable. A previous fret job had left the fretboard in bad shape with many of the frets loose in their slots or sticking up. This has all been corrected along with a new melamine nut which replaced the brass one fitted at some point in the past, probably at the height of the ‘if it exists on a guitar, it needs to be brass’ phase in the late 70’s.
The electronics are all correct and seem untouched apart form one solder joint on the bridge pickup selector switch. These too have been cleaned as many of the components had oxidisation present.
Unplugged there is brightness to the tone which sits well with an amplied sound that makes full use of the various tone-shaping elements present on the guitar. The rhythm circuit has just the right amount of darkness with a tone control that doesn’t suck away all the presence from the signal and in fact gives you a very useful ‘wah half-cocked’ tone when turned all the way down. Once we switch into the lead circuit we find all the usual tonal markers, warm neck pickup, sweet combined sound and bite from the bridge. Whats more you have the vibrato arm which is the icing on any offset cake!
Custom colours really show off the best aspects of any Fender guitar but it can certainly be said that the Jaguar’s combination of vibrant colour and chrome really makes for an iconic package. This guitar has been through a lot but has retained that stunning look. Grab it before it gets away.
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed and tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers, by appointment only, at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment Only) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdom
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