Here is a vintage 1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 113904, is in incredibly excellent (near mint) 100% all original condition, and includes the original pre-CBS “no-logo” case, original tremolo arm/whammy bar, original mute, and the original corresponding owner’s instruction manual. This transitional version Jaguar, featuring both dots and binding on the neck, is in near pristine condition, and genuinely appears to have never been played: there is no finish fading, no belt buckle wear, absolutely zero fret wear, no arm nor edge wear on the body and no other issues. With many pre-CBS qualities, Fender instruments with dot inlays and neck binding tend to be comprised of many parts made prior to CBS ownership, using the same methods, techniques, and components. At the time, the Jaguar was Fender’s top-of-the-line electric guitar, as it showcased an advanced electronic versatility, which was effectively much more involved than the seemingly traditional configuration of the more popular Stratocaster or Telecaster models.
Serial Number: 113904 (F plate)
Neck Date Stamp: OCT 65
Pot Codes: 304-6545 (late-’65, Stackpole)
This guitar is in cosmetically remarkable 100% all original condition. The only (barely) visible sign of use is some superficial storage wear, and some very minor impression marks on the back of the body. Otherwise, the entire instrument is crisp and unfaded exhibiting incredible brilliance. The original 3-tone Sunburst nitrocellulose sunburst finish is highly defined and completely unfaded. The clear nitro finish on the neck is also unfaded, unwown, sheen, and void of any weather-checking. In fact, astoundingly, there is no weather-checking anywhere on the instrument. The original thick tortoise guard is in pristine structural shape with no cracks or warping. Though slightly shrunk from age, it actually still fits snugly and accordingly. All of the original hardware is in very excellent condition with no oxidation.
The guitar is very enjoyable to play, and it features a thick beautiful rosewood fingerboard, original frets, a comfortable medium-sized shallow soft-D neck profile, a perfectly straight maple neck with perfect low action. The original frets display absolutely zero playing wear. It was recently professionally setup with Pyramid .009 gauge strings and it feels amazing.
The guitar weighs 8 lbs. and 2. oz. All of the switches work perfectly and function smoothly without scratchiness nor audible dirt noise. It’s surprising that this guitar does not display more playing wear, scratches and abuse, as it is one of the good ones, it really is.
The original Fender “no-logo” case is in very excellent condition. One latch appears to have been broken, but otherwise, the integrity of the case is quite fine. Though appropriate for a Jaguar produced a year earlier, this 1964 case could have easily been matched with this Jaguar by the original dealer. The other latches and hinges work perfectly, and the original leather handle is perfectly intact. No distracting odors, and it certainly has that “old guitar” smell.