Fender jaguar 1962
1962 Jaguar, first year of production, and lets not forget the Jaguar was the flagship of the Fender range.
Serial no. 50244 on the back plate (This number would suggest an earlier date of manufacturer, like 1960, but the Jaguar didn't appear until 1962)
This is a 54 year old vintage, pre-CBS Fender guitar made at the Fullerton factory. It has an offset solid body which has been re-finished (in the opinion of the author that it could be a seller refinish) in fiesta red (in original colour. Headstock matching.) and nitrocellulose lacquer.
The bolt on neck is maple with a 24in scale, non-slab, rosewood veneer fingerboard, clay dot position markers and large headstock. The neck is dated 1 Aug 62B. Patent numbers are listed in small black type underneath the Fender logo: DES 186826 PAT 2,960,900 2,972,923 & PAT PEND.
Scratch plate is off-white, has a 2 Fender single coil, wide-range pickups mounted though it in chrome-plated metal cradles with notched sides to increase shielding and reduce pickup hum.
The controls are mounted on 3 chrome-plated metal panels, towards the front is a hexagonal plate with 3 pick-up selector sliders and on the upper bout the 3rd control panel has a rhythm/lead slider, plus volume and control wheels. The 2 pots are stackpole brand and volume pot with serial number 304 6218 is thus from 1962 and likely original.
The bridge with rigid adjustable saddles and string mute is mounted just to the rear of the treble pickup and connects to the Fender Jaguar/Jazzmaster patented vibrato unit.
All in all, this us a striking looking vintage Fender guitar, which though re-finished has most of its original parts. It plays and sounds great.