1965 Fender Jaguar
1965 Fender Jaguar
A rare 1965 Jaguar in factory custom Charcoal Frost with matching headstock! This guitar is all original and in good overall condition with normal play wear, heavier dinging, and some finish checking. The neck has a "1AUG65B" stamp and features a comfortable medium-C profile with plenty of life left in the stock frets. The original pickups sound bright, woody, and twangy delivering an incredible vintage Fender tone! A great player or collector and an excellent example of an early CBS Jaguar! Includes original hardshell case.
Check out the feature from our luthier Tyler in the ECG Newsletter:
Fender’s custom colors of the 1960’s are like children to us here at ECG, we love them all equally and couldn’t possibly pick favorites. Like all parents, though, we don’t actually mean this and could easily devise and list a preferential hierarchy on any given day.
By my estimation, Fender custom colors can be broken into 4 tiers. Tier 4: (whom we still love dearly) These are the most common and least-desirable custom colors, Olympic White, Blonde, and Candy Apple Red to some extent. Tier 3: Slightly less common but not unheard of, Fiesta Red, Black, Lake Placid Blue, etc. Tier 2: Seriously rare custom colors, Charcoal Frost Metallic, Blue Ice Metallic, Burgundy Mist, etc. Tier 1: Virtually impossible colors, Shell Pink stands alone on this tier.
Finding an all-original tier 2 Fender is an exciting prospect, and this Jaguar certainly got our attention here at the shop. Apart from the remarkable finish, this example is exactly what you’d want from a 60s Jaguar. The original frets have plenty of life left and are no impediment to terrific playability. The pair of factory Jaguar pickups deliver their quintessential clarity and bite. I’ve always been of the opinion that the Jaguar was a terribly underutilized instrument in honky tonk and country music over the years because of these pickups. Every bit as twangy in the bridge as a blackguard Tele, with a much fuller and more usable neck pickup. A matching Charcoal Frost headstock rounds out this package with the ultimate touch of mid-60s class. It’s not likely another one of these will come around for quite some time.