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FENDER | CATALOGUES | 1965 1966 | PAGE 2

Fender Jaguar, Jazzmaster, and 12-String

Fender 1965/1966 catalog page 2

Fender 1965/1966 guitar catalogue. Page 2. Details and illustrations of Fenders two high-end solid bodies, the Fender Jaguar and Fender Jazzmaster, and a brand new model, the Fender 12-String.

Note the 12-String is pictured here with an unbound neck and dot neck markers. Compare this to the more ornate examples shown in the 1966 Fender catalogue.

In December 1965 these guitars were priced as follows: Fender Jaguar $368 ($387 in custom finish, $443 gold hardware); Fender Jazzmaster $339 ($356 in custom finish, $408 gold hardware); 12-string $339, $356 in custom finish. Custom finishes were translucent Blond or DuPont Duco colours. Left handed models are listed at an additional 10%, wider necks for the 12-string an extra 5%.

1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 2 - Fender Jaguar, Jazzmaster, and 12-String
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Fender American Vintage 1962 Jazzmaster Sunburst

Fender American Vintage 1962 Jazzmaster Sunburst

Rexburg, Idaho, 834**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I have owned this guitar for a long time and have loved it. I am piecing together a perfect Jazzmaster for me so I am selling this. I have tried to take good pictures. This guitar has been used but never abused. There are a few scratches and rub marks but besides one little chip in the bottom right all of them are surface level and maybe even could be buffed out if you cared. I like a guitar that has been legit played and worn in but not abused. The neck is perfect as near as I can tell, ... more
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Fender Jazzmaster 1965 - Olympic White

Fender Jazzmaster 1965 - Olympic White

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a vintage 1965 Fender Jazzmaster with an Olympic White finish. This one has aged gracefully with its naturally faded and yellowing finish on its body and matching headstock. It has wonderful checking throughout and some well-earned dings and scuffs in the right places. It's an amazing player, with a comfortable neck somewhere between a C and D profile. Its neck has binding, dot inlays, and the low and wide frets typical of this era. It has a single changed (but vintage correct) high E ... more
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1966 - 1968 Fender Jaguar Sunburst Original Finish & OHSC (VIDEO) Exc Condition

1966 - 1968 Fender Jaguar Sunburst Original Finish & OHSC (VIDEO) Exc Condition

Red Hook, New York, 125**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1966 - 1968 Fender Jaguar electric guitar. What makes this somewhat of a rare guitar is that the hardware is all dated to 1966, but the logo on the headstock (which is partially rubbed off) dates to 1968. My best guess on this is that it was assembled in 1968 using 1966 parts, and a 1968 decal / logo put on. The decal on the headstock is original and tested under blacklight. The date stamp at the base of the neck is original. The logo is definitely a transition of sorts, with a "R" ... more
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Fender 1963 Jaguar Vintage

Fender 1963 Jaguar Vintage

Staten Island, New York, 103**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


As-is-condition. A true relic and worn showpiece. This 1963 Blonde Fender Jaguar comes in a fitted SKB Hardshell case
22 FretsWhat you see is what you get
Questions?... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 FENDER ELECTRIC INC. 6G2 PRINCETON (Tuxedo), Guitar amp 125P1A Schumacher power transformer. EIA code 606420 for April 1964 Working rust free unit. These also came in 6g2 brown Princetons and vibro Champs before the 125P1B replaced it
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Vintage 1965 Fender Jaguar Sunburst  Pre CBS  Guitar w / OHSC

Vintage 1965 Fender Jaguar Sunburst Pre CBS Guitar w / OHSC

Bismarck, North Dakota, 585**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a 1965 Fender Jaguar guitar. Guitar being sold in used / played vintage condition. Serial # on the neck plate reads L56XXX which dates this guitar to early 1965, before Fender was bought by CBS. Comes with original hard side case. Case is in used used / vintage condition(has name written inside in marker, see pics)
Will be shipped with delivery conformation and insurance, International bidders please message before bidding to get best shipping quotePlease feel free to ask any ... more
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Vintage 1966 Fender Jaguar comes with Gator case

Vintage 1966 Fender Jaguar comes with Gator case

Iowa City, Iowa, 522**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Jaguar from 1966 SN 189227, Rosewood fretboard
Original finish, pickguard and bridge cover are replaced. Comes with a Gator case
Call to inquire!
1016 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, IA 52240
1-6PM Tuesday-Friday
10AM-6PM Saturday... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Matched pair of 1985 GENERAL ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL 6072A electron tubes. These are NOS and NIOB. The 6072A is the industrial version of the 12AY7A that is used in the first gain stage of ALL 9 pin preamp Fender Tweed Amps. Some Amps such as the pro uses a 12AY7 in the second stage
I call these the secret weapon . These have an amplification factor of 44 where the 12AY7A has a gain factor of 40. This gives a little more push on the front end without raising the noise level. The industrial ... more
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MINTY 1964 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst | Vintage PRE-CBS, Clay Dots, Spaghetti Lo

MINTY 1964 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst | Vintage PRE-CBS, Clay Dots, Spaghetti Lo

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Early 1964 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst!
Here is one of the nicest vintage Fender Jazzmaster's we've had. Such a clean and totally original fully Pre-CBS example with more case candy than you'll ever need. Clay dots and spaghetti logo, early L-series, early '64 neck date, etc. Quintessential Fender Jazzmaster during the Leo Fender era. The 3-tone Sunburst finish is as vibrant and unfaded as you'll find.
The guitar is in excellent condition with no finish checking ... more
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Fender 1 MEG AUD Pots P Bass Jazzmaster Jaguar 1965 - Original Solder Joints

Fender 1 MEG AUD Pots P Bass Jazzmaster Jaguar 1965 - Original Solder Joints

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 708**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a matching set of 1965 Stackpole pots from a 1965 Fender Jaguar. These were used on the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, and P Bass. 304-6530 matching date code on both pots. Factory solder joints. Original capacitor and resistor. This assembly was pulled from a fully functional guitar. Please ask all question in advance of purchasing.... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 FENDER MUSICIAL INSTRUMENT VIBROLUX AA-763, AB-763, VIBROLUX REVERB AA-964, AB568, TREMOLUX AA763, AB763 Guitar amp 125P26A, 02273 CREST TRANSFORMER CORP power transformer. EIA code 606612 for MARCH 1966. Working rust free unit. These also came in 6G2 brown Princetons and vibro Champs before the 125P1B
Transformer has been tested with the following results
No load voltages are as follows:
Phase to phase red to red 704 VAC
Yellow to yellow 5 56 VAC
Green to green 6 9 ... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 4 ohm output transformer with EIA 606614 for the 14th week of 1966
This is a tested working unit
... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1962 OEM FENDER ELECTRIC INC. Guitar amp 125P5B Schumacher power transformer. EIA code 606237 for 37TH WEEK OF 1962
Tested Working rust free unit.
These would be found in White, Brown, Black 6L6 Amps in the  1962-1963 era that have tube rectifiers. Full length unsoldered leads
Pictured last is a reproduction 125P5B which shows this as a White 1961, (6G6), Fender Bassman and other 6L6 powered white, brown and possibly extremely early black guitar 🎸 amps, super ... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 FENDER MUSICIAL INSTRUMENT DELUXE AND DEKUXE REVERB AA-763, AB-763, AB-868. EIA code 606614 for MARCH 1966. Working rust free unit. These also came in 6G11 (A), AB763, AA-965, AB-568 VIBROLUX
2 84 HENRY and 155 ohms see picture
NOTE* This listing is for the SMOOTHING REACTOR only. The pictures of the Amps ETC are for reference only and are not INCLUDED IN THIS SALE
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Fender Vintage 1965 Jaguar Electric Guitar w /  OHSC ?? Used

Fender Vintage 1965 Jaguar Electric Guitar w / OHSC ?? Used

Brookfield, Connecticut, 068**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here we have an absolutely amazing rare find. A 1965 Fender Jaguar that is 100% original and in impeccable condition! Nothing to explain, no damage, mods or repairs or issues. All switches and pots work quietly! All solder joints are untouched! Neck date is March 1 1965. Frets are original and show almost no play wear. Cosmetically it is amazing for a guitar of this vintage showing only very minor signs of use. She was definitely a case queen! Ships in the original Fender case. Don??t miss this ... more
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vintage 1963 Fender Jaguar Bxxxxx Rosewood with Original Case

vintage 1963 Fender Jaguar Bxxxxx Rosewood with Original Case

Cottage Grove, Minnesota, 550**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


There??s not much to say, 1963, all originals, Bxxxxxxx rosewood fretboard, and video of playing.... more
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Vintage Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst 1960

Vintage Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst 1960

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst 1960
A superb player's grade Jazzmaster due to the body being refinished, but everything else is original. Exquisite tone & comfortable feel, this gorgeous guitar is a real winner! Fully inspected & professionally set up ready to play straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some mild finish ... more
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Fender Jaguar 1965 - Custom Colour Blonde

Fender Jaguar 1965 - Custom Colour Blonde

Congleton, CW12***, UNITED KINGDOM


Fender Jaguar 1965 Custom Colour Blonde. Very Good Original Condition 8 / 10
For further information & photos see our website
A lovely CBS transition Era Fender Jaguar finished in custom colour blonde with a bound Rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays and an ash body in completely original and unmodified condition with just the usual signs of play
Neck Stamp: 1 NOV 65 B
Pot Codes: 45th Week of 1965 (6545)
Weight: 8 8lbs
Introduced in 1962, the Jaguar was intended to be ... more
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Body und Hals Fender Jazzmaster USA Bj 1963 mit Schlagbrett und Tonabnehmern

Body und Hals Fender Jazzmaster USA Bj 1963 mit Schlagbrett und Tonabnehmern

Aachen, 52***, GERMANY


Ich habe die Gitarre 1963 gekauft und viele Jahre damit Musik gemacht. Das Instrument ist ein Original aus den USA, eine Rarität und immer noch in sehr gutem Zustand, wie die Bilder zeigen. Zu der Gitarre gehören das Schlagbrett und der Tonabnehmer wie abgebildet - beides auch Originalteile.... more
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Fender Jaguar 1965 Lake Placid Blue with OHSC - All Original - Amazing Condition

Fender Jaguar 1965 Lake Placid Blue with OHSC - All Original - Amazing Condition



One of the best examples on the market of a beautiful 1965 Fender Jaguar in the rare Lake Placid Blue finish with matching headstock with it's original Fender black with leather edged hard case
This is a transition era guitar, but pre-CBS takeover as has the dots on the fret board
This Jaguar is in it's original factory finish (you can see the white primer underneath via the scratches), with some of the most magical checking in the paint work that you only get from instruments of this ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.