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Fender Jaguar

1972 Fender guitar and bass catalog, page 5

Fender's high-end solid body guitar, the Fender Jaguar. The 1972 catalog was produced towards the end of that year, and although the Jaguar pictured sports an attractive Black custom finish (albeit without matching the headstock seen in the 1970 catalog), and other custom finishes are listed as available, the next price list available would announce their discontinuation. As of June 1973, sunburst was the only avilable finish. Prices remain unchanged from 1970 though; a right-handed sunburst Jaguar is listed at $451.

1972 Fender guitar and bass catalog page 5: Fender Jaguar
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1964 Fender Jaguar Dakota Red vintage electric guitar

1964 Fender Jaguar Dakota Red vintage electric guitar

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Fender Jaguar Dakota Red finish with matchingheadstock, Very Rare custom color, Beautiful Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, Pearldots, White Guard, "L" plate, Tremolo, Stunning instrument! Original hard case.
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1965 Fender Jaguar - Olympic White

1965 Fender Jaguar - Olympic White

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Not much to say about this guy. Beautiful 1965 Fender Jaguar in original Olympic White finish. In very nice shape. Not mint but among the cleaner examples I??ve seen from the era. Nice aging to the clearcoat. Gives it a lovely ??cream?? look.
The guitar looks to be all original, including the foam on the mute, which has hardened.

This guitar definitely gives you the ??Beach Boys?? vibe! Sounds wonderful and plays great

Ships worldwide, but I don??t falsify customs ... more
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1966 Fender Jaguar Vintage Offset Guitar Lake Placid Blue 100% Original w /  Case

1966 Fender Jaguar Vintage Offset Guitar Lake Placid Blue 100% Original w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Jaguar in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Finished in original custom color Lake Placid Blue nitro lacquer with matching peghead, this Jaguar has a feature set indicative of the '66 model year including a bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearloid dot inlay, gray bobbin pickups, "F" tuners and neck plate, and a parchment wide-bevel pickguard
This Jaguar weighs 9lbs 2oz with an ... more
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1963 Fender Jaguar - Left-Handed

1963 Fender Jaguar - Left-Handed

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here??s a rare bird for you! It??s a 1963 Fender Jaguar custom ordered with a left-handed configuration

1960s left-handed Fenders are quite rare. You will see them a little more often in the second half of the decade when production ramped up after the CBS takeover. Pre-CBS left-handed Fenders are very hard to find.

This one still has the original finish and many of the most important original components (body, neck, finish, pickups, tremolo, neck plate, etc). But ... more
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1964 Fender Jaguar Pre-CBS Vintage Guitar Candy Apple Red, Collector-Grade, Case

1964 Fender Jaguar Pre-CBS Vintage Guitar Candy Apple Red, Collector-Grade, Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jaguar in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original black tolex hardshell case and strap. Produced in late '64, this Pre-CBS Fender boasts a transitional feature set with a parchment pickguard, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlay, hand-wound black bobbin pickups, Kluson single line tuners, and L-prefix neck plate
Notably lightweight for a Jaguar at only 7lbs 15oz, the natural response of the ... more
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1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar sunburst pre CBS excellent condition

1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar sunburst pre CBS excellent condition

Blue Springs, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Fender Jaguar sunburst pre CBS excellent condition. One owner purchased in California. Guitar has been stored and unplayed since the late 1970??s. All original and includes bridge cover and tremolo bar. Condition wise there is one small nick to the bottom, two areas on the back where the clear coat has scuffed, and the first string E tuner coating is peeling. Case with original key is also in great condition with one small dime size dent to the top.... 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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Fender Jaguar 1972 Lake Placid Blue

Fender Jaguar 1972 Lake Placid Blue

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Fender Jaguar was made in the USA in 1972. While Fender made loads of Jaguars throughout the 1960's, relatively few were made during the 1970's and custom color examples from this period are exceedingly unusual. This example has a beautiful Lake Placid Blue finish. While Fender gave Jaguars and Jazzmaster of the 60's a matching headstock, along with Jazz Basses, by around 1970 or 1971 Fender stopped the matching headstock feature. This guitar is all original except that it has been... more
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Original 1962 Fender USA Jaguar Sunburst

Original 1962 Fender USA Jaguar Sunburst

Montgomery Center, Vermont, 054**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1962 Fender Jaguar Guitar. Sunburst color. Vintage case and strap included. Normal wear. See photos for details. Email for further information and additional photos. Some unknown mystery screws embedded on back of guitar. Not sure why? Damper felt needs replacement. Sold as is. Good Playing guitar. Serious inquiries only please.... more
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1965 Fender Jaguar - Candy Apple Red Original with case

1965 Fender Jaguar - Candy Apple Red Original with case

Babylon, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1965 Fender Jaguar is a rare gem for any guitar collector. The candy apple red finish, combined with the maple neck and rosewood fretboard, makes for a stunning instrument. With 22 frets and a 6-string configuration, this guitar is perfect for any right-handed player. The original case included in the set makes it easy to transport and protect this prized possession. The solid body and alder body material make for a durable and sturdy instrument. This Fender Jaguar is part of the Fender ... more
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All Original 1963 Fender Jaguar

All Original 1963 Fender Jaguar

Deerfield Beach, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is an all original 1963 Fender Jaguar with loads of mojo and amazing finish wear. This thing definitely has had a hell of a life. The guitar plays beautifully and the neck feels amazing. It has the more sought after original flat pole pickups which sound beautiful. Also comes with original whammy bar. Case is not original but it??s a very well made newer fender hard case. Feel free to message me with any questions
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1965 Fender Jaguar Excellent All Original No Issues

1965 Fender Jaguar Excellent All Original No Issues

Debary, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is an all original 1965 Fender Jaguar in excellent condition with no repairs,   modifications, or issues. The neck plays easily and fluidly and is straight   The frets have minor wear on the first 3 but can be easily dressed and professional guitar technician   The case is newer and the Jag is priced to sell. Please inquire with any questions or make a reasonable offer. Thanks for looking
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original 1963 Fender JAGUAR Sunburst w / orig. WHITE hardshell case

original 1963 Fender JAGUAR Sunburst w / orig. WHITE hardshell case

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers
Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1963 Fender Jaguar in its original Sunburst finish. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original, but the original bridge position pickup has been professionally rewound by Tom Brantley. The original white hardshell case is included along with the original tremolo arm. This Jaguar looks great with a lot of natural play wear including nicks + dings, finish checking, belt buckle wear and other ... more
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1967 Fender Jaguar - Sunburst - USA - OHSC

1967 Fender Jaguar - Sunburst - USA - OHSC

Funkstown, Maryland, 217**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I will update fotos soon
Here is a nice example of a '67 Jaguar. I have input from a well known collector that the entire instrument appears original. (everything you see is likely original to the instrument)
Serial Number: 217377
Weight: 6lb 13oz
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1964 Fender Jaguar Vintage Offset Guitar Pre-CBS Sonic Blue w /  Blonde Case

1964 Fender Jaguar Vintage Offset Guitar Pre-CBS Sonic Blue w / Blonde Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jaguar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a blonde tolex hardshell case. This Jaguar features a nitro lacquer body-only refinish in Sonic Blue by Eric Daw (of Pin-Up Guitars and The Fret Files podcast). Produced early in '64, this guitar has all the essential Pre-CBS Jaguar features, with a wide bevel tortoise nitrate pickguard, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with clay dot inlay, and hand-wound black bobbin pickups
With an alder body, ... more
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1962 Fender Jaguar

1962 Fender Jaguar

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1962 Fender Jaguar. The short story on this guy is as follows. Refinished body, then stripped to natural with a clear coat. Overspray on back of the neck. Rewound bridge pickup. The receiver for the tremolo bar is from an AVRI unit. The rest of the tremolo is original. Recently refretted with vintage style wire and freshly set up. Nut is old and works great, but is probably not original. Sounds amazing and ready to play out of the case. Otherwise original parts and pieces. October 1962 next ... more
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1965 Fender Jaguar Vintage with Hard Case

1965 Fender Jaguar Vintage with Hard Case

Clearwater, Florida, 337**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For project or parts. Fender Jaguar guitar with original Kahler Bridge made in the USA. This Fender Jaguar electric guitar from 1965 is a vintage gem, needed a little assembly and TLC. It comes with a hard case for safe transport and storage. The body type is solid and the body color is black. This guitar has a professional performance level, making it perfect for any musician looking to add some vintage flair to their sound. The Fender Jaguar is a right-handed guitar with a 6-string ... more
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65 - 69   Fender Jaguar Pickguard Vintage 60s  Celluloid Nitrate USA Ri

'65 - '69 Fender Jaguar Pickguard Vintage 60's Celluloid Nitrate USA Ri

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender made Jaguar celluloid / nitrate white pickguard Made in the USA / Period correct for 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 Beautiful white celluloid with period correct black celluloid middle ply / line This is a rare old reissue is the perfect replacement for your USA JaguarBeautiful white has turned a cream color / Period correct wide bevel , truss rod scoopif your looking to restore your original jaguar this is the guard. Will also fit the 62 63 64 Jags Please check out the picturesThank... more
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62 - 72  Fender Jaguar tortoise  Pickguard Vintage 60s USA Celluloid Pre CBS

'62 - '72 Fender Jaguar tortoise Pickguard Vintage 60's USA Celluloid Pre CBS

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Reissue Fender Jaguar celluloid / nitrate pickguard / For vintage pre cbs and cbs 60's original Jaguars Made in the USA / Period correct for 1962 thru 1979 / Rare mint green celluloid back This old reissue is the perfect replacement for your USA JaguarBeautiful tortoise pattern / Period correct wide bevel , truss rod scoopColor looks different in different lighting / This guard will not fit the reissue JaguarsPlease check out the picturesThank you for looking
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62 AVRl   Fender Jaguar tortoise  Pickguard  USA Celluloid  Reissue only

'62 AVRl Fender Jaguar tortoise Pickguard USA Celluloid Reissue only

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


AVRI Reissue Fender Jaguar celluloid / nitrate pickguard / For American Vintage Reissue's Jaguars Made in the USA / Will not fit the pre cbs and 60's 70's original Jaguars only the USA reissue's This old reissue is the perfect replacement for your USA AVR JaguarBeautiful tortoise pattern / Period correct wide bevel , truss rod scoopColor looks different in different lighting / This guard will only fit the reissue JaguarsPlease check out the picturesThank you for looking
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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.