The Fender Jaguar was introduced as a high-end model guitar four years after the Jazzmaster. Find everything you need to make music. Description: Fender Jaguar guitar Available: 1962 to present. In 1962, Fender began to transition from a thicker style fretboard, now known as a "slab board," to one made using a thinner, curved piece of wood, now referred to as a "veneer board." By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the processing of my data in order to receive emails. Though similar, these Fender models differ in two main ways: their scale length and pickup set. Please check the fields highlighted in red. Guitars with an original sunburst finish and no major modifications and conditional issues will usually sell in the $3,000 to $4,500 USD range, with some in very pristine condition selling for more. You can check out all the pictures inside and out here: Vintage 1962 Fender Jaguar Olympic White Guitar. Please check the fields highlighted in red. Over the past decade, offset guitars — a classification broadly defined as any instrument with a body shape similar to that of a Fender Jaguar or Jazzmaster — have exploded in popularity. The Jaguar was first produced in 1962, so this is a particularly landmark year for the instrument and the American Vintage '62 Jaguar is consequently sporting specs from the Jag's first year of production. As with all things vintage Fender, the originality and vibrancy of the guitar's finish is of paramount importance to collectors. 1964 Fender Jaguar. The short scale neck, the two single-coil pickups with the distinctive Lead and Rhythm Circuitry, and the obviously Jaguar-like offset body are all a part of the Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar. Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music. All original! Find everything you need to make music. For one, the Jaguar used a shorter 24-inch scale length compared to the 25 1/2-inch of most Fender … Want to sell a vintage Fender guitar? Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music. Most '62 Jaguars will carry a sunburst finish, though examples with custom finishes like Lake Placid Blue and Fiesta Red do come to market occasionally. Local music shops & gear makers are open online and ready to ship your dream gear. Move over photo to zoom. Since the Jaguar was introduced in 1962, there are only a select few vintage specimens with the more desirable slab style. The Fender Jaguar was introduced as a high-end model guitar four years after the Jazzmaster. 1962 Fender Jaguar roller control switches and plate. A rare finish can double the price of a '62 Jaguar, while a non-original finish job will usually decrease value by around 40-50%. In fact, the Fender factory in Japan was the first to bring the design back after its original retirement in 1975. General Comments: Introduced in mid 1962, this short scale (24") guitar was (at the time) considered a high-end instrument. The pickups on Jaguars are very important to collectors. Have one to sell? Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments. Mouse over to Zoom-Click to enlarge. Though similar to the Jazzmaster in its offset body and lead/rhythem circuits controls, the Jaguar differed in two key ways. It has since been discontinued but used examples are not difficult to find on Reverb. Picture Information. X. There are several reasons for this ongoing reemergence, including the growing popularity of indie rock, a genre that has embraced these guitars since the '80s. Actually, it was considered Fender's top-of-the-line model until 1967 when Hendrix change everything, with his usage of the … That said, there is certainly an active crop of Jaguar enthusiasts, many of whom would cite Kurt Cobain as a key influence in their playing and buying tastes. Editor's Note: A version of this article originally appeared in a recent print edition of Guitarist Magazine as part of their Classic Gear series. Oops, looks like you forgot something. If interested in the '62 Jaguar specs specifically, Fender did offer an American Vintage Reissue series '62 Jag for a few years. 1962 Fender Jaguar Olympic White Slab/Matching headstock. $16.05 3 bids + shipping . Beyond these construction variations, of course, case-by-case assessment of originality, condition, and playability can impact the value of an individual guitar more than anything. This guitar has spent its life cased in climate-controlled environments; it has only been used for studio work (for which it has shined!). Olympic White appears to be the most common custom finish, and these guitars typically sell in a similar range to the sunburst examples. This vintage 1962 Fender Jaguar features a custom color Olympic White finish with slab Rosewood fretboard and matching headstock! The short scale neck, the two single-coil pickups with the distinctive Lead and Rhythm Circuitry, and the obviously Jaguar-like offset body are all a part of the Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar. While today's guitar market overflows with modern offsets of every sort, the original Jaguar and Jazzmaster, introduced in 1962 and 1958 respectively, remain the essential templates of the format. Today's boutique market abounds with '60s Fender-style offset guitar of every imaginable configuration.