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Fender offset guitars are experiencing a never-before-seen resurgence! The underdogs are becoming very fashionable! 


Built in 1997 in Japan, this glorious Jag comes in Leo Fender's favourite custom colour - Candy Apple Red! And you gotta have the matching headstock on this as well! Beautiful metallic finish makes this a real head-turner.


Fast and comfy C-shape neck is perfect for all your favourite weird chord voicings thanks to the short-scale design (just like all other Jaguar and Mustang models). Original frets have very little wear, rosewood fretboard has vintage-correct 7.25-inch radius and the nut is nicely cut. Back of the neck has some minor surface wear, but no strucutral damage. Original Kluson slotted tuners work smoothly. 


Resonant and curvy alder body retains all it's original inner cavities and brass shielding plates - just like back in 1962! Pearloid white pickguard and yellowed pickup covers provide nice contrast to that shiny Candy Apple finish. The body has plenty of dings and scuffs from years of active use, but nothing drastic and no structural damage.


Original single-coil pickups provide that unmistakable Jaguar twang and bark, with a broad sonic variety via the switching system. Classic Jaguar wiring consists of two separate circuits: the slider switch on the upper chrome plate controls which circuit is engaged: up for rhythm circuit, active only for the neck pickup and controlled by the roller volume and tone switches. Down for lead circuit, where you select which pickups you want on or off and control the volume and tone with the main two pots. The third slider switch is lovingly nicknamed "strange switch". This sends the single of any of the pickups through an extra capacitor, that helps remove plenty of low end - quite useful for all those filthy fuzz tones!


One of the most important aspects of the offset models appeal in our opinion is the vibrato system. Designed from the ground up in the late 1950s, this is very different to what you would find in a Stratocaster. Very expressive - but often misunderstood. The vibrato will only work smoothly if the bridge is rocking back and forth with it and there's enough pressure on the bridge to keep the strings in place. Long arm allows for nice access and the easy spring tension adjustment helps achieve perfect setup for any style of playing.


Original bridge design was always causing plenty of rattling on these guitars, so a Mustang bridge is a common upgrade. Now you can go to town with that vibrato!


This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, body polish, neck deep clean, rosewood fretboard lemon oil treatment, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with D'addario 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.


This guitar will be shipped around UK and EU with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping available as well!

Fender Jaguar - 66 Vintage Reissue - Japan - Candy Apple Red (1997)

  • SPECS:

    MODEL: Fender Japan Jaguar 66 Vintage Reissue


    YEAR: 1997


    COLOUR: Candy Apple Red, gloss finish


    PICKGUARD: 3-ply pearl white


    NECK: medium C-shape maple neck, honey amber gloss finish, 24'' scale, painted headstock


    NUT WIDTH: 42 mm


    NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret - 20.9mm ; 12th fret - 23.8mm


    FRETBOARD: dark Indian rosewood, 7.25-inch radius


    FRETS: 21 vintage frets with minimal wear


    TUNERS: vintage-style Kluson slotted tuners, aged nickel finish


    BODY: alder body, traditional contours and SS body routing, full factory cavities shielding with grounded brass plates


    TOTAL WEIGHT: 3.8 kg


    BRIDGE: upgraded Mustang bridge with solid barrel saddles


    VIBRATO: Fender Japan Jaguar vibrato with lock function and new pop-in arm


    WEAR: plenty of surface wear from years of active use, hardware patina, scuffs on the edges of the body, small dents on the back of the neck and headstock


    PICKUPS: original Fender Japan 62 Jaguar single-coil set with flatpole Alnico V magnets and vintage output


    WIRING: original Fender Japan wiring with A1MEG pots in the Lead circuit, A1MEG and B50k roller pots in the rhythm circuit, ceramic tone capacitor, slider switch for engaging the rhythm circuit, slider switches for pickups on/off and bass cut


    Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.

    We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.

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