Offsets like Jazzmaster and Jaguar were supposed to be pretty innovative back in the 1960s, following the sleek curves of the Space Age design. Unfortunately they were dramatically overshadowed by a couple of their brothers - Strat and Tele - and were mostly condemned to obscurity till around mid 1980s, when the indie and alt rock kids started showing interest. By 2020 both models are in very high demand and offsets are definitely in fashion.

 

However, many players who desire the looks of a Jaguar or Jazzmaster find their bridge pickups to be unusable due to the thin and nasal sound, bridge unstable and the tremolo arm falling out. Jaguar for sale is definitely meant for those seeking beefier tones with an offset aesthetic.

 

This model is a special edition, made for Japanese domestic market, and comes equipped with powerful yet still articulate Gibson PAF-style Dragster humbuckers, that really open up the rock machine potential of a Jaguar. Original tailpiece was a humble stop-tail, previous owner had a different tailpiece installed for a while (hence some extra holes), but now the Jag boasts a really lovely USA-made Bigsby B5 for some fancy looks and stable and expressive action. Tune-o-matic bridge with roller saddles solves all the problems of the original Jaguar bridge design, helping to achieve both reliable tuning and good intonation.

 

Except for some minor surface wear on the body and scratchplate and a wear patch on the lower bout near the output socket, this Jaguar comes in very nice condition with no fret wear and all original wiring and electronics. 3-tone sunburst looks particularly lovely with a mint green scratchplate to contrast; neck has a comfy C-shape, beautifully figured rosewood fretboard with a more user-friendly 9.5-inch radius, attractive vintage style gloss finish, stable and reliable vintage Kluson tuners and absolutely minimal wear. String tree has been upgraded to a roller type for less friction and better tuning stability.

 

Original wiring consists of two circuits - just like the original Jaguar. Upper panel is equipped with two roller pots and a slider switch: these are called the "rhythm circuit" and are meant for presetting the neck pickup volume and tone, giving it a slightly darker tone.

 

The lower control panel - "the lead circuit" - is there for both pickups and has higher value A1Meg pots for full on bright response. Three slider switches on the small control panel are on-off for each pickup with the third switch being a "low cut" filter, taking the rumble out of the equation. Effect is subtle, but might prove quite useful if you are trying to record some punchy driven tones.

 

Bigsby is a USA-made B5 model and not the cheaper Far East "licensed" version. This means highest possible build quality and very stable operation. Thanks to the roller saddles of the bridge and roller string tree tuning stability is sublime.

 

This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, body polish, neck deep clean, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with D'addario 11-49 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 provided as well.

Fender Jaguar - HH Special - Japan - 3-tone Sunburst (2017)

£995.00Price
  • SPECS:

    MODEL: Fender Japan Jaguar Special

    YEAR: 2017

    COLOUR: 3-tone Sunburst

    PICKGUARD: 3-ply mint green

    NECK: C-shape maple neck, gloss finish

    FRETBOARD: Indian rosewood, 9.5-inch radius

    FRETS: 22 vintage frets with no wear

    TUNERS: Kluson vintage slotted tuners, chrome finish, roller string tree

    BODY: Alder, original HH body routing

    TOTAL WEIGHT: 3.8 kg

    VIBRATO: Bigsby USA, nickel finish

    BRIDGE: Tune-o-matic with roller saddles

    KNOBS: Fender Witch Hat

    WEAR: wear patch on the side of the body near the output jack, couple of scratches on the pickguard, several extra holes near the Bigsby from previous tailpiece

    PICKUPS: Fender Japan Dragster humbuckers (covers removed)

    WIRING: classic Jaguar wiring with the rhythm circuit (upper bout with rollers) for neck pickup and lead circuit (main control plate) for both pickups. Includes a low-cut switch.

    CASE: no case included in the list price

  • DISCLAIMER

    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 and we cannot give any guarantees. 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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