Fender Jaguar Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1964), made in Fullerton, California, serial # L29969, Burgundy Mist lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case. This is a very rare and exceptionally cool Pre-CBS custom-color Jaguar with some minor work done but little to distract from its gleaming glory, resplendent in one of Fender's rarest 1960s finishes: Burgundy Mist Metallic. This super flashy Jag looks fabulous in its purple-and-chrome livery with a classic mid-'60s hot rod vibe. If Big Daddy Roth went looking for a guitar to pinstripe for Rat Fink, this Jag would have done the trick!Burgundy Mist is famously NOT one of Fender's more popular custom colors; looking at this one it's hard to see why but the various reds, blues and white far outsold it. The bold metallic light purple came direct from the California custom car palette, and the Jaguars' chrome accents make this instrument look fast just sitting still! While all Custom Color fenders are much scarcer than the standard sunburst, Burgundy Mist Metallic is one of the least often encountered and of the few that do exist most date to 1965 or later, not the true Pre-CBS era. This guitar IS a fully Pre-CBS example and has the typical look and feel for 1964, with the classic features from the period just before CBS took over in January 1965. The neck stamp is June '64 and pots are dated to the 21st week of that year, so this is a "summer of '64" special. The unbound rosewood fingerboard has the older clay dot inlay, the matching headstock bears the gold "transition" logo decal and the pickguard is still the beautiful "mint green" celluloid used since 1961 on most Custom Color instruments. The neckplate carries an "L" series serial number, which would disappear in late 1965.Over the last couple of decades the once-denigrated Fender Jaguar has returned to popular favor but still remains a somewhat under-appreciated guitar. The "Jag" offers a unique feel and several interesting features. It uses the same floating vibrato unit and rhythm/lead circuit as the Jazzmaster with the addition of individual on/off switches for the pickups, making for a very flexible guitar with a lot of sonic options. The third "strangle" switch engages a small resistor that emphasizes the highs to cut through even better. The 24" scale length is much shorter than the 25 1/2" on other top-line Fender guitars, giving the Jaguar a much suppler feel. This also means the instrument performs better with heavier gauge strings compared to the other pro grade Fender models, a subtlety often lost on later generations.The Jaguar's single-coil pickups are generally similar to Stratocaster units with some re-engineering on Leo's part. They are optimized for clarity and crispness, with a solid metal cage underneath the coil intended to concentrate the magnetic energy. Several of these factors combined led to the Jaguar fading from popularity in the late '60s as twang and heavy strings went out and screaming string banding, "heavy" distortion and crunch came in! Still this was the top-of-the line Fender in 1964 in one of the rarest and most sought after finishes, a true 1960's relic and timelessly cool instrument.Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.)., 8.3 lbs. Overall this is a nicely preserved original guitar, showing some signs of use and general wear for its 59 years on the planet but remaining VERY sharp looking. The metallic purple finish on the body has retained excellent color with only minor fading and yellowing when compared to the unexposed areas under the pickguard and chrome plates. There IS enough difference in these areas to confirm the originality of the finish; this effect is exceptionally difficult to reproduce. The matching headstock face does not have the same final lacquer clearcoat, so retains a slightly "purpler" hue compared to the body. It appears that in 1970/80s someone coated the insides of several body cavities with black shielding paint; a popular if generally ineffective trope of the time. This was later removed (likely with a chemical stripper) leaving some minor black traces in some of the affected areas and the adjacent screw holes, and causing the clearcoat on the top of the body to appear a bit more polished out than the back and sides. Otherwise the worth-its weight-in-gold finish has generally worn well. It shows minor dings, dents, and chips overall, but no really heavy areas of wear. The face is comparatively clean, with only some small marks most of which do not go through to the undercoat. The edges have some wear through the topcoat and dings, dents and chips, some of which were discreetly touched up decades ago. The back does not have the heavy belt buckle wear sometimes encountered, there are some ding

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  • Jaguar
  • Burgundy Mist lacquer
  • 1964
Finish Style
  • Metallic
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
Product Family
  • Fender Jaguar
Scale Length
  • 24"
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Body Material
  • Alder
Color Family
  • Pink
Model Family
  • Fender Jaguar
Offset Body
  • Yes
Wood Top Style
  • Opaque
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Tailpiece
  • Fender Vintage Pre-CBS Era
Finish Features
  • Matching Headstock
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 22
Nut Width
  • 1.625"

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