Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

1995-1996 Fender Japan JG66-85 Jaguar Candy Apple Red & New Hard Case


This guitar has now been sold


Fender Jaguar, Candy Apple Red with matching headstock, crafted in Japan 1995-1996. As usual, another nice reissue guitar from Fender Japan. This time it's a '66 reissue of the ever popular Jaguar.  With it's 24" scale length, Alder offset body & its bright responsive pickups these never hang around for long.

This particular guitar is getting on for 25 years old but you would never think it. Checking it all over, I struggled to find any marks at all on the guitar. Everything is standard, everything works as it should & with little wear to the frets & a straight neck, it plays really well & looks amazing!

 The Jaguar is well loved classic, and it's easy to see why. Not many guitars look this cool, play this easily and sound this unique. The slinky short scale, slim round neck and perfectly weighted offset body mean you're never wrestling to get your notes out.  It's a very comfortable guitar to play. The dual-circuit electronics mean you can in a thick, swampy rhythm tone and easily switch to a sharp, bright lead tone instantly; once you get your head around them, it's all too easy. These have been cool for five decades so far, and they're still going to be cool for a few decades yet.

Here's what Fender say about the Jaguar:

Introduced as a top-of-the-line instrument in 1962, the Jaguar rode the ebbing waves of surf music throughout that decade with its shapely offset body, distinctive jangle, short 24-inch scale length neck, genius floating tremolo system and chrome appointments.

But it did go out of production after a 13-year run before punk and indie players brought them back into vogue beginning in the late 1970s and beyond, finding Jaguars—and their full-scale Jazzmaster cousins more affordable when Stratocaster or Telecaster were out of reach.

So why did Jaguars essentially go out of style for that brief period? For one, the Tele and Strat ruled supreme at the time. For another, the British Invasion all but wiped out the popularity of surf music.

Additionally, some have pointed to the ambitious control system Jaguars employed. Yes, they were technologically advanced and offered more options, but they were also complex.

As such, these controls need is a little explanation.

Classic Jaguar Controls

Traditionally, the Jaguar has two circuits — lead and rhythm.

The lead circuit allows for the activation of both pickups with three slide switches on a chrome plate on the lower bout, while the rhythm circuit only deals with the neck/rhythm pickup through controls on the upper bout’s chrome plate. It should be noted, that when in the rhythm setting, the bridge pickup is deactivated and the lower-bout volume and tone controls go inactive.

The first slide switch on the lead circuit (nearest the bridge) engages a capacitator that is known as a mid-tone cut switch, or sometimes the “strangle” switch.

The middle is an on/off for the bridge pickup, and the third (closest to the edge of the body) is an on/off switch for the neck/lead pickup.

The lead circuit also has two pots, a master volume and a tone control.

The rhythm circuit on the upper horn consists of a single two-way slide switch that solely engages the bass-heavy neck pickup. There are also two wheels on the horn that alter the volume (nearest the slide switch) and tone, which is sometimes called a "treble roll-off".

There is an image diagram in the gallery fully explaining the Jaguar's controls

Fender Japan JG66-85 Mustang Candy Apple Red Specifications

Body- Alder
Neck - Maple (aged finish) with Rosewood fretboard & vintage frets
Colour - Candy Apple Red
Weight - 3.95 kg
Scale Length - 610mm (24") 
Width at nut 41mm & 51mm at 12th fret
Neck profile. Modern "C" (Oval Type)
Fretboard Radius 184mm (7.25")
Pickups - Fender Japan Jaguar Vintage Single Coil x 2
Hardwear - Chrome
Tuners - MHG SD91 Nickel
Bridge - Fender Floating Tremolo
Pickup Switching: See diagram in gallery
Master Vol & Master Tone
Thomann Black Hard Case

Re Hard case: Although I am supplying this guitar with a new hard case, this is a basic rectangular case that will fully support the neck & guitar whilst in transit but due to the Jaguar's slightly wider body, it's not the best fit & is a little tight in the case. 

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £30 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that i won't ship a guitar in a gigbag

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

Or, you can buy easily and safely using the paypal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping