1995-1996 Fender Japan JG66-85 Jaguar Candy Apple Red & New Hard Case
This guitar has now been sold
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.
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