Whitstable Guitars

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

1997-2000 Fender Japan JG66-85 Jaguar 3TS & new hard case



Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters have become more popular over recent years with "offset" body guitars being used by various Surf and Indie bands. The shorter 24" scale and many switching & tonal options together with the tremolo system make them great fun to play.  

This 1997-2000 Fender Japan Jaguar is in very good original condition for a 20+ year old guitar. It came in with several knocks & dents which had to be repaired. One of these on the back of the top edge was quite noticeable but after repair it's looking much better now and the frets, neck & all electrics are all extremely good. Please check out the gallery photos. The Jaguars I usually sell are around £800 so at £699.00 this is well priced. The lower price reflects these repairs

Here is some history relating to the Jaguar..

The Fender Jaguar is an electric guitar by Fender Musical Instruments characterised by an offset-waist body, a relatively unusual switching system with two separate circuits for lead and rhythm, and a medium-scale 24" neck. Owing some roots to the Jazzmaster, it was introduced in 1962 as Fender's feature-laden top-of-the-line model, designed to lure players from Gibson. During its initial 13-year production run, the Jaguar did not sell as well as the less expensive Stratocaster and Telecaster, and achieved its most noticeable popularity in the surf music scene. After the Jaguar was taken out of production in 1975, vintage Jaguars became popular first with American punk rock players, and then more so during the alternative rock, shoegazing and indie rock movements of the 1980s and 1990s. Fender began making a version in Japan in the mid-1980s

The Jaguar was built from ideas first incorporated in the Jazzmaster, with a similar "offset waist" body and vibrato unit. Unlike the Jazzmaster, the Jaguar was fitted with a shorter 24-inch scale, 22-fret neck and featured smaller single-coil pickups with notched side plates that improved RF shielding, making the Jaguar less prone to interference than the more popular Stratocaster and Telecaster.

The Jaguar and the Jazzmaster also shared a dual-circuit setup, one circuit for lead and another for rhythm, each with separate controls, allowing for two preset tone and volume settings between which the guitarist could rapidly switch. The Jaguar, however, had a more complex lead circuit consisting of three switches and two dials on the lower bout: the first two switches were on/off switches for the neck and bridge pickups, respectively, while the third switch engaged a capacitor that served as a high-pass filter (sometimes referred to as a "strangle" switch). The rhythm circuit, set into operation when the upper bout switch is flicked upwards, had individual volume and tone rollers but no option to choose between pickups. This rhythm circuit has a bassier, neck-pickup only range

As with all my guitars, a hard case is included in the sale. The new generic case supplied with this guitar is quite a tight fit but I supply hard cases in the main to protect my guitars from shipping damage which this does extremely well. There are specific cases made by Fender & Gator for the Jaguar & Jazzmaster but these are around £100-£150. I will leave it to the next owner if he wants to upgrade.

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. This case can be upgraded to a very nice tweed one but these are an additional £12 each at present.Please contact me before purchasing if you would like this. 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

1997-2000 Fender Japan JG-66-85 Jaguar


Body Material: Alder

Finish 3 Tone Sunburst Polyester

Body Shape Jaguar®

Weight 3.72kg


Neck Material: Maple

Neck Finish Polyester

Neck Shape Slim "C" Shape

Scale Length 24" (610 mm)

Fingerboard Material Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius 7.25 "(184.1 mm)

Number of frets: 22

Fret Size Vintage Style

Nut Material Synthetic Bone

Nut Width 1.50 "(41 mm)

Position Inlays White Dots


Bridge pickup: Fender Japan JG Vintage

Neck Pickup:    Fender Japan JG Vintage

Controls Master Volume & Master Tone. Preset Vol & Preset Tone. Pickup switch & preset switch  Pickup Configuration SS

Please see the photo gallery for a full explanation of all of the switches & controls


Fender Floating Tremolo

Hardware Finish: Chrome 

Tuning Machines: MHG SD91

Pickguard:  3-Ply Tortoiseshell

Control Knobs: Black Plastic

4 bolt neck plate

Comes with Thomann Black Hard Case

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.

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