Whitstable Guitars

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

2018 Fender Japan Traditional 60s  Jaguar 3TS & G&G USA Hard Case



This 2018 Fender Jaguar is from the factory short run Traditional 60s range. They retailed here for a while around the £1100.00 mark and were supplied with a gig bag. They are very similar to the JG66-85 model which Fender Japan produced for a long time. The main difference with these are that the fretboard radius is a flatter 9.5" and the pickguard is a darker tortoishell.

This particular guitar looks to have barely been used. There are some playing marks on the pickguard but that really is about it

This guitar arrived from Japan with a rather lovely USA made G&G Fender Jaguar hard case which retails around the £150.00 mark. Offset Fender Jags & JM's are really difficult to get good fitting cases for. They are slightly wider than Strats & Teles & they don't sit well in standard cases.

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.  

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


Body Basswood

Body Finish Gloss Polyester

Body Shape Jaguar

Bridge 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Adjustable with “Floating” Tremolo Tailpiece

Bridge Pickup Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jaguar®

Control Knobs Black Plastic

Controls Lead Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Down): Volume (Neck), Volume (Bridge), Master Tone; Rhythm Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Up): Two Thumbwheel Controls for Neck Pickup Volume and Tone

Fingerboard Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius 9.5" (241 mm)

Fret Size Vintage

Hardware Finish Nickel/Chrome

Neck Finish Gloss Urethane

Neck Material Maple

Neck Pickup Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jaguar®

Neck Shape "U" Shape

Number of Frets 22

Nut Material Bone

Nut Width 1.578" (40 mm)

Pickguard 3-Ply Tortoishell

Pickup Configuration SS

Pickup Switching 2-On/Off Slide Switches, One for Each Pickup

Position Inlays Pearl Dot

Scale Length 24" (610 mm)

Series Made in Japan Traditional

Tuning Machines Vintage-Style

Weight 3.72kg
Comes with USA Made G&G Black Hard Case

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a 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