As with all things vintage Fender, the originality and vibrancy of the guitar's finish is of paramount importance to collectors. You can check out all the pictures inside and out here: Vintage 1962 Fender Jaguar Olympic White Guitar. The short scale neck, the two single-coil pickups with the distinctive Lead and Rhythm Circuitry, and the obviously Jaguar-like offset body are all a part of the Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar. All original parts (except for the upgraded pick guard but will include the original mint guard). Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments. Please check the fields highlighted in red. Sunburst Jaguars with replaced parts, major repairs, or non-original finishes can dip down to closer to $2000 USD or even lower for seriously "player gade" examples. For one, the Jaguar used a shorter 24-inch scale length compared to the 25 1/2-inch of most Fender … Over the past decade, offset guitars — a classification broadly defined as any instrument with a body shape similar to that of a Fender Jaguar or Jazzmaster — have exploded in popularity. The Fender Jaguar was introduced as a high-end model guitar four years after the Jazzmaster. Though similar, these Fender models differ in two main ways: their scale length and pickup set. In 1962, Fender began to transition from a thicker style fretboard, now known as a "slab board," to one made using a thinner, curved piece of wood, now referred to as a "veneer board." Subscribe here for more from the UK-based publication. General Comments: Introduced in mid 1962, this short scale (24") guitar was (at the time) considered a high-end instrument. The Fender Jaguar is an electric guitar by Fender Musical Instruments characterized by an offset-waist body, a relatively unusual switching system with two separate circuits for lead and rhythm, and a medium-scale 24" neck. As the first year of production, 1962 is absolutely the key vintage model year for the Jag. It has since been discontinued but used examples are not difficult to find on Reverb. Description. Beyond these construction variations, of course, case-by-case assessment of originality, condition, and playability can impact the value of an individual guitar more than anything. Oops, looks like you forgot something. 1962 Fender Jaguar Olympic White Slab/Matching headstock. Olympic White appears to be the most common custom finish, and these guitars typically sell in a similar range to the sunburst examples. Though similar to the Jazzmaster in its offset body and lead/rhythem circuits controls, the Jaguar differed in two key ways. !This Jaguar is a Very Nice ‘Player Grade’ guitar in Very Good condition, making it quite a bit less than the $4,300 to $5,900 going price for one in ‘excellent’ condition.This one is priced less and includes the original brown case! Just In; Very Cool 1962 Fender Jaguar; The First Year! The short scale neck, the two single-coil pickups with the distinctive Lead and Rhythm Circuitry, and the obviously Jaguar-like offset body are all a part of the Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar. This guitar has spent its life cased in climate-controlled environments; it has only been used for studio work (for which it has shined!). Original '60s Jaguar pickups were designed and built specifically for this model; they are not just Stratocaster transplants. In 1962, Fender began to transition from a thicker style fretboard, now known as a "slab board," to one made using a thinner, curved piece of wood, now referred to as a "veneer board." Though similar to the Jazzmaster in its offset body and lead/rhythem circuits controls, the Jaguar differed in two key ways. The Current Market for the 1962 Fender Jaguar. A fantastic instrument, sounds and plays like a vintage American Jaguar should. Please check the fields highlighted in red. Most '62 Jaguars will carry a sunburst finish, though examples with custom finishes like Lake Placid Blue and Fiesta Red do come to market occasionally. The Jaguar was first produced in 1962, so this is a particularly landmark year for the instrument and the American Vintage '62 Jaguar is consequently sporting specs from the Jag's first year of production. The pickups on Jaguars are very important to collectors. The Made-in-Japan JG66 offers another worthwhile reissue for anyone in the market. The American Vintage Series pays tribute to certain guitars from landmark years in Fender's history; thus, the Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar is built to the specs of that year.