Monday, May 6, 2013

1969 Fender Jaguar (firemist gold)

 As a 1960's guitar buff, I thought I'd seen it all until this incredible, one owner Jaguar was recently unearthed. In the world of custom colors, firemist gold (known as shoreline gold before 1965) is one of the rarest and most elusive colors used by Fender. Adding to rarity is a matching headstock, which was all but phased out by late 1966. It doesn't stop there; this guitar was also ordered with a maple cap neck; an incredibly rare option which was offered first in 1968.

Behold the incredible condition of this guitar; Fender's early catalyzed finishes had big problems with flaking, yet the finish is completely intact here. If it wasn't for some guitar stand damage on the bottom edge, I would venture so far as to call this instrument new old stock. Even though it's downright frightfully clean, the guitar WAS played as there is some minor fretwear. Playability is excellent, and the tone is pure vintage Jaguar. Probably one of a kind.

images used courtesy of Gryphon Stringed Instruments.

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