Fender Jaguar 1964 – Lake Placid Blue with Matching Headstock

$ 18000.00

This listing is for one of the rare 1964 pre-CBS Fender Jaguars in the very limited and popular Lake Placid Blue color. A few years into the production of this model and they had really hit their stride before the CBS purchase and following decline.

The player-friendly features and unique look made Fender’s Jaguar a popular selection amongst amateur players and professionals alike. With early adopters appreciating the scale and size of the neck with its novel clay inlays and its inventive electronics system these guitars made it into the hands of many different types of musicians.

As tastes in the appearance of musical instruments and fashions changed towards new aesthetics many Jaguars found their ways to pawn shops where many musicians in the 80s and 90s would pick them up to reinvent the sound of music. From My Bloody Valentine and the creation of shoegaze to Sonic Youth testing the limits of the Jaguar utilizing objects like drumsticks and drills to coax new noises from these old instruments. Iconic guitarists such as Johnny Marr and John Frusciante and bands like Echo and the Bunnymen brought new attention to the instrument inspiring a modern generation to create some of the most popular songs of the day from artists such as the Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, PJ Harvey, Billy Corgan, Graham Coxon and Troy Van Leeuwen. Perhaps one of the most famous artists to have owned and played a Fender Jaguar is Kurt Cobain who was often photographed with his own Lake Placid Blue guitar.

This guitar is 60 years old and has lived an active life. It has appeared on many recordings and probably just about as many stages. The fast low action and sounds that this thing can make are amazing. Having had a somewhat wild life in its younger years (before finding it’s current comfortable home) there are signs of cosmetic damage which provide its current reliced state. Some players prefer immaculate guitars that look like fancy new cars and some players prefer playing on an instrument that has written and played on hundreds of songs and has the energy that wants to keep on doing that. Players like Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan would argue that the guitar actually would sound better and better as the nitrocellulose lacquer would wear and chip away, but that is its own rabbit hole for one to explore. I have tried to take pictures of the wear to the paint; fortunately there are no large gouges or scratches and the body itself seems pretty unaffected The metal control plates and pieces can be seen with some oxidation present. The electronics are fully operational and frets are still in great shape. While the action is low and there is some limited fret wear none of the notes are buzzy or non-playable. A previous owner added eyelets to the back in order to use a left-handed strap. I debated removing them and filling in the holes with wooden plugs, but we’ve never really found them to be in the way and didn’t want to do anything to possibly change the great sound and feel of the guitar. Likewise, the original bridge was replaced at some point with what appears to be a Gibson tune-o-matic style bridge to allow for better adjustment of the action and intonation. Noticing that the bridge was backwards I slid the top piece off and tried flipping it around one day only to find that it seemed to sound better backwards so I turned it back around and have left it that way. Maybe it is something like how Hendrix got a unique string tension when he would string right-handed guitars upside-down and the individual strings would have different lengths behind the nuts and tensions creating a unique sound. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. If somebody is a purist they could buy and reinstall a vintage bridge, but I would suggest giving things a listen first and doing a taste test to determine your own preferences.

As for the price: Many discerning musicians have been trying to get their hands on pre-CBS Jaguars for their playability and sound and there aren’t a very many of them in Lake Placid Blue. Modern models that aim to replicate this guitar go for $5500 while some 1964 models will go for as much as $30,000. $18,000 is in between those numbers and seems to be a lower price than the other 1964 models available of the same color since there is modification and wear present. I am purchasing one of Fender’s military-grade Jaguar/Jazzmaster hard cases for shipping and will send things in the box that the case came in (as well as any other additional packing materials that might be beneficial). Please feel free to ask any questions or to make any suggestions or offers and this amazing instrument can be yours today.