The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender's roots—expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it's going, but also remembers where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender's best selling guitars (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, we've completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept—restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more—based on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because there's pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
The American Vintage '65 Jaguar® guitar marks a key chapter in the guitar's history. That is, after surf and before punk, when the sole '60s member of Fender's big four guitars staked its own gradually growing claim in the hearts and hands of a select group of alternative-minded guitarists who appreciated its distinctive design and offbeat status. The classic Jaguar shorter scale, dual-circuit layout and sleekly chromed-out design are here, along with a bound round-laminated fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays—elegant touches the Jaguar acquired in 1965, merely three years after its introduction.
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I've owned Squier, Japanese Jaguars and a 1966 Vintage Jaguar over the years, so have a good knowledge base to compare these new '65 USA reissues.
The reissues available prior to these new '65 Jaguars are a long way from a vintage example indeed. Whereas this '65 is quality all-round. Out the case it smells, looks and feels high-quality. The CAR finish shows the wood grain of the light body. A guitar that meets 'first impressions count'.
Strapped on, the offset body feels incredibly well-balanced and finished, and the contours are vintage in feel; deep and smooth. The neck is a dream; a nice full feeling C-shape that is fast and still very manageable for small hands. More 'grown-up' than previous offerings, finished nicely with quality binding.
The pickups have a tremendous range and quality of tone to them, without customary single-coil hum due to the pick-up claw. From spikey/punch punk/grunge snarly on the bridge, to a rounded, sweet tonality bridge/neck together, to a full, warm neck pickup with much clarity. Using the bass-cut-slide switch the Jaguar sounds more hollow and subtle; perfect for those reverb drenched jangles. Switch into the rhythm section, and unlike a Jazzmaster, there isn't a notable drop-off in output or clarity. Instead, you have a very usable Jazz tone that sounds perfect for flat-fives and mixolydian scales.
The switches work very smoothly and without effort or clang; a vast improvement over Japanese offerings. The wrongly maligned bridge/tremolo is very smooth/responsive and excels at emotive shimmers and dives. The bridge mute adds to looks and excels at a providing a palm free mute sound; great for surf and more.
OK, these reissues are pricey. 13 Flatwounds are best on the bridge and Jag's are pretty crowded control-wise. However, they really are the closest Fender have come to vintage examples thus far outside Custom-Shop guitars. Across the range on offer, they're keeper guitars. Try one for a pleasant surprise!
Fenderjaguarmaster owns this item
This is a great guitar. I have no issues at all. The tremlock does not function in a reverse matter to the vintage models, like the reviewer below stated. It's exactly the same. I'm assuming he doesn't have the original '64 jag anymore and can not remember it well enough. The hardware is of good quality, as you would expect from an American Fender. The switches are of good quality as well. They did not rattle or move around much. They're better quality than the switches you see on the imports. The pots and wiring are all great. The only real gripe is the cost. It's a bit high. The AVRI '62 jag was expensive enough.This reissue is solid and very accurate.
Skiptracer1981 owns this item
I recently purchsed the subject item to fulfill a flashback to a new 1964 Jag I bought in 1964. The reissue has some of the same vibe as the original but I noticed a certain cheapness to the RI, with switches that rattle and feel cheap; the trem-lock worked backwards to the original and broke shortly after purchase and the knobs were off center when turned to full on or off. While the sound was good I guess they're never like remembered but it still had the short scale I love and is still fun to play. Overall I'd give the 62 AVRI a 6.5 out of 10.
bobandmarcy owns this item
|Model Name:||American Vintage '65 Jaguar®, Round-Lam Rosewood Fingerboard, Blue Ice Metallic|
|Color:||Blue Ice Metallic|
|Body Finish:||Fender Flash Coat Lacquer|
|Neck Finish:||Fender Flash Coat Lacquer|
|Neck Shape:||Mid '60s "C"|
|Scale Length:||24" (610 mm)|
|Fingerboard:||Bound Round-Laminated Rosewood|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Bridge Pickup:||American Vintage '65 Single-Coil Jaguar|
|Neck Pickup:||American Vintage '65 Single-Coil Jaguar|
|Controls:||Lead Circuit: Volume, Tone. Rhythm Circuit: Volume, Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||2-On/Off Slide Switches, One for Each Pickup|
|Bridge:||American Vintage Floating Tremolo with Tremolo Lock Button|
|Hardware Finish:||Chrome/Nickel-Plated Steel|
|Tuning Machines:||Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style|
|Pickguard:||3-Ply White with Vintage Bevel|
|Control Knobs:||Vintage Style Black Plastic Jazz Bass®|
|Auxiliary Switching:||2-Position Tone Switch|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Bound round-laminated fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with classic dual-circuit wiring and controls; Vintage-style floating tremolo with lock button|
|Included Accessories:||Vintage '65 Jag Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Flatwound String Set, '60s Jag Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Vintage and Modern Owner's Manuals, Saddle Height Wrench|
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