Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar Burgundy Mist Metallic 2000
Fender American Vintage '62 Jag, burgundy mist, made in USA 2000. My oh my, isn't this quite the catch? The American Vintage reissue (or AVRI) line launched in the 80s to wide acclaim: finally, proper vintage style Fender guitars were back. This particular example was part of a very limited run made exclusively for the Japan market in 2000. Yamano, Fender's Japanese distributor at the time, ran their own notoriously strict quality control on these limited runs, so the build quality on offer here is in the Custom Shop vicinity, otherwise it would've simply been sent home for another try. It's superb in the hands: super lively, gorgeous resonant neck, perfectly weighted body.... awesome. These AVRI Jags have a slightly angled neck pocket from factory, so that eliminates many of the break angle related buzz and slippage issues sometimes experienced on vintage style Jags. This one arrived with some sensible mods like an Adjust-o-Matic bridge, but it needed some TLC: we've had it completely re-fretted with vintage spec wire and totally re-wired with top notch CTS pots, orange drop caps, new slider switches etc. by our preferred local ninja luthier. These AVRI Jags seldom pop up even in the standard sunburst etc type finishes, so nabbing one in a thin-skin burgundy mist is somewhat of a black swan event... you just won't see another one in the country anytime soon. Needless to say, it's absolutely outrageously phenomenally gorgeous... someone bring me a towel, I'm drooling everywhere. Tone-wise, it brings the goods to match: bright, chiming and clear as a bell, with thick and punchy lows and a heap of presence and complexity... dang. This is a clear cut above any current production model for build quality and tone; it's an absolute delight. You've got one shot at this one, don't miss!
Model: Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar
Made: Corona USA, 2000 (serial V128868)
Finish: burgundy mist metallic, matching headstock, nitro
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 24" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: frets replaced. Fully re-wired with new slider switches, CTS 1meg pots, vintage cloth wire, orange drop caps and new roller knobs and brackets. Bridge replaced with Adjust-o-Matic. Graphtech nut installed.
Pickup: Fender American Vintage Jaguar single coil x2
Case: original G&G brown hard case, gold lining, with original Yamano docs and trem arm; some covers included as per pic
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has minor dimples on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a couple of scratches near the neck plate, a fade mark from a since removed sticker and some widespread but light and minor scuffs. The sides have a few little things: a small dent up from the tone roller, dimples on the elbow area, some small dimples and scuffs near the jack and a dimple on the bottom horn. The front is pretty clean, just some light scuffs near the jack, a couple of dimples around the tailpiece and some light play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Frets are brand new as noted, 10/10 for fret life left. All electrics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.