(SOLD) Fender Japan x Zenkai Jaguar JG66-85 Candy Apple Red 1998
Fender JG66 Jaguar, Zenkai mods, candy apple red with matching headstock, crafted in Japan 1998-00. Zenkai is the project of local luthier Alex Caffrey, who does the occasional custom build, mod job and a bunch of repairs around Hobart town. This is a cool CIJ JG66 Jag, but hot-rodded with some thoughtful bits and bobs. First up, it's got brand new frets and a freshly levelled fretboard with a 7.25" radius, plus a classy hand cut bone nut. There's some hardware upgrades: a set of white button tuners, a Mustang style gold bridge and a neck shim all help with feel, stability and resonance. The neck has been sanded back to a satin finish, which feels very agreeable indeed. The pickups were replaced with Fender USA Pure Vintage '65 Jaguar singles, and paired with some upgraded pots and wiring. The tone is thicker, stronger and clearer than a standard CIJ Jag. It's got a nice rounded low end and a breathy midrange, with the classic Jag-jangle outlining all your notes and chords with that iconic snappy clarity. The finish is looking awesome for a couple of decades of honest play wear... it's hard to beat a shiny red Jag for swagger. All the work is done for you, this one is ready to get the good times rolling!
Model: Fender Jaguar '66 reissue (JG66-85)
Made: Japan, 1997-00, Dyna plant (serial O034854)
Finish: candy apple red (CAR) , 3-ply mint guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, dot inlays, 7.25" radius, 24" scale, slim C shape, satin finish
Mods: re-fretted with 6105 nickel/silver fretwire, fretboard levelled with 7.25" radius, new bone nut installed, neck finished rubbed back to a satin, Gotoh white button tuners installed, pickups replaced, 500k CTS pots installed on rhythm circuits, Mustang bridge installed, jack and rhythm circuit plates replaced, Stewmac 0.5' neck shim installed, strap buttons and knobs replaced
Pickup: Fender USA Pure Vintage '65 Jaguar single coil x2
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some scuffs on the back, surface scratches on the front, marks on the end and dimples on the bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only; note the gloss has been sanded back. The back has a couple of dents in the middle of the body, along the belly carve and in the elbow area, as well as widespread light dimples and scuffs around the whole body. The sides have some dimples on the top horn, dents in the elbow area, chips and scuffs near the rear strap pin, some dents and chips near the jack and some scuffs on the bottom horn. The front has a fade mark near the tailpiece, a chip near the control plate, minor dents around the tailpiece and elbow area and widespread light scuffs and dimples around the whole body and some play scuffs on the guard and horns. Overall: good condition (7/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. The frets are brand new, 10/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 Elixir strings.