Released in 1962, the Jaguar was Leo Fender’s feature-laden top-of-the-line model. It was built from ideas first incorporated in the Jazzmaster, with a similar “offset waist” body and “floating tremolo” system. Unlike the Jazzmaster, the Jaguar was fitted with a shorter 24-inch scale, 22-fret neck and featured smaller single-coil pickups with notched side plates that improved RF shielding, making the Jaguar less prone to interference than the Stratocaster or Telecaster.
The Jaguar has a dual-circuit setup, one circuit for lead and another for rhythm, each with separate controls, allowing for two pre-set tone and volume settings between which the guitarist could rapidly switch. The lead circuit consists of three switches and two dials on the lower bout: the first two switches are on/off switches for the neck and bridge pickups, respectively, while the third switch engages a capacitor that serves as a high-pass filter. The rhythm circuit, set into operation when the upper bout switch is flicked upwards, has individual volume and tone rollers but no option to choose between pickups. This rhythm circuit has a bassier, neck-pickup only range.
The Jaguar was discontinued in 1975. S/N 1OCT65B