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torchindy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:43 pm    Post subject: New guy, new old jag. Reply with quote

New guy here, and what better introduction than a new (old) guitar?

So I finally got it. Ever since seeing somebody playing one of these on stage and wondering what it was I've been in love with Jaguars. The chrome, the shape, the sound, all the retro-futuristic switches... everything. I've been sort of half looking for one for years, but all the reissues I've played just didn't have "it", and although I tire-kicked vintage ones on Craigslist and in music stores I could never quite justify the prices, and those prices have only gone up.

But the other day I found this guy for sale for a ridiculous deal. 1964 sunburst jag. I went and checked it out, and it's a little rough around the edges but definitely still a steal.

A good friend of mine had been bugging me to buy my '65 mustang since he first played it, and so I gave in and sold it to him (never got on with the A-neck anyway) and a couple pedals and went and bought this.


Untitled by Eric Dodge, on Flickr

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It's a little rough around the edges. Pickguard is a Japanese reissue that doesn't fit very well. It's been sanded around the neck pocket and pickups to fit, sort of. Pickups are also AVRI instead of original... still sound really good. I'll try and find an old pickguard and maybe some pickups eventually.

The back of the neck was refinished at some point. There are visible sanding scratches and some kind of slightly darker finish. They must have removed the tuners to refinish and it looks like the wood at the low E chipped getting the bushings out. Also these look like non-original bushings:

Untitled by Eric Dodge, on Flickr

At some point the truss rod nut stripped inside so somebody ground off the last 1/4 inch of the nut, so now it sits in there deep. I pulled it out to lube and check and it still works fine.

Untitled by Eric Dodge, on Flickr

Uh oh, looks like somebody had a humbucker in the middle there for a while. That's likely the reason for the missing original pickguard. Ugly "routing" job. They took out the brass as well.

Untitled by Eric Dodge, on Flickr

And I guess they didn't like the rhythm circuit, because rather than just disconnect the wires to the tone pot, they broke the terminals right off the pot. I'll have to find another one of those.

Untitled by Eric Dodge, on Flickr


All in all, it's had a rough life. It's a player and I got it for a screaming deal so I'm not too worried. I would likely never be able to justify the cost of buying an unmolested one so this is perfect for me. The body finish, headstock decal, and all the hardware and wiring are original, and it will be easy enough to source original guard and pups. Plus it gives me a project to work on for the next little while!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy NGD! I noticed the screws were missing on the pickgaurd, and so I thought that was the biggest problem. Really silly that the rhythm circuit was disconnected, it i think makes the jaguar so veristale.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one awesome guitar. I take it you're gonna keep it in the present configuration?
Given your name, are you from the Indy area or a Vonnegut fan or both>?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not from Indy but I am a Vonnegut fan. It's actually a shortened form of a little record company we were trying to start up, Torch Industries. And the plan is to keep it as it is except the pickguard and the rhythm circuit.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the sunbrust is lovley!

have it been routed for humbuckers once in its lifetime?

also with the headstock is that cigarette burning mark?

rock on!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes, I like it as well. Congrats on the great deal! I'd love to find a similarly tweaked vintage JM and save heaps on an elderly instrument.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

weeping_moon wrote:
the sunbrust is lovley!

have it been routed for humbuckers once in its lifetime?

also with the headstock is that cigarette burning mark?

rock on!


Hey, yeah there are actually two cigarette burns, on both the top and bottom of the headstock. Who knows, maybe Jimi played this one upside down?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

torchindy wrote:
weeping_moon wrote:
the sunbrust is lovley!

have it been routed for humbuckers once in its lifetime?

also with the headstock is that cigarette burning mark?

rock on!


Hey, yeah there are actually two cigarette burns, on both the top and bottom of the headstock. Who knows, maybe Jimi played this one upside down?


That is cool.

But if Jimi Hendrix played this guitar you be paying 50.000 dollars for it.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice guitar. i really like white guards on sunburst jags, adds a little bit of character.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A warm welcome to the forum and thanks for the pictures - looks awesome! That's lots of mojo if I ever saw it Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a lot of mojo, but nothing that can't be addressed. Nice Jag, the sunburst is gorgeous.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now with tort™:



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

woahdamn. that looks fantastic!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

much better. sunburst and white on a jag is just so whatever.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Josh wrote:
much better. sunburst and white on a jag is just so whatever.


I agree. I didn't realize how much better it would look until it was on there.
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