How often do you get the chance to get your hands on an original vintage 1962 Fender Jaguar in the super rare custom colour, Sonic Blue? Well here on V&R we have only had 1-2 for sale over the years, so we were looking very much forward to demo this old & beautiful jewel.
The Fender Jaguar introduced in 1962 as a top-of-the-line model – designed to attract players from Gibson. The production ran over only 13 (1962-1973) years since guitarplayers found more interest in fx. Stratocasters and Telecasters. It achieved it´s popularity on the surf guitar scene. The one we have here is from September 1962. All original with case. Sonic Blue is a very rare custom colour for the early production Pre-CBS Jaguars, so we did not hesitate much when we were given the opportunity to demo this jewel.
In nov. 2010 I took a roundtrip to guitarstores in New York City.
I landed in JFK and went directly to Chelsea Hotel.
One of the guitar stores I visited is Chelsea Guitars – located something like 2 meters from the hotel. And I didn´t know it was so close
Me and Dan had some very good conversations about collecting guitars and life around them, the international guitar market in generel.
During one of these conversations – Dan, the owner, showed me a very rare and unique vintage guitar.
It is a prototype Telecaster made somewhere in between 1948-1951, before we knew them as Telecasters (later name). And as I am sure you know the first models were called Broadcasters and Nocasters and then changed name to the Telecaster and Esquire (depending on pickup configuration)
When Dan opened the case all I could see was a red telecaster model in a newer case. I really didn´t think much of it in those few seconds until Dan started to reveil this amazing story.
I had no idea that this very guitar was one very first prototypes and furthermore that they were made in custom colours, as Dan explains. So I was very surpriced to know that I was looking at a very important piece of guitar history.
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