1965 Fender Jaguar Electric Guitar Value

Kevin Casper
Fender Replica

The 1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar value has risen sharply in the last several years. The vintage guitar market has experienced a bubble similar to the housing bubble of the mid-2000s. The argument for why real estate values continue to increase during a bubble period is that they aren't making any more land. The same can be said for vintage guitars; they aren't making 1965 Fender Jaguars anymore. The more time passes, the fewer of these old guitars are still around. Fewer still are the ones that are in great shape. If you have a 1965 Fender Jaguar or you're looking to find one, this article will help you figure out how to find the value of these great instruments.

Brief History of the 1965 Fender Jaguar

Fender Jaguars were originally manufactured in 1962. The majority of these guitars came in a sunburst finish, and it is very rare to find one today that has anything but a sunburst finish. Jaguars have an alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and a tremolo system that was quite sophisticated for the time. The guitars feature two single coil pickups with a series of switches and knobs that the player can use to tweak the guitar's sound. In 1965, a brand new Fender Jaguar would list for around $475.00.

Determining the 1965 Fender Jaguar Electric Guitar Value

As with all things in a market-based economy, value is determined by the simple rule of supply and demand. There are only so many 1965 Fender Jaguars around, and many people want them. The question of how badly they are wanted figures in to the maximum price that a person could charge or expect to pay for a Jaguar. There are a few important things to consider when attempting to value a 1965 Fender Jaguar.

  • Serial Number - The serial numbers on Fender Jaguars are in the same place they are on all Fender guitars, which is on the neckplate. The neckplate is the metal piece located where the neck meets the body. Just flip your guitar over and study the neckplate for a serial number. It will typically be a number something like 89,785 which simply means that this guitar was the 89,785th Jaguar manufactured by Fender. You can check this Fender website to get more information on a particular serial number.
  • Condition - Obviously, the better shape the guitar is in, the more valuable it will be, but there are some other things that will also determine the guitar's present day worth. First of all, Jaguars that have not had any modifications are worth more than guitars that have been tinkered with over the years. In the forty plus years since a Jaguar rolled off the factory floor, a lot could have happened to it. Someone could have installed new pickups, had it painted or upgraded the tuning pegs. While these modifications might not affect the guitar's playability, they certainly will affect the guitar's value. Things like having the guitar's original case also factor in to a mint condition 1965 Fender Jaguar.
  • Test the Market - One of the best ways to value a vintage guitar these days is to see what they are going for on eBay. A search at the time of this article's publication found several guitars ranging in price from $7,000.00 to $9,500.00. That's quite an appreciation from the original list price of $475.00! You can also visit Guitar Center and search their Vintage Guitar Showroom to see what 1965 Jaguars are going for there as well.

Take Your Time

The 1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar value is certainly at a premium now. If you are looking to buy or sell one, the best thing to do is to not be in a tremendous hurry. Figure out what you are willing to pay or what you want to sell the guitar for, and be patient. Sooner or later, a buyer or a seller will come along that has what you are looking for in the right price range.

1965 Fender Jaguar Electric Guitar Value