Originally, the Fender Jaguar Guitar was introduced in 1962. The design was based off the Jazzmaster. How it differed had to do with the offset waist and floating tremolo system. In addition, it was given a shorter 24 inch scale when compared with the jazzmaster as well.
The Jaguar had a scale 24 inch in size the first of its kind. The real reason for this related to how it only had 22 frets. This been the first Fender of this type.
In addition, some changes were made for visual appearance. Among these changes were the addition of metal control plates. Although the changes made revolved around appearance it related to thinking about the change on how the guitar was assembled as well.
In addition, the wooden part was made around the components instead of allowing for the assembling of the parts on the outside as once before. Additional changes incorporated the flip switch. This had to do with the other companies within the time.
During the time they were made, it was in the first month of the year of 1962. Many think that they were made on a promotional basis. It was not until March of 1962 that they are made in larger quantities. Most of the guitars of this kind were made in custom colors, featuring matching headstocks.
Initially the guitars had any type of identification for the month, model, year, and nut width put them under was in April of 1962. A carved veneer rosewood replaced the slab rosewood in July. Part numbers became common on pontentiometers in the same year.
Pearloid dots completely replaced the usage of clay dot starting in January of 1965. Another big change within the same year had to do with the material that was used with the pickguard. Nitrate was no longer used for a vinyl material.
Although many changes did happen to the Fender Jaguar Guitar, its popularity never reached that of the stratocaster or Telecaster. Therefore it was retired in 1975.