1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

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1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by Regan » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:31 pm

Well, I started researching and planning my '65 Jaguar refinish project all the way back in August of '07. I have been patient! I had to be really patient though because of the weather and all. I don't have a good place to paint where I can control the climate, so I was kind of racing against the clock. Once it got into November/December the clock was winning! It was hard to be wait, but now I'm glad I was patient. I sprayed the final coats on December 21, 2007 and I final sanded/polished on January 23, 2008.

I got everything back together on January 24th, but I had a problem with the rhythm circuitry. I took the plate off and found it was a grounding problem. Closer inspection revealed that the tiny lugs on the volume and tone pots had gotten bent down and were making contact with the housing. The thing had been in a box for years and I guess that is how they had gotten bent. I was happy, because a little bend or two and it worked perfectly!

Anyway, I am excited. It had been a long time since I had played this baby. I still have to do some tweaking. I thought I would let the neck settle back in before I even tried to set it up properly. The neck has had no tension on it since the mid-to-late eighties! I've already been playing it some, and I am thrilled. I didn't have my '66 Fender Vibrolux Reverb back when my Jag was in one piece, so I could hardly wait to hear it through that amp. It didn't disappoint!

I am posting some pics, but I don't have a digital camera that will take decent photos. I tried and tried to get good shots. I wish I could have went outside and took some, but it is cold! This morning it was 6 degrees so I was afraid I might get unwanted checking! Plus, there is snow on the ground and I thought that an Olympic White Jaguar might hide with the snow in the background.  :) The indoor flash on my camera would not allow the brilliance of the shine to show up. I took some with the flash, and then I opened the blinds at a big window and took some without the flash. The latter shows the true shine better, but the blue/gray tint of the Olympic White shows up too strong in most of those.



Fender Vibrolux Reverb has a new companion!
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First time in its new, Fender case!
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No flash, close up shot.
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With the bridge cover on.
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I took several like this one where the shine showed up well but turned out with a blue/gray tint.
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Anyway, maybe you all can get an idea of what this former 3-color sunburst guitar now looks like. This is my first refin and I would love to hear your comments/suggesions.

I hope you enjoy these and thanks for looking!

Regan

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by the older brother » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:33 pm

wow

:-*
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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by Jazzprod » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:37 pm

WOW REGAN!!!!!!!!

It's perfect man!!!!!!!!!

:-* :-* :-*

Well done!

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by Stereordinary » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:39 pm

Looks great!  Hooray for finished projects!  :-*
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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by the older brother » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:46 pm

the older brother wrote: wow

:-*
...sorry - I got a little speechless before... What I really ment was something like:
Jazzprod wrote: WOW REGAN!!!!!!!!

It's perfect man!!!!!!!!!

:-* :-* :-*

Well done!

:? :? :?
:D ;) Really nice Regan.
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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by theworkoffire » Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:06 pm

the older brother wrote:
the older brother wrote: wow

:-*
...sorry - I got a little speechless before... What I really ment was something like:
Jazzprod wrote: WOW REGAN!!!!!!!!

It's perfect man!!!!!!!!!

:-* :-* :-*

Well done!

:? :? :?
:D ;) Really nice Regan.

What they said x10. A real benchmark refin. Well done  :)

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by fenderjapan » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:25 pm

Beautiful :-*
I couldn't resist:
perfect as a background  ::)
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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by mezcalhead » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:27 pm

Lovely job, very sweet! That's an ideal tort to go with the white refin too, light with plenty of yellow. I love an offset with a BFVR as well ..

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by OffYourFace » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:15 pm

Fantastical!!!

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by Offshat » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:48 pm

no before & afters :(?

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by Regan » Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:56 pm

You guys are making me blush.... :-[ Seriously though, thanks so much! I felt a little intimidated to even show pictures because I know there are so many of you here that are expert refinishers. I've been holding my breath for this entire project. (Maybe that explains why I look so blue!) It actually turned out far better than I ever thought it would/could.

I am honored to have my Jag on a computer screen background too! Wow!

Sorry, I do not have any before shots. Well, there were a few old instant Polaroid's taken years ago, but I haven't seen them for years. If I find them I could scan them and post them if they are not disintegrated. The Jag was a 3-color sunburst that I bought in the late-seventies. It was my first electric....really my first playable guitar. I routed it and messed it up in the mid-eighties and it has been stripped and in pieces since the latter part of the eighties. I thought about getting it refinned for years but I couldn't find anyone near me that could do it....or that knew anything about it. Then I started researching and found the ReRanch and decided to give it a try.

Regan

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by Offshat » Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:36 pm

looks goooood :? 8)!

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by sookwinder » Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:57 pm

great looking jag
relaxing alternative to doing actual work ...

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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by jetset » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:19 pm

Sweet.  That's my favorite - Oly and Tort.  Congrats.
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Re: 1965 Jaguar Project Finally Finished

Post by BenHagerty » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:47 pm

That thing is pure sex. The tort is amazingggg  :-*

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