1965 Jaguar - Journeyman Relic - Dakota Red - Rosewood Fingerboard - Painted Head Cap - Transition Neck - 7.25" Radius
This guitar was the first Fender Custom Shop for Sherwood specifically spec'd out by Marcus and Colin with some requests from a few other vintage Jaguar aficionados from the area.
After having some experience with the Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar as well at the newer "˜60s American Original reissue, it was decided that we'd try a 1965 spec as a base and add (or subtract) various features from there. These would be ideas rarely seen on an actual example from the era, but nothing that would look too out of place should you happen to own a time machine.
Both aforementioned models feature a much beefier neck than the often seen 1962 type re-issues and that's a key addition here. The combo of the short 24" scale with something more substantial to hang on to is a big part of the magic of late "˜60s Jaguars. However, the decision to not include "blocks and bindings" was another very conscious choice, as we wanted to differentiate slightly from the current American Original offerings. Also, there's a certain "rawness" to the aesthetic of the pre-CBS and transitional models of early 1965 and before that always seems more classic Jaguar than that of later iterations. So we've combined those qualities here to make something that likely has never existed before.
Finish wise, we chose Dakota Red, which is another conceptually out of step choice for a 1965 Jaguar. There's a flatness and modesty to Dakota Red that wears wonderfully on the Jaguar's little sister, the Fender Mustang of the mid "˜60s. We wanted to capture that particular look accented by the matching headstock, another touchstone late 1960s feature that is quite polarizing amongst enthusiasts. We obviously love it.
The "weather" package here is known as the "Journeyman Relic". A very tasteful, almost subtle distressing that really makes this Jag appear to have a lot of honest miles on it. That said, anyone who has played an original that's truly been loved usually has to battle with well worn rosewood and pitted frets. That's no issue here, this Jag is an absolute pleasure to play.
Other than that, the pickups, hardware, body contours and dimensions are what the Fender Custom Shop has deemed most accurate to what would have been offered 55 years ago.