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Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Austin MacNutt 1963 Jaguar Relic Black

SKU 00FCS288
by Fender
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Original price $ 9,000.00 - Original price $ 9,000.00
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$ 9,000.00
$ 9,000.00 - $ 9,000.00
Current price $ 9,000.00
Masterbuilt Austin MacNutt '63 Jaguar Heavy Relic

Truetone Music is proud to have a long and close relationship with Fender, especially with the Custom Shop.  Every so often, a new Masterbuilder joins the ranks - when that happens, we jump right into it with them to forge a new partnership.  This amazing 1963 Jaguar is a result of that approach.  

Earlier this year, we got word that Austin MacNutt had joined the Fender Custom Shop as the newest Masterbuilder.  We immediately set up a meeting to cook up a batch of very special guitars.   We always like to ask the builders what they would like to build, colors they want to use, etc., in an effort to truly collaborate on guitars that they are excited to build.  We also ask "what would be a guitar that you've always wanted to build or have been thinking about doing?"  The answer they give is always interesting, but not one has been as interesting as Austin MacNutt's response.  We'll let his own words tell the story:

"This was a special one for me. One of the first guitars I remember seeing as a kid is my Dad’s black 1963 Fender Jaguar. I knew when I came aboard at Fender that I wanted to replicate it. So here it is, a copy of my Dad’s ‘63 Jag. Black with a matching headstock, and a mint green guard. This is a classic for me."

That was the genesis of this amazing '63 Jaguar Relic in Black with a matching headstock - not only is it an amazing guitar, but it's also an amazing story.  We are truly proud to have this guitar here.

Austin has his own style to relic'ing, and we love how he did this one.  It's the perfect level of wear.  Hands down, this is one of the coolest looking Jaguars we've ever had here.  The Black finish with a matching headstock, paired up with the mint green pickguard, looks amazing.  The relic work seems to have been to perfection.  If this is any indication of Austin's work going forward, we expect demand for his builds to skyrocket the way it has for other Masterbuilders.

It's not just about the aesthetics though - as anyone that has played a Custom Shop guitar like this knows, it's just as much (if not more) all about the feel.   The maple neck with a AAA rosewood fretboard is super comfortable to play - it's the period correct '62 Jaguar neck shape, which is slim but not skinny, and doesn't get too thick as you go higher.  The modernized tweak is that the guitar has a 9.5 radius and Narrow Tall (6105) frets.  This makes it easy to play, even up high on the neck when bending notes.  We love how Austin did the finish on the back of the neck.  It has just the right amount of lacquer removed, as it would be from years of being played.  It's a great feel, perfected by a true expert.

It's not just about looks and feel - the guitar really stands out due to its sound.  We've had vintage Jaguars here, and this guitar nails it in comparison.  These are vintage correct pickups, made just like they were back in 1963, with formvar wire and flat pole pieces.  The output is powerful, while retaining sweet tone and a balanced sound that can be used for a variety of styles.

We stayed period correct for the hardware, going with vintage tuners, bridge, etc.  The idea is to have everything you'd expect in a vintage Jaguar from 1963, with the slight tweak of modern playability.  The guitar comes with a Custom Shop brown case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

A Masterbuilt instrument is like no other, and this is truly a one of a kind.  When it's one of the first Austin MacNutt builds, it's truly something special - especially when given his personal connection to the story of this guitar.  Come to Club Fender at Truetone Music to experience it today, or make it yours right here.

Canadian born in a family of performing musicians, some of Austin’s earliest memories contain acoustic and electric guitars, including his father’s 1963 Custom Color Black Fender Jaguar with matching headstock that is still in the family. Following in his parent’s footsteps, he took up guitar playing at the age of 10 and soon found himself tinkering on it to improve playability and tone. Throughout his teens, Austin developed his building and repair skills and became the local go-to repair tech for many of the bands passing through.

After graduating high school in Saskatoon – Austin saved up and enrolled himself at the Guitar Craft Academy in Hollywood to further his skills and passion for guitar building. Recognizing his talents, immediately after completing the course the school offered him a position as one of their teachers. During these 5 years of teaching guitar building, he met Ron Thorn during an inlay seminar, and shortly after was offered a position at Thorn Guitars. For 11 years Austin crafted boutique electric guitars under the Thorn brand. From raw lumber selection, millwork, CNC operation, fretwork, final assembly – Austin did it all and once again is working shoulder to shoulder with his old friend, now crafting Fender’s finest.

When Austin is not building guitars, he enjoys spending his time with his girlfriend playing music and going camping whenever and wherever he can.

  • Serial # R118007
  • Model# 9211003164
  • Weight: 8.7 lbs
  • Finish Package: Relic
  • Finish: Nitro Lacquer
  • Color: Black with Matching Headstock
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Tint: Light
  • Neck Shape: 62 Jaguar
  • Fretboard:  AAA Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Fretwire: 6105 Narrow Tall
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Dots: Micarta White
  • Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
  • Neck Thickness at 1st Fret:  .820"
  • Neck Thickness at 12th Fret:  .890"
  • Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
  • Pickguard: 3-ply Mint Green
  • Neck Pickup: Handwound '62 Jaguar
  • Bridge Pickup:  Handwound '62 Jaguar
  • Nut: Bone
  • Tuners: Vintage
  • String Guide: Vintage
  • Bridge: Vintage
  • Neck Plate: Vintage
  • Back Plate: Vintage
  • Wiring: Vintage Jaguar
  • Case: Custom Shop Brown