Here’s one for you! As found on eBay:
BID WITH CONFIDENCE!!! PERFECT FEEDBACK SELLER!!!
So, what do we have here? An early ’60s neck on a screwed-up body without rhythm circuit and a black pickguard, which is a very 1970s thing to do. No decal, non-original case and you’re asking the moon for something nobody’s going to want. Damn.
This is ridiculous. I love when people think not polishing an instrument somehow makes it more complete or valuable, same with “original” rusty and played-out strings. Ick.
Not only is there NO documented case of a “backdoor” Jaguar (by the way, don’t Google ‘backdoor model’ because you’ll get nothing to do with guitars!) but there’s also ZERO proof of a guy named “Schellenburg” working for Fender. Add to that, the Custom Shop didn’t open until 1987, so…
I’m not one to call anyone a liar, but I will say that if you’re told a story by a customer and you pass it on as truth without fact-checking, you’re not doing your job.
The thing about employee guitars is that they’re often full of piecemeal strangeness, and even if they’re 1 of 1 that doesn’t make them desirable. I once had the chance to appraise a Gibson guitar made by an employee, and it was the worst guitar I’ve ever worked on hands down. Les Paul Custom neck bolted to a heavily routed Kalamazoo student model body, wrong bridge in a position where the guitar wouldn’t play in tune, shit wiring, a hand-cut pickguard that also was shit, and pickups and electronics that didn’t go together at all. It was brought to me by a family hoping to make 5-6 figures from its sale, which unfortunately, they’d be lucky to get 3. They asked what I would pay for something like that, to which I replied “I wouldn’t.”
Edit: The listing’s been taken down due to “an error in the listing”, so I’m curious to see how this will be adjusted!