There's no more comfortable guitar whether standing or sitting than the Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar. A faster, smarter offspring of 1958's Jazzmaster, this baby has much easier action because of... Read More
There's no more comfortable guitar whether standing or sitting than the Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar. A faster, smarter offspring of 1958's Jazzmaster, this baby has much easier action because of its reduced 24" scale length. The single-coil pickups resemble those of the Strat with the addition of a "keeper" that increases current through the pickup coil and reduces sensitivity to hum. The result is more kick in the mids and less noise. The Fender Jag shares the same preset circuitry found on the Jazzmaster and a trio of selector switches. An individual on/off switch for each pickup and a subtle high-pass filter switch round out the Jag's tonal versatility. Maple neck on alder body with rosewood fretboard and vintage-style floating trem. Funky (removable) string dampener is included for historical accuracy. Includes Fender hardshell case.
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I'm a long time player and a Fenderphile in my bones. After 13 years of playing exclusively on a Strat, it was time for an upgrade. I was drawn immediately to the '62 Vintage Jag and finally found a GC store with one on the wall in sunburst. After mulling it over and finally deciding on foregoing much needed dental work, (I hear you play blues better with no teeth anyway) I dropped the hefty fee for this gorgeous axe and went home to get acquainted. THIS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE BUYING A VINTAGE JAGUAR!!! This guitar requires a very complicated set-up to work properly and it is not a plug and play, low maintenance instrument for the faint of heart. Firstly, the bridge complicated and is made of threaded saddles which can sometimes cause the string to offset into adjacent grooves during play. This dictates that a heavier gauge string is required for optimal sound and playability. (Anything thinner than 10-46, the Jaguar will chew them up and spit them out.) Also, the floating bridge assey sits atop two adjustable screws and the assembly is loose laid into two bushings. A heavier gauge string will create the greater tension necessary for a stable bridge during heavy play and palm muting. The chrome plated mute switch at the bridge also requires a trial and error set-up to work properly without throwing the guitar a 1/4 step out of tune while in place. The back angle of the strings returning to the tail is very obtuse and this results in less sustain on single notes and bends. (It is noticeable) The HH versions and the black-top sought to increase the sustain with sharper back angles and hard tails, etc. The neck radius is 7.25" which is standard on the vintage models, so there is a greater taper at the high and low edge of the fretboard. This results in high E string bends choking off a bit above the 15th fret when stretched a full step and more. While raising the action seems to help, the bridge and saddles become fussy when not low and tight, and subsequently, the incredibly rich popping of the notes is compromised slightly. So be aware that this is NOT A BLUES GUITAR. IT HAS LIMITATIONS. That being said I began to pour over online reviews about changing the bridge, buying a chrome buzz-stop and insulating the bridge posts. However, I am a purist and I decided against it and let the instrument be what it was designed to be; I surrendered to its infinite character. It has molded me in a way and it has made me a better player and I have come to really enjoy its personality and its quality of tone. I am glad I bought this guitar. It looks and sounds beautiful and unique. The sounds of its shielded single-coil pickups in clean tone are incredible, and the switching and tone controls allow for more versatility than any guitar I have ever played. In short, there are compromises to be made, but if you compromise for the Vintage Jag, that will love you forever!
I grew up playing a '66 Jaguar and Jazzmaster. Yes, in the 60's. I like the Jag better. Never ever had any issue with buzzing bridges. I now own a '62 NOS AVRI Jaguar in Pewter. It is the finest instrument I have ever played. Mine does have a Buzz Stop but that is more for the increased sustain than anything else. Mine came from Fender Custom shop because of the color. The extra detail to fret dressing was a bonus. Other than that, it is the same as the off-the-shelf '62 Jag. There is absolutely nothing I would change about this instrument.
The Fender Jaguar has a style all its own. Though the guitar has only two single coil pickups the large array of switches allow for pin-point accuracy when it comes to tone. The only issue i have with the instrument is the bridge in which the low E string will sometimes pop out of the saddle causing a nasty sound which can throw you off at times. Other then that the guitar is a great instrument and is perfect for someone who is looking for a good guitar for blues or jazz.
I love this guitar for Alternative rock. The single coils are very stratish, but more trebly and grindy due to the bridge construction of this guitar. With fuzz, it's a dream come true. The singer from Placebo plays this, and I think it's the best example of the Jag sound. If you want to rock out, I think it's perfect. Like most Fender guitars it has character. An oddball bridge, tuners that you (might) want to replace, although I think the stock ones on this baby are amazing and hold well, and a functionable trem... Amazing tone. It clinks, it chime, it grinds. It's the Jaguar afterall. The Jaguar came before the Jazzmaster. It shows. In the neck position this is still a Jazzy lush beast. Roll with it, rock with it.
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