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Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar Cobalt Blue

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The Jaguar Bass has added a new level of cool to the world of electric bass since its introduction in 2006. Though it's based on the design one of the most popular guitars from the early '60s, don't l... Read More

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Overview

The Jaguar Bass has added a new level of cool to the world of electric bass since its introduction in 2006. Though it's based on the design one of the most popular guitars from the early '60s, don't let the Jaguar's retro look fool you—this bass is chock-full of modern features. With the goal of total tonal control, the Jaguar bass gives you the ability to switch pickups on and off, from series to parallel, and from active to passive. This provides you with a tonal palette that works for all types of players, from the set-and-forget player to the eternal tone-adjuster. Stylistically, it has a thin, fast, one-piece C-shaped maple neck that has a warm tint with a rosewood fingerboard, complete with aged white pearloid block position markers.

Features
  • Body style based on the Fender Jaguar guitar
  • Alder body
  • Polyurethane finish
  • One-piece maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with
  • 9.5" radius
  • 34" scale length
  • 1.50" nut width
  • Aged pearloid block position markers
  • Slim neck profile
  • 20 vintage style frets
  • 2 On/Off slide switches (one for each pickup)
  • 1 Series/Parallel slide switch (when both pickups are on)
  • Master Volume, Master Tone, Preamp Treble Control Wheel, Preamp Bass Control Wheel, Preamp On/Off slide switch controls
  • Active/Passive preamp system
  • Vintage J Bass-style single-coil pickups (middle, bridge)
  • Vintage-style bridge
  • Chrome hardware
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4.7

(based on 35 reviews)

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The Fender Jaguar

This is perhaps the best bass I've ever played! Its features, once mastered, allow you to do almost anything with your bass that you want to. As soon as I took this bass...Read complete review

This is perhaps the best bass I've ever played! Its features, once mastered, allow you to do almost anything with your bass that you want to. As soon as I took this bass out of its hard case, I fell in love with its jet black color and chrome. From the moment I plugged it in, I was in heaven. The sound that this bass produces is nothing short of astounding. Its presence is just so powerful. One thing that is very cool about it is the fact that it has pick-up selectors- UNHEARD OF on other basses. You can choose the "Neck Pick-up" the "Bridge Pick-up" or the "Series Switch". You can do interesting combinations with the three of these to play around with your sound. AMAZING! On top of the standard volume and tone knobs, you get a pre-amp... INSIDE THE BASS! You can adjust it to have a heavy bottom end or a light high end. You can even set it in the middle for a distinct "growl" that is very strong. And if you don't want to use this feature, you can simply flick the switch to turn it off. One of its kind, for sure. I recommend this to all bass players of all types of music. You will NOT be dissapointed... I know I'm not!

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A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

This Bass is a mixed bag of good and bad. I have the Hot Rod Red and the finish and looks are awesome. The neck is a J-bass with a glossy finish. The...Read complete review

This Bass is a mixed bag of good and bad. I have the Hot Rod Red and the finish and looks are awesome. The neck is a J-bass with a glossy finish. The fret ends are a bit sharp and unfinished, but otherwise straight and buzz free. The action and setup out of the box was pretty good with just minor adjustments needed. The tuners, bridge, active preamp and wiring are really sub par. Tuners are clunky and imprecise. Bridge is thin and flimsy looking. Preamp is noisy and muddy sounding. The battery for the active preamp was dead when I received it. I thought that would maybe be why this thing buzzed and hummed so loud when I plugged it into my amp. After replacing the battery with a high quality alkaline no change and twice as bad with active switch on. Come to find out after much research and a dismantling of the pick guard and switch/pot plates that the ground wire for the battery and the bridge were swapped so the battery was on 24/7 instead of just when the cable is plugged into the jack, hence the dead battery. It looked factory done. I properly re grounded and shielded everything and in passive mode it's as quiet as a single coil pickup guitar can get. In active mode it's still pretty noisy with the bass and treble set past midway. So if you want to learn about guitar fixing this is a chance to learn. Some are perfect and some are like this. Mine looked like it was returned at one point by the looks of the box missing foam pieces and it being improperly wrapped, causing some scuff marks on the body edges. Even with all that said, I can't put it down. The pickups are decent and the series/parallel switch makes some great sounding tonal variety.

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5.0

great and versatile

By Will w

from Austin Tx

This bass is fantastic. You can make it sound thumpy, growly, or snappy; there is hardly a tone you cant get out of this. Yes, it DOES buzz, but on passive it's hardly bad at all. On active it's Very noticeable, but just put your hand on any metal part and it stops, it's really not that bad. To me the pros FAR outweigh the cons. BUY IT.

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5.0

Solid Bass

By Bradley Burchette

from Greensboro, NC

This is probably the most versatile bass I have ever played. I run through an Ampeg SVT Classic and an ampeg 610hlf and it's the perfect pair. Without touching my amp or any of my pedals I can get a wide range of tones. I recorded the majority of my band's last album using only this bass. Having the ability to turn on and off each pickup is great. You can get a fat tone running through just the neck pickup and a punchy tone through the bridge pickup. I usually keep both of them on to get a really warm sound. It is also nice being able to control whether the pickups are connected in series or parallel. The only problem I have encountered is that I get a little extra buzz when I run them in series. I use to trade off between my active spector and my passive J-bass during live sets depending on the sound I was wanting to get so it is really nice to be able to switch back and fourth with the same bass. The neck is a perfect thickness for my liking. It is quicker than my spector but at the same time it just feels solid in your hands. Beware, the Japanese models do have a ton of lacker on them. I personally like it but I know many bassists don't. If you are looking for a single bass to gig with I would definitely recommend this one. I have owned many high end basses over the years and this is one of my favorites to play and go on the road with. You can't go wrong with this bass. Make sure you play the bass before you purchase it. Every bass plays differently, even if it is the same model.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply, the best.

By Stetson G.

from Durant, OK

I have been playing bass for awhile. I ordered this bass about 3 years ago. The action and thin neck make for extreme versatility. The preamp design right on the body provides a wide range of tone. Passiva/ active switch. I have toured with this bass and I would choose it over my American Fender Jazz Bass. No Comparison. By far the best bass I have ever played, owned. BUY THIS BASS!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Sergio Pommerening

from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Amazing instrument. Very versatile in sounds. You can make this bass sound like a Precision or a Jazz bass with a switch of a botton. Great sound for studio recording or live gigs. Top finish and construction. Best value of it's class. I recommend to anyone as a first or second erevyday instrument.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jaguar Bass

By Dave

from Sarasota, FLA.

Tried this thing out in a couple of chain music stores. I wound up ordeing it from a local Guitar Center along with a Ash Jazz Bass.This Bass is for my sons 16th Birthday gift. But let me tell you that right out of the box this thing was perfectly in tune with great action and intonation, tight neck pocket and beautiful Hot Rod red that every 16 yearold loves. It has a super fast neck a bit thinner than my Jazz bass and the serial parralell switch is awsome as are the built in bass and treble preamp no need for pedals with this bass. Truly the best bass guitar value out there. Now wish I bought a second for myself. although I love my ash Jazz bass. The Jaguar is the most versital sounding bass I have played.

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5.0

Amazing

By Brian

from mass

To put it very short and sweet, This bass is amazing. I own 2 other american made fender basses, and I have played a wide variety of misc basses, this bass is hands down the best sounding bass I have ever played. Simply amazing...

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(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Fender, you need to fix this!

By Johnny Rock

from Nashville, TN

I tried a Jaguar Bass off the rack at GC, and was impressed by the features, finish, etc. Once I got it home and played it a short while, it was a different story. When playing in active mode, I could hear a loud buzz, like a 60-cycle hum, when the treble was turned up even a little. When I touched the strings or a metal part of the bass, the hum decreased or stopped. What was troubling is that when I held the bass and touched a ground on my surge protector, it stopped humming then, also, even when I wasn't touching a metal part of the bass. That tells me it has a serious grounding problem, and was apparently grounding itself on me! Back at the GC, the experts confirmed it seemed like a grounding problem, and looked inside it to find the reason, but couldn't identify the source. I ordered a new one, and when it arrived, it was the same story - loud hum in active mode that started after playing just a couple of songs. Fender needs to look into this ASAP! Earlier reviews indicate this happened on Jags bought in 2007 and 2009. On the plus side, Rick and Ron at Nashville GC went the extra mile to try to help find the problem. I traded the Jag in for a 70s Jazz Bass reissue, and now I'm happy again.

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(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

By Karl Hartel

from Shoreline, WA

This Bass is a mixed bag of good and bad. I have the Hot Rod Red and the finish and looks are awesome. The neck is a J-bass with a glossy finish. The fret ends are a bit sharp and unfinished, but otherwise straight and buzz free. The action and setup out of the box was pretty good with just minor adjustments needed. The tuners, bridge, active preamp and wiring are really sub par. Tuners are clunky and imprecise. Bridge is thin and flimsy looking. Preamp is noisy and muddy sounding. The battery for the active preamp was dead when I received it. I thought that would maybe be why this thing buzzed and hummed so loud when I plugged it into my amp. After replacing the battery with a high quality alkaline no change and twice as bad with active switch on. Come to find out after much research and a dismantling of the pick guard and switch/pot plates that the ground wire for the battery and the bridge were swapped so the battery was on 24/7 instead of just when the cable is plugged into the jack, hence the dead battery. It looked factory done. I properly re grounded and shielded everything and in passive mode it's as quiet as a single coil pickup guitar can get. In active mode it's still pretty noisy with the bass and treble set past midway. So if you want to learn about guitar fixing this is a chance to learn. Some are perfect and some are like this. Mine looked like it was returned at one point by the looks of the box missing foam pieces and it being improperly wrapped, causing some scuff marks on the body edges. Even with all that said, I can't put it down. The pickups are decent and the series/parallel switch makes some great sounding tonal variety.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!!!

By Charlie G.

from Panama city Beach , FL

I bought this bass in Dec. 08 and I'm very pleased with it. This bass has a great sound and dozens of different tone combinations. If your at home considering your next bass guitar, buy this one! It is a great bass for all styles of music. This bass can pump out some sound with its active pickups. I play through a Hartke VX3500 350 watt amp and i barely have to turn it up to keep up with my drummer, which no other bass I've owned could do.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Try before you buy!!!

By Ryan

from Iowa City, IA

I purchased this bass about two years ago. It played beautifully, and was easily the nicest bass I had ever played, except for one flaw. If the volume was turned up, an obnoxious buzzing could be heard if I was not touching the bass. This pointed to an issue with the quality of the wiring (a grounding problem), but Fender conveniently denied this and said the hum was part of the "vintage sound." The bass may have been improved since then, but make sure you play it before you buy it. If you find one that doesn't have the hum, I am sure you will love the bass!!!

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