The Fender Jaguar was first introduced to the world in 1962 as a top of the line feature-laden instrument. Initially not fairing too well, once the instrument production ceased its value and desirability sky-rocketed with punk and post-punk bands particularly. Over the next few decades, the Jaguar became something of an alternative icon and was often seen in the hands of indie, grunge and alternative guitarists keen on its extremely crisp clean tones and fuzzy high gain pickups.
The first and most striking element of the Jaguar is the array of switches adorning the body at both the lower and upper horns. These aren't nearly as complex as they seem, with on-off switches for either humbucker, and a tone cut switch on the lower horn. The upper horn controls are coil blending for either pick-up where you can shape the sound between single-coil and humbucker and a kill switch which turns all pickups off or on. It is this versatility that has kept players coming back to the fender year on year.
Another of the more unusual features is the saddle and bridge combination. With the wide gap between the saddle and bridge where a "floating" tremolo system sits. This system is designed for mild vibrato. The gap between the saddle and bridge has often been used by musicians to create a chiming effect and is, in combination with the choice of an Alder body and Maple neck and fingerboard, is partly the reason why the Jaguar has such a crisp clean sound.
True versatility can be hard to find and in some cases is entirely down to the guitarists of any given guitar. The Jaguar, however, is as versatile as a guitar can be. With complete control over its electronic output and the blending of the single coil to a humbucker, the Jaguar really is a guitar for all occasions. It has one of the truest, fullest, crispest clean sounds an electric guitar can offer and can provide the chunky humbucker high gain sounds when needed. It's short-scale neck and medium jumbo frets make it immensely playable and vintage-style tuners keep it rock solid in terms of tuning. This is a guitar with hidden depths and despite its strong looks and intimidating controls does not force a style onto the owner. This is a guitar for all occasions and would add a new element to anyone’s playing.
Manufacturer Fender Model Name Vintera '60s Jaguar® Modified HH, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, Surf Green Model #0149813357 Series Vintera Country Of Origin MX Colour Surf Green Body Alder Body Finish Gloss Polyester Body Shape Jaguar Neck Material Maple Neck Finish Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face Neck Shape Modern "C" Scale Length 24" (610 mm) Fingerboard Pau Ferro Fingerboard Radius 9.5" (241 mm) Number of Frets 22 Frets Size Medium Jumbo String Nut Synthetic Bone Nut Width 1.650" (42 mm) Position Inlays Whites Dots Truss Rods Vintage-Style Bridge Pickup Atomic™ Humbucking Neck Pickup Atomic™ Humbucking Controls Lead Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Down): Volume (Neck), Volume (Bridge), Master Tone; Rhythm Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Up): Two Thumbwheel Controls for Neck Pickup Volume and Tone Pickup Switching 3-Way Toggle, Slide Switch Pickup Configuration HH Bridge Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge with Vintage Style "Floating" Tremolo Tailpiece Hardware Finish Nickel/Chrome Tuning Machines Fender® Vintage "F" Stamped Pickguard 3-Ply Mint Green Control Knobs Vintage Style Black Plastic Jazz Bass® Strings Fender® USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges) Dimensions 4.30x15.00x41.75 IN Weight 11.50 LB
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