Fender Jaguar Guitars are probably one of the most intriguing models created by Fender. There are many options that come standard that are not available on any other model. If you are an innovator yourself, maybe you should consider this unique instrument that still stirs the musical imagination today.
The Fender Jaguar was the fourth in line to be released by Fender in '62 after the Telecaster, Stratocaster and Jazzmaster models. Jaguar guitars have a short 24" scale length with 22 frets which Fender billed at the time of release as "faster, more comfortable" than previous models. Jaguars have the most elaborate circuitry that Fender offers. The first two switches are on-off switches for each pickup; the third engages a capacitor that serves as a low-end filter, producing a more cutting treble tone (informally known as the “strangle” switch). The Jaguar’s rhythm circuit consisted of a single slide switch on the upper horn that delivered a more bass-heavy neck-pickup-only sound, with its own adjacent volume and inset tone wheels (all mounted to, of course, a chrome plate). Jaguars were released with many subtle variations which allowed for the most customization more than any other Fender model of the time. Jaguars have maintained a level of intrigue and mystery ever since and are still seen as an interesting option by guitar players everywhere.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is special about the Fender Jaguar?
The Jaguar was the first to come with 4 different neck width options with standard, slightly narrower than standard, and two wider than standard(A,B,C and D shapes)
What styles of music is the Fender Jaguar best for?
The Jaguar tone sits somewhere between the Stratocaster and Telecaster. This tone works great for rock, pop, country, blues, and possibly metal depending on the specific sub-genre. The more resonance in the bass and mid ranges may not work well with Jazz.
What is the difference between the Fender Jaguar and Fender Mustang?
Both guitars have a 24" scale length with offset double cutaway bodies and 22 frets. The difference is that the Mustang has a brighter, thinner tone with a smaller body and fewer controls than the Fender Jaguar.