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iamqman 08/04/2011

Fender '62 Jaguar Japan Reissue : iamqman's user review

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fender has made a plethora of different guitars and guitar body shapes. One of the most famous but unusual guitar shapes is the Fender Jaguar. This is a guitar shape that takes on some inspiration from the Fender Strat shape but has a funky twist of shape to it. It also has a few extra features and switches that take a normal Fender Strat to the next level. These guitars are very famous for surf music player's They have a a tone that is conducive to that style of music and the string damping device is for those guys pretty much exclusively.

Neck
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
Position Inlays: White Pearloid Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 24" (61 cm)
Neck Plate: Serialized 4 Bolt Neckplate
Truss Rod Nut: Original Vintage Style
Electronics
Pickup Configuration: S/S
Bridge Pickup: Special Design American Vintage Jaguar® Single-Coil Pickup
Neck Pickup: Special Design American Vintage Jaguar® Single-Coil Pickup
Pickup Switching: 2-On/Off slide switches, one for each pickup
Controls: "Lead" Circuit: Volume, Tone. "Rhythm" Circuit: Volume, Tone
Hardware
Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: Vintage Style Floating Tremolo with Tremolo Lock Button
Bridge Cover/Tailpiece: Includes Chrome Bridge Cover
Tuning Machines: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Tremolo Arm/Handle: Vintage Jazzmaster® Tremolo Arm
Auxiliary Switching: 2-Position Tone Switch

The tone of this guitar is very fender and very Fender Strat but it sounds like a disobedient step child of the Fender Strat. The tone is cool and somewhat unique. The extra switches I have never really gotten into but the body shape itself lends itself to a certain sound. I like the sound of it but it doesn't blend with all kinds of music like a Fender Strat or Gibson Les Paul would do. those guitars have a certain general and unique sound to them but a sound that can go from genre to genre without and complication. The sound of this guitar is unmistakable but also not something I would play for a cover band or something I would feel has an all inclusive musical sound.

I would recommedn this guitar to someone who wants to mix things up sound wise in his or her guitar variety. This is a guitar with a very unique tone and something that either you like or you don't like. I don't find these guitars to be an everyday or every man's guitar. It is more of a specialty guitar that has its won sound and own vibe going on. It is a cool sound and nothing that I dislike personally but not something that would be an everyday sound for me. I wouldn't play a Rickenbacker or a Gretsch as an everyday guitar either. those guitars have a great unique sound to them as well but not an everyday and all musical encompassing guitars either.