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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Best Inexpensive Jaguar for Vintage Surf Tones?


US Florida

Jan 31st, 2013 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been lucky to find a couple of Fenders...a MM Strat and a Classic Player Squire Tele to cover those type of tones on recordings...I'm wondering if there is anything out there in that kind of budget range in the Jaguars that would get the Beach Boy/Surf type tones that plays OK and sounds good. It seems like all the Jags I see nowadays have humbuckers and aren't really trying for that early sound.....thanks for any info!

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Jan 31st, 2013 06:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here is the answer.


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Jan 31st, 2013 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

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Jan 31st, 2013 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Squier Jaguar is the obvious choice.

I've had one for 5 or so months, I'm still happy with it and it's the guitar I pick up most.

I swapped pickguards because I wanted puke tort on 50s lunch counter vibe on mine, but the electronics etc sound decent, hum is minimal unless I'm using ridiculous amounts of gain (I have an entire Pedaltrain 2 full of dirt/fuzz plus outboard rack stuff), and everything works as it should.

The Squier will definitely get you in the ballpark for sure.


US Florida

Jan 31st, 2013 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great, yeah I'm only looking for super cleans so pedals and gain/noise shouldn't be a problem. Will use this only for those super bell like cleans...thanks to all!

Liquid Smoke


Feb 1st, 2013 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Those Squier Jags look pretty nice at only $299. I wonder how they hold up to heavy gauge flatwounds. I think that's a key part of the equation for a vintage surf tone.

Tom, did you ever get that Showman dialed in? A cabinet? And what'cha doing for reverb...that's a big part of the sound too?

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Feb 1st, 2013 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

They'll hold up fine, the hipster kids all run hunge strings on them.

Me, I'm happy with my standard Fender stainless 10s.


US Florida

Feb 3rd, 2013 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

@Liquid Smoke....

You know I found a guy who was selling a custom made SMALL (easy to carry) Fender look a like cab (very neat actually, looks very good!) with some kind of Eminence 15 in it, I forgot the model but supposed to be like an old JBL. Only wanted 150 for it so I had it shipped to me. Unfortunately, I find it WAY too bright. I could try another speaker, but ultimately I'd love to find a Blackface Bandmaster cab. But everyone wants an arm and a leg for them. Have thought about maybe the VK2 12B cab Fender currently makes. So right now just in search of the right cab. For reverb I am only in the studio so use studio reverb for things. Eventually will have to get into the real deal spring stuff;) Love that Showman!

Liquid Smoke


Feb 4th, 2013 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

You might try a Boss FRV-1 if you can get your hands on one. It's the best substitute I know of for a real reverb unit to get that authentic Beach Boys / surf tone.

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