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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Welp, "because" I needed it...

beatlefan
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Jul 25th, 2013 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first offset. Fell for this beauty. 2008 serial #. Booger of a time getting the plastic protective film off the pickguard. Had to disassemble and use naptha to clean off the residual glue.

Having a ball with it so far.

-BF

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(This message was last edited by beatlefan at 10:29 AM, Jul 25th, 2013)

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Jul 25th, 2013 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweet!
I can understand the need.

reverendrob
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Jul 27th, 2013 02:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, love my CP HH of the same vintage. Radically underappreciated, I even like the buckers, which amazed me and still do.

Coil blend is also extremely, extremely useful.

Only thing that's fairly pointless is the kill switch, but I'm guessing they couldn't figure out something else to put in that switch spot and retain traditional cosmetics.



beatlefan
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Jul 27th, 2013 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I even like the buckers, which amazed me and still do.

Coil blend is also extremely, extremely useful."


Agree completely and....likewise surprised with the pickups. Great guitar.

-BF


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Very nice! I have a JMascis Jazzmaster and sometimes wonder what the Jaquar would do for me. I love the JM as it has just the right tone and neck for most of my stuff (clean)but curious about the Jag too


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Aug 8th, 2013 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jaguar in stock pickup form (even the hotter CPs) is a lot more choice to dial in.

It will get obscenely bright if you let it, but the key is to learn to use that when you want it.

I play a Jaguar 90% of the time these days - but I like a certain brightness (hello, stainless strings) on tap.

At the prices the basic Squier VMs go for these days, no reason to not try one - just expect less refined (the extra hundred bucks in fit/finish/final prep goes a LONG way) and a bridge that's as finicky as the traditional one, which is why the Mascis comes with a TOM instead.

If nothing else, the Jaguar will bring more chrome into your life!

beatlefan
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Aug 11th, 2013 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have had this guitar for a few weeks now and I am really digging it.

I think you would be hard pressed to find a more versatile instrument. The variable coil tap feature for both pups offers a wide range of tonal options.

As mentioned before, I am surprised at how much I like the tones available from the humbuckers in this guitar and have not once felt that an upgrade or change would be necessary.

The neck feels great and has some girth to it. I have always preferred the 9.5" radius and medium jumbos. The shorter scale length provides a slinky playing feel and did not take as much getting used to as I thought it might. The fit, finish and fret work are excellent.

I did file the nut slots a bit for better action on those 1st position chords and, took some meat off the top of the nut so the slots where not too deep and there was no string binding.

Looks to be a two piece body with some lovely wood grain and a sweet 3 tone sunburst. Think I have to say that the 3TSB with a Tortoise guard is my all time favorite color pattern. The cream colored buckers go nicely with this scheme as well. And I dig all the chrome too (bling, bling!)

Lastly, this is my first experience with this trem unit. I gotta say, I think it is now my all time favorite trem. Dropped a strat trem arm spring in it to keep the arm where I put it (don't like 'em flopping) and it's great. The TOM bridge rocks a little when you use the trem and it all stays in tune very nicely.

Sold a Custom Shop Strat that I never really bonded with. Got a wild hair and bought this animal. Should have done it sooner. Very happy.

-BF

(This message was last edited by beatlefan at 08:50 AM, Aug 11th, 2013)

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Aug 11th, 2013 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Keep in mind you can go with a traditionalish (I say ish because you'll need an arm sized lengthwise to the moved trem, available as whatever part number the 50th anniversary uses) push in arm as well if you desire - the collet on the trem is changeable if the spring gets to be annoying.

I know *why* they did it but I'm AOK with either version so haven't personally done it.

It just adds a little different feel to the trem, which I'm fine with. And it's a very minor difference, which sort of fits the whole 'this is not quite the Jaguar of old' as much as I love them vibe.

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