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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / SQUIER Classic Vibe '50's Stratocaster VS Jaguar - opinions please



Apr 18th, 2015 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I miss having an electric guitar. Had a bunch of Strats over the years, so contemplating the Classic Vibe '50's Strat. Love the look and sound of a good Strat.

BUT I also am really info surf guitar and have for years wanted a Jaguar. Does anyone have the Squier Jaguar and if so, how does it compare to a Strat?

What are the pros and cons? I wish I could get one of each, I may not be able to get either one, but if I could get ONE, which would be a good one to get?

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Apr 19th, 2015 01:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the "Traditional" Jaguar - keep in mind Squier did various terrible abortions that had the name but not the trem etc.

I'm sure they're fine guitars on those but to me the joy of the offset stuff *is* the trem and switching/wiring.

The VM Jag has all that and more.

Don't get me wrong, I love my MIM CP Jaguar - it's a stupid good guitar, but the VM Jag I have is damn magical. Fit and finish for the playable stuff (fretwork, wiring, etc) was perfectly acceptable and good out of the box.

I've had the VM Jag now for 2.5 or so years (got one of the first that came out). I haven't regretted it and I paid near MSRP (because I didn't want to miss the boat if they didn't sell well and they were VERY hard to get for a while).

I have the rest of the offsets in the line as well (the Mascis JM,VM Bass VI, Mustang).

The only one that needed anything was the Mustang (and it was done by the original owner, who also included the original bridge, which Fender has since changed to something more suitable) - the bridge on Squier Mustang 1.0 was nasty and terrible to a point reminiscent of 1960s cheapies. Rest of it is fine (tuners are the weakest point, but they're on par with the ones on my vintage 64-65 Mustangs of old), and it has that sound and runs circles around my much more expensive MIJ (domestic market) '69RI Mustang.

That said, I'd get the Jaguar over a Strat - if you like it, you'll be stupid happy, and used Strats there are decades of them out there (even locally). The VM Jag may stick around, it may not, hard to tell where the market is going and how fickle contemporary players are.

TL;DR: get the Jag. Rock out!



Apr 22nd, 2015 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have been thinking the same thing... I love the Strat but they are really a dime a dozen and easy to mod one the way I want. I am itching to try a Jag...

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Apr 23rd, 2015 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Try the Jag if you can. They come in great colors and are generally built very well!



Apr 24th, 2015 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Jag is nice but keep it mind that it is a shorter scale guitar than a Strat. The tone is thinner. I love the look of a Jag and would love one and someday...

But a Strat is so common for all the right reasons, tone, feel and playability.

But if you are lusting for the Jag then go for it and get a Strat later.I have a lot of Strats and still want a Jag.

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Apr 25th, 2015 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Thinner" is about using the controls to make it so. Can get in the same range as my Strat any day of the week except the middle PU thing (which I can get close enough to to not care, it's never been a go-to position for me, and not exactly "thick" on a Strat).

Scale length really depends on the individual as well - I can jump between 24-25.5" and all points in between without issue. I'm probably more at home on the 24" ironically (with huge hands and being 6'8"), but at end of day, I care about what the guitar feels like and sounds like and inspires me to play.



Apr 30th, 2015 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Everything sounds good as far as input on this... when I get some funds, I will probably pull the trigger on the Jaguar.



Jun 15th, 2015 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, no funds yet, but I found THE guitar I'm looking for... the Simon Neil Strat. Love Fiesta Red, mint pickguard, etc... THAT'S what I'm getting.

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