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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / 2018 Classic Player Special HH Jaguar

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Nov 11th, 2018 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Been jonesing for awhile about Jazzmaster, so I went shopping at a couple different stores. I first liked the less-expensive Player model with the split HB in bridge, standard SC at the neck.

Then I went to GC and saw the Classic Player Special in Oly white and tortoise-shell, and I was hooked before I even plugged it in. It had all the bling - chrome switch plates with the traditional switches and rotary dials.

Just playing in the store, I could see how versatile this guitar is. With the switches in the lower bout, you can select either or both pickups and engage the low cut filter. In the upper bout, you have a kill switch and two inset rotary pots that allow you to select SC - HB on either or both pickups. This is a feature I really like because those controls allow a mix of SC and HB for some really cool sounds.

The single coil sounds were as expected with great high end while the HB tones were meaty and bold yet retaining some high end shimmer. I just did a test recording of my HB guitars and the Jag stands tall with my benchmark LP Classic.

The fit and finish on mine were flawless. The setup was just about perfect for me - low action without buzz or fret-out when bending.

I know that eventually, I'll find something I don't like about this guitar, but while the honeymoon is still on, I'm a happy camper.



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older,better
Nov 11th, 2018 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Glad to hear that you like your new guitar.

The switching does give you a few options.

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Nov 12th, 2018 05:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

You do have to be careful with those switches as you could inadvertently turn both pickups off! But they, and the kill switch, are located where it would be hard to accidentally activate them.

What I am liking is those vertical pots that mix the single and double coils on each pickup. For me, the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle.

reverendrob
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Nov 12th, 2018 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's been my main Jaguar for general-purpose stuff for ages.

I added a synth pickup, and it'll do almost anything.

When I need gen-u-wine SC Jaguar, I have a Squier VM that may not be the cat's meow cosmetically but...it has *it*, whatever *it* is.

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Nov 18th, 2018 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

One annoying issue with this guitar is string buzz with the tune-o-matic bridge. Seems to be a common problem with this bridge and the original style bridge on the Jag and Jazzmaster. Saw dozens of "solution" on the web, the most recommended was to super glue the intonation screws, but I don't like that idea.

The buzz does not seem to alter the amplified sound, so I'm not going to go crazy about it. But the Jag won't be my "TV" guitar, for sure.

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By eight feets
Nov 18th, 2018 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pics--or it didn't happen!

Perhaps a more erudite manner of requesting a photo...

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Nov 18th, 2018 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the pic from my phone. I have to say, it's a pain to try to get a picture uploaded due to size limitations. So I got it up there, but is still way to big in size but it's in lower resolution. Am I going about this wrong? Peegoo?

Jaguar Special HH

(This message was last edited by greg1948 at 04:08 PM, Nov 18th, 2018)

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Four feets

By eight feets
Nov 18th, 2018 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

WOW that is snazzy!

Your onboard graphics manipulation app should be able to scale any pic you open in it. For instance, you should be able to resize that jag pic to 50% or so.

Joe Potts
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I'm an old guitar hassler
Nov 18th, 2018 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice! Congrats on your new guitar.

That's one of the guitars I've had my eye on for a while. The blend wheels, allowing you to go from single coil to double coil and anywhere in between, caught my interest right away.

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By eight feets
Nov 18th, 2018 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

You can do that with any four-wire humbucker and a potentiometer; you use the pot to gradually roll off one of the two coils. At zero, only one coil is active.

Peavey engineers are credited with cooking up this one; they called it a 'spin-a-split'.

Look here

Joe Potts
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I'm an old guitar hassler
Nov 18th, 2018 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, I didn’t know that. I’m surprised more guitars don’t have that feature.

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Nov 18th, 2018 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Those blend wheels are awesome. As a surf nut I was kind of iffy about an HH Jag but when I heard you could blend them back to singles my ears perked up.

Congrats on the awesome new guitar!

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By eight feets
Nov 18th, 2018 09:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's a super-easy mod, Joe.

Depending on the pickup you're using, it matters which coil is active in single coil mode. The reason is you want the active coil against the end of the neck (neck pickup), and next to the bridge (bridge pickup).

If you have a four-knob rig like a Les Paul, you can have a master volume, a master tone, and a split pot for each pickup. No need to drill any extra holes.

Like this; these are Duncan's Pearly Gates humbuckers.

Ricey

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Dec 5th, 2018 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

The spin a split on the CP Jag HH is set to split to the outer coils. Could the somewhat redundant kill switch on the upper bout (you can get the same effect using the lower bout pup on/off switches) be reconfigured to reverse the split to the two inner coils? This would allow you to toggle between inner or outer coil split sounds at the flick of a switch and give you access to a quasi "Sweet Home Alabama", Derek and the Dominoes era Clapton or Robert Cray type tone.

(This message was last edited by Ricey at 02:21 PM, Dec 5th, 2018)

reverendrob
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Dec 16th, 2018 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Possibly.

No idea as I actually use the kill switch (lets me have a master kill for the magnetics on the guitar synth and not have to reach for that finicky three way on the back of the GK3. :)

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