What's so great about Fender Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Turnaround, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Deep Texas
    I seem to remember the nicer Jaguars being more expensive new than Strats back in the mid-60s when my cousin played Fenders in his bands.
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  2. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    I bought this 2017 Fender Player Jazzmaster off of my son. It’s a MIM model. I love it. Stays in tune well and as I’m a big whammy bar user, and it works well on this.

    I just got back my Fender Blues Jr Tweed with a bunch of mods and I’ve been playing these two all week. It’s just a great sound, even on its own.

    With the band, it’s one of those guitars I can really abuse. It cuts through and it’s fun to play wild solos on it.
  3. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical omnivore

    Victoria, Canada
    There goes that delusion then. I stand corrected as I definitely wasn't there. Beautiful guitars!
  4. Guitarded

    Guitarded Forum Resident

    Yep. The offsets were the most expensive solidbodies.
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  5. TurtleIsland

    TurtleIsland Forum Resident

    Back West
    It’s all down to the player. Robert Smith and Kevin Shields made their Jazzmasters iconic.
  6. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Toronto, Canada
    It is not true that Jags were "more affordable." They were the absolute most expensive Fenders and were top of the line throughout the 1960s.

    They were introduced as a reaction to the Jazzmaster catching on with surf players, and were sort of intended as an even more "surfified" version of the Jazzmaster.

    They only became "affordable" in the mid-'70s when people started dumping them into pawn shops.
  7. versionsound

    versionsound The six strings that drew blood

    I’ve been playing Jazzmasters since the early ‘90s. I’ve owned several vintage and modern JMs. I see a lot of the typical Strat/LP-centric nonsense in this thread. The JM was the top of the line Fender until it was supplanted by the Jaguar. Both were higher up on the ladder than the Strat or Tele. The notion that their electronics were bad is just plain wrong. I’ve owned several vintage JMs with all original electronics and never had a single problem. They used exactly the same electronics as Strats and Teles. If you owned a vintage guitar with bad electronics, it was likely an issue with how that guitar was handled or stored before you got it. Again, same electronics and the same people assembling them as Strats and Teles. As for the bridge, if you know how to set it up, it’s not an issue. I never had a problem with a vintage JM bridge. As for sustain, not everyone gives a damn about that. I’m not Joe Satriani, and never wanted to be. I’ve owned Strats and Teles, and did not find them nearly as comfortable to play as a JM. I won’t slag them off though. They are great guitars, just not for me. To each their own.
  8. elvisizer

    elvisizer Forum Resident

    San Jose
    you just don't KNOW you're sorry lol
    I can understand not liking SY even if I don't agree, but Television? MBV? gtfo lol
  9. versionsound

    versionsound The six strings that drew blood

    Addendum: The bridge was made for heavier strings. If you are trying to put 9s on a JM or Jag, you are probably going to have issues. As for sustain, how much do you need? My JM has all I need. If you are expecting a note to ring for 2 minutes, no, it won’t do that. This might also be a set-up issue. These guitars need to be set up correctly. If you know how to do that, they are no more finicky than any other guitar.
  10. Ray Blend

    Ray Blend ‎I can't afford to not record

    ‎The Midwest
    "Sustain" is overrated.

    "Attack" is underrated.
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  11. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    I've tried with Television and MBV. They're fine, just...kinda boring.
  12. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    Under the bridge
  13. versionsound

    versionsound The six strings that drew blood

    Exactly. Both the JM and Jag were the top of the Fender line when they were introduced and stayed the number 1 and 2 until they went out of production in the ‘70s. Keep in mind that Les Pauls were out of production from approximately 1961-1968, and Strats were somewhat out of favor in this era. IIRC, they were thinking about discontinuing them until Hendrix came along and nearly single-handedly brought them back into favor. The whole Strat/LP supremacy thing was the result of people wanting the guitars that their heroes played (Hendrix for Strats and Page and Clapton for LPs, mainly). In the early/mid 60s, Jazzmasters and Jags were more popular than both. The Tele is a different case. It’s always been a workhorse. It was never really the guitar of the moment, except maybe among country players, but it’s always had its place among players.
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  14. versionsound

    versionsound The six strings that drew blood

    I am always baffled by the “no sustain”complaints. I’ve owned Strats and Teles. I didn’t notice a significant difference in sustain compared to JMs. Again, it might all come back to set-up.
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  15. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Senior Member

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Never been into Fenders other than Teles.
    Or Gibsons for that matter.
    Never owned one of either make.
  16. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Senior Member

    Nothing, especially.

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