Jaguar is one of the more models Fender has produced so much and Squier did a good job replicating it. This is a relatively complicated design and definitely one of the very interesting axes you can pick up for under $500.
Body & Neck
Jaguar body belongs to what are called’offset’ guitars. This means that the upper and lower parts of the body are asymmetrical and offset to a certain degree. This design brings some difficulties in terms of intonation and general dynamics of the guitar, which was a major concern for Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar. However, the guitar came out fine.
Tonewood they have used for this particular model is basswood while the neck is made from maple. Speaking of that, this is a short scale neck, making it a bit easier to play for beginners while at the same time benefiting those who are into jazz.
Rather than the standard stationary tail bridge, or a synchronized tremolo, you get a vintage style trem bridge where these two elements are divided. While the bridge is a unit all of the way sits back like a tailpiece.
Some of the Jaguars had problems with hardware that were mostly brought on by the asymmetrical design of the guitar itself. These issues can be fixed by a skilled guitar tech, although rare. Tuners are old school die cast type, which you can find on a number of Squier models.
That’s not the interesting part. What they’re wired into is where the mad starts. Rather than having several knobs to adjust the tone of the guitar, you have dual circuits. There are two modes available — lead and rhythm.
Each of them has its own set of controls, which let you significantly affect the tone of this guitar. In addition to all that, you have the typical Tone and Volume knob. The quantity of versatility crammed within this guitar is remarkable. There is just so much maneuvering room to work with.
With its complex circuitry, you can dial in a vast array of tone configurations. For example, this is an ideal guitar for surf rock or similar classic genres. However, you can still play good old rock and roll. Since this is a short scale guitar using a highly flexible circuitry, you can even pull off a somewhat decent jazz sound with little to no effort.
Even though they definitely managed to do this, it is not a perfect product. On the other hand, when it comes down to most fundamental bang for the buck equation, this Jag is a steal!
- Basswood Body
- Maple C Shape Neck with 22-Medium Jumbo Frets and rosewood fingerboard
- Duncan Designed single-coil pickups
- Vintage-style bridge with non-locking floating vibrato
- Vintage-Style Chrome Tuning Keys