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        Eye-catching vintage style with a technological twist!

        The Jaguar Bass has added a new level of cool to the world of electric bass since its introduction in 2006. Though it's based on the design one of the most popular guitars from the early '60s, don't let the Jaguar's retro look fool you—this bass is chock-full of modern features. With the goal of total tonal control, the Jaguar bass gives you the ability to switch pickups on and off, from series to parallel, and from active to passive. This provides you with a tonal palette that works for all types of players, from the set-and-forget player to the eternal tone-adjuster. Stylistically, it has a thin, fast, one-piece C-shaped maple neck that has a warm tint with a rosewood fingerboard, complete with aged white pearloid block position markers.

        Features

        • Body style based on the Fender Jaguar guitar
        • Alder body
        • Polyurethane finish
        • One-piece maple neck
        • Rosewood fretboard with
        • 9.5" radius
        • 34" scale length
        • 1.50" nut width
        • Aged pearloid block position markers
        • Slim neck profile
        • 20 vintage style frets
        • 2 On/Off slide switches (one for each pickup)
        • 1 Series/Parallel slide switch (when both pickups are on)
        • Master Volume, Master Tone, Preamp Treble Control Wheel, Preamp Bass Control Wheel, Preamp On/Off slide switch controls
        • Active/Passive preamp system
        • Vintage J Bass-style single-coil pickups (middle, bridge)
        • Vintage-style bridge
        • Chrome hardware

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        FenderJaguar Electric Bass Guitar
         
        4.6

        (based on 101 reviews)

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          (76)

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          (10)

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          (14)

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        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Good tone (4)
        • Fun to play (3)
        • Good feel (3)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming (4)
          • Practicing (4)
          • Recording (4)
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            • Experienced (3)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          If you are undecided... Buy this bass!

          I bought this bass new in 2013 (it's a 2011 update model) and I'll review it because I am yet to find a review of these awesome new Deluxe Jags.

          First...Read complete review

          I bought this bass new in 2013 (it's a 2011 update model) and I'll review it because I am yet to find a review of these awesome new Deluxe Jags.

          First impressions on opening the box:

          Flawless build quality. The new 2011-series Jags read "Made In Japan" on the neck (as opposed to "Crafted in Japan" etc. that others might have). The quality easily matches my 2012 Am Std Strat. It looks absolutely fantastic in "person", mine is Cobalt Blue and the minty guard, aged inlays and tinted headstock are well thought-out details and give a cool vintage vibe.

          The Jag has an amazing punchy, growly tone with a really solid and articulate low-end. The general tone leans more towards a Jazz. I only play through a small Eden Nemesis 250w, but I have found that this combo has been fine for small pub gigs so far. I have received a number of positive comments on the tone and my band mates love it. I can only imagine how good it would sound through a more serious Ampeg or Fender rig!

          As far as playability goes, it was set up pretty much perfectly out of the box. Fast, narrow, high-quality Jazz neck has a gloss finish on the reverse which is something I don't normally favour but this one does not have that sticky feel even after a 45-min set in a hot pub the other night. If you play a lot of slap, you might find this a little bit difficult at first as there is not a lot of room between the pickguard and strings on the treble side. Not impossible though. The slap tone is really sweet too.

          The tone controls make for a very versatile bass. In case you're wondering (I was, there's no manual!) there are standard master Volume and Tone knobs, Series/Parallel switch, On/Off switches for both pickups, Active/Passive switch and Treble/Bass wheels for the Active circuit. In my opinion they all have a high-quality feel.

          One weird thing: I noticed there was a side position dot and inlay on the first fret, as well as the normal 3, 5, 7 etc etc.

          Finally, to the not-so-good things. The Jag ships with no case or gig bag. It didn't come with a manual either which would have been handy to figure out the controls. There's info online, but still, I don't think a manual is asking too much. The only thing it did come with was an allen key.

          The one big issue is the much-publicised RFI hum. It's noticeable in every setting except both pickups on (acting sorta like a humbucker or the 2/4 positions on a Strat I guess). It's strange, as this shielding issue is totally at odds with the very high quality of the Jaguar in general. It can be really loud and can make some positions unusable out of the box, particularly if you are gigging or recording.

          The Deluxe Jag has shielding paint in some cavities but some don't, and they don't seem to be connected together effectively. Luckily, the fix is pretty easy and is a DIY project or a standard fix for any luthier. There's a few videos on YouTube (search for davey4557! Awesome info on guitar repair in general) and a Google search will help. Dead silent after the fix, including Active.

          Now cliffs for you TL;DR types:

          - AMAZING build quality apart from the shielding. The Japanese guys and gals sure can build guitars.
          - Great growly, punchy tone
          - Looks friggin' cool
          - Plays great out of the box. Slap is kinda tricky due to low treble strings, but ya get used to it. Awesome slap tone.
          - No gig bag, case or manual
          - Buzzy electrics that can be fixed easily.
          - None of the downsides are any reason not to buy this bass
          - Buy it. Shield the electrics, grab a gig bag, rock on.

          VS

          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          The Fender Jaguar Jazz Bass

          This was my choice of a bass after playing around 30 different basses at a store. My budget was 4000 and I could of easily purchased a Warwick Dolphin or Thumb, but this bass...Read complete review

          This was my choice of a bass after playing around 30 different basses at a store. My budget was 4000 and I could of easily purchased a Warwick Dolphin or Thumb, but this bass just sucked me in. When I plugged it in, my first thought was wow. The tone was deep, and packed a big punch. I started to play a few slap lines and it sounded great. The tone variety is amazing. I can get any sound with this bass, from a thin sounds, to a fat "metally" sound. The best part of this bass is probably the neck and fretboard. The action is low, the neck is glossed and I am absolutely in love with the finish, very glossy and smooth, and easy on the thumb. Lastly, the fret inlays just add that final knockout blow to the physical appearance. For the amount I paid this bass is extremely worth every penny. This bass is so very versatile, it can be ent in for any job. I always gig this without a backup. I believe it weighs around 8-9 pounds, and it is also easy on the shoulders. Thanks for reading.

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          4.0

          If you are undecided... Buy this bass!

          By RareBreed

          from Australia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Awesome Build Quality
          • Fast Jazz-like Neck
          • Good Tone
          • Great Factory Setup
          • More Unique Than A P Or J
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Buzzy Electronics
          • No Case Or Gig Bag
          • No manual

          Best Uses

          • Gigging
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

          I bought this bass new in 2013 (it's a 2011 update model) and I'll review it because I am yet to find a review of these awesome new Deluxe Jags.

          First impressions on opening the box:

          Flawless build quality. The new 2011-series Jags read "Made In Japan" on the neck (as opposed to "Crafted in Japan" etc. that others might have). The quality easily matches my 2012 Am Std Strat. It looks absolutely fantastic in "person", mine is Cobalt Blue and the minty guard, aged inlays and tinted headstock are well thought-out details and give a cool vintage vibe.

          The Jag has an amazing punchy, growly tone with a really solid and articulate low-end. The general tone leans more towards a Jazz. I only play through a small Eden Nemesis 250w, but I have found that this combo has been fine for small pub gigs so far. I have received a number of positive comments on the tone and my band mates love it. I can only imagine how good it would sound through a more serious Ampeg or Fender rig!

          As far as playability goes, it was set up pretty much perfectly out of the box. Fast, narrow, high-quality Jazz neck has a gloss finish on the reverse which is something I don't normally favour but this one does not have that sticky feel even after a 45-min set in a hot pub the other night. If you play a lot of slap, you might find this a little bit difficult at first as there is not a lot of room between the pickguard and strings on the treble side. Not impossible though. The slap tone is really sweet too.

          The tone controls make for a very versatile bass. In case you're wondering (I was, there's no manual!) there are standard master Volume and Tone knobs, Series/Parallel switch, On/Off switches for both pickups, Active/Passive switch and Treble/Bass wheels for the Active circuit. In my opinion they all have a high-quality feel.

          One weird thing: I noticed there was a side position dot and inlay on the first fret, as well as the normal 3, 5, 7 etc etc.

          Finally, to the not-so-good things. The Jag ships with no case or gig bag. It didn't come with a manual either which would have been handy to figure out the controls. There's info online, but still, I don't think a manual is asking too much. The only thing it did come with was an allen key.

          The one big issue is the much-publicised RFI hum. It's noticeable in every setting except both pickups on (acting sorta like a humbucker or the 2/4 positions on a Strat I guess). It's strange, as this shielding issue is totally at odds with the very high quality of the Jaguar in general. It can be really loud and can make some positions unusable out of the box, particularly if you are gigging or recording.

          The Deluxe Jag has shielding paint in some cavities but some don't, and they don't seem to be connected together effectively. Luckily, the fix is pretty easy and is a DIY project or a standard fix for any luthier. There's a few videos on YouTube (search for davey4557! Awesome info on guitar repair in general) and a Google search will help. Dead silent after the fix, including Active.

          Now cliffs for you TL;DR types:

          - AMAZING build quality apart from the shielding. The Japanese guys and gals sure can build guitars.
          - Great growly, punchy tone
          - Looks friggin' cool
          - Plays great out of the box. Slap is kinda tricky due to low treble strings, but ya get used to it. Awesome slap tone.
          - No gig bag, case or manual
          - Buzzy electrics that can be fixed easily.
          - None of the downsides are any reason not to buy this bass
          - Buy it. Shield the electrics, grab a gig bag, rock on.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By BassistZak

          from Livingtston, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

            This is my favorite bass that I own. I have had it for 7 years now (got it in cherry red for a great price at guitar center because of a small nick on the head). On the Jaguar, one can walk, slap, and pick. It is versatile and beautiful; I never will regret buying this! My action is 3/8 up by the way, the bass comes with 2/8th if i remember correctly

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            5.0

            True Workhorse

            By Bassique1217

            from Warren, OH

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              Bought mine a few years back when they came in Hot Rod Red, and I haven't looked back. This bass can mimic a Jazz & Precision quite well, but can also get some unique sounds due to the wiring & 70's bridge pickup placement. I honestly don't use the active circuit often because I can find all the tones I need running passive, but it's nice to have that option when recording. Only gripe I have is that the battery wires weren't soldered well & I had to fix it. The neck is narrow and REALLY fast with good action.
              All in all, a solid workhorse of a bass that gets pretty much any tone you need. Get one now before the price goes up AGAIN!!!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth it!

              By Robert Kaler

              from Murfreesboro, Tennessee

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              I just want to say, this is the best bass I've owned. It has a very agressive sound that you simply can't get out of any other Fender, or most any other brand for that matter. It's nice and punchy for slap, and it also has good sounds onboard for picking and fingerstyle. It even loves distortion. The neck is very nice, but I will warn you, it has a very thick coat of poly on the back. If the poly isn't for you, then buy some steel wool or something. The electronics are very user-friendly and affect the sound a lot more than some others I've used. I get compliments on the way the bass looks every time I take it out of the case because of the inlays and the flashy chrome. The cobalt blue is darker than in the pictures, but it still looks quite nice under stage lights. The only complaint I have is that the E string buzzed horribly when I got it, but that was easily fixed. Just be prepared to do a setup on it when you get it, as you should with any new instrument. If you have the bread for it, there's no reason not to own one of these.

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              5.0

              dr. jaguar

              Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              This is my favorite bass that I own (full on fender fan). This bass has a "growling" tone, esp. in active mode. I modded mine right after I got it, installed new heavy duty pots b.c. the mini ones it came with were cheapy. (replaced with military spec enclosed pots) In active mode (and passive, but not as bad) this bass gives of a noticeable 60 cycle hum.. As soon as you touch any metal parts of the bass you ground the interference and it goes away.. To fix, you can simply solder ground jumper wires "behind the scenes", from the chrome cover plates to the pots and graphite painted cavities that are hiding behind the pick guard. Or use a Gate effect, or use your pickup kill switches to mute the jag. I would like to see sea foam green color come out.. I love my hot rod red. The neck likes to dive to a horizontal strap position, but was easily adjusted to, The thin C neck is fast! Replacing the white pick guard with an aged mother of pearl like the block inlays, which are also very aesthetically appealing delineation markers.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great price for a great bass!

              By ChuckyBoy

              from London

              Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              I bought the Jag because I wanted an inexpensive bass for my road gigs so I wouldn't feel bad when it got trashed. It's a surprisingly well-built instrument. The paint quality on my sunburst model is of very high quality as are the finishing on frets and the fit on pickups, neck joint, etc. All the various switches and pickup volume switches provide for a lot of tonal flexibility. My only dig, and it's modest at that, is the sound quality is just a notch below Custom Shop gear and my Ricks. I highly recommend this bass, though, as it's great value for money. No case or bag is a pain, though, as it requires a separate order, MF would be ahead of the game if they tagged a case along as an optional purchase to save the hunt elsewhere on the site.

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              5.0

              fender jag

              By kyle-6cKK4

              from South AFrica

              Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              this bass is amazing. my local bass idol owns this and i was suprised he offered it to me at a show. i couldnt turn it down. i played it and it is beautiful. it was a dream come true. i love everything about this bass. the sound the looks and the way it plays. the only thing stopping me from purchasing it is i dont want to be a copy cat. but dont let it stop you in many years this bass will be a classic. get it!!!

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buzz off

              Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              The Jaguar is a real beauty, rather heavy but great neck & finish, especially in red with matching headstock.The only blemish on his otherwise masterpiece is the buzz from the slightly cheaper electronics (this is well documented elsewhere).But I shielded all the cavities with copper tape & re-soldered the connection just to be on the safe side & I gig the ass out of it with confidence. Go get one, in 25 years time this will be one of those models that folk sell their soul for.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This Bass Wow-ed me.

              By rossfloss

              from California

              Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              I bought this bass from a local guitar shop. The construction is flawless like every Japanese made Fender I've seen/played. The tone is superb unlike some Japanese made fenders. The pickups in Japanese Fenders are usually hit or miss but the build is always up to par with American Fenders. This bass has good pickups. The active electronics are surprisingly very good which I did not expect. This is hands down my favorite bass to record with, particularly in active. It has a nice, clean, tight bottom end which is perfect for reggae bass.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful looks and sound!!!

              By JSTJEAN

              from Delaware, USA

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              Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              This bass is priced very low for such a beautiful finish and setup right out of the box. It has so many different sounds and combinations of pickups and tones that any sound that you are looking for classic or modern is possible. I really like the slim neck profile that is similar to my American Jazz Bass and some of the sounds that I get sound a lot like my American P-Bass. The Fender basses crafted in Japan are definitely a good value in price and workmanship. I have been playing for over 45 years and can honestly say that I am not afraid to buy a Fender product hand crafted in Japan.

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