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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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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No 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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth it!

By Robert Kaler

from Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Bass Wow-ed me.

By rossfloss

from California

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!

By BassistZak

from Livingtston, NJ

About Me Experienced

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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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful looks and sound!!!

    By JSTJEAN

    from GREENWOOD, DE

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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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A COLORFUL INSTRUMENT

    By THE BASS BUTCHER

    from WV

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    Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

    The instrument was shipped ups and it arrived a day late because of weather conditions. When it came I was excited and anxious to see how it made the trip, thru the storm. As I unboxed the axe I pulled the staples and unwrapped the guitar. Only thin polyfoam was around it. I went over it with microscopic scan. It was perfect and the sunburst looked just like my 1967 jag, it was beautiful. Well, it was so close in tune I played it for and hour. Then I strated the set up as described on FENDER's site in the technical department on bass guitar. I should tell you that i waited six hours before I opened the shipping box because you don't open a cold guitar in a warm house or the finish may be compromised and ruined. Afterwards I played it that evening and I loved it. I tried everything it could do in the sound arena. Made my day. I never experienced any bad with the active but a small amount of white noise with the pots at full and the treble on the amp high and the volume pretty high. Tripping slappy or rolling smooth this jag just wants to talk.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass

    By Bassplayer90

    from Jackson

    Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

    This is an amazing bass. I play in quite a few gigs and churches around my campus and this thing works great. I was extremly pleased with everything about this bass. The pickups sound great, active or passive, and once you figure out all of the switches you can make this bass sound just about any way you want it to. The only negative thing with this bass though is that its heavy, and after about an hour or so of playing this baby you start to really feel it on the shoulder. But other than that this is an amzing bass.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Sent it back. Twice.

    By Jes

    from Pasco, WA

    Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

    Right out of the box and plugged in I experienced major buzz and a popping sound when I touched any string. At first I thought it was my amp, wires, outlet. I tried several different configurations and ruled everything out but the bass. I sent it back to MF and had it replaced with the identical item. Much to my dismay, I had the exact same problems with the second guitar. I've since sent this second bass back and I've ordered an American standard precision.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Beastly Bass

    By ThatGuyThatPlaysBass

    from Knoxville, TN

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    Comments about Fender Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

    I played this the other day when I was in between students and was blown away. I am a true believer in Fender J-Basses and will only play them, but this bass has got me thinking otherwise. It plays well, and the tone is phenominal! I sat around for a good while and got everything from passive J-Bass to the Stu Hamm Urge bass tone. This thing is great, and it has convinced me to sell one of my J-Basses and buy it instead!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great price for a great bass!

    By ChuckyBoy

    from London

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    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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