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Overview

  • Great sound thanks to the combination of both Precision and Jazz bass pickups
  • The Jaguar body provides classic looks and comfort
  • Solid performance from Fender's proven legacy
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An value-packed instrument of remarkable style and equipped with a powerful P/J pickup configuration.

Throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic™, Mustang® and Musicmaster® models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.

The Modern Player Jaguar Bass® presents a lean, mean and stripped-down version of the ultra-sleek bass model, with a powerful P/J configuration-a Modern Player Precision Bass middle pickup and Modern Player Jazz Bass® bridge pickup-and streamlined control configuration. Features include a koto body, C-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard with 9.5” radius and 20 jumbo frets, three-ply parchment pickguard, three Jazz Bass control knobs (middle volume, bridge volume, master tone), vintage-style four-saddle bridge with brass saddles, open-gear tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Great sound thanks to the combination of both Precision and Jazz bass pickups
  • The Jaguar body provides classic looks and comfort
  • Solid performance from Fender's proven legacy
  • A fantastic value at this price
  • Case sold separately

Every bassist on a budget deserves to have an instrument that will inspire. Order this Fender today.

 

Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
  • Body Material: Koto
  • Body Shape: Jaguar®
  • Neck
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fret Size: Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
  • Scale Length: 34" (86.36 cm)
  • Electronics
  • Bridge Pickup: Modern Player Jazz Bass® Pickup (Bridge)
  • Middle Pickup: Modern Player Precision Bass® Pickup (Bridge)
  • Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Bridge: Vintage Style 4-Saddle Bridge with Brass Saddles
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Miscellaneous
  • Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (Gauges .045-.105)
  • Accessories
  • Control Knobs: Jazz Bass® Knobs
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FenderModern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (3)
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    Reviewed by 15 customers

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent Bass

    By VermiciousKnid

    from America

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Weight

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues
    • Worship

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

    I've had this bass for a month now, and overall I think it is of excellent quality. I've been playing bass for about 15 years and this probably has the best neck of any bass I have ever played. It was very easy to setup for fast action, and the fretwork appears to be nearly perfect. Like others have said, the bass is heavy, but I don't mind it at all. It is still lighter than some basses I own. Even though it is made in china, the finish and feel of this bass is definately up to any Fender standards I have seen.

    I mostly use the P-Bass pickup with the tone knob rolled back about 1/3 of the way. The tone is excellent and I've recieved many positive comments at every show I've played it at over the last month. Sustain is great, the weight probably helps out here. The J pickup sounds good as well, but doesn't seem to add much when mixed with the P in my opinion. I play mostly in Drop D tuning, and the bass handles the low D pretty well, though slightly muddy on the E string in this tuning. Standard tuning sounds stellar, but I prefer having the extra lower notes and fidgeting with the pickups and tone it is able to make up for the lost quality. I've been able to get a good selection of tones from it, but the standard P bass tone sounds best in my opinion. Mixed with the playability of the J bass neck, this guitar is a powerhouse.

    Regardless of where it is made, this is an excellent bass. I've owned multiple American and Mexican fender basses, and I'd say this is as good as any of them. I can tell no difference in playability or tone when compairing, and I actually prefer the playability of this one over my American P Bass Deluxe. Definately way more than just a "beginner" guitar and I think it would be an excellent addition to the arsenal of players at all levels.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really Nice Bass!

    By Falconer

    from Maryland, USA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

      I purchased this Fender Modern Player Jaguar Bass from MF and was very happy with the purchase. MF has just been great to deal with and has great service.

      The build quality on this "made in China" guitar is really above my expectations. The neck is absolutely perfect and set up was a breeze. The frets are perfect with no sharp edges, burrs, etc. and it really feels great. I'm not a bass player primarily, but am using this in my home studio and it has been a lot of fun to play. It really doesn't appear or play as a budget instrument.

      Now there are two downsides - electronics are good, decent quality but could be improved. Seriously, Fender has to leave room somewhere for upgrades in their line. I put a Seymour Duncan P Bass pick ups in and there was a noticeable improvement in punch and fullness of the sound. The J Bass pu is weak in comparison to the stock and aftermarket P Bass pu(which I understand is to be expected) but sounds nice blended in. With the Seymour Duncan p-u and the great feel and workmanship of the neck, this bass sounds incredible and is just fun to play!

      The other downside is the weight -- it is heavy. If I was gigging with it, I might be looking for a padded strap!

      Bottom line: If you invest in aftermarket pups, this thing will be a giant slayer.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME BASS!!

      By GraceUnderPressure

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

        This is a great bass! A real steal at this price. Reminds me a lot of a Geddy Lee Signature bass. Even as a small girl I'm able to handle this bass with ease. Great feel and sound!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        LOVE THIS BASS!!!

        By BassMan

        from USA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Body Style
        • Great Value
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

          Great Value for this bass. I believe this is a steal. I love mine, and will never get rid of it! Buy this bass!

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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Bass

          By Gman

          from Sacramento CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              Been playing for over 30 years and owned a lot a basses, this one reminds me of why I started playing bass. The best of both worlds... the P-bass sounds just like my old procession and the nice tight jazz sound you want from the bridge pickup.

              You can spend as much as you can afford on a bass and all the trouble that comes from a boutique bass that you don't want to take out of the house or studio. Or you can buy the bass that everyone really plays...a Fender P or J bass. For the money you can't go wrong with this bass.

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              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Well made, poorly designed.

              By Cody Engdahl

              from Nashville

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • Versatility

              Cons

              • Poor design

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

              There is nothing wrong with how it's made: the craftsmanship and electronics are fine for the money.

              My complaint is with the design. I think the jaguar body probably works well on a guitar but doesn't translate well on a bass.

              Here's why:

              1. The reduced upper horn is not significant enough to offset the weight of the neck causing it to be neck-heavy.

              2. The lower horn is nothing more than a knob, making it want to slide off your knee when playing seated.

              So either standing or seated the bass requires additional effort to support.

              I think problems like these arise whenever guitar bodies are translated to be bass bodies. The neck to body ratio is different. The P and J basses were designed to be basses, and that's why there are so comfortable to play.

              In the end, I'd recommend sticking with basses that were design from the beginning to be basses and not guitar body copies.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Cool And Great Bass Guitar

              By S. Myers

              from Powdersville,SC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

                I have always liked the cool look of a Jaguar bass.
                I just did not like all the swicthes they had on them.I saw this bass with the P/J pickup combination and just the volume and tone controles and liked that.This is a beautiful guitar that sounds as good as it looks.The P-Bass pickup is fat sounding.The J-Bass pickup has a nice punchy sound.Together they have a nice warm round sound.The guitar is very well made and everything on it works great.The neck is perfect on it and it stays in tune.I am enjoying playing this bass and will use it a lot.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Modern player jaguar bass

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

                Overall, the bass plays well, sounds wonderful and looks good, but the weight is a bit too much. I may end up using it strictly for recording rather than live performance because of the weight issue.

                If a heavier bass is ok with you, This one will work fine! I had no problems with the sound of it and would have rated it higher other than the fact that it was uncomfortably heavy.
                I recently aquired one of these basses and gave it a "gig test". First, the quality seems to be quite good and the bass played well after tweaking it to my specifications. The finish on it looks great and the neck plays wonderfully! Nice!

                The one thing I have to point out is that this is a HEAVY bass! The weight of it is a bit too uncomfortable for my liking. I played it for over an hour straight and the overall weight became unbearable on my shoulder. ( I switched to a much lighter bass for a while.)

                Other than that, the bass sounds GREAT! I was very pleased at the overall tones I was able to get. Everything from a deep low end to an amazing 'slap" tone! All by merely adjusting the pick-up volume knobs.
                As I mentioned, the quality seems to be quite good for this bass. The neck is above average in playability for the price of this "made in China" bass.
                I believe for the price, this is a good bass that will give you the sound you want for most situations.

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                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very good, but.....

                By Grey Eagle

                from Philadelphia

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

                Don't get me wrong; this is a very good bass! I bought this as a backup to my Jaguar Deluxe (which I love!). I've played an Ibanez with a PJ combo & liked the sound, so how could I lose with a Fender? I play classic-style rock & blues & I found it a bit too mid-rangy (not trebley; mid-rangy) for me. I tweaked with the controls & got a decent sound but it wasn't quite the oomph I'm used to (I have passive & active p/u basses, so I don't think I have unreasonable expectations). If I needed a bass to cut through a loud band, or was a snap & slapper, or even a pick user, I'd have been quite pleased with it.
                The neck is da bomb; an old-style maple neck with those black block markers I love! The feel is very, good; very Fender. I MIGHT try EMG's or Seymour Duncan quarter-pounders to beef it up.....
                Clean, simple, ready to roll! Neck & bridge volume pots with a master tone. The pots don't feel cheesy at all.
                The fit & finish was perfect!
                Make no mistake; this has Fender quality (although it IS made in China) at a Rogue price.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass

                By claymohr

                from Washington State - USA

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar:

                Like I said, this is a great bass. If you have the money, I think I might step up and get the high end Jaguar - but if this price range is all you can afford - you won't go wrong using this bass.

                Playing live with it - it has a great feel, it's comfortable, doesn't neck-dive or move around. The tone on it is great. You can get deep, muddy tones, a nice mid-tone growl or extremely bright tones out of it.

                It looks great with those Geddy style fret markers on the white maple - has a great finish. My only complaint is that MusiciansFriend didn't put Black Beauty strings on it for me before shipping

                This will go along with my Spector for performing.
                This is a nice looking bass. Unlike the Big Boy Jaguar, this only has two volume controls for each pickup and one tone control.
                The maple neck on this bass is clean and straight. I've messed around with the string height and even at a low setting, I don't get any fret buzzing or have it fret out higher up on the neckboard. Love the look of the fret markers on the maple neck.
                I'm giving this high marks on quality because - this is the scaled down Jaguar bass.

                That being said - in comparison to other, higher end models of Fenders I have, the quality on this bass, so far, is very, very nice. Neck plays very, very nicely. Excellent finish. Electronics are clean (I don't get any noise due to poor electronics, poor grounding, etc.).
                I've already gigged and studio recorded with this bass and am very surprised at the quality and feel of this bass. I'm actually kicking myself for not ponying up and getting the more expensive Jaguar model. But, I've nevver been a big Fender fan, so I was testing the waters with this one.

                This is a good, solid bass. Not a "good intro bass for the price". It truly is a good bass.

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