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Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar   

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Retro-surf looks with the chops to back it up.You won™t find a more comfortable guitar than the Fender '62 Jaguar. A faster, sleeker descendant of th...Click To Read More About This Product

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Surfalicious looks with icy-cool features.

Retro-surf looks with the chops to back it up.You won™t find a more comfortable guitar than the Fender '62 Jaguar. A faster, sleeker descendant of the 1958 Jazzmaster, this axe has much easier action due to its reduced 24" scale length. The single-coil pickups are similar to those of the Strat, with the addition of a "keeper" to increase current flow through the pickup coil and reduce hum sensitivity. The result is more bite in the mids and less noise. The Fender Jag has the same preset circuitry found on the Jazzmaster, with three selector switches, a separate on/off switch for each pickup and a subtle high-pass filter switch for incredible tonal versatility. Maple neck on alder body with rosewood fretboard and vintage-style floating whammy bar. Historically accurate (and removable) string dampener is included for that authentically funky vibe. Includes Fender hardshell case. Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Special Design American Vintage Jaguar single-coil pickups
  • Individual on/off switches and rotary volume wheels
  • Lead and rhythm circuits
  • Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners
  • Vintage-style floating trem
  • Chrome hardware

You'll buy it because it's collectible and consummately funky, but you'll play it because you LOVE it!

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Fender'62 Jaguar Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 70 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Jaguar Bites

I have three Fender Jaguars - each guitar has it's on personality in sound due to it's set up of string type and bridge setup - one has a Mustang bridge that helps keep the...Read complete review

I have three Fender Jaguars - each guitar has it's on personality in sound due to it's set up of string type and bridge setup - one has a Mustang bridge that helps keep the strings from jumping off but it mutes the strings a lot - I like the 62 bridge better for sound while paying instrumentals - this guitar has two circuits with different volume and tone for playing chords or leads etc.. I found this option ok for some things but I found the lead circuit sounds best for instrumentals with all three switchs in the up position - the output of this guitar is low compared to most so more than likely will have to run the volume wide open - The Jaguar is a good guitar for surf and instrumental music etc.. - Spring Reverb sounds great with this guitar - it has a natural twang sound similar to a danelectro guitar - I feel it lacks the ability to put out tones and sounds traditionaly used in other forms of rock music like all the different Stratocasters can deliver - but like all guitars it can sound different by changes in string size - highth etc.. I would classify this guitar as the best one for playing instrumentals or lead with spring reverb - but that's about it - that's why it went out of production after surf music died - it just doesn't have the range in tone desired by most players out there - I have played hundreds of hours on this guitar so I feel I know it well to say it's limited or designed to play insrumentals - innotation can be a problem with the 1962 bridge that makes playing chords above the 12th fret a problem and if you do not have the bridge posts set high enough you get fret buzz and muting of strings etc.. you have to adjust the pickups up close to the strings to get the best twang sound - The Jaguar sold here has copper shielding around the pots to eliminate signal sqeel most common with the Japanese made Jags - there is another bridge for Jags made in Japan that is not as good as this American made Jaguar sold here - there is a new Jaguar avialible now in Japan that has the block inlays on the fret board that came out in 1966 - I would only buy this guitar if you play instrumentals a lot - the Ventures tried out Jaguars when they came out but didn't like it as well as the Jazzmaster for tone and sustain needed in thier style of instrumental rock back then - the most famous player of the Jaguar was Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1964

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Acurate reproduction-including all the old flaws

I thought someone professionally playing the music this guitar was built for should chime in with the solid facts. The Jaguar is a significant historical guitar with a distinct sound of a specific style...Read complete review

I thought someone professionally playing the music this guitar was built for should chime in with the solid facts. The Jaguar is a significant historical guitar with a distinct sound of a specific style of music. To get that sound you have to put up with all the design flaws that Fender chose not to fix out of nostalgia. The lower strings WILL rattle. I have read at Jag sites that the bridge has been labeled the "worst guitar design" item ever. You will need a Mustang one or a buzz stop (go with the mustang). Those little claws on the pickups are know as sustain killers. You can swap them for Seymour Duncans if you wish. HOWEVER, the pots and switches and wires are quality ones compared to the Japanese model and it has that nitrocellulose finish like the old Jag... which will flake and crack in time, decades from now, but guaranteed. It's organic instead of polyester. You will also get the gimmicky surf string mute, which everyone removed back in the day as it makes the strings all go up in pitch, and presents other problems. So, do you want the closest thing to a real Jag of old or how about the NEXT closest to that:the Japanese one at less than half the price? You will need to change the same parts as you would the U.S. one and with the proper Jag replica pickups, it will sound extremely close to the U.S. one. I think with any reverb on it one could not tell the difference. I have done this with the Japanese Jazzmaster. I have played an original, the new U.S., and the Japanese models. I chose the Japanese one and refit it as mentioned above.Having said all this...I still want a Jag someday...used. From a quality standpoint alone, compare Fender quality to the pinicle of American factory guitars, Rickenbacker, and see that you are paying so much because Fender makes so few of them. This thing should not be anywhere near even $1,000.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Coolest guitar ever

By Moldypig

from where i am

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Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

i bought this guitar new from a shop in 1994. only $642 back in the day! all these years later and this is still my fav guitar.ive picked up many other since then, but this is a beauty

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my favorite electric guitar

By dtle

from toronto, canada

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    I own a wide variety of electrics (fenders, gibsons, and rickenbackers), and this is easily my favorite electric guitar. I like it so much that had it been my first electric guitar, I may not have even bothered to buy so many others.

    My jag was perfect out of the box. really low action with no fret buzz. Felt comfortable in my hands as soon as i held it. The small scale is nice, and the tone is wonderful. I bought it in olympic white and it looks stunning. 5 stars.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    OK

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    this guitar has alot of problems, you have to reconfigure everything when you buy it, it has bad intonation,bad tone,the only way this guitar sounds good is with lots of distortion, not worth the price tag

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Stunning instrument

    By LeadHindenburg

    from Albania

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    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    You're probably going to look at my 5 stars in every field and say "He couldn't possibly think that highly of an instrument, and if he does, he is ignorant as hell." Incorrect. In my admittedly small 5 years of playing, I've played everything from Rickenbackers to Epi Sheraton IIs to Gibson 335s to Eastwood copies of Airline guitars (my personal favourites, those last two) and a multitude of other guitars. So that will let you know just how serious I am about the high rating.I bought mine used off of eBay. She's Olympic White with a brown tort guard. Came with an aftermarket roller bridge, which didn't stun me, but the guy included the original bridge in with it, as well as the mute and the case. Have yet to get all the parts for the mute, though.But even without all of that stuff, I've got a lot of love for this thing. So much versatility and playing comfort! If you listen to Cake, you will absolutely rave over this guitar. Plug her into a Fender Blues Deluxe and you will understand me when I say "This instrument sounds like God in an 8-pound alder package." Surf, obviously, but even classic rock, rockabilly, even punk and ska are well-represented here (Lagwagon and some old-school Smashmouth, anybody?). Anything where you do a lot of rhythmic strumming and intricate melody work will benefit greatly from the use of such a fine instrument.And the tremolo is as solid as a Floyd Rose. No exaggeration whatsoever, I checked with a tuning machine, absolutely no change. Those vintage reproduction tuners are the best tuners of any kind that I have ever used.Just do yourself a favor, save yourself some time, and buy the bloody thing already.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Great Sound

    By the future static

    from Virginia

    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    Aaah the Fender Jaguar...The Jaguar tone has many options; mellow or punchy. It's easy to customize your sound to whatever style you prefer, due to the many pickup options. Very very good for lead guitar.The saddles are indeed faulty. They rattle, buzz, and cause problems. I'm currently ordering a set of Mustang saddles, and these apparently do the trick.Conclusion - if you're a fan and willing to spend time learning how to control the pickups/fixing the saddles (if desired), and have a lot of money, it's an awesome value.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    It's own thing

    By KidMagic

    from LA

    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    The Jaguar can be a great guitar for a lot of people - but it's not for everyone. It's clean tones are amazing, and overdriven it has it's own sound. Not sure if it's the short scale, or the low ohm pups, but it definitely has a unique distortion sound, can get gritty and dirty, not an organized distortion. I find it a great guitar for most rock/punk/blues, but it won't work for metal or the hard rock styles that grew out of Les Pauls (you need humbuckers). Replace the bridge with a mustang bridge. The Tremelo is poor - I don't use it. It's a very bright guitar. The feel of the body hanging or sitting is very comfortable, the short scale and thin neck is tough if you have big hands. You wont' get very low action because the fretboard radius is 7 1/4". But all those things said, mine sounds great, stays in tune, is inspiring to play, and is pretty versitile. I love my jaguar, it could never be my only guitar, but I would also miss it if I didn't have it. Mine's the 62' RI in Ice blue metallic - it looks great, plays great. Great guitar. Not sure it's worth the full retail price though.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Metalmilitia733

    from SD, CA

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    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    I think it's an awsome guitar. The bridge is a big problem if you don't set it up right - it buzzes a lot. Buy a Mustang Bridge then the problem is solved!! After that the sound is great - the clean tone is all good and the overdrive is good as well. Play it thru bigger amps to get a better sound. The tremelo is good too because it doesnt get out of tune. Great guitar!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Jaguars are fabulous guitars!

    By Andy-hHqK1

    from Portland, OR

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    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    I was hesitant about purchasing a Jag, but I decided to take a plunge and pick one up. I am so glad I did, it is one of Fender's best designs. The Jaguar is a highly underrated instrument that is very versatile. I have had no problems with buzzing bridge, string skipping from the saddles, or any other minor problems commonly associated with the Jaguar. I tend to be light on the strings, so that may have something to do with it- and it was set -up really well from the get go. After having this guitar for a month, I ended up selling both my Tele and Strat because the the Jaguar filled the role without having multiple guitars. Not to say that a Jaguar sounds exactly like either a Tele or Strat, but you can find a wide range of tones between either one of the previously mentioned 'more popular' Fenders. Besides, the thing looks damn cool, and the construction is on part with a lot of Custom Shop models I've played. Oh yeah, it can summon beautiful country and soul tones as well- Don't let anyone tell you anything different!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender '62 Jag = Happiness

    By Arthur Rice

    from Florida

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    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    Best guitar I have ever played or invested in. I could not be happier.

    I would not suggest using it for metal. But I don't play metal so I am not really a very good judge.
    I personally feel that the tonal selections of this guitar are the best of the four main Fender guitars. (Tele, Strat, Jazzmaster, Jaguar.) Yes, the others can do more - with active preamps and batteries. Contrary to what some say, the Tremelo is one of the best around. And it can be locked without having to take the plate off of the back and stuffing a chunk of wood in it.

    I grew up with Jags and Jazzys. Sold my first jag in '71 and have been kicking myself ever since.

    The Jaguar is one of the most comfortable guitars I have ever played, sitting or standing. Really have no problem bending strings as long as you don't try to bend two whole steps.
    OK. here is where some might not agree.
    I tested the Production line builds and was extremely impressed. Set up was good, neck straight, frets good, everything. Problem, Fender only makes three colors. (presumably because the others didn't sell well.) In order to get the color I wanted, I ordered through the Custom Shop dealer. But other than the color, and the extra attention the Custom Shop spends on the fret dressing, mine is identical to the 62 American Vintage Reissue. (yes, I have Custom Shop logo on headstock, neckplate, COA, and case candy) Body, neck, and electronics are identical to those bought off-the-rack.
    Take care of it and the value will increase. Everyone loves it's tone AND it's looks. (it is a color that was never used on a regular production Jaguar.)

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Greatest Electric Guitar Ever

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender '62 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar as a gift, but had been wanting one for a while. Anyway, I have been constantly amazed by the versatility of this guitar. You can get so many different tones, and the fretboard is so smooth. I don't think I have ever played a better feeling guitar. The only complaint I have so far is that the bridge can be rather crappy sometimes (buzzing) but other than that, this guitar is worth every cent you pay for it.

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