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Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar  

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    A new Blacktop Jaguar now equipped with single coils.

    Those who prefer their big cats to purr rather than roar will love the alluring sound and lithe form of Fender's Blacktop Jaguar 90. For this sultry new Blacktop model, Fender has taken the humbucking pickup-equipped Blacktop Jaguar HH and outfitted it with two single-coil pickups that give it a whole new sonic personality. Distinctive features include the classic Jaguar 24” scale, skirted black amp knobs (volume, tone) and an Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with stop tailpiece.

    Features
    • Alder body
    • 24" Scale maple neck, rosewood fretboard, 9.5" radius, 22 medium jumbo frets
    • Blacktop Jaguar 90 single-coil neck and bridge pickups
    • Master volume and tone controls, 3-way selector switch

    Own a instrument inspired by true vintage style. Order the new Blacktop Jaguar today.

     
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    FenderBlacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar
     
    4.8

    (based on 15 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (14)
    • Fun to play (12)
    • Good pick up (12)
    • Good tone (12)
    • Solid electronics (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (12)
      • Practicing (10)
      • Recording (8)
      • Rock concerts (8)
      • Small venues (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best of the Bunch--Classic Crunch--Wow

      Wanted to review the MIM Blacktop since it has been my "go to" guitar as of late; wanted to get the word out there, it is fairly new and players cannot...Read complete review

      Wanted to review the MIM Blacktop since it has been my "go to" guitar as of late; wanted to get the word out there, it is fairly new and players cannot find many reviews on it!

      Currently own many types/styles of guitars, tried several of the Jag/Jazz modifieds and an MIM Classic sold here, also an old Vista from Japan, mostly disappointed with em', just no real change up in sound or expression, other issues too!

      But the Jaguar B90 is the keeper, it really gives ya the quality, performance and solid feel of a more expensive instrument! In my opinion, it is the P90's, the massive alder body, and the stop tailpiece setup--which solves many age old problems. There is some kinda alchemy in this combination 4 sure! Seems like the Jag/Jazz tremolo models lack stable tuning, and also fall behind in fullness of tone and sustain!

      Compared with Stratocasters, which truly are are great guitars[we love 'em] but they are rarely this punchy, thick and warm. The Blacktop has the mass of a Paul but adds the classic Fender P90 bite and wine that so many players are seeking today, git ready for a guitar with a rather unique single coil voice, gotta feeling that most working musicians might appreciate adding a Blacktop to their guitar arsenal! We set up this one up with 11-48 Power Slinky[all good-recommended]and yes, the bigger strings are a game changer, ask SRV when ya see him!

      Anyways, this is my experience, not my prejudice or bias, still play the traditional Pauls and Strats and ES335 styles; tried and true for sure, but just wanted ya to know that the Fender Blacktop B90 falls between the classic designs we know and love, For me, there is much to like about this model! Take Care All-- PLAY GUITAR!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Cool guitar for the money but....

      I was very excited when I first got ahold of this cool looking guitar but when I plugged it in I found that it had arrived to me with a dead neck pick up....Read complete review

      I was very excited when I first got ahold of this cool looking guitar but when I plugged it in I found that it had arrived to me with a dead neck pick up. MF was happy to exchange the guitar for me but, for me, all the time and hassle of shipping back and forth was a total bummer so I called Fender and bought a new pick up. Will install myself. If not for the dead PU I would be very happy with this purchase as this is a cool guitar for the money.

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      5.0

      Really good choice for me

      By David G

      from Jupiter

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

          I already wrote one so I'm not sure this will be submitted. I'll add a couple comments. Very happy with this guitar. I like using the neck pickup with a volume of 8 and a tone of 4 clean. Nice full tone. I record this with my Bugera V22 and R40 all of which I got with incredible deals at Musicians Friend. I still own a Ibanez A93 which I use for jazzy stuff and a Gibson Special SG 2014. But this has been my go to guitar lately. Some people suggest a more sensitive pot for the tone. I have not found that need. Others suggest GF P90s but I don't see any reason to. I noticed when removing the plastic from the guard I got some electronic interference suggesting some fragility to the components but it doesn't appear to be an issue. Action is not super low like most people prefer but I'm ok with it and don't want to mess with something that is setup well. Intonation is fairly close so I won't mess with that either. Nice finish. I am getting use to the shape, weight and size. It's thin but doesn't set on knee as well as a telecaster. Almost as if it was designed to be played standing up with a strap. Nice shaved back on top and bottom to make it a little trimmer. Finish is awesome. Tremolo might be nice. If I had to start from scratch I would have bought this and nothing else. I purchased many other well priced guitars but they all had some quirky things. Fender has a really nice firm neck that is the right size and doesn't flex and go out of tune. It has a touch of surf sound but not prominent. I really like this guitar but realize choices are personal.

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          5.0

          Perfect once setup

          By MR

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

            The setup was pretty bad out of the box. Took it to my local guitar tech for adjustments. After that it's been a pleasure to play. Great sound and the action is about what you would expect from a Tele. My fingers are somewhat short so I really like the short 24" scale. As usual the service and delivery from Musician's Friend was excellent.

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            5.0

            Finally found it

            By David G

            from Jupiter, FL

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

              After many guitars this is it. Pickups sound great and not thin. Easy to play. Nice finish. Adjusted volume and tone to four. Play it with my Bugera V22 tube amp and it's magical. I have many guitars and now this is my main one. Action isn't too low but that's fine and it's not an issue and can be adjusted. I don't think I could find anything better for me even if I paid three times as much. I got it on sale. The formula for a great guitar is the quality, sound, price and overall feeling. This has my voice and I love it. I tried the unfinished cheaper comperable version and it's only average compared to this.

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              5.0

              Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar

              By Old Grease Monkey

              from Sebastian Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Playing All Day

                Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

                I could play on this thing all day. It's quite the sweet fender. It's simple,but very effective.I really couldn't find any flaws on it.There is no 60hz hum.Seems to stay in tune over time.If you are looking for a great basic fender ax,without disappointment this will work.

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                5.0

                Great Sound, Great Look, Great Feel

                By Brendan

                from Portland, Oregon

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Pickup Selector Shortages

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

                Pulling this out the box, it was beautiful. Amazing guitar, and it puts the the Jaguar straight to point by removing all the controls from the guitar. Sadly it came with a shorting out pickup selector. If you're buying online, I immediately suggest you get a setup and get it checked out.

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                5.0

                AMAZING LITTLE JAG!!!

                By AlienRocker

                from Roswell, NM.

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

                  Just finished playing a New Years Eve show last night and decided to take this Amazing little Jag and my Les Paul (just in case). To start with, I know there are purist out there that think if its not an american Jag, it's not a Jag. I agree so much as it doesn't have all the switches and controls but let me tell you that this stripped down version is no slacker. We played Classic rock, Country and even a couple of waltzes and the tone and ease of use was fantastic. The LP just sat there on the stand looking kinda sad. Don't get me wrong, the LP is an elegant and awesome instrument but the comfort and tone of this Jag kept it in my hands all night. Im not gonna go into a bunch of specs and technical garb, you can research that for yourself. But for the money, this is definately a fantastic axe.

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                  5.0

                  These pickups sound rich and full

                  By lelag200

                  from St. George, UT

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Touchy Pickup Selector
                  • Touchy Pickup Switch

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

                  I bought this used for a 20% discount off original price and I'm really glad I did. Even if I paid the full price, I would have been happy. It was likely returned "used", because of the touchy pickup switch which shorts out the electronics if over tightened.

                  This model feels as good as any professional guitar I've tried. It's beautiful and the tone is rich and sounds MUCH better than my other(brand) Jaguar that was almost the same price used.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  SO glad I made this purchase!

                  By Tyche

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Finish
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Unexpected Range In Tone

                  Cons

                  • Needed Adjustments

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

                  Not the best guitar for doing recordings unless you have high quality gear but it's mostly because this guitar's natural state is to purr and snarl. However, this thing has an amazing range in tone; I wasn't expecting this because it isn't the typical Jag circuitry and switching system. The amount of snarl that can be achieved using the bridge pickup is phenomenal. In my opinion, the warmth and bite sit somewhere perfectly between a Telecaster and a Les Paul.
                  I'm not sure if other reviewers have said anything about needing the guitar to be setup or adjusted but I took mine to a trusty luthier for neck and nut adjustment (I only needed the nut adjusted a bit because I use heavier gauge strings and on the factory nut, even with the intonation correct, the strings didn't sit as flat as they should and made the top 5-6 frets sharp). I find adjustments pretty typical of any new guitar purchases unless I buy something straight from a local store that regularly does maintenance on their shop guitars so don't let the potential of spending a bit extra for setup dissuade you from this beautiful beast. I picked up the two-tone sunburst and the finish is very well done. The guitar looks well dressed for any occasion: classy gigs in art galleries, dive bars, outdoor festivals, jazz lounges, etc.

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                  (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Cool guitar for the money but....

                  By Watts

                  from Saint Petersburg, Fla

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Nice look

                  Cons

                  • Arrived With Dead Neck Pu

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

                    I was very excited when I first got ahold of this cool looking guitar but when I plugged it in I found that it had arrived to me with a dead neck pick up. MF was happy to exchange the guitar for me but, for me, all the time and hassle of shipping back and forth was a total bummer so I called Fender and bought a new pick up. Will install myself. If not for the dead PU I would be very happy with this purchase as this is a cool guitar for the money.

                    Comment on this review

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Where have you been all my life?

                    By big250

                    from Humble, TX

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Fender Blacktop Jaguar B90 Electric Guitar:

                      I'm by no means a guitar expert, but I have been playing for quite a few years and have had quite a few guitars. I'm picky about the arrangement of the controls, the look and feel of a guitar and definitely the sound. This guitar is the perfect combination of those things for me. I've had Epiphone, Carvin, Ibanez, and other Fenders. This thing is the best for me at any price. The bridge pickup has a really nice snarl that I absolutely love. Quality and craftsmanship is really great at this price.

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