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Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar  

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The Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special is an electric guitar that updates Fender's iconic Jaguar guitar with some thoroughly modern improvements: h...Read More

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A modern take on a classic.

The Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special is an electric guitar that updates Fender's iconic Jaguar guitar with some thoroughly modern improvements: hotter pickups, a redesigned Adjusto-Matic bridge with floating tremolo tailpiece, a 9-1/2" fingerboard radius and a redesigned neck pocket with increased back-angle for improved stability and sustain. The Jaguar guitar's tremolo plate has been moved closer to the bridge to increase break angle and sustain. The Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special guitar has a screw-in tremolo arm that increases stability and control when executing dive-bombs.

Includes a gig bag.

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FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9-1/2" (241mm)
  • Frets: 22, Medium-Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 24" (610mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Fender Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Fender Adjusto-Matic Bridge With Floating Tremolo Tailpiece
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Brown Shell on 3 Color Sunburst, 3-ply Mint Green on Candy Apple Red
  • Pickups
  • Neck: Special Design Hot Jaguar Bridge Pickup
  • Bridge: Special Design Hot Jaguar Bridge Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 2-On/Off Switches, one for each pickup
  • Controls
  • "Lead" Circuit: 2-Position Tone Switch, Volume, Tone,
  • "Rhythm" Circuit: Volume, Tone, Circuit Selector Switch
  • Strings: Fender Standard Tension ST250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
  • Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046), p/n 0730250206
  • Includes a gig bag
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FenderClassic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
    • Jamming (4)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Surf Guitar!

    The Jaguar Classic Player is an excellent guitar for surf music. I've played the CIJ and an original early '60's model as well. I find no significant difference in my sound or...Read complete review

    The Jaguar Classic Player is an excellent guitar for surf music. I've played the CIJ and an original early '60's model as well. I find no significant difference in my sound or performance abilities on any of these three variations. Yes, the Classic Player has a fixed Tune-O-Matic (TOM) bridge with fixed saddles which theoretically is not the best idea when diving the whammy bar. I therefore put on a TOM with roller saddles. A TOM bridge made for the large posts found online for about 20 clams fits perfectly. Yes, the Classic Player has higher output pickups than an original Jag but, with the guitar hooked up to a tank and Showman, I still hear the fundamental Jag surftone loud and clear. The alternate electronics work just as they have on earlier Jags. The closer placement of the tailpiece to the bridge doesn't seem to affect the sustain much which I'm happy about as the Jag is s'pose to have limited sustain. The increased angle of the strings at the bridge does reduce the slipping of strings from the bridge saddles during bends but not entirely. Anyways, slap some heavy flatwounds on this Jag and you've got a Jag every bit as good for surf music as earlier models and you'll have saved enough to purchase the required '63 reverb tank.

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    Sloppy craftmanship

    The saddle screws were loose in the slots and rattled. You could turn them with your finger. They only stopped rattling if you tightened them all the way, which ruins your intonation. My...Read complete review

    The saddle screws were loose in the slots and rattled. You could turn them with your finger. They only stopped rattling if you tightened them all the way, which ruins your intonation. My new guitar also came with a severely scratched up pickguard. It looked like a rough-cut piece of lumber. Pieces of plastic were sticking out from the screws, like parts weren't unwrapped all the way and shavings weren't removed after drilling holes. Bad craftsmanship overall for the price tag. I returned it.

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    5.0

    Definitely Special

    By Finnfanboy

    from Anaheim, California

    About Me Experienced

    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 Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      I've had a longer battle than most with finding my sound. I went from a Strat, to a Jackson Rhoades, to an Epi Les Paul, to a Mustang, to a Gibson LP Studio, and nothing had that it factor for me, until I got this bad boy. In a weird way, it has everything I loved about those other guitars, with none of the issues. Very stable tremolo, great fat tone that can get pretty nasally when I want it to, and a neck that feels like it's made of silk. I've finally found my sound, and I'm now a proud owner of a Jaguar.

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      5.0

      Great Guitar - Just like the vintage one

      By jimbo1950

      from Liberty, MO

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      Great Tone. Fun to play

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      5.0

      PLAYS GREAT RIGHT OUT OF BOX!

      By supro Joe

      from Norhtern California

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

        Got this guitar today, and I was impressed with the look, feel, finish and most of all the playability right out of the box! I mean this sounded really good with just a minor tuning really. I have not swapped out the strings for Elixer 9's which I most always use. I have two strats, I have owned a tele custom, and I own a 73 Les Paul custom. But this one plays maybe better than the strats and feels as good to me as the Les Paul. If you don't like slim fast necks, then this is not for you. It is so easy to play. I always wanted one of these jags, sure glad I got this one, great value for your buck. I love this guitar! hats off to MF for quick shipping and sturdy packing.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Sloppy craftmanship

        By MatteB

        from Albuquerque, NM

        Pros

          Cons

          • Pickguard Crazy Scratched
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
          • Saddle Screws Loose
          • Saddle Screws Rattle

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

            The saddle screws were loose in the slots and rattled. You could turn them with your finger. They only stopped rattling if you tightened them all the way, which ruins your intonation. My new guitar also came with a severely scratched up pickguard. It looked like a rough-cut piece of lumber. Pieces of plastic were sticking out from the screws, like parts weren't unwrapped all the way and shavings weren't removed after drilling holes. Bad craftsmanship overall for the price tag. I returned it.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            always wanted one since i was a kid

            By jerkfacejonny

            from pittsburgh pa

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Awesome Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • The Porch To The Stage

              Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

              ive always wanted a jag and saw my beautiful sunburst at the local shop and just had to have it. i even did something kinda dumb to obtain it... i traded my rickenbacker dakota for it that i loved dearly but was wearing old on me and i was ready for a change. after plugging it in i had to have it. made in usa for made in mex... yeah i did that and i dont regret it for a single second but i do miss my old ric but thats ok just more reason to get another eventually.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very happy with my new Jag!

              By Barry

              from Concord, Calif

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                I love this guitar! I was influenced by the reviews here for the various types of Jaguars and this one seemed to be mostly positive with folks. I'm glad I chose this one. There were some complaints about a small neck. It is a bit more narrow than my Strat but I have a rather small hand so it's fine for me. I recently recorded with it and the sound is very sweet. I love all the variations I can easily get. As a side note, it was accidentally delivered to the wrong address around Christmas time. Luckily the neighbor brought it over to me a few days later. In the meantime Musician's Friend was extremely helpful to send me a replacement. They also made it easy for me to return the replacement after that neighbor brought the original to me. Nice customer service! Every thing turned out well in the end and I now have a really nice Jag.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic Instrument

                By Tom Tom

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Heavy Finish

                Best Uses

                • All Applications

                Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                This is an excellent instrument! I set it up to my personal taste and threw on some thicker strings and it's now my main guitar. I can use it for nearly any situation and I can draw nearly any sound I need out of it. I use the low cut switch for thin, nasally, twangy, slightly overdriven tones or as a means to tame a real squirrely fuzz. From my experience, most people ignore the jazz position but I love it for mixing up tones and colours throughout a song when playing live. The neck is incredibly comfortable as well as the weight and balance of the body. The pickups, while not the absolute best out there, sound great and do their job well. The bridge pickup, especially, has lots of great sounds in it. I like the bridge very much but being a tune o matic you don't get as clear and distinct notes when playing behind the bridge, but you can still pull out some interesting sounds when boosting your guitar signal. The Vibrato sounds great and works well without detuning the guitar as long as it's set up properly. My only complaint about the guitar is the finish, which is really heavy, but that's really a small price to pay for such a great instrument.

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                (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great customer service

                By planetdug

                from Frostbite Falls Minnesota

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                  This was a nice looking and pretty good sounding guitar.
                  I did not realize the shorter neck scale meant the frets would be smaller. It felt odd to play. I am a big guy and the guitar just felt tiny to me. I was not feeling it so I set up a return. Musicians Friend customer service was great. I was careful while trying it out and packed it up carefully. The return went smoothly. I did have to pay to ship it back but I am happy to not get stuck with a guitar better suited for a skinny emo guy or a girl.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  As Good as American Made

                  By Tomcat

                  from Alabama

                  About Me Novice

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                      I also own a 50th Anniversary Jaguar that costs twice as much and is a little prettier (B&B neck with an engraved neckplate) but as far as fit, finish, and performance there is very little difference. The tune-a-matic type bridge on the Classic Player is much less worrisome than the standard Jaguar bridge and this guitar is capable of the beautiful and widely variable tones typical of most Jaguars. The scale length is very comfortable with my hand size. Highly recommended especially considering the price difference with the American made. This is my first Mexican-made Fender guitar and am very impressed so far.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      best bang for the buck

                      By mickdog.007

                      from gainesville ga

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                        great guitar, i have been playing for 50 yrs. i once had a 62 jaugar and this re issued is as good as the 62. the action is spot on. and the pups are fine for stock pups. for the money you can not go wrong.

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