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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.

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FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9-1/2" (241mm)
  • Frets: 22, Medium-Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 24" (610 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • 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
  • Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag
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FenderClassic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 39 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

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Jaguar

i own a dozen Jags.... i am a jaguar connoisseur. i have cheap ones and expensive ones. Cheap does not mean they are not good and pricey does not mean they are...Read complete review

i own a dozen Jags.... i am a jaguar connoisseur. i have cheap ones and expensive ones. Cheap does not mean they are not good and pricey does not mean they are ...
i wanted this one for specific shows and reasons and bought it. price was right.
i build, wire, change and modify guitars. i did not buy this one for that reason. but i had to.
I am a Fender fan. i also own strats, tel'es, 4 and 5 sting basses, amps, picks, straps...widgets.....
this is not a knock...i really hope someone from Fender reads this with ability to understand my point...

if this were the 1st Fender Jaguar i had ever purchased, i would have sent it back and never bought another.

the neck was so far out of adjustment that i had to take it off ...why... because you can't get to the truss rod adjusting screw...... the pick guard/pickup cover blocks the access.... and the neck was set to low... and the bridge could not be lowered far enough before it bottomed out on the adjusters... and it played worse than a cheap knock off 99 special.

but i wanted it... had some time.. and i kept it.

i shimmed the back of the neck with a wedge ( at heel) .... cut out the access for the adjusting screw in the cover, started to file the bridge adjusters on the bottom but went ahead and put on a roller bridge that adjusts better...

and the front pickup was literally at a 75 degree angle because the factory had tightened it down ( remember the neck was set wrong) and the wire from the switch was under the back...so the it was tilted like a listing ship at sea.

fixed that... adjusted the neck, sanded off that ridiculous varnish from the neck so it has a great ball bat feel.. put it all back together... made a tweak on the truss rod, set the bridge.... set the pickup height .. ..even used the string it came with.... because i would have put that same set on anyway. and now it is one of if not the best playing Jag i have.

but most people would not want it that bad. Leo would not be happy.

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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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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jaguar

By the picker

from resume speed NC

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

i own a dozen Jags.... i am a jaguar connoisseur. i have cheap ones and expensive ones. Cheap does not mean they are not good and pricey does not mean they are ...
i wanted this one for specific shows and reasons and bought it. price was right.
i build, wire, change and modify guitars. i did not buy this one for that reason. but i had to.
I am a Fender fan. i also own strats, tel'es, 4 and 5 sting basses, amps, picks, straps...widgets.....
this is not a knock...i really hope someone from Fender reads this with ability to understand my point...

if this were the 1st Fender Jaguar i had ever purchased, i would have sent it back and never bought another.

the neck was so far out of adjustment that i had to take it off ...why... because you can't get to the truss rod adjusting screw...... the pick guard/pickup cover blocks the access.... and the neck was set to low... and the bridge could not be lowered far enough before it bottomed out on the adjusters... and it played worse than a cheap knock off 99 special.

but i wanted it... had some time.. and i kept it.

i shimmed the back of the neck with a wedge ( at heel) .... cut out the access for the adjusting screw in the cover, started to file the bridge adjusters on the bottom but went ahead and put on a roller bridge that adjusts better...

and the front pickup was literally at a 75 degree angle because the factory had tightened it down ( remember the neck was set wrong) and the wire from the switch was under the back...so the it was tilted like a listing ship at sea.

fixed that... adjusted the neck, sanded off that ridiculous varnish from the neck so it has a great ball bat feel.. put it all back together... made a tweak on the truss rod, set the bridge.... set the pickup height .. ..even used the string it came with.... because i would have put that same set on anyway. and now it is one of if not the best playing Jag i have.

but most people would not want it that bad. Leo would not be happy.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Surf Guitar!

By Nokie

from Northridge, CA

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Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric 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 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why didn't I buy a Jaguar years ago?

By Aged and confused

from Baltimore

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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've been playing this beauty constantly since I received it. The 24" scale fits my smaller hands like no other guitar I've ever played. Like all new instruments that get shipped, things get jostled around and a proper setup is SOP. One thing I would like to mention is that instead of coming with what I'd call a low priced gig bag, it should've come with a case. After having received it, though, that was the first thing I did. Plunked the down the dosh for the Fender Jazzmaster case, and well glad I did. Fits like a glove, and looks great too.
      It's taken a while to figure out the controls, but after a call to Fender, they supplied me with the schematic showing what controls do what. Armed with this, I've been able to figure out how to get the sound(s) I want.
      As I said before, this guitar fits me like no other. I wish I would've bought one when I first started playing guitar (in 1967!).
      Surf, punk, country, jazz- this baby can do it all with aplomb. Do yourself a favor. Buy one.
      Oh yeah, buy the case, too.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best choice i made......

      By RoksUrSoks

      from Ches. Va.

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      I was at a local music store looking for a new guitar in this price range and it was down to a Fender Tele, or a Strat, then the dude who was showing me around told me to look at this one, I was soon sold on the tonal abilities alone. Also it was much cheaper then buying it anywhere else, so I left the store with a great guitar only to find it sounds even better through my Orange half stank with some tube distortion on it. All in all I've owned it for a month or two now and I love it, go get you some...

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      No Strat Pickups on Mine

      By trem

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      First, the MIM family of Fender guitars are decent, but definitely subpar to the American or Japanese models. I think everyone knows that already, but this new Jag is no exception to the rule (mine had the usual scratches in pickguard, waxy stuff left behind, etc).I have played many Jaguars, original, reissue, etc...and this one can hold it's own despite the updates. I guess what bothers me and the only reason I would write a review on a MIM, is that some have stated this has Strat pickups. I think whoever said that is confusing this with the HH model that has those Enforcer pickups that look more like Strat.What I found in this one was something very similar but a little more powerful than what you get in the 62' reissue. In fact, you are getting a 62' reissue, only assembled in Mexico with a Mustang style bridge and higher output pickups. In doing so you save about 600 dollars....so keep that in mind.

      (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Jag

      By Anonymous-ol3tc

      from San Diego

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      I wanna play jags for the rest of my life. Huge upgrade from the Squier Tele I had before. The neck is incredibly fast. This is my favorite guitar. Period.
      Wow, this has all the bells and whistles. You can get any tone from this Jaguar. Tele bridges or Strat necks, you got it all right here. The tremolo system is the best from Fender, stays in tune great and feels better than a strat.
      Great finish, I have the sunburst one. Frets look and feel great, neck feels superb. Everything is finished finely.
      This plays just as good as the AVRIs. The American ones do have a fuller body it seems and more colors to choose from however. Pickups on AVRIs are obviously a tad better but hey, this is a great value. This is better than a MIM strat or tele in my eyes.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Version of a Time-Tested Classic...

      By JoeSchmoe27

      from Los Angeles, Ca.

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      While the Jaguar might not be for everyone, it is hard to argue with the tone and playability of this instrument. You don't have to be a surf machine to understand that this guitar can realize any true tone you are looking for- at a much lower price than the '62 model. If you are talented enough to be able to play licks with your eyes closed...do an A/B on this Classic model and the '62....except for the muting device, you won't know the difference!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Classic Player Jaguar

      By Arthur Rice

      from Florida

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      I have owned this now for 2 years. I find it hard to put it down. Yeah, I have other guitars, including a Fender Custom Shop Jaguar. but the sound and quality of this guitar is darned good. (and the CS Jag doesn't leave the house. )
      All the features of the original except the bridge mute. (I don't miss it)
      Who said MIM is bad. This is a great guitar. Excellent build quality for a production line. Everything was spot on out of the box including both neck and intonation. Finish is Candy Apple Red and flawless.
      Best you can get for this money.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Jaguar

      By Jan Scallan

      from Texas

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      There's nothing like a Jag and I have played many guitars and own an American Strat as well. This one will be with me for many years to come. My question is "How could anyone NOT love a Jaguar?"
      All the bells and whistles are included.
      Excellent finish, just beautiful. Mine was ready to play right out of the gig bag. A little intonation tweak and it was right on the money.
      Of course I would like to see these a little cheaper so more people could play them and have the Jaguar experience. But you get the quality you are paying for.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      nice guitar

      By Question Mark Joe

      from Houston

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

      This jag is built well and sounds great. The bridge is waaay less problematic than the old jaguar bridge though I wish it had the 7.25 neck radius like the mij and american jags. Then it would be complete.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Guitar!!!

      By Bob

      from USA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

        My first jag hit my hands in 1964 and cut my guitar teeth on the Fireballs, Ventures, Astronaughts, Dick Dale. etc....I've had a few over the years since; both American an Japenese made models. All had that same problem the buzzing and staying in tune. Recently a classic rock band asked me asked me to start playing with them as they wanted to do a strictly surf set. I bought this MIM jag with some question in my mind??? But thought what the heck the price was right and I got 15% on a MF Labor Day sale. Wow was I surprised!!!! Perfect set up out of the box!!! No buzz and stays in tune. Sounds just plain awesome playing the old surf instrumentals and good for rhythm on the classic stuff of the 70's. If your looking for a jag without the old sound buzz etc....this is the one. The bridge is perfect no need for a replacement like the old ones. Comes with a fender deluxe gig bag also. Buy this guitar and you want be disappointed!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow beautiful tone stunning looks

        By TranqB

        from Rock and Roll City

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

          What an awesome guitar....the tremolo is very stable....the shorter scale is great for faster playability
          The neck is 9.5 radius which I prefer ...just a little flatter than the typical 7.5
          The switches open up a nice variety of sounds. The neck pick up a s full and complex and really sounds amazing
          The bridge gives that change without being harsh or short on sustain.
          The guitar is super comfortable to play sitting down or standing after a 2 hour gig.
          Sounds ridiculous through my Mesa and Orange amps ...a full complex tone beautiful
          It's a keeper.
          The red is like a Ferrari...stunning

          (2 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          DO NOT BUT THIS GUITAR!!! Questionable quality/Customer Serv

          By Mrmusicloverman

          from Rockville, MD

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

          Questionable quality and uncaring customer service. The top pickup selector/switch broke after 6 months of owning this guitar. The Fender repair dealer (Triple S in Bloomfield, NJ) said it was damaged. Not sure how a broken switch is determined to be damaged and not a defect in the guitar. Fender agreed with Triple S and will not pay to have it fixed under warranty. As such, we have to pay for the repair out of pocket. Fender did not even try to look at the guitar and determine the damage to their product which is a bigger issue as it could affect other guitars. I do not recommend you buy this guitar or any Fender product. The quality is very questionable and the company refuses to stand behind it. Stay away from this guitar and go with a more established company like ESP, Ibanez, Gibson.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Definitely Special

          By Finnfanboy

          from Anaheim, California

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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
            • 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.

            (2 of 5 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.

                (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.

                  (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Classic Player Jaguar

                  By Robert Wojta

                  from St. Louis

                  Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                  Not all I was lead to believe was included in the discription.
                  The guitar came quickly. It was everything I expected, except it did not include the tremolo bar, deluxe case, or any paperwork whatsoever. Only the guitar in the box! Several calls later, and a passing of the buck to Fender, still nothing. All in all, the money I saved was negated buy the $70 or so of accessories I did not receive. I own over 30 guitars and seldom buy new because situations like this seem to make a gargain less so. If Jaguar's were commonplace on the used market, I would have gone there.

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best MIM that I Own

                  By Creston

                  from Gettysburg, PA

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                  Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                  Pretty much the same as the American Model plus a Mustang Bridge! This is my main axe now. I have a American and Japan Jaguar, but the feel of this one fits just right. Solid feel and great tone. I still think that the MIM is too pricey compared to the days (late 80's) where you could buy a vintage jaguar or jazzmaster for less.

                  (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  JungleMan

                  By Jagman from the 60's

                  from Across the Bay from San Francisco, CA

                  Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                  Right out of the gate, This is not what Jag's ars supposed to look like. Originally the neck was bound and the headstock was the color of the body. It used single coil pickups but not like these. The originals were the flat almost square with poles running acrosas the middle of the pickup. The Strat pickups on the new one will NOT give you the sound of the original.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good tone

                  By DaveHB

                  from USA

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                  Comments about Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar:

                  The tone of this guitar is wonderful. I really enjoy the versitility of it. I play Christian Rock and Blues and to be honest, it's the first guitar that I really just love playing the bridge pickup on. Great Tone! Big problem though, won't stay in tune at all! With or without the whammy bar on, even with the bridge locked. Big disappointment. I have tried everything and my only option left is to start replacing parts (graph tech nut, saddles, tuners, etc.). I have been playing for 32 years (just to let you know that so you won't think it's something simple like string installation or trying to do dive bombs on it and expecting it to stay perfectly tuned). No, it has issues. Big let down, 'cause I absolutely love the tone. The looks are nice too. Mine is Candy Apple Red and it is very pretty. I know lots of people love the MIM Fenders and I own a couple, but they are strats and I block the bridges on them and customize the daylights out of them. I may save my money and start checking out the American Jags and Jazzmasters. Not everyone can afford it, I know, but if you really want to get a nice guitar, it has been my experience that you get what you pay for. There is, and always will be, a big difference in quality between American made Fenders and imports.

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