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Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar  

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  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: Maple
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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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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

Looking for tons of vibe with just as much playability? Here you go. Order today.

 
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FenderClassic Player Jaguar Special Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (18)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (3)
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      • Experienced (4)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    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.

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        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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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great customer service

            By planetdug

            from Frostbite Falls Minnesota

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            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.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              As Good as American Made

              By Tomcat

              from Alabama

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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 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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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Why didn't I buy a Jaguar years ago?

                    By Rock of the Aged

                    from Baltimore, MD

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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.

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                        (2 of 7 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.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fender Jaguar

                        By Jan Scallan

                        from Texas

                        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.

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