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Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom Electric Guitar

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Players who are looking for a deeper, stronger sound will find it in the 28-1/2" scale Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom Electric Guitar. A fixed Adjusto...Click To Read More About This Product

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An axe that ain't afraid to get down and dirty!

Players who are looking for a deeper, stronger sound will find it in the 28-1/2" scale Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom Electric Guitar. A fixed Adjusto-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece keeps tuning stable, and Jaguar's control layout makes tone-shaping easy. Vintage Jaguar styling gives it a totally cool vibe. Alder body, vintage appointments, and rosewood fingerboard. Traditional Jaguar controls: volume and tone for each pickup, pickup on/off switches, and mid-tone cut/out switch.

FEATURES
  • 28-1/2" scale
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Vintage-style tuners
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 2 single-coil Jaguar pickups
  • Fixed Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece
  • Vintage Jaguar switching: master volume and tone for each pickup, pickup on/off switches, and mid-tone cut/out switch
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4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quirky but very fun axe!

I play 6-string baritone-bass in an oldies band (RetroRockets), so I jumped on this re-release of the Fender classic. It's my first foray into Jaguar controls-- I find them quirky but...Read complete review

I play 6-string baritone-bass in an oldies band (RetroRockets), so I jumped on this re-release of the Fender classic. It's my first foray into Jaguar controls-- I find them quirky but fun, the neck-pickup-based "lead circuit" is different but interesting, very early-60's-sounding. The Jag/Jazzmaster layout is useful for this "hermaphroditic" instrument, as it's handy to be able to change from a "bass" setting to a "lead" setting right on the instrument. I feel Epiphone erred by putting "simplified" rather than independent controls on their Les Paul baritone.This instrument goes very nicely with the Roland Cube-30/-60/-100 amp line, as one can quickly change amp model and effects setting too. Note that the Cube-30 and Cube-60 guitar guitar amps include a vintage Fender bass amp model ("Tweed") which makes them very nicely suited to this instrument. The "Acoustic" model also seems to feature a high-mid boost, which also complements this instrument's rich fat sound. I imagine that similar modeling amps from Line 6, Behringer, and others would work just as well, I just happen to use Rolands and thus know them better.I was very impressed with the quality of my instrument, considering that it was just over half the price of the Fender Jags and Jazzmasters, which are also made in Japan and look similar. Frets, finish, etc. all superb.Fender goofed in not changing their Bass VI strings to the smaller guitar-type balls that go with the new stopbar tailpiece. They say they'll have the correct strings available soon.The scale length is 28.5" on this instrument. I feel that's a good thing, as it means guitar-players won't have to stretch too much to play it like a guitar.By the way, that's the same scale as the Gibson and Epiphone LP baritones, and longer than a Tele Subsonic. I feel it's "just right".Changes from the original 60's instrument are the bridge (I feel that's a good thing, the original must have been a bear to keep in tune), and mounting two pickups instead of three... also a good thing, as this axe is not light, the original must have weighed a ton! By the way, the Tunomatic-type bridge is slightly slanted on purpose to accomodate the wider compensation these strings require-- good thinking, Fender. It's not a mistake, though it looks odd at first glance.I feel this instrument works well as a short-scale bass, has a sassy distinctive sound, and surprising sustain. If you want to play it as a "real baritone" why not just change the strings? In fact, "baritone guitar" meant different things to different people in the mid 60's; other (non-Fender) literature of the era specified Low-EADGBE and not ADGCEA or BEADF#B for "baritone guitars".Playing this instrument at a local festival, it drew positive and curious attention from fellow performers. It took some tone-tweaking to get a sufficiently "defined" tone for my current band-- I ended up using the bridge pickup for most of my bass work, and the tone control on full-treble in both circuits. This may work for others whose bandmates find the range of sounds too rich and mellow.The 3-tone sunburst/shell pickguard scheme is perfect for me, but others might find a more contemporary color scheme attractive. How about it, Fender?In summation, this instrument is not for everyone; but for those looking for a versatile baritone with "retro vibe" or a low-down Jag/Jazzmaster, it's a lot of fun. I'm having a blast with mine, and recommend it highly.

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Works but...Kewl...but..

Decent Enough but not for me. I could never get the bottom string to not be "noisy" and I could never get the pickups "dialed" it to the sound...Read complete review

Decent Enough but not for me. I could never get the bottom string to not be "noisy" and I could never get the pickups "dialed" it to the sound I wanted. Otherwise, it looks kewl and the build quality was fine. I sold it after 3 months however and got a different limited edition strat instead.

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5.0

The BariJag Abides

By GrizzlePaws

from Idaho

This is a beautiful and unique instrument with incredibly easy playability and very solid sustain. Having said that, it might not be for everyone, and I would personally recommend playing it (and playing it through your rig) before committing to purchase it. If it isn't played through a decent amp with some customized EQ, it can get a little muddy on the deep end. I restrung mine with Baritone scale (B to B) strings, and I just can't say enough. I play mine fingerstyle, and it sounds like a Steinway Grand. Fantastic instrument: just make sure it is what you want.

 
5.0

Incredible build and sound

By Corey

from Austin, TX

I bought one of these guitars recently second hand, and it has changed how i approach writing music entirely. The only change I made was replacing the stock pickups for Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounds, as i'm into the heavier side of the spectrum, and wanted more thump.

If you can find one of these, snatch it.

 
5.0

Simply amazing.

By J.D.-SJzzt

from Campbell, CA

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I bought this guitar after reading the reciews, prepared to change it to a true B-B baritone, but the sound of the E-E strings on the guitar blew me away. Probably sounds better than any other guitar I own, even if the octave difference makes it less than a true apples-to-apples comparison. Do not hesitate.

 
5.0

Amazing Tone but...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar sounds really good. I got it to play heavy sludge-rock but the cheap single coil pickups don't handle much output. I replaced them with SeymourDuncan Hotrails and now I can add hella distortion with no squealing! Bottom Line, great tone but anything with overdrive requires new pickups.

 
3.0

Works but...Kewl...but..

By Acquisotic

from Seattle, WA

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Decent Enough but not for me. I could never get the bottom string to not be "noisy" and I could never get the pickups "dialed" it to the sound I wanted. Otherwise, it looks kewl and the build quality was fine. I sold it after 3 months however and got a different limited edition strat instead.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just got this today for christmas

By RobertE

from Richmond,VA

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The craftsmanship on this item is amazing, I just got it and its flawless, beautiful doesn't do it justice.. I started playing on a practice amp(my tube amp isnt here yet) and I've found that you can do mini bass lines very well... The neck feels natural when playing and im very satisfied with the sound. Only issue I've come across is the top E string causes alot of buzz, but I assume I'll become use to it.

 
4.0

Cool but not really that useful

By thedude77md

from Bel Air, MD

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This is really a niche instrument. It doesn't quite have the balls to carry bass lines and the tuning doesn't make it a true baritone. It's really not something I foresee myself playing out with much. What I do like it for is writing music. I am a bass player by nature and can play guitar but have never been able to get used to the thin strings. With this its so much easier for me to play chords and what not. The tone selection on it is great, too.

 
5.0

Very Dark sound

By 1946dodge

from Massachusetts

I really love this guitar. I always liked the Jaguar anyways, so when Fender decided to revive the Bass VI as a Jag, I had to get one.I bought and installed true baritone strings and use it as a baritone tuned B to B. It came with E to E bass strings, but I didnt really want a bass, I wanted the baritone sound. The guitar definitely gives a new dimension to anything I play - it is something you have to try to appreciate. The quality of the instrument is very good and the action can be set so that you can play as fast as on any standard guitar. The only downside is that if you have it loud, you can get a whistling feedback, which can only be eliminated by droping the tone control to the bass side.I really love this guitar and look forward to playing it every day.

 
5.0

amazing tone

By cobain for life 12

from Undisclosed

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this guitar is perfect for mudhoney/nirvana songs. everything you will need to rock out is right here

 
5.0

Smells Like Kurt

By Richie Ramone-g7Q8h

from Honduras

Well, what is there to say about this fantastic guitar?? K.Cobain had one he moded with some Super Distortion Humbucks and well, lets just say this is the guitar he used to record In Utero.A great sound for guitarist who want a solid tune. I dont recomend this for metal fans who want fast frets for quick slick solos. The frets are jumbo, so the tone is deeper. I love this guitar. Anyone who wants the coolest looking, feeling and a guitar that"shocks and awes" all who hear it and see it, this is it. Break the boring electric guitar routine and buy a diferent one.The distortion sounds awsome. Those who dont like it, simply didnt take the time wo use the multiple tone shapers or were looking for a sqeeky Ibanez sounding rig.Bottom line: Fender Jags are awesome. Add some variety to your sound. Dare to sound distinct.

 
5.0

The Best Guitar Ever!

By KG-qe8ll

from Minneapolis MN

The day I brought this guitar home I was in awe. It was beautiful and had a great sound without a pedal. Now I do covers of Coldplay songs and Coldplay actualy uses this guitar. I got a Boss Delay and Tremolo pedal and on my amp it sounded exactly the same as John Buckland(Guitar in Coldplay) Now if you have a chance get this guitar it will make all your dreams come true as it did for me!

 
4.0

Slight problem with Pickups

By Hap

from Meridian, ID

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I have had mine for almost 3 years. I really love it. I have switched tunings from the stock E-E tuning to A-A and even e-e (standard guitar tuning). All tunings sound great and are very different. However, I keep going back to the stock octave low E-E. It just seems to sound best that way. The only issue I have had is the two pickups are not reverse wound/reverse polarity. Meaning they are NOT hum canceling when on at the same time. I can't believe they made this oversight. All is not lost however. The guitar is still fairly low noise as long as you make sure the metal pickguard backing is grounded. And I usually use only the bridge pickup anyway.

 
5.0

Hope they start making them again

I really like the tone, either clean or with effects. I use this guitar mostly as a "cheater" bass for home studio recording at low volume. Also some classical guitar etudes sound very good on it. IMO the Jaguar control setup is ideal for a baritone. If a chord or passage sounds too muddy, a lot of times the high-pass filter will clean it up. That said, it is a hybrid and it takes some getting used to. It takes a very light touch with the right hand to avoid buzzing, but playing chords or bends takes a lot of strength with the left hand. A professional bass player would probably hate this instrument but I love it.

 
5.0

INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!

By ERICwood

from New Jersey

When i was looking for the perfect guitar that i could use for a long time, i wanted a guitar that will hold up well. I am a young kid and i am careless and this guitar has enough durability to last with me, so if it can handle me it can handle any one! This is a dream come true, i love this guitar to death and it has the sound that just cant be matched. I suggest this guitar with all of my heart... BUY IT!!!!!

 
5.0

Quirky but very fun axe!

By Fretless

from New Bern, NC

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I play 6-string baritone-bass in an oldies band (RetroRockets), so I jumped on this re-release of the Fender classic. It's my first foray into Jaguar controls-- I find them quirky but fun, the neck-pickup-based "lead circuit" is different but interesting, very early-60's-sounding. The Jag/Jazzmaster layout is useful for this "hermaphroditic" instrument, as it's handy to be able to change from a "bass" setting to a "lead" setting right on the instrument. I feel Epiphone erred by putting "simplified" rather than independent controls on their Les Paul baritone.This instrument goes very nicely with the Roland Cube-30/-60/-100 amp line, as one can quickly change amp model and effects setting too. Note that the Cube-30 and Cube-60 guitar guitar amps include a vintage Fender bass amp model ("Tweed") which makes them very nicely suited to this instrument. The "Acoustic" model also seems to feature a high-mid boost, which also complements this instrument's rich fat sound. I imagine that similar modeling amps from Line 6, Behringer, and others would work just as well, I just happen to use Rolands and thus know them better.I was very impressed with the quality of my instrument, considering that it was just over half the price of the Fender Jags and Jazzmasters, which are also made in Japan and look similar. Frets, finish, etc. all superb.Fender goofed in not changing their Bass VI strings to the smaller guitar-type balls that go with the new stopbar tailpiece. They say they'll have the correct strings available soon.The scale length is 28.5" on this instrument. I feel that's a good thing, as it means guitar-players won't have to stretch too much to play it like a guitar.By the way, that's the same scale as the Gibson and Epiphone LP baritones, and longer than a Tele Subsonic. I feel it's "just right".Changes from the original 60's instrument are the bridge (I feel that's a good thing, the original must have been a bear to keep in tune), and mounting two pickups instead of three... also a good thing, as this axe is not light, the original must have weighed a ton! By the way, the Tunomatic-type bridge is slightly slanted on purpose to accomodate the wider compensation these strings require-- good thinking, Fender. It's not a mistake, though it looks odd at first glance.I feel this instrument works well as a short-scale bass, has a sassy distinctive sound, and surprising sustain. If you want to play it as a "real baritone" why not just change the strings? In fact, "baritone guitar" meant different things to different people in the mid 60's; other (non-Fender) literature of the era specified Low-EADGBE and not ADGCEA or BEADF#B for "baritone guitars".Playing this instrument at a local festival, it drew positive and curious attention from fellow performers. It took some tone-tweaking to get a sufficiently "defined" tone for my current band-- I ended up using the bridge pickup for most of my bass work, and the tone control on full-treble in both circuits. This may work for others whose bandmates find the range of sounds too rich and mellow.The 3-tone sunburst/shell pickguard scheme is perfect for me, but others might find a more contemporary color scheme attractive. How about it, Fender?In summation, this instrument is not for everyone; but for those looking for a versatile baritone with "retro vibe" or a low-down Jag/Jazzmaster, it's a lot of fun. I'm having a blast with mine, and recommend it highly.

 
5.0

That elusive Cure sound is now

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Well guys, it's finally available. If it's good enough for Robert Smith, it's good enough for you. Get that haunting "disintegration" sound from this gorgeous guitar.

 
5.0

For the Elvis Costello in Bassists!

By Chromis Costello

from Houston, TX.

I've been wanting to get an old Fender Bass VI for years now, mainly as one of the bands I play in is a trio, and a 6-string bass would help me fatten the sound out while the guitarist takes a solo. Unfortunately, even the Japanese Bass VI reissues were hard to come by and damned expensive to boot.Along came the Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom, and God bless my wife for buying it for my birthday!While not the full 30" scale neck of the Bass VI, this 28-5/8" scale neck still allows for a full octave-down tuning. Designed exactly like a Jag (minus the trem), the versatility of this "bassitone" guitar is absolutely astonishing. It can achieve full-blown basstones as well as mimicking a guitar on the higher end notes. The ONLY complaint I have is that the upper strings are a bit TOO thin-sounding when compared to the bottom four, but that's it. Sonically, the chording on this instrument is oftimes better than when I'm playing my 5-string, as it sounds more like a detuned guitar rather than a bassist playing chords.The weight and balance are both good; not as heavy as a bass, but more heft than a guitar.The pickup diversity is marvellous, as it allows me to switch from a more modern, high-treble tone to beefy, woofy '60s tones and just about everything in between. Also, if you're playing any C&W stuff, this thing will shake it up better than a Tele!Lastly, the looks of this guitar are absolutely the bee's knees! Strats, Teles, Jazzes, and Precisions are all commonplace, but play a Jag or a Jazzmaster, and people WILL take notice. If only Fender offered this in vintage white w/ the tortoise shell pickguard, I'd own two instead of just one.Kudos to Fender for issuing something that's truly unique. Stick with it (and issue it in vintage white!).

 
5.0

Nice Solution for those wanting Bass VI

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got it mainly for recording. I'm very happy with it and as the title suggests, It's a great alternative to those seeking a Bass VI sound but don't want to shell out 3k or more for one. Wish they had left three PUPs like the VI though. Very happy with the manufacturing quality of it.

 
5.0

Totally Awesome!

By mccool

from Hamilton ON

This guitar is great. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked it up but I loved it right away. I've played it through my guitar and bass amp. It sounds much better going through a bass amp though. And face it this guitar looks damn sexy.

 
5.0

great guitar, but........

By bif6oOM.9

from Olympia, Wa

It has an amazingly bright sound. I was worried about the neck width because I have small hands, but it fits and plays perfect for me. This "baritone" is worth it but be sure to read the specifications-string gauge. .025-.095. That's basically a light bass string set ( ie., fender bass VI) If you want actual baritone strings you'll probably want to take it to a tech and have the truss rod adjusted for the tension as to not bow the neck, unless you can do it yourself. Other then that I think it is well worth it.

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