Fender ’62 Jaguar Review.

Some History

Introduced in 1962 the Fender Jaguar is indeed one of the brands most idiosyncratic designs.

The Jaguar was based on the earlier Jazzmaster, but with a short scale 24” neck and more complex control circuits. It was sold as Fender’s flagship model back in its day, but never really caught on as much as, the mainstream Stratocasters and Telecasters.

It has however a small army of followers such as diverse as, The Beach Boys (and many other surf bands), Kurt Cobain, and John Frusciante.

Specifications

The Jaguar has an offset body quite similar to the earlier Jazzmaster. Unlike its older sibling though, it has brighter Strat style single coil pickups, with serrated metal “keepers” which shield them from unwanted radio interference.

Another Jaguar innovation is the tremolo lock designed to keep the guitar in tune even after a string break. Also the built in string mute, designed around the contemporary popular surf genre is a first.

Electronics are pretty complex by normal standards and include a rhythm and lead circuit. These include customisable options that enable your preferred sounds to be setup and then called upon with the switch located on the upper bout.

As mentioned before the neck is short scale which allows low string tension for use of higher gauge strings whilst allowing easy bends.

And we plug in

The Jaguar has a sound of its own when plugged in. “Fendery” but with a mellower touch would be my description. The electronics also provide for a variety of tones, from mellow smooth with the neck pickup, standard Fender with both on to trebly surf with the thin switch (cuts low frequencies).

The guitar balances nicely, and is very comfortable to play either sitting or standing. The tremolo is also a delight to use, very smooth and always to hand. The mute… well its there! Still haven’t found a use for it though.

Summary

A great guitar, with its own sound. One of Fender’s hidden treasures.

By E.H.Slade

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