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Jaguar is one of the more outlandish models Fender has produced so far and Squier did a good job replicating it on their own. This is a fairly complicated design and definitely one of the more interesting axes you can pick up for less than $500.
Jaguar body belongs to what are known as ‘offset’ guitars. This means that the lower and upper parts of the body are asymmetrical and offset to a certain extent. This design brings some difficulties in terms of intonation and overall dynamics of the guitar, which was a major concern for Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar. However, the guitar came out fine.
Tonewood they’ve used for this model is basswood while the neck is made of maple. Speaking of which, this is a short scale neck, which makes it a bit easier to play for beginners while at the same time benefiting those who are into jazz.
Another different aspect of the Jaguar is the hardware. Instead of the standard fixed tail bridge, or a synchronized tremolo, you get a vintage style trem bridge where these two components are divided. Tremolo sits all the way back, just like a tailpiece, while the bridge is a separate unit closer to the pickups.
Some of the Jaguars had issues with hardware which were mostly caused by the asymmetrical design of the guitar itself. Although rare, these problems can be fixed by a skilled guitar tech. Tuners are old school die cast type, which you can find on a number of Squier models.
This is where things get interesting. Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar comes packing two single coil pickups. That’s not the interesting part. What they are wired to is where the crazy starts. Instead of having several knobs to adjust the tone of the guitar, you have dual circuits. There are two modes available – rhythm and lead.
Each of these has its own set of controls, which allow you to significantly impact the tone of the guitar. On top of all that, you get the standard Tone and Volume knob. The amount of versatility crammed in this guitar is impressive. There’s just so much maneuvering space to work with.
Jaguars have always had a different sound compared to your regular Strat or Telecaster. With its complex circuitry, you can dial in a wide variety of tone configurations. For example, this is a perfect guitar for surf rock or similar vintage genres. However, you can still play good old rock and roll. Since this is a short scale guitar with a highly adjustable circuitry, you can even pull off a rather decent jazz sound with little to no effort. In other words, Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar is a Swiss army knife of guitar tone.
Many doubted that Squier was capable of delivering a true Jaguar replica that would actually work. Although they definitely managed to do this, it’s not a perfect product. On the other hand, when it comes down to most basic bang for the buck equation, this Jag is a steal!