Fender ’62 Jaguar Review.
1962 the Fender Jaguar is indeed one of the brands most idiosyncratic
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
great guitar, with its own sound. One of Fender’s hidden