Jaguar - HH Hardtail

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I'm thinking about picking up a used MIM blacktop HH hardtail Jaguar. I can get one cheap locally.

My reasoning is:

  1. I like the comfort and feel of the rounded Strat and Jag body, but not the longer Strat scale (small hands).
  2. I don't want or need a trem
  3. I don't like single coils

Are there any other short scale Fender-ish (Jag or Strat type) guitars I should be looking at that are HH, 24 - 24 3/4 scale, no trem, with a hardtail. Any custom builders do this sort of thing regularly as a standard model (not one-off or occasional).

Waiting for smart arse remarks that HH and no trem aren't a Jag. Yes I know this.
 
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The Gibson scale is what will throw you off. Choose whatever Fender blacktop guitar you like and get a conversion neck for it. Problem solved.
 

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I have the p90 Blacktop Jag and really like it. There are some things you should know:
1. The volume and tone pots need to be changed. You're probably better off getting all new electronics.
2. My tech had to shim the neck a bit to get the action to where I wanted it.
I'd factor at least that first point into your cost. Ignore the Jag purists--it's a cool guitar.
 

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I'm thinking about picking up a used MIM blacktop HH hardtail Jaguar. I can get one cheap locally.

My reasoning is:

  1. I like the comfort and feel of the rounded Strat and Jag body, but not the longer Strat scale (small hands).
  2. I don't want or need a trem
  3. I don't like single coils

Are there any other short scale Fender-ish (Jag or Strat type) guitars I should be looking at that are HH, 24 - 24 3/4 scale, no trem, with a hardtail. Any custom builders do this sort of thing regularly as a standard model (not one-off or occasional).

Waiting for smart arse remarks that HH and no trem aren't a Jag. Yes I know this.
I like the comfort and feel too, though the Jaguar is pushing it for me with scale length (don't have small hands).

Ya they don't sound like a regular Jag, but I have one (a p90s one) and it sounds good. However, the scale length is part of their sound.
 

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Had some quality time with a MIJ HH. Real fun to play.... I think you have to be fan of vintage frets to properly get along with this one. Pickups are nothing special and super flat.

The one I played was black/Crimson burst with matching headstock. Looked sharp!
 

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I used to have that CIJ Jaguar HH. It played better than most guitars I have ever had. Sold it to pay rent. I'll snatch another one of these days.
 

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How much shorter is the Jag scale VS the Jazzmaster scale. I've always wanted to try a Jag but am hesitant because I'm used to the Jazzmaster scale.

I do own a Telecaster and enjoy playing that. Is a Jag shorter?
 

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How much shorter is the Jag scale VS the Jazzmaster scale. I've always wanted to try a Jag but am hesitant because I'm used to the Jazzmaster scale.

I do own a Telecaster and enjoy playing that. Is a Jag shorter?
Jazz = 25 1/2
Tele = 25 1/2
Jag = 24
 
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The Pawnshop Series Mustang Special is an awesome guitar. They play great (9.5" fretboard radius), sound great, and are extremely light and comfortable. I had an early one (2011) that was CIJ. From 2012 they moved production to Mexico. The CIJ model has the truss rod adjustment at the base of the neck, and I think the MIM version has truss rod adjustment at the headstock. Other than that, basically the same. You can find these for around $500 used. The pickups are pretty good (WR humbuckers), and the split options allow for lots of tonal variety. I wish I hadn't let mine go. Really sweet short scale guitars.
 

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The Pawnshop Series Mustang Special is an awesome guitar. They play great (9.5" fretboard radius), sound great, and are extremely light and comfortable. I had an early one (2011) that was CIJ. From 2012 they moved production to Mexico. The CIJ model has the truss rod adjustment at the base of the neck, and I think the MIM version has truss rod adjustment at the headstock. Other than that, basically the same. You can find these for around $500 used. The pickups are pretty good (WR humbuckers), and the split options allow for lots of tonal variety. I wish I hadn't let mine go. Really sweet short scale guitars.
I'd love one of those, but I dont think I could bond with the WR humbuckers. I'm a tweaker who likes to swap. Does anyone make a replacement pickguard that could mount standard hums?
 

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I'd love one of those, but I dont think I could bond with the WR humbuckers. I'm a tweaker who likes to swap. Does anyone make a replacement pickguard that could mount standard hums?
Warmoth I think make HH Mustang pickguards.
 
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Quote: "I'd love one of those, but I dont think I could bond with the WR humbuckers. I'm a tweaker who likes to swap. Does anyone make a replacement pickguard that could mount standard hums?"

The WR humbuckers in the Mustang Special are the same size as regular humbuckers. No need for a new pickguard if changing pickups.
 




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