jaguar vs. jazzmaster

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by QuickDraw, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. QuickDraw

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    i'm looking at vintage jags and jazzmasters and i cant decide which i like better, i'm starting to lean twords jaguar, any insights on both? i'm talkin' pre-CBS('62) through '69ish vintage.

    please, don't say get a strat, me and strats don't agree on a few things.

    Thanks offset experts!
     
  2. Antero

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    Would you be comfortable with the Jaguar scale? It's pretty darn short.
     
  3. decay-o-caster

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    Aside from the body, totally different guitars. The scale-lengths are very much a factor, and so are the pickups.

    The Jazzmaster rings like a damn piano and has big output compared to the Jaguar.

    And from my limited experience, the trem is unusable on both! :)

    That being said, I love my Chapin JBird (Jazzmaster style). It just sounds BIG and surf-y twang-y.
     
  4. Unburst

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    Personally I'd get the Jazzmaster, I have no problem with the shorter scale of the Jag (I ave a '65 Mustang with 24" and I like it just fine) but to me the Jazzmaster is more disttinctive tonally and will always have better resale because of the scale length being more conventional.
     
  5. 6ringing

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    I played a '64 jag a few years back...in 2 words:
    It SUCKED!
    I'm not a strat fan at all, and this thing sounded thinner and crappier than even a strat. Go with the JM!
     
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    Do you have any pictures of the JBird you could show me?
    Pretty please.
     
  7. Antero

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    I want a Jazzmaster. Yes, this is motivated primarily about the Costello association. :p
     
  8. QuickDraw

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    thanks for your feedback, i have played both guitars, and i like both for different reasons, the short scale of the jag doesn't really bother me, they each have their own voice, which are both different from the norm, i think i'm going to keep my mind open to both guitars and see which one ends up being "the one", I'll post some pics when i end up with one. jags and jazzmasters need some more love 'round here.

    ;)
     
  9. QuickDraw

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    any comments on pre-cbs vs early cbs guitars?
     
  10. John Phillips

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    I have to stick up for Jags too...

    If you've played a Jaguar and thought it was thin-sounding, low output or wouldn't stay in tune, it wasn't set up right... period.

    I used an all-original '65 sunburst Jaguar as my main (mostly exclusive) gigging guitar for about four years, and it was none of those things. It was quite punchy-sounding and powerful, actually slightly more so than a Strat, and extremely stable - probably the most so of any vintage-type trem-equipped guitar I've used, and I did things with it that Leo probably never imagined... though to be fair, the trem doesn't have the range of a Strat's, so it isn't quite a fair comparison.

    But for