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Just a question: Why do you practically never see a Jaguar with soapbars?

Stx

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You can find a Jaguar with soapbar pickups -- ONLY if you really look hard.
I never owned a Jag or a Jazzmaster. Just wonder: is a Jaguar with soapbars too close to being a Jazzmaster?
 
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I don't know, I'd love to have a Jag with P90s. Most Jags seem to be aimed at people who either want a traditional model, or at people who want the Nirvana thing (humbuckers)
 

Stx

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You mean like the Blacktop or Modern Player?
I really mean with vibrato bar and electronics of a real Jaguar. Good luck pulling one up off the Fender production line or finding one for sale!
 
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My theory is, the folks who want that bar and those electrics, are glued to the more "safe" choices.

I have an overpowering suspicion that if you could find what you're asking for, in actual use you wouldn't like it. All these pickups you speak of, would IMO be best on a long scale guitar.
 

Gevalt

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Because Jaguars aren't popular enough. Lots of unmined territory for your good idea.
 

3waytie4last

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This is a MIJ artist model, you're more likely to find the different pickup combinations from Fender Japan. Only one p90, but still, unique with the Duncan HB.

 

Hulakatt

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All these pickups you speak of, would IMO be best on a long scale guitar.
Yeah, we all remember how terrible it was when Gibson used P-90's on the 24.75 scale with the early Les Pauls. And the Jr's. And the SGs. And countless hollow and semi hollow bodied guitars. Or Epi and their Casino, glad no one ever used that to make any music.
 

Fredescu

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There is a fair bit of variation among Jaguar pickups already. I've had a 60s lacquer Jag and an AmPro Jag and they sound almost nothing alike. So there's the ability to get quite different single coil tones without needing to get a custom pickguard made up to allow for the shape of a P90, or a Jazzmaster pickup. There are a decent amount of Jags with humbuckers, since that will get you something completely different.

I think the popularity is a factor too, so you see less variation in them in general. Jags are in a weird place in that they're short scale, but still a fairly heavy guitar. Those looking for something small and light would gravitate towards Mustangs and Duo Sonics (both of which do have P90s as an option).
 

ragamuffin

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Because tradition. Jazzmasters traditionally come with Jazzmaster pickups and Jaguars traditionally come with Jaguar pickups
 




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