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I've played Jaguars since the 90s. I really like them. Though they are not my main Fender (that would be the Jazzmaster), they have a distinct voice and are really fun.
I agree with this.I’m not a fan, but I do enjoy your vids, keep ‘em coming Keith.
Short scale, weird bridge and too many switches for me. Teles and Strats suit me fine.
LOL, tell that to Johnny Marr....They're mostly a fad and a fashion. Some players, Likje Kurt Vile, can get a signature sound out of them (lo fi, jangly) and in some contexts, they get used great for rhythm, but though I've lusted after the looks fro the day they were released, and hve gone into stores with the cash and intent to buy, like the general playing public and professionals, when I finally am trying one on, I pass. Always have, probably always will. The shorter scale is really limiting sonically, with those PUs. These were a spectacular dud when released, even though they wouyld have seemed a direct hit for the style/vibe of the time. That tells you something. It's as though Leo released a Tele, and everyone said "meh" and "pass." I can only speak for myself, but the market has benaved in this way, too. For good reasons.
Their relative cost isn't always mentioned when discussing the jag's lack of original success. As Keith's video reminds us, they were over 30% more expensive than a strat. His estimate is that their price was more than a month's average salary at the time. Of course had they been an obviously superior instrument I guess more people would have found a way to acquire one.When I was starting to play in the early 60s the Jaguars were the guitar everyone wanted, but couldn’t afford.
?? Not sure where this insult comes from, but, well, no. Look at all the accomplished players in all genbres and you will see hardly any Jaguars because it's a more limited instrument. Good for those who like it, not good for most. Explaining this by insulting all non-Jag players as rudimentary blooz-rockers is not going to fly. How many progressive Jazz guys play Jags? It's the Jaguar, not the players, with "limited sonic appeal." I lusted after a Jaguar... until I played one.The Jaguar is unlikely to appeal to people whose sonic palette never progressed beyond blues rock.