A bass that sounds like a Jaguar.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lukc, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Lukc


    Nov 10, 2012
    I've loved the sound of a jaguar for a while. I've been saving for a goal of 1,000 euros and I've reached it. But I've looked all over every store in my region for one and no one has a jaguar to try out. I know their sound but I have no idea if I will like the sound live or the feel so I wanted to try it out. Are there any simular basses? Any bass I just have to try? I plan on going to music shops and try everything I can find so I would like recomendations. Some rock n roll/blues basses with good tonal ranges. Cheers!
  2. Pickup placement isn't quite the same but a Jazz bass is probably the closest thing out there. Be aware that they tend to neck-dive.
  3. Which version of the Jaguar do you like the sound of?

    There are several:

    Fender Deluxe Jaguar Bass active JJ
    Fender Modern Player Jaguar Bass PJ
    Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass PJ
    Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special active PJ
    Squier Vintage Modified JaguarBass Special HB single humbucker on bridge
    Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS short scale PJ
    Fender Pawnshop Reverse Jaguar Bass HH

  4. Lukc


    Nov 10, 2012
    I am fond of the fender jaguar delux pj.
  5. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Then you would want a bass that has a P/J pickup configuration with passive electronics. If you like the sound of that Jaguar specifically, you would want to make sure that the bass you find has the same woods and same type of P/J pickups. There are many different type of P/J pickups (alnico, vintage, ceramic, exposed-pole, and many others)
  6. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Not quite sure which you mean - there's the Fender Deluxe, which is JJ, or the Fender Modern Player, which is PJ. Those, along with the Pawn Shop Reverse (HH) are the only Fender-badged models, with all the rest being Squiers. And a new Squier 5-string version coming out soon!

    The Deluxe JJ:

    The Moder Player PJ:
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    And just because you can never see too many Jag pics, here's that new 5er:

  8. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    The P pup on the Modern Player seems to be a bit farther forward than a regular P/J.
  9. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    In passive mode, the J/J Jaguar sounds just like a Jazz Bass except you can't blend the pickups. In active, it sounds like a noisy Jazz Bass with a pretty crappy BT EQ. lol

    The two MIJ Jaguar J/J basses I have had also neck dived. It's that short horn.

    I would just get a Jazz Bass, unless you are absolutely taken by the Jag looks and must have one.