Fender jaguar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Flizzy21, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. Flizzy21

    Flizzy21 Guest

    May 13, 2007
    I was looking at the fender jaguar on musiciansfriend.com ( i have no intentions of buying it from there) and i remember playing it at gc one time but felt like it was kinda cheap. I dont really remember, so i could be wrong, but i remember thinking that it was just a mexican jazz bass and the extra money was just paying for the different body shape. can sum1 fill me in on it and/or recommend a better quality ( around 1000-1500$) jaguar style bass?

    Also...wats the tone like, i assume its bassed of a jazz bass but u never know :)
  2. sgtdemeo


    Dec 31, 2007
    NYC, NY, USA
    Hey, I have the jag bass in red, and I also have a mim jazz, and p-bass. All I can tell you is my own experiences, but my jag plays, and feels like twice what I paid for it. ($625). the finish is flawless, on both the neck, and the body. the neck pocket is nice and tight, and the pickups are more than adequate. they are no Seymour duncans, but they do sound good.) its sound is kinda like a jazz, but there is only one volume knob, so there is no blending pickups. there is an on/off switch for each pickup, as well as a series/parallel switch. the active circuit is competely bypassable, and it will still play in passive mode even with no battery. in short, its a steal!!
  3. team180b

    team180b Guest

    May 15, 2008
    I love my Jag, I have 4 basses and it's my main. I think it sounds beautiful and doesn't feel cheap to me at all. If I had my time again I'd buy it for sure...maybe 2...
  4. moomoocajoo

    moomoocajoo Guest

    Feb 13, 2008
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Jags are MIJ arent they?
  5. ivyman

    ivyman Guest

    Apr 15, 2008
    Sydney Australia
    they are currently made in japan but next year theyre going to be built in mexico so get one now
  6. RikiTiki2


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    has this been confirmed or is it just a rumor?
  7. kevs


    Feb 15, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    I hope it's just a rumor. MIJs are pretty sweet basses and the Jaguar deserves no less.
  8. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    If they do move to MIMs, the early models will probably be real collector's items down the road sometime. (wraps bass in celophane and hides under bed for 30 years). :D
  9. KYJazzy


    Nov 10, 2004
    Lexington, KY
    I would love it if this were the case. I think the Fender Jaguar bass is easily the sexiest thing to come out of Fender for a while (save the American P5 - BOUT TIME). I take really good care of my 2007 black jaguar bass but I would love for it to mojo up, too, it would look amazing.

    But anyway, I don't really see why Fender Japan would stop making them.

    To OP:

    Jaguar bass sounds amazing. I usually just run it passive with vol-tone all the way up in parallel. bass has serious punch.
  10. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    I'm under the impression that almost all Japanese models are artist models and MIM's are "standard" models. I guess they'd need a particular artist model of the Jag to keep up this tradition?
  11. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Mexican jag... Ugh! :eek:
  12. moomoocajoo

    moomoocajoo Guest

    Feb 13, 2008
    Glasgow, Scotland
    You get MIJ standard models too.
  13. gmstudio99

    gmstudio99 Guest

    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Will the price be coming down when they move the Jag to MIM?
  14. GeddyisGod

    GeddyisGod Four on the floor and nothing more!

    Feb 4, 2004
    Moberly, MO
    I would guess not. :ninja:
  15. pjmuck


    Feb 8, 2006
    New Joisey
    Question: are the Jaguar PUPs unique to these basses, or are they simply J PUPs?
  16. the jag pickups are the same as the 60's RI jazz (MIJ) also the same as the geddy and the MM sig so i have been told
  17. ivyman

    ivyman Guest

    Apr 15, 2008
    Sydney Australia
    someone get famous and make a sig jag right now

    wait pino plays one with the who so the could make is sig

    black with matching headstock like he did to his own bass

    or does the fact he has a sig relic make him illegible
  18. troyus


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    With the preamp on, it's totally different than a Jazz bass. It's got way more balls. And they are hairy balls. :bassist:
  19. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Most probably. Street price recently took a $200 jump on these for some inscrutable reason, but assuming they are the same CIJ bass as the first ones, the pickups are unique to the FMIC export-grade CIJs. Most domestic-market Japanese Fenders use the regular US pickups. The exports don't. Most people who are more finicky about pickups than I am claim that these mystery CIJ pickups for whatever models are very close to original vintage. Some "experts" claim, for example, that the mystery SCPB pickup used on the '51s and Stings is the closest pickup to the sound of an original '55 currently available. True? I dunno, but most pickup snobs regard the CIJ pickups as reasonably high-quality.

    Even though the FMIC-export CIJs are not even made by the same manufacturer as the domestic-market Japanese Fenders (according to my Japanese sources ca.2004, Dyna makes the former and Kasuga makes the latter), I still feel they are the best-built production Fenders retailed in the US. Japanese-market CIJs are the best-built production Fenders by miles, though.

    MIM Fenders have such erratic QC that I have no interest in them. Most I've seen were dreadful. Some of FMIC's best instrument concepts were MIMs, but the execution was execrable.
  20. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    It's impossible to keep up with what FMIC decides to do -- stuff changes from day to day, maybe hour to hour.

    Back when they reintroduced the '51 P, for example, FMIC management personally told me that they were going to be MIMs, absolutely no two ways about it. :rollno: