Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Guitar
(Transparent Red Rosewood Fretboard)
Solid Body Electric Guitars
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A lean, mean, and stripped-down version of the classic Fender model.
Throughout its history, Fender has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic, Mustang and Musicmaster models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player Series continues that great "my-first-Fender" tradition with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on Fender's most revered instruments”all with outstandingly attainable value.
The Modern Player Jaguar is a lean, mean and stripped-down version of the classic Fender model, with a full-throated pair of single-coil Modern Player MP-90 pickups on a sans-pickguard mahogany body. Other features include a C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 9.5 radius and 21 medium jumbo frets, 3-way toggle pickup switching, Jazz Bass-style control knobs, vintage-style Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.
- Series: Modern Player
- Body Shape: Jaguar
- Body: Mahogany
- Body Finish: (516) gloss polyester, (538,539) open pore satin polyester
- Neck: Maple, "C" shape, gloss polyester finish
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1cm)
- Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
- Scale Length: 24"
- Nut Width: 1.650 (42mm)
- String Nut: Synthetic bone
- Pickups: Modern Player MP-90 Pickup (Bridge)
- Modern Player MP-90 Pickup (Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
- Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
- Tuning Keys: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
- Bridge: Vintage Style Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece
- Control Knobs: Jazz Bass knobs
- Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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Comments about Fender Modern Player Jaguar Electric Guitar:
I have owned this guitar for about 2 months at this point and feel it's time to give my 2 cents. I am a 35 year guitar player and have always loved my Jaguars, having bought a 1968 Jaguar in in 1978 when I couldn't afford a decent Stratocaster. Fender Jaguars are somewhat unique due the fact that the scale length is 24" (like a Mustang or Musicmaster) which gives it a bit of a blur in the upper harmonics even more so than a Gibson's 24.75" scale as opposed to the 25.5" scale that a Fender Strat and its ilk which has stronger more defined upper harmonics. I like shorter scale guitars because the blurring of the upper harmonics has a more psychedelic sound and the shorter scale also accentuates slide playing. This shorter scale will also appeal to beginners and those with smaller hands (I have large hands but it is not a problem).
I always wanted to own more Jaguars and have bought a 2 in the last few years both were the stop tailpiece and Adjustomatic bridge rather than with the tremolo. I prefer these being mostly a slide player. The newest is this Modern Player Jaguar which is very nicely made in China. The fret work is very good and well finished with no exposed fret ends. The neck is very comfy for me tho' it feels different from 1968 Jaguar but not in a bad way. This guitar has a mahogany body that is probably not a one piece but I am unable to discern where any joints are in the body (maybe a UV lamp would show it but I can't see it in daylight or room light) which to me says good wood joinery. The neck pocket has zero space around the neck and I am sure I could not slip even my thinnest thickness gauge in the joint. The craftsmanship of this instrument is first rate. I did have to readjust string intonation (I replace strings on all new guitars immediately but I think the intonation needed adjustment even before I switched strings a minor niggle IMHO) but height etc. was setup well. This guitar has P90 pickups that sound very good comparable to the P90s in my Gibson SG Special 60's Tribute though a bit hotter, they are also humbucking in the center switch position which gives a nice full sound with a delightful midrange. The neck position has a big fat tone which is always my first choice on any guitar; the bridge position by itself has a great tone with a nice shimmer but not stridently bright. To my ears the combination of the P90''s and the mahogany body give a great tone to this guitar, it is not the traditional sound of my 1968 Jaguar but it is a great sound nonetheless. This guitar has fulfilled my desires as I love mahogany and the P90s. This guitar sounds fabulous thru effects in particular fuzzes which I adore. The guitar comes shipped in a very well designed box that should protect it well during reasonable shipping roughness. I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for something that sounds a little different with a vintage like tone but not a cookie cutter sound. This guitar well for blues, garage, psychedelic rock and even the experimental improvisation I love.
I have installed a Gibson TP6 fine tuner bridge which even enhanced sustain which was already very good (after playing slide 99.9% of the time for the last 25 years I am very sensitive to tuning and can only use tuners that work down to .1 cents or it sounds sour to me). I also installed a Roland GK3 for synth work and the guitar triggers very accurately. I recently replaced the tone control with a Stellartone switching tone control (I can't help gilding my lilies). I can see this guitar becoming my main synth guitar and second only to my Gibson SG in my arsenal of way too many guitars (30+ and counting).