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Favorite Guitars From Namm 2019

We’ve had a few weeks to reflect on this years NAMM announcements / demos and here are some of our favorites from this year’s show!

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe line sees some great updates for 2019 including new ’60s Jazzmasters, ’70s Jaguars, and ’70s Mustangs!

There are also a couple interesting new guitars in the limited ‘Alternate Reality’ series. They are the Meteora HH and the Powercaster.

See photos of these guitars below. For more details check out the Fender Shop at https://shop.fender.com or your favorite retailers.

Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – Surf Green
Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – Black
Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – 3 Color Sunburst
Classic Vibe ’60s Mustang – Vintage White
Classic Vibe ’60s Mustang – Sonic Blue
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Sonic Blue
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Olympic White – Left Handed
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Olympic White
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – 3 Color Sunburst
Alternate Reality Powercaster – White Opal
Alternate Reality Powercaster – Surf Green
Alternate Reality Powercaster – 3 Color Sunburst
Alternate Reality Meteora HH – Lake Placid Blue
Alternate Reality Meteora HH – Candy Apple Red

THE JAG-STANG REGISTRY – WINTER 2018 UPDATE

It’s time for another look back at how the Registry has evolved during the previous few years. (last update post was winter 2016) And we like to say a big THANK YOU! to all the jag-stang owners out there who have participated by adding their guitar info. It’s been very interesting to get a feel for just how many jag-stangs are out there and where they’ve all ended up.

Below is the summary of data with the changes from the last 24 months in bold. Some of the interesting changes are: 251 new entries over the last 24 months! That’s about 10.5 new jag-stangs per month added.

  • Total guitars: 677 (+251 guitars!)
  • Handed – 94.7% right handed – 5.3% left handed (left gained +0.1%)
  • Color – Sonic Blue is the most popular color at 55.8%. (-0.3%)
  • Modifications – around 40.6% of the guitars are listed as modified. (+0.2%)
  • Countries – currently in 45 unique countries with most in the United States at 44.5%. (+6 new countries)
  • Oldest – T016701 [Made In Japan] (no change)
  • Newest – R075779 [Crafted In Japan] (no change)

We plan to continue adding features and tweaks to The Registry and welcome input from everyone on desired features. If you haven’t yet added your jag-stang click the link below to get started.

Thanks!

–> Visit The Registry <–

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Fiesta Red Fender Jag-Stang Prototype Auction Closed – Winning bid: $93,750

[Updated after auction close – May 19 2018]

The auction has now closed and the Fiesta Red prototype jag-stang has a winning bid of $93,750.


The Kurt Cobain Fender Jag-Stang Fiesta Red prototype is currently up for auction at Julien’s Auctions. This is part of a “Music Icons 2018 Auction Lot” with some other guitars and music related collectibles.

Link to Prototype Jag-Stang ]
[ Link to Music Icons 2018 Lot ]

There are not any detailed photos included in the listing of the prototype jag-stang. Provenance is provided by “Fender Museum of the Arts Foundation”. The prototype apparently has a serial number of V069200 on the neckplate which is different than regular production jag-stangs that have the serial number on the base of the neck above the neck joint.

Also included in the auction is the design drawing done by Kurt for the Jag-Stang.

If anyone comes across more details of the prototype in this auction let us know!

julienslive photo of prototype jag-stang
julienslive photo of prototype jag-stang

Kurt Cobain Fender Jag-Stang design
Kurt Cobain Fender Jag-Stang design

Fender Jaguar Controls – Classic and American Pro models

New to the Fender Jaguar or just want to learn more about all those switches? Fender recently published an article detailing how the switches work with some nice images showing the various switch combinations.

Please make note of the on/off colors in the key.

(from full Fender article here: Fender Tech-Talk – Jaguar Controls)

Classic Fender Jaguar Controls
Classic Fender Jaguar Controls

American Pro Fender Jaguar Controls
American Pro Fender Jaguar Controls

(Note: we copy Fender content locally due to the regular moving and removing of resources from their website.)

The Jag-Stang Registry – Winter 2016 Update

Every so often we like to take a look back at how the Registry has evolved during the previous year or so. And we like to say a big THANK YOU! to all the jag-stang owners out there who have participated by adding their guitar info. It’s been very interesting to get a feel for just how many jag-stangs are out there and where they’ve all ended up.

Below is the summary of data with the changes from the last 14+ months in bold. Some of the interesting changes are: 152 new entries over the last 14 months! That’s about 10 new jag-stangs per month added.

  • Total guitars: 426 (+152 guitars!)
  • Handed – 94.8% right handed – 5.2% left handed (left gained +0.5%)
  • Color – Sonic Blue is the most popular color at 56.1%. (+0.3%)
  • Modifications – around 40.4% of the guitars are listed as modified. (-0.8%)
  • Countries – currently in 39 unique countries with most in the United States at 40.4%. (+4 new countries)
  • Oldest – T016701 [Made In Japan] (no change)
  • Newest – R075779 [Crafted In Japan] – This is the only CIJ we’ve seen with a leading ‘R07’ serial number. (new entry)

We plan to continue adding features and tweaks to The Registry and welcome input from everyone on desired features. If you haven’t yet added your jag-stang click the link below to get started.

Thanks!

–> Visit The Registry <–

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Fender Jag-Stang coming back in 2017??

Could the Jag-Stang be coming back in 2017? Maybe to join the new DuoSonics and Mustangs just released by Fender?

A little over a week ago Fender had an event an their new Hollywood location. Some photos came out of that event showing a unique jag-stang. Having black switches, a better fitting pickguard, a new color?, and who knows what else.

Below are a couple of photos showing the new jag-stang. The first photo was posted by otisserie on Instagram and the second photo posted by Fender on Facebook. You really have to zoom in on the Fender event photo and look at the guitars on the back wall near the new duosonics and mustangs. (look for the white-ish jag-stang nearby)

EDIT: Updated to include more photos from Fender Hollywood Grand Opening Event that show the jag-stang.

New Mustangs and Duo-Sonics announced at Summer NAMM 2016

Via Reverb.com video (embedded below)

New Duo-Sonics

  • single coil and humbucker pickup versions
    • coil split on humbucker
  • 9.5″ neck radius with medium jumbo frets
  • small headstock
  • hard tail bridge
  • 3 way toggle pickup selector

New Mustangs

  • single coil and p90 pickup versions
  • larger headstock
  • other features similar to new Duo-Sonic

New Mustang Bass

  • 30″ scale
  • P/J pickup configuration