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Fender Jaguar or Jazzmaster? Which did you choose?

We often get questions from folks newly interested in the jag and jazzy like this one. So this post is for you owners out there to share your thoughts.

Are you a Fender Jaguar or Jazzmaster owner? What led you to your choice?  And if you happen to own both we want to hear your comparisons between the two guitars.

While very similar on the surface the Jaguar and Jazzmaster have some basic differences. Below are some of the technical differences between the Classic Player Jaguar and Jazzmaster. 

  • The jazzmaster has a 25.5″ scale neck while the jaguar has a 24″ scale neck.
  • The jazzmaster has 21 medium jumbo frets – the jaguar 22.
  • The controls and pickup switching are different between the two.
  • The significant differences between the pickups of the two. 
  • The new classic player jaguars also have more pickup options like the dual humbucker jaguar model.

With those basic differences what ultimately led to your choice? What do you recommend people currently shopping for one or the other look out for?


Fender Classic Player Jaguar
Fender Classic Player Jaguar


Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster
Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster

Thanks for sharing!

Like your music intense??!? Good YaHoo article for a playlist.

I just read through this great article and wanted to blog a link to it here without giving away too much of the content.

The name of the blog post over on yahoo is Like A Hurricane: The 20 Most Intense Tracks Of All Time… From “Gimme Shelter” To “Big-Eyed Beans From Venus”!.

There are some very good tracks here to listen too for those times your in the mood for intese tunes.  I smell a new iPod playlist for this!

Holiday Gift Guide For That Guitarist On Your List [ 2008]

With the prime holiday buying season upon us what better time to put together a guide to help you pick something out for your favorite guitarist. Thanks to lots of great feedback from our forum users we put this together to show you some good gifts in various price ranges.

Before we get into the gifts we want to give a few words of caution. If you’re gifting guitar accessories, like strings or picks, note that brand, string gauge, and pick weights are important to a guitarist.  If you don’t know what they use be sure and give gift receipts.

Price Range: $1 – $50

There is a lot to choose from in this range including sets of instrument cables, strings, lesson and tab books, straps, cheaper effect pedals, and many more accessories.

  • Good instrument cables. Good cables can last for years. Don’t get cheap ones!
  • String sets. Sets of 10 are usually in the $30 to $40 range.
  • Effect Pedals. Lots of decent effect pedals under $50.
  • Lesson and Tab Books

Some examples of items in this range.

  • Boss DS-1 – $39


  • Fender ’57 Mini Twin – $49

With Headstock, Above, Right-facing

  • Pro Co Guitar Cables – price varies


  • Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 – $49


  • D’Addario String Sets – price varies


Price Range: $50 – $200

This price range opens up a lot more options for gifts.

  • More effects pedals and multi-effect pedals.
  • Smaller guitar amplifiers.
  • Additional accessories like replacement pickups.

Some examples of popular items in this price range.

  • Replacement Pickups – consult the giftee or give a gift card for these. Guitarist all have different preferences on pickups.


  • Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah Pedal – $69.99


  • Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer – $99.99


  • Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Chorus – $84.00


  • Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI – $76.50


  • DigiTech Whammy Pedal – $199.95


  • Line 6 Spider III 30W 1×12 Combo – $199.99


  • Vox Pathfinder 15R Combo – $119.00


Price Range: $200+

At this range it may be best to just give gift cards or credit at your local guitar shop.  Since at this range you can start considering guitars as gifts it would be best for the player to try things out themselves.

However, being we we recommend the following guitars:

  • Fender Classic Player Jaguar – $799.99 – $849.99

Candy Apple Red

  • Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster – $799.99 – $849.99

3-Tone Sunburst

  • Fender ’65 Mustang Reissue – $699.99

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Favorites from Winter NAMM 2008

Now that Winter NAMM 2008 is complete we thought we would put together a summary of some of our favorites things from the show. Feel free to tell us your favorites by commenting this post.

AXL Badwater Guitars With “Eldorado” Body Style – great looking guitar with telecaster vibe

Axl Badwater


BOSS GT-10 Guitar Effects Processor

Boss GT-10


Gadow Guitars American Series

Gadow American Series


Bunch of new Gibson custom model guitars including a Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) model.

Gibson Steve Jones Sex Pistols


Gig-fx Pro-chop pedal for crazy chopping, panning, and tremelo effects. This could be a whole lot of fun.

gig-fx pro-chop pedal


So that was some of our favorites from the show. Doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of excitement from this years releases. I’m sure we missed a bunch so let us know if you saw any cool gear announced and what your favorites were.

(Note: Here is a link to harmony-central’s complete list of press releases from the show.)

Guitar World opens Beta Tab site

Guitar World has opened up a new tabs site that they are calling it’s “Beta” phase. It’s a very interactive section featuring official Guitar World tabs and also user submissions and videos. The tab pages even have this neat automated scroller so you can jam without having to scroll the pages in mid song.

Guitar World Tabs

I have to wonder if they are paying publisher fees to avoid the issues all other tab sites have faced recently. They were obviously paying some kind of fees to put the tabs in the magazine so maybe it’s just an extension of those agreements.

Guitar World has finally made an interesting play in the web space after all these years. And it looks to be a great start. Better late than never right?!

The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars from

We like Best/Most/Worst/etc lists. They seem to generate great discussion in all kinds of directions.

So here we present you with’s “28 Most Recognizable Guitars”. The Fender Mustang, as made famous by Kurt Cobain, comes in at a very respectable 14 on the list.

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

This list is shown below. You can also check out the Blender article which includes great descriptions and video links for each entry. (Blender article link)

  • 28. Buck Owens: Red, White and Blue acoustic
  • 27. Les Claypool – Primus: The Rainbow Bass
  • 26. Michael Angelo Batio: The Reverse Double-Neck
  • 25. Dave Grohl – Foo Fighters: Dan Armstrong/Ampeg ARMG-2
  • 24. Michael Anthony – Van Halen: Jack Daniel’s Bass
  • 23. Angus Young – AC/DC: Gibson SG
  • 22. Ace Frehley – KISS: Laser Guitar
  • 21. Albert King: Gibson Flying V
  • 20. Zakk Wylde – Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society: The Grail
  • 19. Jerry Only – The Misfits: The Devastator
  • 18. Billie Joe Armstrong – Green Day: Blue
  • 17. Bootsy Collins: Space Bass
  • 16. Dimebag Darrell Abbott – Pantera/Damageplan: The Dean From Hell
  • 15. Rick Nielsen – Cheap Trick: Hamer Five-Neck
  • 14. Kurt Cobain – Nirvana: Fender Mustang
  • 13. ZZ Top: Dean Spinning Fur Guitar/Bass
  • 12. Gene Simmons – KISS: Axe Bass
  • 11. Eric Clapton: Blackie
  • 10. B.B. King: Lucille
  • 9. Jack White – White Stripes: 1964 J.B. Hutto Montgomery Airline
  • 8. Bo Diddley: The Big B
  • 7. Willie Nelson: Trigger
  • 6. Prince: Purple Glyph Symbol Guitar
  • 5. Paul McCartney – Beatles: Hofner Violin Bass
  • 4. Jimmy Page – Led Zeppelin: Gibson SG Double Neck
  • 3. Elvis Presley: Martin D-28 Acoustic
  • 2. Eddie Van Halen – Van Halen: Frankenstrat
  • 1. Jimi Hendrix: Fender Stratocaster

Tightening that Dynamic Vibrato tremolo arm

A common question of new owners of guitars with a Dynamic Vibrato is how to keep the tremolo arm in the tailpiece bar. The tremolo/bridge unit of the Fender jag-stang and most mustangs is a Dynamic Vibrato, so this article applies to both the jag-stang and mustang.

The first thing to know is that the tremolo bar itself does not “snap” or screw into place like the tremolo bar of a stratocaster. The tremolo bar is held in place by pressure from a small allen screw in the tailpiece bar.

The photo below points to the location of this allen screw. Note the location indicated by the blue arrow pointing into the end of the tailpiece bar.

dynamic vibrato tremolo screw

So to hold your tremolo bar in place get the bar in a position you are comfortable with and then snug the screw in the end of the tailpiece using a 4mm (or 5/32″) allen wrench. Don’t over tighten this screw. (see below)

dynamic vibrato tremolo screw

So another very common problem is that the screw in the end of the tailpiece bar will be missing. They fall out very easily.

There are not a lot of options for finding a replacement screw. You may have to buy an entire dynamic vibrato tailpiece that includes the screw. Or another option would be to pull the tailpiece bar off the guitar and take it into your local hardware store looking for a screw that will fit.

[If anyone has found an exact replacement for this screw please let us know the details and we’ll add it to this article.]