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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!

Favorites from Summer NAMM 2008

Summer NAMM 2008 has just wrapped up in Nashville, Tennessee and here are some of our favorite from the show.  There were no real scoops from the show as a lot of the news trickled out leading up to the show.

Fender announcements

Gibson announcements

If you are a Jaguar or Jazzmaster fan this is great news for you.  Affordable Mexican models probably right down at your local guitar shops soon. You no longer have any excuses as to why you can’t find a Mustang, Jaguar, or Jazzmaster any more.  But don’t even ask about jag-stangs… lol

The Fender Classic Player Jaguar and Jazzmaster

Fender has introduced new Jaguar and Jazzmaster guitars in the Classic Player line. The Classic Player Jaguar and Jazzmaster are Mexican made with some very nice updates and improvements.

Notable updates/improvements are:

  • Adjusto-Matic Bridge (somewhat like a tune-o-matic)
  • 9.5″ fretboard radius (compared to the 7.25″ radius previously)
  • sustain/stability improvements – increased back angle, tremolo plate moved closer to bridge
  • dual humbucker option on the jaguar
  • “hotter” pickups

These new Classic Player models should nicely fill the gap left when the Japan made models became no longer available. Just the bridge and fretboard radius improvements alone will make this guitar look very attractive compared to the much higher priced American Vintage Jaguars and Jazzmasters.

The dual humbucker sunburst jaguar will also undoubtedly be a favorite of the Cobain fans. Who will no longer need to go through the hassles and expense of getting one of the “Kurtified” Fender Japan Jaguars.

(Click pics for larger images)

Fender Classic Player Jaguar

Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster

We plan to have a hands on review posted in the future.