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Jason’s Custom Catwoman Fender Jaguar

Here’s is a very unique Fender Jaguar for you to check out.  Jason sent us the story and details about his custom Jag.  See his story and photos of the guitar below.  If you have a cool story about your custom alternative guitar you’ld like to share with our readers you can contact us here.  Update: Added some more photos from Jason including “The Big Cat’s Lair” with Justine De Sade of local punk band The Bombasts.


Custom Catwoman Jaguar
Custom Catwoman Jaguar

These are the ones! What d’ya mean your Jag isn’t like this? I thought they all came with Michelle Pfeiffer on them!

I started collecting Beach Boys records in the early 80’s and was thus very keen to buy a Jag when the Jap version first came on the market in 1987. I purchased my Olympic white version in Oct 87 at a shop in Cwmbran, Wales (land of Queen Catherine Zeta Jones) and noted that the intonation and tuning weren’t spot on. Luckily a fellah who used to work at Andy’s guitar shop, London had recently moved into our Welsh valley and charged me a small price for setting the Cat up nicely (I still have the cash receipt for the job).

Over the next 12 years I played dozens of gigs – many of them in the open air on streets- with the Jag and used her on hundreds of hours of 4-track recording. I was only a bass-player-made-good when I bought the Jag and over the next few years taught myself to play my own version of lead guitar.

In 1990 I had bought a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby pedal and found that it enhanced the cat-like qualities of the Jag, helping me to progress from the standard early Beach Boys and 80’s style chorus effect tones to wildly screaming fuzz with wah-pedal-to-the-metal sounds used in conjunction with the whammy bar. Kurt Cobain was probably still getting dimes off the tooth fairy when all this was happening so it amuses me greatly when he’s held up as some sort of great innovator by choosing the Jaguar as his weapon of choice.

In 1998 I did a Christmas show at work, kicking off with a storming version of U2’s “New Year’s Day” during which my Cry Baby pedal finally died. For some reason I had stuck a little Catwoman sticker onto the Jag for the performance and over the next year gradually came up with the idea of painting the whole guitar.

In December 1999 I undertook the paint job using a large poster of Michelle Pfeiffer for the front image and a DC comics story book of the Batman Returns film for the back. I used little tins of model airplane gloss paint for the job (having a background in scale modelling) and the work was done, through a stinking bout of flu, in about a month. A while later I painted the legend “She is like a cat in the dark, and then she is the darkness” which is from Steve Nicks’ song “Rhiannon”, interestingly about a Welsh witch. The paint went rock hard when it set and has lasted almost ten years without any blemishes.

“Catwoman”, as we can now properly call her, still functions perfectly and I’ve used her in the last week on a wild recording of The Temptations “Psychedelic Shack”. The pickup covers have yellowed with age and I’ve had to glue the plastic whammy bar tip knob back together after it had cracked and fallen off. I recently submitted a comment on the Jag Stang site regarding the usual bridge saddle problems, my hacksaw cut into the high E string saddle being the only major modification I’ve made to the Cat.

My other guitars are a 2000 Big Apple Strat, )painted with Halle Berry as “Storm) a 1997 Ibanez Blazer strat copy, a 1989 Marlin Sidewinder (painted with Elvis), a 1979 Hondo Strat copy and a 1992 Gibson ES135 semi acoustic, along with 3 or 4 basses. My Jag was not supplied with a string dampener and has a J-shaped whammy bar as opposed to the S-shaped ones I’ve seen on many Jags.

The Jaguar as a model is a special guitar, an acquired taste for the connoisseur. My own Catwoman jag is, as the old Cadillac adverts said, unique in the whole world.

Happy trails, partners! THE BIG CAT

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!

Fender Jaguar Owners – Let’s see your Jags!

This post is inspired by a forum post where Fender Jaguar owners are showing off their Jags.

Whether you have a new Mexican Custom Player Jaguar, Japanese Reissue Jag, American Classic, original vintage jaguar, or any other iteration, we would like to see it!

Just upload your photo to flickr or whatever your favorite image host is. And then go to the following forum topic and post your link to your jaguar image. [forum topic URL] (you may have to create a forum account if you have never used our forums before)

Below is just a small selection of some of the Fender Jaguar photos and photo links posted up by their owners.

(Click the images to see larger versions)

danny's jag
danny's jag
fran's jag
fran's jag
jma689's jag
jma689's jag
junebug's jag
junebug's jag
libtoem's jag
libtoem's jag
libtoem's jag
libtoem's jag
mad-mike's jag
mad-mike's jag
pentastar's jag
pentastar's jag
pentastar's jag
pentastar's jag
perdie's jag
perdie's jag
purplehaze19x's jags and jazzy
purplehaze19x's jags and jazzy
richie's jag
richie's jag
rumorsofsurf's jag
rumorsofsurf's jag
salukipilot4590's jag
salukipilot4590's jag
sickboy's jag
sickboy's jag
snottysnot's jags
snottysnot's jags

Awesome looking jaguars guys!

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.

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Fender Classic Player Jaguar

Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster

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