Tag Archives: Jazzmaster

Regency Red Jazzmaster Project Guitar

We love featuring the project guitars of our forum members and regular visitors. Here is another great project guitar from forum regular CROSS. A regency red jazzmaster project. Below are details and photos of CROSS’ project.

CROSS Jazzmaster - strung full

Here is the forum post if you want to jump in on the original project discussion. [url]

CROSS wrote: The body is alder. I bought the timber off Ebay from America. 

The template is from guitarbuildngtemplates.com. These templates are not ‘Fender-accurate’, I think they are copied from Warmoth. The shape itself is fine, but the neck and body cavities needed a bit of adjusting. 

It fits the US jazzmaster pickguard which I bought from Dazbootman. Just w/b/w. I may upgrade to brown tortoishell.

The neck is from allparts. It’s an amazing neck. 7 1/4″ radius. I stained it, sprayed it with gloss auto acrylic. The decal is from decaljoe. I would have liked to have built my own neck with the correct Jazzmaster design , but I don’t have the time.

I finished the body with Auto acrylic. I have used this colour before with the Musicmaster project I made a while ago. It polished up nicely. It’s very fragile paint, but keeps the shine.

AVRI pickups with cream/aged covers.

(Click for larger photos)

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.

Random Guitar Stuff Around The Web

It’s been a very slow few months for interesting alternative guitar stuff on the web. So here are a few random, but somewhat interesting, guitar articles I’ve come across the last few weeks.

Fender finally reveals the Costello Jazzmaster.
We posted about the Costello Jazzmaster last November. And now Fender has made it official. Check out the official Costello Fender link here.

Jimi Hendrix meets The Sims 2
[Recently posted by theaxevictim blog]

Why don’t girls play guitar?
Interesting article posted by BBC News Magazine.

Steve Jones Les Paul Custom
Initially introduced at 2008 Winter NAMM the Steve Jones LPC can now be seen here on the gibson site.

Steve Jones Les Paul Custom

Fender Jazzmaster now a half century old

It’s hard to believe the Fender Jazzmaster was first introduced 50 years ago, back in 1958. While it’s not one of the guitars that has it’s own section here at jag-stang.com we do have a strong affinity for the Jazzy.

It’s very likely that if there was no Fender Jazzmaster there would be no Fender Jaguar and thus no Fender Jag-Stang ! And oh how sad that would make us! 🙂

Are you a current or former Jazzmaster owner? We would love to hear your thoughts on the jazzy and how it influenced your playing over the years in the comments to this post.

1958 Fender Jazzmaster

If you’re interested in more of the inner details of a 1958 Jazzmaster you should visit this fantastic web page. [link] That page has a lot of detailed photos and descriptions of one.

And here’s a few vintage Fender Jazzmaster ads to enjoy while reminiscing. (Click the images for larger versions.)