Jag-WOW!! (first thoughts on a new Jaguar)

Discussion in 'Squier Offset Guitars' started by IronSchef, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

    Age:
    55
    Jun 18, 2012
    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    Finally got a chance to plug her in last evening - had been adjusting and fiddling unplugged since she arrived. Been blown away by this guitar!

    • TONE!! holy cow, these jaguar pickups are really unlike ANYTHING I have ever played. There is an inherent "sparkle" that is unique to these pickups. I really dig the dual circuits, as well - really cool ... LOTS of variable tone shaping capabilities. Once again, the stock "Duncan Designed" pickups on the VM just kick ***! These pickups seem hotter than I expected - is that the nature of all Jag pickups, or just the DD version? Whatever it is, I am totally digging it.
    • The Neck - I fully expected this VM model to have a neck like other VMs, and it SURELY does! She plays wonderfully
    • Scale - I am seriously digging the 24" scale. While I will never stop playing Strats and Teles, I have also grown VERY fond of 24" scale (2 mustangs and 1 jag now)
    • FB Radius - I would have preferred the more "vintage" 7.25", but I do like my 9.5" FBs as well
    • Rosewood! Yep, I went used on this one so I could grab another guitar w/ Rosewood. I am not quite ready to embrace Indian Laurel or Pao Ferro just yet, lol)
    • Bridge - I see LOTS of dislike out there for the stock Jaguar bridge, w many folks opting to swap it out for a mustang, mastery, or even TOM. I put 11s on this as soon as I got it, and I have NOT experienced any string jumping or annoying buzzing. Works like a bridge should, so far!
    • Weight - as soon as I pulled her from the box, I noticed she has some real heft to her! Just got on the scale, and it looks like she is about 9 lbs. Not an issue for me at all, as I quite like the heavy ones
    • Color - CAR!!! Still, my all-time favorite color :)

    One thing I DO want to mention is that I considered several different Jaguars, not just the Squier VM. When you really compare features and prices, The Squier VM becomes a "no brainer" -- to get the full Jaguar "experience", with the correct control circuits, you have to go high-end and high$$ for a "Fender" w similar specs ... I'll take the Squier, please! :cool:
     
  2. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Congrats ! She sounds lovely ! ! ! More porn please ! !
     
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  3. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

    Age:
    55
    Jun 18, 2012
    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    for you, Ken -- one more of the business end of this red-hot young lady :)

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  4. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Age:
    51
    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago
    Thanks for plagiarizing. :) For the most part, that is....

    I like the DDs but they are hotter than the what you'd expect with vintage. @Caddy put in Fender '65 reissues and can attest that those are dead accurate to the originals. Certainly Squier has addressed a selling point of the Duncan name and also a bit of "modern" music desires of the masses. So really you can keep the DDs or simply drop in Fenders with confidence. Both are great depending on your tastes.

    The neck on the VMs are chunks, the largest or all in what we own; the Mustangs even chunkier. I'm not a fan of them, but.. I am not shredding on this. I'm more chords and passing notes, rooted base melodies, etc. Anything requiring nimble fretwork or soaring leads, this is not the guitar for me (not that I could play that stuff anyway. But if I were to try, I wouldn't choose this weapon.)

    Scale and fretboard never bother me. Maple would be more of a concern over laurel or pao. Radius, same as you I guess. At over 9.5 pounds, it's a boat anchor so that's what prevents me from playing this more often. And my bridge has always been fine with Super Slinky 9s.r

    But decidedly so about the tones. I'm always dialing and adjusting textures and tones and I love old school passive electronics. I *think* somewhere through the 70s into the 80s hair and everything dimed, en masse, people have just "forgotten" about how good they really can be. It's not ignorance or anything, just lack of exposure. Even today with a basic HH guitar, I talk to so many players and they look at me sideways at the prospect of not having everything on 10. The concept of adjusting tone and volume is simply foreign to them.

    Happy guitar day. I'm sure the two of you will be very happy.
     
  5. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    The cover over the saddles really makes it look retro ! Don't know how I never noticed that before ?

    Really nice Chef ! really ! really !
     
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  6. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Age:
    51
    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago
    I love my Jagwower too!
     
  7. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-Meister

    380
    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    H (cool) NGD! Nice review.
     
  8. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-Meister

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    346
    Jul 14, 2018
    Nashville, Tn
    HNJD! Granted, I've never played a jag before, but I don't believe I've ever seen whatever that it is below the bridge pup! Lol... Is that the aforementioned "cover" over the bridge? I feel like an alien looking at a guitar for the first time... Lol... And whatever that is, can ya palm mute with that thing?
     
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  9. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

    Age:
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    Jun 18, 2012
    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    lol - yeah, its a bridge cover ... gotta take it off (like a Tele ashtray cover) if u want to palm mute. I do like the way it looks tho :)

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  10. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    I rather like the cover. Are these available online? Are there Squier-specific items available?
     
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  11. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Age:
    71
    Nov 29, 2010
    Indiana
    Yes, that is the bridge cover.

    As I just posted a bit ago in another thread concerning this guitar, the Jazzmaster I bought new in spring of 1965 of course came with the cover. It was very quickly removed and stuck in the case, never to again see the light of day. While it looks good it put my picking and too far above the strings and as you guessed it made palm muting nearly impossible. My buddy and lead guitar player at the time had a 1963 Jag, his cover also lived in his guitar case (along with the string mute that the Jags came equipped with).
     
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  12. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Age:
    71
    Nov 29, 2010
    Indiana
    Yes, they are available on eBay. The Fender cover will fit the Squire (there are no Squire covers). I have often thought of getting them for my VM Jag and Jazzmaster, but $16 each for something that will live in the case just keeps me from buying them.
     
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  13. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    Thanks ... maybe somebody here wants to sell theirs? If so please P.M. me.

    Yes, I like shiny things.

    Btw, my SX Jazz Bass clone had a cover and I used it sometimes ... but I agreed it was not all that functional and I couldn't mute the strings and I couldn't play right over the bridge pickup all that well. And I don't smoke so I couldn't even use it as an ashtray. But I just thought it "completed" the overall faux classic look of the bass. Btw, it even had the thumb/finger rest on the treble side of the guitar which I often used when I played the old "thumb" style for the bass.
     
  14. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-Meister

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    Nashville, Tn
    Pretty cool, man... I don't know why we like "shinies" that basically don't have a function, lol... Like the Tele/Esquire ashtray bridge cover... But they damned sure look good! Lol...
     
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  15. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    HNGD! Great review! I'm intrigued by these guitars. I do not have one. I had a Jagmaster, but that's not the same guitar as a Jaguar or a Jazzmaster.
     
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  16. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

    May 16, 2010
    west texas
    HNGD and congrats, I love mine:)
     
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  17. Scarabeus

    Scarabeus Squier Talker

    77
    Sep 15, 2015
    I love mine too... though I can’t get it to stay in tune with even the slightest Trem use.
    But the sound and vibe and looks... it’s a great guitar, especially for the money.
     
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  18. Treynor

    Treynor Squier-holic

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    Jun 22, 2016
    Dallas, Texas
    Awesome looking JAG...I'm also a sucker for CAR!

    HNGD!
     
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  19. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Age:
    51
    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago
    What string gauge are you using? If you have something heavier than 9s, the nut likely needs to be dressed. I use my trem regularly and it never goes out. Even sitting on the stand for a week.
     
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  20. Scarabeus

    Scarabeus Squier Talker

    77
    Sep 15, 2015
    I don’t mean to hijack this thread… But I’m using 10’s and a tusq nut. Also using a staytrem bridge and locking tuners. I recently lubricated the nut and saddles with pencil lead and the inside metal on metal bit of the tremolo with silicon lubricant.
    One thing that I noticed is that the break angle is quite shallow... can that contribute to tuning issues with the rocking bridge?
     
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