#1
So I'm saving up money and have a good idea of what I want to get but I'm stuck between a few versions of teles, jags, and jazzmasters. I'm the price range of 800-1500 (If I go cheap I'll probvably pick up an AC15) I was wondering if there was any significant differences between the MIM jag and the MIA jag besides the additional grand it costs. If a Made in mexico isnt that great ill probably go with an american tele either the special or the standard (the special being made with mexi parts but by in america.) I like single coils so I'm leaning away from the jazzmaster but I still like the tone of most bands that have one. I'm not too picky about looks or finish outside of it being durable (same goes for the guitar in general).

Some of my favorite bands with these guitars include Arcade fire, They might be giants, my bloody valentine, Joyce manor, bomb the music industry, The Smiths, M83, Los Campesinos!, Brand New, This town needs guns, The shins, and interpol.
#2
I like quite a few of the groups listed (TTNG, Brand New, The Smiths), and can safely recommend the Classic Player Jaguar. Yes, it's MIM, but it is a quality guitar with modern appointments (trem is closer to the bridge, adjusto-matic bridge, higher output pickups). If you're looking for another option you could always go with a MIJ Jaguar too, they are in your price range and are also quite nice (save the pickups). I'd go with the CP Jag, I got mine for $680 new and love it, and you'll have enough left over for that AC15 and then some. Hell, you could get a Tele too probably.
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#3
That MIM CP Jag should be just fine. MIM Fenders are generally decent instruments. The benefits of going MIA or MIJ are usually found in the QC, the quality of the wood used, the components and possibly certain added features, like unique finishes.

IOW, they will be better guitars, but are they worth the premium price charged? That's an individual question. And by that, I mean the individual player AND the individual guitar.

If you're open to other options, Reverend has some guitars you might like, such as the Double Agent, Club King, Manta Ray...and probably a few others.
http://www.reverendguitars.com/category/guitar/

And this Godin Richmond Belmont would also be a decent option:
http://www.richmondguitarscanada.com/belmont.html
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Apr 4, 2013,
#4
Surprisingly the squire vintage modified jaguar is really nice. I bought one and sanded off the name. Sounds pretty great
#5
If you're going to look at MIC jaguars, you should check out used Modern Player jags. The QC is probably about on par with more expensive Squier products.
#6
You might like the Malden Liquid or Utopia models.
http://maldenguitars.com/

The Hell Guitars ZeroDot might also appeal:
http://www.hellguitars.com/zerodot.html
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Apr 4, 2013,
#7
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#8
The Jazzmaster has single coils, just slightly different ones. I could definately vouch for the MIM Classic Player Jazzmaster, sounds and plays great, but try it out first, i tried one in a shop that was nowhere near as nice as my own.