#1
So I am trying to decide between the fender mim strat and the squier vintage modified jaguar. Both guitars will fit my style just fine but I would like to put more money into a good amp and have a cheaper guitar. I have heard a lot of good things about the squier jag despite its brand and I am aware of the bridge problem which I am willing to fix. However it is a squier and I am not sure if the quality will be good enough. Would it be better to go with a strat and have a significant amount of money cut out of my amp budget? I should mention that I will not be gigging with and it will just be for home use and an occasional jam session with friends. I have an epi LP ( and a wimpy ss amp) but I dont feel that it fits my style at all. I would appreciate your opinion, thanks!
#3
I am in the Seattle wa area. My budget for the guitar is about 250-350. I would really like getting a new guitar which is the main reason the jag is so tempting, I can get it new for about 300 while I could get the strat used for about that same price. Also most sales don't apply to used gear so I could get the jag for even cheaper on sale. The amp that I am planning on getting is the fender super champ x2. A plus about this amp and the jaguar is that I could get them both in seafoam green which would look pretty awesome imo. And I do slightly prefer the jaguar body to the strat body. But my main concern is about quality, not looks.
#4
Gotcha, well, the Jag should run you less than $300 with any online dealer that honors the 15% off that MF runs all the time. I've got a couple Jags, the MIM Fender CP and the Japanese HH - I love the scale and find the body to be insanely comfortable. I also like the circuitry, but not all people dig that stuff. Have you played the Jag?

Basically, with my VM Jazzmaster at least, it needed the bridge upgrade, a better nut, and will probably get a pot-swap at some point. That said, it's a fun guitar and easy to play. Quality wise, it isn't quite on par with the build quality of my MIM's or MIJ Fenders, but at the price, I can't expect it to be.

You're looking at single coils - have you looked at Tele's? I'm possibly snagging a G&L ASAT Tribute Special for $285 this week. The G&L Tribute series will be on par with the MIM Fender (mostly), and runs about the same price. Take a peek at those too.
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#5
I have tried teles, and I really love their neck pick ups but I feel like they are more aimed at country style music and I really dislike the bridge pickup. I would want something for alternative/indie rock. My favorite band is the shins but I also like surf rock and really creamy cleans. I definitely want single coils. If you have any other suggestions id be hapy to hear them but I am pretty sure that either the jag or the strat is what I want. I haven't played a jag yet but I know how their quirky settings work and I'm cool with it.
#6
Check out the G&L Tribute line - they have some Strats, and the G&L Tele (I bought today)
has wide single coils; something like a P90 with a little more spank and a little less growl.
The Jag is cool, man, I wouldn't turn you away from that. In fact, my HH Jag is my favorite guitar to play, the body and neck are just perfect for me.
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#7
The tele with p90 style pickups looks sweet! I think I am going to get the jaguar though. Maybe I'll get a telecaster for my next guitar. Thanks for your help I really appreciate it! It might be a couple weeks before I am able to pick up the guitar but once I do I'll say what I think of it. Thanks again!
#8
It is! Definitely try to snag the Tele used on your next round, G&L doesn't seem to retain it's value as well as Fender. Post a new guitar day thread when you get it, with lots of pictures! Enjoy it, and I'm happy to help
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