Price paid: $ 1330
Purchased from: musicians friend
Sound — 10
This guitar was made for surf and rock, but the pickups didn't work well, so I replaced with humbuckers, like the Jaguar (not Jag-Stang) Kurt Cobain used. I play mostly metal, hard rock, and grunge. This suits my style perfectly. On the lead circuit the guitar functions normally, the knobs are active and so are both pickups. The rhythm circuit gives you just the neck pickup so you have a brighter tone and the sliding controls are active for the neck pickup. The lead circuit is good and all, but where it really shines is the rhythm circuit. This guitar suits most styles of music (I haven't anything but what I normally play).
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for a little more than a year. I got the money to buy it, along with the amp, from a slot machine. Lucky, huh? I also own a standard tele, a Jag-Stang, and an Ibanez jetking. I picked this one because of my Jag-Stang. My favorite feature is the rhythm circuit, it's amazing. If it was stolen, I'd definetly get a new one, particulary black finsh. The other amp I have is a Fender Princeton 65 DSP. It definetly sounds better through my twin reverb. What can I say, this is some of Fender's greatest work.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I replaced the strap buttons with strap locks, just because I like the locks better, I didn't really need to. I've bumped it a few times and not a single scratch. I would definetly gig without a backup. The hardware is made to last. I totally trust it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was set up perfectly at the factory. Even though I replaced the pickups, the guitar performs prefectly. The did not need any adjustment. I don't often use the trem bar because to much usage will really put the guitar out of tune fast. The finsh is perfect. Enough said. I play through a Fender Twin Reverb amp With a DigiTech Grunge distortion pedal. It is just amazing.
Features — 10
This is an American Vintage series 62' Jaguar reissue. I replaced the single coils with d'marzio evolution humbuckers. It's a 3-color sunburst finish with a Vintage floating trem tail piece and a removable mute bar. Sorry, no picture provided. It has master volume and tone controls, three 2-position on/off phase swithches (two for lead circuit, one for rhythm circuit). On the top left side of the guitar, there's two sliding volume controls for the rhythm circuit, and a 2-position rhythm/lead circuit selector Switch. It's unusually shaped alder body gives full access to the upper frets. Made in japan, 22 frets, 24" scale.It looks like the Jag-Stang without the cutaway and with a thicker body. Weighs 8 pounds.