Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I play mostly progressive rock, experimental rock, metal, and ambient music, and this guitar surprisingly nails them all. I play it through a Bogner Uberschall and an Ernie Ball Volume, Crybaby From Hell, Ibanez Tube Screamer, Boss Noise Supressor, Line 6 DL4 Delay, Line 6 FM4, DigiTech Whammy, Banshee Talkbox, Boss DD6 Delay, Boss dual pedal Loop Station, Holy Grail Reverb, Boss Tuner, Mxr Phase 90, Boss tremelo, and DOD flanger. Even through all of this gear, the guitar keeps a tame noise level, with almost no noise at all. It has a brighter sound than my Epi Les Paul Custom, but not overly bright. It really shines when run through a really nice delay and overdrive, and it is very versitile either way. It's sound is an acquired taste, but once given some time and some tweaking it will definitely become an outstanding guitar in your eyes.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar definitely fits everything from blues and classic rock to the heaviest of metal and progressive rock. I have been playing for 3 to 3 and a half years and this is probably my favorite guitar, among a Les Paul Custom and a Schecter Omen 6. I play it through a Bogner head and an old Peavey cabinet, as well as the mentioned pedals. If it were stolen or lost, I would sure be disappointed, and wouldn't be able to get another guitar for a while. Even if I got another Jaguar, it wouldn't be the same as the one I had, so I would probably get another guitar. I love this guitar dearly, but I just don't like the tuners. I chose this over a Gibson SG and a Fender Telecaster strictly for how comfortable it was and how radical it looked. It turned out sounding pretty darn good too! I'm sure to keep this guitar through the rest of high school and through the rest of my music career. I highly recommend it for any musician looking for something different.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I have played this guitar everywhere from the main stage of the Worcester Palladium to extremely tiny venues and houses and this baby can withstand it all. The hardware seems like it will last a long time, but will probably need to be changed eventually. I've changed the strap buttons to Dunlop Straplocks, but only because I do extreme things with the guitar Live. The buttons it came with are fine for the normal guitarist. I would no doubt gig with is, as I have, but I bring a backup no matter what. You never know when you'll break a string! The finish seems rock solid, but I've only dropped it a few times. Overall, it seems really dependable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
All of the adjustments, except for the strings, are stock on my guitar. It was set up great from the get-go, and it was even a floor model. The bridge is pretty good, but occasionally the low E comes off the saddle. Ironicly, only when I'm playing live! Other than that, I can't spot any flaws.
Features — 9
This Jaguar was made in Japan, and I believe it's a 2006 model. It has a 24 inch scale neck with 22 frets. It's a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, pretty Standard. It has a black alder body with all chrome hardware, which looks great. It has a Tune-O-Matic style bridge instead of the typical Jaguar tremelo. It has passive electronics with dual volume and dual tone controls, as well as an unusual killswitch, lead circuit, and 2 position tone control. These electronics can be hard to get used to but they are no doubt helpful and ultimately easy to use. There are two Dragster humbuckers instead of single coils, which sound absolutely fantastic. The tuners are Vintage style Fender tuners, which can get annoying to change strings in my opinion. They keep tune fairly well except with lower tunings, so I'm considering changing them. It has all of the basics and more.