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as promised: CIJ jagmaster & jaguar side by side

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:35 pm    Post subject: as promised: CIJ jagmaster & jaguar side by side Reply with quote

i had a few things to do to the jag/jagmaster, so i figured while i had them 'apart,' i'd do an rod von beergut and snap some side by sides, and basic comparison shots of them.

i don't know what years the two guitars are, but there are serials in the pics, maybe someone can codebreak them for me? by my best estimate, they both appear to be from 97 or so.

the jaguar got new kluson tuners, and i had to restring them both. i used D'addario XL115's on the jag, and GHS boomer 11/50's on the jagmaster (just to try them out - the fucking rock, fyi).

a few things you may (or may not) notice as differences:

    jagmasters have smaller/slightly misshapen headstocks.
    Crafted in Japan is written differently.
    forearm contour is more pronounced on jaguar.
    rib contour is much deeper on jagmaster.
    grain on jagmaster neck is not as pretty, although very consistent.
    grain on jaguar neck is very pretty, although less consistent.
    grain on bodies is very similar, although jaguar has more pronounced grain, as in it's very woody.
    variances in neck tint.
    jagmaster fretboard is much darker brown.
    jaguar neck is a lot thicker at the neck pocket, and appears to have a thicker fretboard as well.
    the black edges of the sunburst is actually like a dark coffee brown, which is probably the clear coat (which is minimal).
    upper horn is skinnier on jag.

the necks are identical, but the jagmaster body is far more comfortable all around. it's my favorite guitar ever.

having both of these guitars affords me the luxury of getting single coil/hum sounds without changing the way it feels to play them (if that makes sense). i can switch between the two, and it's like i'm playing the same guitar.



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet guitars. I have never played a Vista Series anything.

I generally do like the Jag trem a little better but I haven't used the other style too much.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really cool pics and comparison.
The O serial is 1997 - 2000 and the V serial is one of the early CIJ necks (V serials are usually MIJ), so 1997 again.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaguar:
Your guitar was made at the
Fuji-gen Plant (for Fender Japan), Japan
in the Year(s): 1996 - 1997

Jagmaster:
Your guitar was made at the
Fuji-gen Plant (for Fender Japan), Japan
in the Year(s): 1997 - 2000

The jagmaster might be a bit off as i used this which only does Fender.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. Good to know this stuff.

Great post.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:39 pm    Post subject: Re: as promised: CIJ jagmaster & jaguar side by side Reply with quote

hotrodperlmutter wrote:

having both of these guitars affords me the luxury of getting single coil/hum sounds without changing the way it feels to play them (if that makes sense). i can switch between the two, and it's like i'm playing the same guitar.


you could do that much easier by having one guitar with a coil split.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's assuming that a coil tapped vista humbucker is going to sound exactly like a jaguar pickup. i'd just prefer to have two seperate guitars. especially ones i deem as awesome.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have two jagmasters and have had more-- love em
i play them as much as my avri jag
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