A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a great offer – my local guitar store was selling a brand new Squier Jaguar at a really good price. Since I’m a massive fan of offset guitars (especially Jazzmasters!), I just couldn’t resist myself from buying it. And to be honest, I already spent dozens of hours with this axe in my hands. I feel like this amount of time is long enough to share my objective opinion about this guitar. Is Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar worth the money?
Yes, it’s totally worth the money. I love absolutely everything about this guitar – the look, the sound and the comfortable neck. I always knew that the Classic Vibe series is good but I didn’t expect it to be that good! I’ve read that cheaper Jaguars tend to have problems with the tremolo bar, but I didn’t experience any issues with my guitar. It sounded great from the day one!
We already established that Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar is a really good guitar. I think that it will be suitable for both beginner and more advanced players. I highly encourage to check it out on your own, but if you’re still not sure whether you should get it, keep on reading. I’ll tell you in more detail what exactly made me fall in love with this guitar. Let’s jump into it!
I bought my guitar in Surf Green color with red shell pickguard. Additionally, I got myself a gig bag by Fender made specifically for Jaguar and Jazzmaster guitars. From what I’ve seen online, Squier offers this model in a few more colors, so if you don’t like that one, don’t worry.
Anyway, here’s the photo of my new guitar:
Looks beautiful, right? In my opinion, it presents itself absolutely fantastic! I also really like these white square fret markers on the fretboard. Here’s another photo:
For those who want to know more technical information about this model, here are the specs:
- Body: Poplar with gloss polyurethane finish
- Neck: Maple, C profile, 24″ scale length
- Fingerboard: Indian Laurel, 9.5″ radius, 22 Narrow Tall frets, Block inlays
- Pickups: two Fender Designed Alnico single-coil pickups
- Bridge: 6-saddle Vintage Style with Floating vibrato tailpiece
- Switching: neck only, both pickups, bridge
- Lead Circuit: Bridge and Neck Volume controls, Master Tone
- Rhythm Circuit: Neck Pickup thumbwheel controls
Classic Jaguar Sound
In terms of sound, it definitely sounds like a true Jaguar. Whenever you plug it in, you just want to add more reverb to your tone and play some surf rock songs! What I like about Jaguars is that no other guitar sounds like them. While Jazzmaster can sound like a Strat at times, it’s really difficult to compete with the classic sound of a Jag. You can either hate it or love it. There is a reason why Kurt Cubain considered his Jaguar as one of his favorite guitars. It rocks!
In addition, The Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar has an extremely useful vintage vibrato tailpiece. Again, it’s perfect for surfy tones. If you like surf or indie rock in general, the Jaguar will definitely be a guitar suitable for you.
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For me, having a comfortable guitar neck is the major factor that makes me fall in love with a guitar. You can get the most expensive and best looking guitar in the world, but if the neck doesn’t feel right, you won’t be satisfied. Thankfully, the C-shaped maple neck in Squier Jaguar really fits my style of playing. As a result, playing on this guitar turns to a fantastic and enjoyable experience.
In terms of costs, the guitar seems to be pretty cheap. Of course, the Classic Vibe Series is not as affordable as Bullet or Affinity Series, but to be honest, it’s going to be really difficult to find a better offset guitar at this price level. I think that the price is within reach of any guitarist. So whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced player, you should be able to save up for it really quickly.
For more information about pricing, feel free to visit Amazon.
Who Is Squier Jaguar For?
I think that this Squier Jaguar will be ideal for a specific group of people who likes to play around with reverb, vibrato and chorus. In general, this guitar will be ideal for indie and alternative rock or dream pop. On the other hand, as proven by Kurt Cobain, Jaguars are also perfect for heavier riffs, so if you’re into grunge or hard rock, you will definitely be satisfied too.
I’d say that this guitar is made for passionate guitarists who value independence and they enjoy being and sounding different. If you’re that kind of person, I guarantee that the Squier Jaguar will be ideal for you.
Is Squier Jaguar better than Stratocaster or Telecaster?
It’s really difficult to say if Jaguars are better than any other guitars. In general, I think that all of these guitars have something really cool in them. What I like about Jaguars is that they are not as common as Strats and Teles. Don’t get me wrong – the fact that Stratocasters are super popular doesn’t mean that they suck. But it all really depends on your preference. So if you’re struggling whether you should choose a Jaguar, Strat or Tele, don’t stress to much about it and go to your local music store. In that way you’ll know what you like the most!
Where are Squier Jaguars made?
My Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar was crafted in Indonesia. The CV Series used to only include guitars made in that region, but from what I’ve read, some of the newest Classic Vibe guitars are being made in China. Will it cause any issues? Well, I don’t think so. I think that it’s just a matter of stereotypes. People used to think that products made in Asia are worse in terms of quality, but the truth is that it all drastically changed in the latest few years. Today’s guitars from that area are really good and they can compete even with the Mexican-made Fenders.
Where can you buy a Squier Jaguar?
As I mentioned earlier, the best way to get a Squier Jaguar is to either order it from Amazon or check it out in your local music store. You can always search for used Jaguars in your local area – just make sure to check it out before you buy it and see if it’s not going to make any troubles.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m really happy that I decided to buy this guitar. Although it’s been only a few weeks, I feel like it’s going to be one of my favorite guitars of all time. Some people still associate Squier guitars with some cheaper (and worse) alternatives to Fender guitars, but the truth is that the quality of Squiers really improved in the last few years.
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