The Classic Player Jaguar® Special HH guitar turbocharges the time-honored Jaguar model with several thoroughly modern improvements, including dual humbucking pickups, innovative electronics that include a blend-able coil tap for greater tonal versatility than ever, a 9.5" fingerboard radius and a neck pocket with increased back-angle for improved stability and sustain.
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I bought my first one for these used in 2007. Compared to a black MIJ Jaguar Special HH I owned (which I've since sold for another one of these), the pickups in this guitar are volcanic on the humbucking settings and very nice on the single coil settings. I've done a lot of recording with these guitars (I have three for different tunings), and feel that the coil splitting is somewhat limited in terms of the different sounds that you can get. Once you dial a pickup away from single coil by about 1/8th of a turn, you are immediately into the heavier sounding humbucker territory - it's not as much of a gradual transition as you might think - from there things just get louder. I think that I'd probably prefer just a switch between the settings instead of the dials if only to eliminate "analysis paralysis." I've done 100's of takes on these guitars to test ALL of the various permutations and my favorite setup is either just single-neck or hum-neck, and sometimes both pickups mixed between hard single and hard humbucking, but almost never somewhere in between on the coil-splitting dials. The neck as a bit of a rough-around-the-edges feel compared to the quality of the MIJ models, but I like it. It's a really raw and potent feeling guitar. My only issue with it is that the bridge buzzes constantly, but some hot wax melted into the screws eliminated that problem for me. Other than that it's an amazing guitar. I briefly owned a relic'd Kurt Cobain Jaguar and this guitar is better than that in terms of sound - the KC Jaguar is very harsh sounding to my ears. This guitar is also louder and fuller sounding than the black MIJ Special HH. I've recently purchased a Squier J Masic Jazzmaster (amazing guitar for the price), and I would only describe it as "different" than this guitar. I'd love it if Fender did some more colours for it, and perhaps made a model that replaces the dials with toggle switches high on the horn that cut between single-hum for both pickups.
sculley owns this item
I recieved this guitar in 2011 from my dad, as my Squier Telecaster was reaching the end of its life. At first the playability was hard, but now it is the fore-front of our band! It is a truly wonderful instrument with many great features, and sounds amazing through my Marshall! It is louder then hell and the controls are endless, any tone is avaliable. Buy this guitar, it is honestly the best one around!!
Stackhouse96 owns this item
This is by far the best guitar that I own. The sound is very versatile and always sounds great. Whether you want to play some blues riffs or if you want to rock out, this guitar is the whole package. I always suggest purchasing this guitar if you want a little bit of everything.
Tom_Flip owns this item
To start off, the offset body and short scale of any Jag makes for comfortable play while sitting and easier use for those with smaller hands.
Although named 'Classic Player', the HH is a thoroughly updated iteration of the venerable Jaguar. Intent on keeping the vintage look, Fender put serious thought into best utilizing the old control layout with the new humbuckers. At any time on old-school Jags, half of the controls are non-functional, meaning half is dependent on the position of the rhythm/lead switch. On the CP HH, Fender dumped the rhythm circuit and made all the controls active at all times by completely rerouting the controls on the upper horn. The rollers coil-split each humbucker. The switch that was once used to swap between circuits is now a killswitch. Finally, on the lower horn, the high-cut switch is now a low-cut switch to take the edge off the bass and give back some of that vintage jangle. These changes vastly improve the ability for the player to shape the guitar's sound, just be sure to avoid striking the controls on the lower horn while strumming. The Fender Enforcer humbuckers give off a crisp, well-defined roar. They are great for chording and can be thinned out using the new coil-splitting controls to simulate the clarity of single-coils for solos. The reverberation caused by all the metal and springs in the tremolo assembly makes the CP HH sound brighter than most humbucker-equipped guitars I've played.
One minor issue is that the functionality of the bullet-style headstock. The CP's old-school truss rod adjustment at the base of the neck would have been nice. The Jaguar Special Edition had a bullet-style before the CP's release, so why they went back to the vintage version is beyond me. Also on the SE, but lacking on the CP, is a matching headstock which would have looked gorgeous on the Olympic White model.
This is a fantastic guitar, capable of a range of subtle to ferocious play worthy of the name Jaguar.
oninoyakamo owns this item
I got this guitar about 2 months ago and it plays great , it sounds really good and the neck fits really nicely in my hand. It has very nice features on it with lots of buttons that can make the sound of the guitar sound very bright or thick/warm. The only downside for me is that it is kind of heavy but thats very minor and forgivable , its just not very fun to carry around when you travel lots , This guitar 9/10 , great for the money
DonutMaster owns this item
Bought this fine item a month or so ago and I am extremely happy with it. I'm a heavy rock/metal player mostly but I was amazed at the tonal capabilities/versatility of this guitar, the cleans are really really sweet on this beauty and it can get heavy and dirty with the best of them. Not extremely *brootalz* but easily has the capability to pull of a good metallica/pantera sound with the right amp. You'll probably find yourself busting out a hell of a lot of Nirvana numbers when you play it though!!!!
My main gripe if you will is the fact that this is an £800 - £1000 axe and the bridge rings terribly when not plugged in and can get noticable if you dont play behind a wall of gain when ampped. Now i know that Jaguars are renowned for this to the point that the problem is known as Jaguar Ring but i feel Fender could quite easily address this problem that has been well documented for years all over the internet, it could be the difference maker if you let it get to you.
Other than that, it's an awesome guitar and i would gladly buy again- ringing bridge or not. I would also recommend to anyone in the market for one.
Jagstangdemon owns this item
Real nice guitar, plays and sounds great. The only problem for me is the kill-switch, wich for me is unusable. On the otherside, the coil-splitting is really usable, you can get many sounds out of one guitar, if you want. Or just one great sound. The short scale is getting more comfortable to me.
I'm very pleased with my guitar, it sounds and feels great and does what it's supposed to do.
dfolkeringa owns this item
i picked up this guy about a year ago cause i was looking for a guitar with humbuckers and have always loved the jag body style. it was a little rough to play at first, but a good setup solved that problem. i still have a little trouble keeping it in tune, but had a similar problem with a jaguar in the past. it's a high quality guitar for the price, and you can't beat the adjustability of the sound with the coil tapping and kill switch.
toothysaw2 owns this item
Fit and finish of my guitar is perfect. I'm in love with the olympic white color. So much so I ordered an acoustic Sonoran to match my Jaguar. I really like the blend knobs for Hum canceling. If I had one criticism with this guitar it would be the lack of the bridge string mute like on an original version. That said I really like the components on this guitar. The chrome control plates and trem assembly really pop. The guitar has a great feel, and while it is large enough it doesn't fit in a start/tele case, to me the body doesn't feel big or cumbersome in any way. Overall I am very pleased. Versatile tone for a variety of musical genres. She's a keeper.
mojocaster owns this item
|Model Name:||Classic Player Jaguar® Special HH, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||24" (610 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Vintage-Style|
|Bridge Pickup:||Enforcer™ Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Enforcer™ Humbucking|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||Neck Pickup On/Off Slide Switch, Bridge Pickup On/Off Slide Switch, Normal/Low Cut Slide Switch|
|Bridge:||Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge with Vintage Style "Floating" Tremolo Tailpiece and Tremolo Lock Button|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Screw-In Style Jaguar/Jazzmaster Tremolo Arm|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Auxiliary Switching:||Master Kill Slide Switch, Neck Pickup Humbucking/Single-Coil Blend Control, Bridge Pickup Humbucking/Single-Coil Blend Control|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||2 Enforcer™ Humbucking Pickups, Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge, Medium Jumbo Frets, New Neck Pocket Cut Provides Better Pitch, 9.5" Radius, Trem Plate Moved Closer to Bridge to Increase Break Angle and Sustain, Screw-In Tremolo Arm, Black Plastic Knobs and Switches, Humbucker/Single-Coil Blend Controls, Black Plastic Knobs and Switches|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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