Alone among Fender's four main guitar models, the chromed-out, switched-bedecked Jaguar is a child of the '60s rather than the '50s. Originally intended as the top-of-the-line guitar, it has traveled its own unexpectedly remarkable path, from waves of surf and instrumental rock in the '60s to snarling punk and angular post-punk in the '70s and '80s to legions of devotees in many genres and subgenres from the '90s onward.
Introduced in 1962, the Jaguar paired a shorter 24" scale with brighter-sounding pickups and a Jazzmaster-like dual-circuit control layout. It was a hit during the early-'60s surf music era into which it was born, and, like the Jazzmaster, underwent a popular resurgence from the 1980s onward as an epitome of subversive, low-cost cool in the hands of rock anti-heroes on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Jaguar features a sleek and comfortable offset-waist body.
Like the Jazzmaster, the Jaguar features separate "lead" and "rhythm" tone circuits, but with even more controls for even more tonal versatility.
Shorter scale length (24") is great for smaller players and more diminutive hands, with an extra (22nd) fret, too.
Most Jaguar models feature Fender's distinctive "floating" tremolo bridge/tailpiece design; other models have modern bridge options offering further tonal and performance distinction.