Sunday, January 1, 2012

Review: Squier Jagmaster

Well, yesterday I was surfing around in youtube and stumbled upon a guy playing his Fender Jaguar. I thought of doing a review of it but decided against it mainly because this blog deals with beginner to mid-tier guitars. So, here's Squier's take on the Fender Jaguar: the Squier Jagmaster. Enjoy!



Features: This is a 2006 Squier Jagmaster, Made in China. Its got your basic 2 humbuckers, toggle switch, single volume and tone controls. It is built out of alder, with a maple neck and a rosewood fretboard with 21 frets. It has an offset style of body similar to the Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster guitars. I'm giving it a 7, not because its lacking in features but because you can get more features for the price if you so desire. // 7

Sound: I play mainly pop punk, with some blues and classic rock and the twin humbuckers suit it very well. I am using it with a Crate V5 amp and currently a Boss SD-1 overdrive pedal. despite it having "humbucker pickups" it is fairly noisy on both clean and with overdrive, and I have played it though several amps so I'm sure its the guitar. It is a jack of all trades type of guitar, it can handle almost anything to ask it to do, from blues to heavy metal, however it's better at stuff like blues and classic rock than metal. // 7

Action, Fit & Finish: I purchased this guitar used off of Ebay so I do not know how the factory setup was however when I recieved it it was very well set up. It didn't have any major problems besides many nicks in the finish from being thrown around by the pervious owner but the hardware and neck were all in tune and I havn't needed to adjust it in the 2 years that I've had it. // 9

Reliability & Durability: This guitar is pretty durable. I have played it in several band practices but no gigs yet. One of the things that would be a problem once I start giging is that it doesn't hold its tuning for very long. In paticular the G string comes untuned after about half an hour of playing without using the whammy bar. With the whammy bar all of the strings stay in tune as along as you don't use the bar very often or very hard. I would not gig without a back guitar because strings break and other stuff happens and its just stupid to go without a backup. // 7

Impression: my overall impression is that for $155 this is a very good guitar. It isn't the best out there but it can hold its own against any that retail for under $450-500(it retails for $280). When I bought this guitar I didn't know what I was looking for and I got it because it was cheaper than the Fender Jaguar while still being somewhat similar. I ended up getting a diamod in the rough. If it was lost of stolen I'd probably save for a few more months and get a higher end guitar like a Gibson faded SG. I would not reccomdend getting this if you have been playing guitar for a few years unless money is really tight or you are looking for a project guitar. However if you have a beginner guitarist looking for your first electric I say get it or another member of Squiers classic vibe/vintage modified series its well worth it.// 8

13 comments:

  1. Amazing guitar, i remember i had one a few years back. Definitely stick with it, and open up to alllll forms of music. I learned by ear. Picked it up pretty quick. its nice to find a blog about this stuff, following! :D +1

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  2. Thanks for the comment on my page and the follow. I'm returning both. Nice axe you have there. I'm a drummer and my Hubby is a guitar player. He's got a classic 60's Strat, baby blue and I had Carven custome make him a guitar a few years back. I had Ludwig custom build my kit for me. You should post some of your music. I'd love to hear it. I posted one of ours called Take Me Home last month. If you've time I'd love to get your feedback on it.

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  3. I really like this style guitar... Kinda wish mine looked like it.

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  4. I've always wanted to play guitar.. hmm, following!

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  5. Great indepth review, looks like it would be really good for beginners.

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  6. that guitar is awesome! now following!

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  7. very good guitar I like it :)

    Following :)

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  8. I remember i got my first guitar online. It was a squirer that came with a amp, bag of picks, carrying case, tuner and a bunch more clips and junk. It was around one fifty or so. I have got at least 7 or 8 more since then. That guitar is ok. I have had one close to it and it was just moderate level.

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  9. Wow very nice looking guitar

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  10. damn that s an aweosme guitar, happy new year dude

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