Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Discussion of newer designs, copies and reissue offset-waist instruments.
User avatar
Scout
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 306
Joined: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Location: Phillyish

Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by Scout » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:00 pm

I have a chance to pick one of these up, thinking if I hate the hummers I could put in jag pickups and a tort pickguard.
Anybody have one? It’s black with black headstock, I like the blacks.

User avatar
SAVEStheDAY
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 200
Joined: Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:17 pm

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by SAVEStheDAY » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:10 pm

I have the gunmetal blue Jag HH and love it. The Dragster pickups blow, though.

Image

User avatar
mbene085
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 5384
Joined: Tue May 24, 2016 5:07 am

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by mbene085 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:12 pm

I have owned two of the black ones and one gunmetal blue. I still have one of each of those colours. Great guitars. The stock pickups are nice enough but I've never been a PAF kind of guy so I swapped them out. I've liked them more than their MIM competitors.

User avatar
Scout
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 306
Joined: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Location: Phillyish

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by Scout » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:44 pm

Yeah, the guy wants $500, not much playtime on it. I'm gonna look at it tomorrow and probably get it if it's decent.

User avatar
windmill
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 3050
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:31 am
Location: South Eastern Australia

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by windmill » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:56 pm

They are well made guitars.

Play around with the pickup height before you decide on any changes.

When first released the shielding was very poorly done.

I like mine :)

User avatar
601210
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 953
Joined: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:55 am

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by 601210 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:29 pm

Scout wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:44 pm
Yeah, the guy wants $500, not much playtime on it. I'm gonna look at it tomorrow and probably get it if it's decent.
500 is a sick deal imo

User avatar
mbene085
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 5384
Joined: Tue May 24, 2016 5:07 am

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by mbene085 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:40 am

601210 wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:29 pm
Scout wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:44 pm
Yeah, the guy wants $500, not much playtime on it. I'm gonna look at it tomorrow and probably get it if it's decent.
500 is a sick deal imo
Seriously, that is underpriced. These MIJs are nicer than the MIM blacktops by a significant margin (I've owned both). These days there are new Squiers that sell for almost that much, I'd jump on that deal unless there was something wrong with it.

User avatar
Scout
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 306
Joined: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Location: Phillyish

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by Scout » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:49 am

Thanks, that’s what I thought, I’m gonna get it.

User avatar
mbene085
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 5384
Joined: Tue May 24, 2016 5:07 am

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by mbene085 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:56 am

The only things I've ever disliked about my HH Specials are that 1) a pickup ring on a pickguard is unnecessary and silly, they could have just cut the guard to accept a humbucker directly like a Blacktop, and 2) The single-ply guard lacks definition on the body.

I've never seen this offered as an option, so it'd probably have to be custom cut, but I've always wanted to get a B/W/B pickguard cut for pickguard-mounted HBs. I feel like that would look great on them.

User avatar
Scout
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 306
Joined: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Location: Phillyish

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by Scout » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:10 am

So,

I just bought the JM Jag on here and it came with a spitfire tort guard and an extra set of pups. I really like tort on black for that body shape or I could swap the w/b/w on the marr with the tort and try the white on the HH. I might really like the low fi humbuckers also, I’m nothing that invested in swapping pups, I’m more inclined to fiddle all the knobs to get a sound I want.

User avatar
Scout
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 306
Joined: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Location: Phillyish

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by Scout » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:11 pm

I went and picked it up today, the reason it didn’t sell earlier is that there is a “used” stamped into the back of the headstock, three of the serial number digits have been taken off and there is a body ding on the bottom bout likely from a drop. No fretwear, a beautiful dark fingerboard and everything else original. It’s really nice, I’ll do a setup before I change any components.

User avatar
Soggasaurus
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 385
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:40 am

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by Soggasaurus » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:52 pm

ImageI love mine, it's my #1 gig guitar. It's obviously been heavily modified and I never got a chance to play it with the original pickups, but the neck is fantastic and the matching headstock is super sharp. Congrats on snagging one, I hope it works for you!

User avatar
Scout
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 306
Joined: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Location: Phillyish

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by Scout » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:24 pm

Thanks, I will enjoy it for sure! I like your white pick guard, the contrast works but I’m leaning towards a tort guard I have.

User avatar
mbene085
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 5384
Joined: Tue May 24, 2016 5:07 am

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by mbene085 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:26 pm

I'm not sure your tort guard will fit. MIJ jags font fit USA pickgusrd templates, a few things are off including the bridge hole placement and I believe the plates don't fit properly either. I have both USA and MIJ jags and the pickguards have not been remotely interchangeable. And that's for jags that have the normal bridge- this is a TOM on top of that.

User avatar
Scout
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 306
Joined: Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Location: Phillyish

Re: Jaguar Special HH MIJ

Post by Scout » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:36 pm

Thanks, diving into the parts rabbit hole yet again! I’m actually making a pick guard today for another project, if it’s not too far off I may mod it to fit.
Image

Post Reply