Friday, July 23, 2010
This catalogue featured a display of guitars with no visible pickups called the Fender Marauder. The text stated the guitar had 4 pickups under the pickguard. In later years, I learned the guitars pictured in this brochure were in all probability non-working prototypes. This guitar had a shape similar to a Jazzmaster/Jaguar with a 25.5" scale and a Fender Stratocaster tremolo bridge with the bridge cover and screw-in bar. I say all this because the Fender Jagmaster, with its Stratocaster bridge is similar to that of the catalogues version of The Marauder. (see a prior post called Guitars that Never Were)
The 1996-98 Jagmaster was originally built in Japan as part of the Vista series. You can distinguish this guitar by the word Vista on its headstock.
Once again this instrument was only produced for two years.
The wiring was less complex than that of the Jaguar-Jazzmaster. The Jagstang had a two humbucking pickups with a single volume and tone control and a three-way throw switch mounted on the lower bout. The pickups were designed by Seymour Duncan. The bridge was a Strat-style version tremolo bridge with adjustable saddles and a screw-in bar. The body was basswood and the neck was maple with a rosewood fretboard. The 22 fret neck was similar to the Jaguar's 24" scale.
Due to the economic situation, Fender thought it advantages to close their Japanese factory in 1998. The original list price was $700.
At that time the Squier Jagmaster's neck was shortened to a 24" scale and an extra fret was added. Following what seems to be a trend, Fender produced this model for two years. In 2007 the model was updated to a 21 fret guitar. This guitar is still in production.
The silver sparkle version of the Jagmaster no longer is available.