Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90 review

  • £598
  • $739.99

A pocket-friendly way to (over-) drive a Jag

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Our Verdict

As much as we like the existing Jaguar HH, we had our fingers crossed for a twin-P-90- loaded version. The Jaguar 90 is every bit as great as we hoped it would be.

For

  • Tones. Playability. We don't miss the vibrato.

Against

  • It's a Jaguar only in shape.
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This latest version of Fender's sixties offset switches out the dual humbuckers of the existing Blacktop Jaguar HH for a pair of sweet-sounding P-90s. Like the HH, the new Jag comes sans the vibrato unit that plagued/made the original guitar.

In its place, the Jaguar 90 features a chrome Adjusto-Matic bridge and anchored tailpiece that suffers none of the tuning problems often present in the sixties guitar and its reissues.

"There's more edge on this alder- fuelled guitar than you'd expect from mahogany-bodied P-90 planks"

This Jag's alder body, slim-profile maple neck, big headstock and the crucial 24-inch scale length offer just enough Jag-style vibe to keep this guitar clinging to a branch on its family tree. Those looking for a cool alternative to a Gibson Les Paul Special should give it a go.

Sounds

If P-90s have passed you by, imagine them as fat-sounding single-coils; the chubby vibe is here in the Jaguar 90. Clean tones are bright, yet well-rounded, in all positions on the three-way switch. Add some overdrive for a lovely clang when you hit power chords with the bridge pickup engaged.

There's more edge on this alder- fuelled guitar than you'd expect from mahogany-bodied P-90 planks, but all those rock, mod and punk tones are in here. That edge also helps the clarity of the overdriven neck pickup, making it perfect for upper- fingerboard blues licks.

Tech Specs

Country of OriginMexico
Available Controls3-way Pickup Selector Master Tone Master Volume
Available FinishCandy Apple red (as reviewed), two-colour sunburst
Body StyleJaguar
Bolt-on NeckYes
BridgeChrome Adjusto-Matic bridge and fixed tailpiece
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Fingerboard Radius241mm (9.5-inch) radius
Guitar Body MaterialAlder
HardwareVintage- style tuner
Neck MaterialMaple
No. of Frets22
NutSynthetic bone/42mm
Scale Length (Inches)24
Scale Length (mm)610
String Spacing52
Year of Origin2012
Pickup SwitchingThree-way pickup selector toggle switch
Pickup TypeTwo Blacktop Jaguar 90 single-coil pickups
TremoloNo