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Check YouTube. Big Ryan from 60 Cycle Hum just put up his review video for the new Fender Player II Series Jaguar.
One thing I did notice in checking out the Specs for the Player II Jag is that the Bridge PU is Alnico 5 and the Neck PU is Alnico 2.

Surfadelphia wrote:

Check YouTube. Big Ryan from 60 Cycle Hum just put up his review video for the new Fender Player II Series Jaguar.
One thing I did notice in checking out the Specs for the Player II Jag is that the Bridge PU is Alnico 5 and the Neck PU is Alnico 2.

I had noticed that, with regard to the pickups. I have AlNiCo 2 on my Warmoth Jaguar, and like the sound. Not quite as hot as AlNiCo 5.

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The more I think about it, the more I could have grown to love one of those Jags if they made it in the green colors they're making some of the other Player II's in.

I mean, how hard can it be to route out some wood?!?

I bet a lot of these loaded Jag bodies end up on Reverb when people buy them to switch out the pau ferro necks on their Player I's and Vintera I's

AgentClaret wrote:

The more I think about it, the more I could have grown to love one of those Jags if they made it in the green colors they're making some of the other Player II's in.

I mean, how hard can it be to route out some wood?!?

I bet a lot of these loaded Jag bodies end up on Reverb when people buy them to switch out the pau ferro necks on their Player I's and Vintera I's

Having just built a Jaguar from Warmoth parts, I’ll weigh in. The body came pre-routed, but I had to expand the Rhythm Switch route and it was a job. The clearances are tight and it would be very easy to get it wrong and destroy the body.

Honestly, the FMIC-build Jaguar I like best, feature wise is the CV Squier. I would have bought a Vintera, but I didn’t want the 7.5” fingerboard radius. Once I got to the price point of the American Vintage, I figured that I’d go for the Warmoth and get the exact specs I wanted. There is no AV II Jaguar listed on the site, but maybe someday.

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I watched Ryan’s video tonight and came away with a good opinion of the sound of the Player II. On the bridge pickup, it was super bright, but not harsh. I was surprised at how beefy the sound of the neck pickup could be. While I’d miss the Rhythm Circuit, and especially the Strangle Switch, I could see the Player II as being a decent sounding Surf axe. I certainly wouldn’t fault anyone for choosing one.

However, for my money, I’d actually prefer the CV Squier, which has the typical Jaguar control set. With the leftover money, is put on an AVRI tailpiece and a StayTrem arm, which is exactly what I did with my CV.

Ryan lifted the pickguard and showed the route, which was pretty wide open and looked like what you’d see on any other MIM Fender. Nothing looked to be of poor quality, but the route would definitely involve less labor to manufacture.

Watching the video of Ryan’s Player II, I was struck by how different it looked without the control plates and that black pickguard. It just didn’t look right, to my eye.

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Surely those Player II guitars and the Squiers are CNC routed, which means the effort/labor to do the pickup and control routing is pretty minimal - they would save very little in terms of cost to eliminate the Rrythm circuit. A big rout (or swimming pool rout) mainly allows for easy configuration changes, like for adding humbuckers - they can crank out a bunch of identical bodies and use them for different models.

On the other hand, they save money and labor eliminating the rhythm circuit and slider switches, since they are leaving out a bunch of parts and really simplifying the wiring. How much the parts and labor are worth is hard to tell (obviously, Fender is not paying retail for the parts). Maybe parts & labor savings of ca. $50?

AgentClaret wrote:

The more I think about it, the more I could have grown to love one of those Jags if they made it in the green colors they're making some of the other Player II's in.

I’ve been looking to pick up a cheap jazz bass at some point and that green definitely caught my eye…

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edwardsand wrote:

Maybe parts & labor savings of ca. $50?

Whatever it is, you have to multiply that by thousands of guitars. Heck, $50 times 1,000 guitars is $50,000, so it’s no small savings.

edwardsand wrote:

Surely those Player II guitars and the Squiers are CNC routed, which means the effort/labor to do the pickup and control routing is pretty minimal - they would save very little in terms of cost to eliminate the Rrythm circuit.

100% they are CNC. At the rate Fender no doubt puts wood through their CNC machines, saving a few seconds (say ... 30) on each body adds up over the course of a day, allowing them to produce more routed bodies.

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