Fender Jaguar vs Mustang: What’s the difference?

A Fender Jaguar and Fender Mustang on a gradient background
(Image credit: Fender)

While the Stratocaster and Telecaster might reign supreme in terms of popularity amongst Fender’s line-up of electric guitars, the Jaguar and Mustang are still much loved by a whole range of players. Introduced in 1962 and 1964 respectively, they both offer a shorter scale than most other Fender guitars, and a range of different tones; but what sets these two guitars apart? And if you’ve been considering picking one up, which is the right model for you?

Both guitars are well known for being covered in all sorts of switches and knobs. While this has no doubt confused and maybe even put some players off, it’s also a huge part of what makes them sound so unique, and has helped deliver some classic tones over the last 60 years.

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.

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