Jazzmaster vs Jaguar: what's the difference between these iconic Fender offsets?

Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster on a Fender guitar case
(Image credit: Future)

Few electric guitar styles get our hearts fluttering quite like an offset, and the king and queen of these lopsided six-strings are undoubtedly the Fender Jaguar and Fender Jazzmaster. Often the victims of mistaken identity, many players struggle to tell them apart, let alone recognize the subtle differences in spec between the two. So if you've ever asked yourself: what's the difference between the Jazzmaster and the Jaguar? We'll hopefully clear it up for you once and for all today. 

Both the Jazzmaster and Jaguar have enjoyed a long and varied time in the limelight. Moving out of the dimly lit, smokey jazz clubs to the sun-kissed beaches of the California surf scene before finally landing in the hands of disenfranchised alt-rockers. These two guitars have most certainly cemented themselves into the guitar-playing zeitgeist to become two of the most popular models ever released. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.