2002 Crafted in Japan Fender Jaguar

Here’s a look at my old 2002 Crafted in Japan Fender Jaguar.

Unfortunately, the only video I have of this guitar, other than how I added a BuzzStop Bar, was one of the earlier recorded demos, so the audio isn’t very good. In the video below Darren is playing some rock into a Marshall JCM800.

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I really liked this guitar, and as far as the build quality was concerned it couldn’t have been better.

2002 Fender Jaguar reissue with block inlays

The block inlays really set this guitar apart from most other Jaguars I’ve seen and apparently from the information I have gleaned from sources on the web, this particular model (with the block inlays) was a significant release, something to do with an anniversary or a re-release, I can’t remember which but if you search around online you might find the significance behind this model.

2002 Fender Jaguar 60s re-issue with block inlays

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My only two gripes with this guitar were, the fret size was a vintage spec, which is a lot smaller than I prefer…

2002 Fender Jaguar with block inlays and vintage sized fret wire.

…and the bridge had a slight buzz, which I ended up fixing by installing a Buzz stop bar, as seen just behind the bridge. The buzzing is quite normal for this type of Fender bridge apparently, but there are a number of after market bridges, as well as the BuzzStop bar, that can be purchased to fix the buzz issue.

2002 crafted in Japan Fender Jaguar body with a Seymour Duncan Jazz Blues humbucker and buzz stop bar.

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The maple neck was a really comfortable ‘C’ shape and was attached to the body by the much preferred ‘Pre CBS era‘ four screw method.

Neck plate

The headstock was the larger Strat shape which is typical for all Jaguar models, and the truss rod adjustment screw was at the heal of the neck.


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The nickle plated vintage style tuners were the original and were still in perfect working order.

Headstock and Tuners

The Alder body was solid, and it had a really comfortable weight, not overly heavy but definitely not light. The three tone burst was a nicely done poly. Unlike the really thick poly coats on a lot of Fender guitars, this was quite thin so you could see the little indents in the pattern of the wood grain on the top of the gloss finish.


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The guy I bought this guitar off had a Zebra Seymour Duncan Jazz Blues Humbucker professionally installed, which I really loved. I just didn’t think the Zebra style suited this guitar so I swapped it for a white JB instead. Which I think matched the original neck pickup a lot better.

buzz stop

The switching was quite complex, so I will only explain how the pickups worked… I wont try and explain how it was wired to the switches because I will confuse both me and you!

Simply, The Humbucker could be split into each coil and played on its own or individually with the neck pickup. It could also be played as a Humbucker and Humbucker/Neck combination.

Body and neck

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I’m not usually a fan of the Tortoise pick guard, but the Tort pick guard, white pickups, chrome hardware and the three tone burst were a perfect combination for this guitar. The Rosewood fret board was a rich dark color, almost black. It does have a brown tinge in these pics but in the flesh the fretboard was extremely dark. I doubt the wood would have been anything other than rosewood though.


The neck binding was a nice touch and added to the style of this guitar. On reflection, this guitar had style and was exceptional in terms of build quality and playability.

tremolo and neck

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Jazz BluesAll in all this was a super sweet axe, and if any one is contemplated buying a Jap made Fender but is getting caught up in the whole Made in Japan versus the Crafted in Japan debate, I can assure you from my own personal experience that this CIJ Jaguar would be every bit as good as it’s MIJ counterpart.
Volume and Tone

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