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Classy custom-rod looks and an overflowing buffet of tones set this straight-ahead Jag' apart.

Copious tone options. Substantial, comfortable neck. High quality for the price.

No vibrato. Clarity and headroom comes at the expense of some generic tones.

$449

Squier Jaguar HH-ST
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It's funny to think the Jaguar was once derided by alleged guitar experts and collectors. For all its quirks, a good Jag' is a beautiful playing guitar in just about any incarnation—thanks largely to its short scale and curvaceous shape. In a way, the Squier Contemporary Jaguar HH-ST distills that recipe to its essence.

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