Originally Posted by chetatkinsdiet
My take is that the bridge design of both is terrible and won't hold the strings in place.
It's the same bridge they used on the Coronado. I think I might have liked both of those guitars better with a different bridge.
The angle that the strings pass over the fulcrum has a great deal to do with the sound of the instrument. Case in point: Gibson's headstock design vs. Fenders. And look at a Coral Sitar; super shallow angle and a lot of contact area with the fulcrum.
It's hard to get much bite out of a Jag or a Jazz if you're used to a Strat.
Also, IMO the Jag and the Jazz were designed for 012 or heavier strings; without a wound G they get really wimpy. You can change the pickups but it doesn't affect the source of the sound much.
Although older Tele's used a similar saddle design, the strings were anchored immediately behind the bridge on the Tele which meant the strings wouldn't jump off the saddles; on the Jazzmaster and the Jaguar, the strings are anchored all the way at the back of the body; this also greatly affects the tone; nothing at all like a Strat.
IMO the Mustang is a much better alternative Fender; better for rhythm than lead playing, though, since they have small radius fingerboards. They sound lovely.