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Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass 3-Color Sunburst

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Get the expression of an upright with the precise attack of an electric.

The Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass gives everyone the chance to own a fretless J Bass with warm, singing Fender tone! It has a one-piece maple neck with a lined fretless Ebanol fingerboard, vintage-shape agathis body, and Duncan Designed alnico V single-coil Jazz Bass pickups.

FEATURES
  • One-piece maple neck
  • Fretless Ebanol fingerboard with white celluloid lines
  • Vintage-shape agathis body
  • No pickguard
  • 34" scale length
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage-style butterfly tuners
  • Vintage-style 4-saddle bridge
  • 2 single-coil Duncan Designed JB101 bass pickups with alnico V magnets
  • 2 volume and one tone knob
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SquierVintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass
 
4.8

(based on 115 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome bass after tweaking and upgrades

I bought this bass on two main factors: It a fairly inexpensive fretless, and it's oh-so-sexy to look at!

I caught it on sale for about twenty off, and figured for...Read complete review

I bought this bass on two main factors: It a fairly inexpensive fretless, and it's oh-so-sexy to look at!

I caught it on sale for about twenty off, and figured for that price, why not?" I ordered the bass in early January and received it about a week later. Now, whether it was due to craftsmanship, or just extreme temps in the different regions it traveled through, the neck was WAY out when I received it. The packing was less than spectacular, so that may have been a factor as well.

Regardless, I know enough about neck setup to tackle the major issues, and proceeded to tweak and adjust. After truss rod adjustments, string height and intonation tweaks (and a change to Fender Flatwounds!) I'm happy to say this bass is sounding really good now and is VERY playable.

With that said, I'm seeking even more tone from the instrument, and have ordered a MUCH beefier Gotoh bridge for it. The tone is pretty good now and have even had compliments on it's sound, but the stock bridge it terrible in several ways. Being thin and tinny is one of the more lack-luster qualities. Add in the fact that the string spacing can move freely if you get aggressive, and it makes the stock bridge little more than a paper weight to me.

As far as electronics go, the Duncan Design pickups seem to be OK, although the bridge pickup's pole pieces do not line up perfectly with the G string. I'm also not overly impressed with the potentiometers. They roll on very hard at the end of the sweep, and I prefer it to be a more gradual curve... but I'm really nit-picking at this point.

I'm still giving this instrument a 4 star rating because my neck issues may have been a fluke. The electronics are what anyone should expect from an instrument in this price range, possibly better.

My point is this, even if there's a few things wrong at first and a few adjustments/replacements are needed, In the end, you wind up with a beautifully playing instrument with good tone and that killer Jaco look. (And in case you missed it, in the spirit of Jaco, I plan on upgrading, modifying, and generally mucking about with this bass until it truly fits ME.. It's name is Frank, as in FrankenBass.)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Updated Review!! =(

I'm still going to recommend this bass, but ONLY if you can PUT YOUR HANDS ON IT FIRST! If you read my previous review, I stated the neck was way out when I...Read complete review

I'm still going to recommend this bass, but ONLY if you can PUT YOUR HANDS ON IT FIRST! If you read my previous review, I stated the neck was way out when I got it, then adjusted it to be playable...

Well, that didn't last, and the neck went back to giving me absolute fits. I eventually took it to have it professionally set up and adjusted, only to learn that the truss rod was bad. It will take adjustment, then gradually slip back out. SO.. repairing or replacing the neck is about my only option at this point. Sinking several hundred bux into a bass that only cost a few hundred to begin with doesn't appeal to me at this point.

With that said, I still stand behind the rest of my initial review. IF you get a good one, it will be hard to beat the value. The tone is awesome and the thing just has a killer vibe... just be aware of possible neck issues.

If it DOES have problems, send it back immediately!! Don't wait around too long like I did, and miss the 45 day return window.

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

John W - Neenah, Wis

By John Wage

from Neenah WI

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

Better than I'd expected. My 1st fretless. VERY playable "right out of the box". I'm still getting used to the shallow / thin neck, I've been playing Epiphone & Gibsons forever. Nice change of pace. Lighter and contoured for comfort. Fit and finish/ quility control very good.The electronics work well.The fretlines are an excellent idea. The photos colors online are off a bit, too sedate almost brown. MUCH nicer coloration (gold-yellow to dark / black edging) in reality. Flat wounds are probably the only change needed. For those that think ANY modifications are required because it's a Squire, "get over yourself", play this bass and let the music speak for you!
I've been playing bass for many years, this one will stay with me for many more!
PS- GOD plays bass too- you'll hear His subs in thunder storms- AWESOME!
Incredible !

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No regrets

By Foye says

from Pacific Grove ca.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

I bought a used fretless and saved a few bucks. The person before me had changed the strings to Flat wounds and had raised the bridged to the max. The neck was bowed real bad too. After some badly needed adjustments it now plays perfect. It's a great sounding bass and I love it.It takes a bit more than a desire to play a fretless. Due to a back order status for this particular model I have no doubt that there will be more used fretless basses for sale soon. If you are smart snag one. I have no regrets.
Made somewhere by a Hindu.
great

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BIG WIDE GRIN :)

By Jerry Bone

from Arkansas

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

... I have several fretless bass's..70's musicman stingray which I love, Sadowsky early 90's fretless which I love..A 64 neck that I had converted to a fretless attached to a Bill Moll body which I love..I have just ordered a high rated Rob Allen mouse 30 which I cant say much about other than I think anyone reading this knows I'm serious about my instruments ..I have fretted models as well and to me they all have a unique voice .. I think most serious musicians would agree that if you do session work you need tools for the trade..My point is this ..Of all the instruments I own I couldn't believe the Squire fretless could give me the voice that for the most part out shines all my high dollar instruments depending on the song and the session..My hat is off to Squire for putting out such an instrument that sounds great and is affordable..I haven't had this bass for very long so i cant say anything about the long term.. I used it for a session last night and it was the voice I was looking for..I did play an outside gig and the weather was hot and the neck did move and I had to adjust accordingly but I don't foresee that being a major problem ..If you want a fretless that growls and is friendly to the touch go for it..Your peers will be asking you about this bass because it speaks to the audience
Basic features that are sufficient ..I suppose modifying hardware and pickups could be a plus but I see no need so far so good...
The quality of this instrument seems to be fine ..I had to tweak the neck to get the proper growl and action comfort but who doesn't with even the high dollar instruments..I did shield the bass with copper shielding ..The bass was noisy when I first got the bass..Thought about changing the pickups but I like the tone of the stock
Sweet bass for a sweet price bar none

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome bass after tweaking and upgrades

By weedhopper

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Sexy Vintage Look
  • Sexy Vintage Look Vibe

Cons

  • Cheap Pots
  • Equipped W Round-wounds
  • Lack-luster Electronics
  • Poor Stock Neck Setup
  • Stock Cheap Bridge

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

I bought this bass on two main factors: It a fairly inexpensive fretless, and it's oh-so-sexy to look at!

I caught it on sale for about twenty off, and figured for that price, why not?" I ordered the bass in early January and received it about a week later. Now, whether it was due to craftsmanship, or just extreme temps in the different regions it traveled through, the neck was WAY out when I received it. The packing was less than spectacular, so that may have been a factor as well.

Regardless, I know enough about neck setup to tackle the major issues, and proceeded to tweak and adjust. After truss rod adjustments, string height and intonation tweaks (and a change to Fender Flatwounds!) I'm happy to say this bass is sounding really good now and is VERY playable.

With that said, I'm seeking even more tone from the instrument, and have ordered a MUCH beefier Gotoh bridge for it. The tone is pretty good now and have even had compliments on it's sound, but the stock bridge it terrible in several ways. Being thin and tinny is one of the more lack-luster qualities. Add in the fact that the string spacing can move freely if you get aggressive, and it makes the stock bridge little more than a paper weight to me.

As far as electronics go, the Duncan Design pickups seem to be OK, although the bridge pickup's pole pieces do not line up perfectly with the G string. I'm also not overly impressed with the potentiometers. They roll on very hard at the end of the sweep, and I prefer it to be a more gradual curve... but I'm really nit-picking at this point.

I'm still giving this instrument a 4 star rating because my neck issues may have been a fluke. The electronics are what anyone should expect from an instrument in this price range, possibly better.

My point is this, even if there's a few things wrong at first and a few adjustments/replacements are needed, In the end, you wind up with a beautifully playing instrument with good tone and that killer Jaco look. (And in case you missed it, in the spirit of Jaco, I plan on upgrading, modifying, and generally mucking about with this bass until it truly fits ME.. It's name is Frank, as in FrankenBass.)

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Updated Review!! =(

By weedhopper

from texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

I'm still going to recommend this bass, but ONLY if you can PUT YOUR HANDS ON IT FIRST! If you read my previous review, I stated the neck was way out when I got it, then adjusted it to be playable...

Well, that didn't last, and the neck went back to giving me absolute fits. I eventually took it to have it professionally set up and adjusted, only to learn that the truss rod was bad. It will take adjustment, then gradually slip back out. SO.. repairing or replacing the neck is about my only option at this point. Sinking several hundred bux into a bass that only cost a few hundred to begin with doesn't appeal to me at this point.

With that said, I still stand behind the rest of my initial review. IF you get a good one, it will be hard to beat the value. The tone is awesome and the thing just has a killer vibe... just be aware of possible neck issues.

If it DOES have problems, send it back immediately!! Don't wait around too long like I did, and miss the 45 day return window.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Squier VM Jazz Fretless

By Skeexix

from New York State

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

I'm not a bass player by trade, but I have gigged as a sub on a fretted instrument (my Squire P/J). I bought this because it was on sale, had fret markers, and just wanted to see if my ear could handle the intonation demands of a fretless (not to shabby so far!). To my ear the SD pickups are clear and punchy with plenty of presence. Nut is set high, which leads me to think it was plunked in at fretted height. Makes me think they had a bunch of fret-cut Ebonol fretboards that were minor blems and that's how this guitar came to be.
But no matter. It's got a real purdy finish, and you can definitely mwah like Jaco for not too many $$$.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't be FOOLED by the name

By Bass Player From Another Planet

from Washington,DC

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

I have six fretless electric bass guitars...the Squier is the least expensive. It is by no means a "cheap" bass(inexpensive yes!)..... the action is fantastic...the pickups are warm...and the body is beautiful. I can't find anything bad to say about this instrument. What I can say is, "This is a GREAT entry level into the world of fretless". take your time in understanding what fretless means and what it can do for your sound. You will have to make adjustments(a complete setup) however afterwards you will be very happy! Upgrades to the machine tuners and bridge may be an option, however the pickups are ok...as a matter of fact they are very warm (upright bass sound)) and you will not have a problem with gettting that "Jaco" sound. Please invest in a set of flatwounds strings(before playing)and allow time for the strings to be broken in properly...Also one must know how to make the proper tonal adjustments on your amp to get the proper sound that you seek. Be patient and become one with it...it will make you smile!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good bass

By pastor larry

from decatur il

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Playing
    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    played jazz bass for 30 years always wanted a freetless afraid of no fretts (ear). my wife got this and matching 5 string for me for Christmas over a year ago. you need flat wound strings. neck took some time to get used to, now i love it, fast and thin. need compression for sustain. love the sound-like an upright. I need the frett marks.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Steal for those wanting to

    By Kevin B. Kelley

    from Kilgore, TX

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    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    I've played fretless for years. This is now the bass I practice with on a nightly basis. I compared this bass with the Jaco Signature Bass and the custom shop Jaco relic side by side by side. There are actually things I like about this bass better than the Fender, particularly the Ebonol neck. That is a GREAT surface for a fretless. It takes a lot to wear it down. Therefore, I practice every night on this bass, and play gigs on my Victor Bailey fretless. (The rosewood does wear down.) The sound of this Squire is really quite surprising. The Duncan pickups give a full jazz-like sound. THIS IS A COOL BASS!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid Bass For The Price

    By Ryno

    from Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Nice finish
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Not Made In The Us

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    I've playing for 25 years and wanted to try a fretless. But didn't want to spend a lot in case I decided I didn't like fretless. I find this bass to be real solid, sounds good and stays in tune well. I changed the strings to flat wound to make it a lot easier to slide around the fretboard.

    (3 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Hoped for Better

    By Brian Cyr

    from NY

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    Stay away from this product... There are a lot of bad harmonics that make the instrument sound like it has a heavy chorus on all the time, is that supposed to be a feature because I call that something wrong. That is okay sometimes but what if you want to turn it off. Not possible with this instrument.
    It is a basic instrument, standard Squier features.
    This thing really isn't useable. I played one a while back which is why I made the decision to buy this one and this one is hopefully defective because it is bad... Brand new and the knobs make a tremendous amount of noise when being turned. Tuning is impossible and the neck is bent to a degree that I've never seen in a bass. The instrument also has tons of electronic buzz. I am new to fretless so I wanted something cheaper to start = mistake, just get the real thing.

    So, this is getting returned. $300 isn't expensive but it should at least be functional. I expected a lot better. I guess these were okay when they first came out but they are not worth free right now. I should have saved my money and just bought the real Fender.
    The current edition is not worth anything do not buy it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth Checking Out

    By Robie

    from Athol, MA

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    I just purchased a used Squire Fretless the other day. The bass is about three years old and has on rusty flatwounds, yet it still sounds fantastic. I have owned a MIM P bass and others but this one is by far the most fun to play. This baby has a true upright "thumpy' sound and fits my style of playing to a T. Can't say enough about it. The quality is very good except for the volume control which doesn't completely turn all the way off but that's a minor issue. The sunburst body is pleasing to the eye and the PU's are very good for a Squire. As many others have said, don't be fooled by the name, it's a quality bass for an affordable price. If you've never tried a fretless, you owe it to yourself to try it. This will definitely be my main bass.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A cool fretless that plays as good as it looks

    By Psalm150

    from Topeka, KS

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    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    I fell in love with the sound of a fretless from listening to Wyndham Hill artists. I bought my Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz bass to get that fretless sound for the slower, softer praise songs at church. I alternate between it and my Squier MB-4 that I use on the up-tempo songs. It has proven to be a wonderful instrument and the fretlines are very helpful in making the transition to a fretless. I did notice that the factory strings wear on the fretboard. But a set of Fender 9120 Nylon Tape Wound strings should take care of that problem (and the black strings look really cool).

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Happy Camper

    By smiley

    from So Cal

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

      Bought this used on MF as a b'day present to myself. The street price of these basses are already a good deal but a deep discount is even better. Bass arrived at door in 'new' condistion, not a mark or csratch on it. Plays well with no set up tweak. Nice deep growly tone with lots of mwah. Pots work well with enough dynamic to hear the difference, not simply ON or OFF like some other models in this range. Duncan designed pickups and volume/tone control actually louder than an identical set up on my VM 70s jazz bass. If you are looking for a good fretless, buy one of these.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      if you want a fretless get this one

      By Fusionshred33356

      from Houston, texas

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      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

      i bought this bass 2 days ago. i traded a dean ml for it because i never played it. and i was blown away once i got it home. the moan from this thing was absolutely stunning. every time i pick it up i dont want to put it down. i almost called in sick for work lol jk. but seriously if you want a good fretless without killing your bank this bass is the way to go. happy playing.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      But it's a Squier!

      By thebaldbassguy

      from Van Buren, Ar

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

      I first saw the Squier Vintage Modified Fretless at a local music store and thought it played great But it was a Squier. Then I read the reviews in BassPlayer and was impressed, But it was a Squier. After reading all the coments here a Musicians Friend I finally bought one. This is the best sounding and playing fretless I've ever owned. I play in my church worship band and in a street worship rock band and this enhances the music and is easy & fun to play. Forget the fact that it is a Sqiuer! Quality is great and has a fantastic mwhh sound every fretless player looks for. Tuners are a little stiff but I like the pickups just fine. Hope to buy another soon for drop tunings etc. Yeah, it's a Squier..so buy it!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome sound, Incredible price

      By Bass man 69

      from Kentucky

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

      The sound from this bass is just amazing. Paid 279.99 and it sound as good if not better that basses costing 3 times as much. Don't let the name scare you. Its a Fender, all the quality is there.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Boom Boom Boom Boom

      By Green Ripper

      from california

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      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

      This is an awesome bass. I play guitar and have a small home studio. I didn't want to spend a lot for a bass. This bass sounds great. I replaced the strings with fender flatwound strings and wow! Perfect sound and so easy to play. The Duncan pickups sound great. And it looks beautiful. I can't believe Squier made this bass. Hats off.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Get One!

      By Me

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

          This bass is awesome. Believe what you read in these reviews. ORDER IT!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great bass

          By T the Studmuffin

          from Cordele GA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • It Says Squier

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Playing With Acoustics
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

          I'd like to say I own a vintage '62 Fender Jazz, which is what I'm comparing to. The craftsmanship is excellent and the tone is actually better(probably because of the duncan pickups): It is surprisingly quiet and has a hot output. The sustain falls a little short, but definitely not horrible. The finish is beautiful, except for the annoying squire logo on the headstock. Overall, an incredible deal. (By the way, the factory does not set up the bridge and neck for you. It's not really their job.) Just take it to any guitar shop.

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