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A smooth fretless at a working musician's price.

Squier's Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Fretless fuses the slippery sound of an upright and the sleek style of an electric, with dual Fender-designed pickups and a slim "C"-shaped maple neck with a vintage-tint gloss finish. Other features include a fretless ebonol fingerboard with white fret-marker lines, four-saddle bridge, chrome control knobs and hardware, and open-gear tuners. Superior fretless sound and feel for today's bassists, with superior Squier performance and value.

FEATURES
  • Agathis body
  • Polyurethane body finish
  • Jazz Bass body shape
  • "C" Shape maple neck
  • Vintage Tint Gloss neck finish
  • 34" (864 mm) Scale
  • Fretless Ebonol fingerboard
  • Synthetic bone string nut
  • Fender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass bridge and middle pickups
  • Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup) and Master Tone controls
  • SS pickup configuration
  • 4-Saddle standard bridge
  • Chrome hardware finish

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SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass

  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
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SquierVintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good, for the money

I personally dislike reviews that say instruments are good for the money, but I guess I'm going to do that here. I had to have some work done to this bass to get it...Read complete review

I personally dislike reviews that say instruments are good for the money, but I guess I'm going to do that here. I had to have some work done to this bass to get it in playable (for me) condition, but after that....look out! It sounds amazing for the money. I just wanted to get my toe wet with fretless, as my main bass is a 5 string fretted. I probably will only play this 20% of the time to start, but I'm really enjoying it so far. It has that sweet mwaaahh sound on the higher strings and a really nice grind on the lower 2 strings.
If you want to try a fretless, this is a great place to start.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A good inexpensive alternative

This is an excellent bass for the money. It's thin neck and smooth fretboard make it an ideal bass for a guitarist. The rear pickup has a good quality tone but lacks any real...Read complete review

This is an excellent bass for the money. It's thin neck and smooth fretboard make it an ideal bass for a guitarist. The rear pickup has a good quality tone but lacks any real output. I'd recommend upgrading it down the road and the saddles ring a bit and don't let the string sound off as good as a quality brass saddle. I will replace these down the road but in actuality, it's something I can put off. It's a nice easy to play bass.
It did require a little more setup than I thought it would. Of course, I ordered it sight unseen. The action was ungodly high and after lowering the saddles it was apparent the neck needed adjusting. It took 3 firm turns with the Allen wrench. A little aft nut filing was required to let the strings ring. It may sound like a lot but it came together in 20 minutes. The intonation was almost perfect. After adjusting, the action is incredible and all sounds and looks wonderful.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, for the money

By basslifter

from Ohio

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • High Action
  • Needed Nut Adjustment
  • Poor Strings

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

I personally dislike reviews that say instruments are good for the money, but I guess I'm going to do that here. I had to have some work done to this bass to get it in playable (for me) condition, but after that....look out! It sounds amazing for the money. I just wanted to get my toe wet with fretless, as my main bass is a 5 string fretted. I probably will only play this 20% of the time to start, but I'm really enjoying it so far. It has that sweet mwaaahh sound on the higher strings and a really nice grind on the lower 2 strings.
If you want to try a fretless, this is a great place to start.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty good with mods

By basslifter

from Ohio

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Cheap Strings
  • Needed Nut Work
  • Sky-high Action

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

One of the bands I play with now does some Latin Jazz, so I thought I would jump into fretless. I didn't want to spend a lot of money since I probably would only play it 20% of the time and I have a nice G&L 5 string (fretted). I hate when people say "it's good, for the money", but I suppose that would apply here. The action was just sky-high when it came out of the box and the strings were not really good for this style of playing. The nut had to be adjusted to compensate for proper strings. So, I had to put about sixty smackers into it once I got it. Now, it plays and sounds great, which I love. I would have loved it more if I didn't have to do those things, which made it not such a great deal. I recommend it, I guess, but it may have been worth the extra cash in hind sight to spring for the Ibanez. Just be prepared to make some changes.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A good inexpensive alternative

By Zosomofo24

from Bayarea

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • It Sounds Jaco
  • Neck Pickup Is Nice
  • Nice neck
  • Nice Overall Sound
  • Playability
  • Smooth fretboard

Cons

  • Bridge Pickup Lacks
  • Cheap Metal Saddles
  • Needed A Full Set Up
  • Saddles Effect Tone

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

This is an excellent bass for the money. It's thin neck and smooth fretboard make it an ideal bass for a guitarist. The rear pickup has a good quality tone but lacks any real output. I'd recommend upgrading it down the road and the saddles ring a bit and don't let the string sound off as good as a quality brass saddle. I will replace these down the road but in actuality, it's something I can put off. It's a nice easy to play bass.
It did require a little more setup than I thought it would. Of course, I ordered it sight unseen. The action was ungodly high and after lowering the saddles it was apparent the neck needed adjusting. It took 3 firm turns with the Allen wrench. A little aft nut filing was required to let the strings ring. It may sound like a lot but it came together in 20 minutes. The intonation was almost perfect. After adjusting, the action is incredible and all sounds and looks wonderful.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Who Cares Where It Comes From?

By SeaBass4Lunch

from Baltimore, MD

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Great throaty growl when driven
  • Lots of punch
  • Those J-bass pups!

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    This is what readers want to know: This Squier "Jaco" is one fine fretless. The pickups are killer, I'm serious. Nice growl when driven. Dials in that "Jaco" sound quite easily, and has a wide array of tonal possibilities. The tuners are superb, rarely out of tune. I enjoy the simplicity of this bass along with the complexities of tone I can coax from the bass and amp EQs. (fwiw, I've paired it with an Acoustic 300W 1x15; great match!)

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very close to a Jaco

    By DM

    from NM

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    No, it isn't a 63 Jaco bass, but for a fretless in that style, the price can;r be beat! It handles a solid fretless sound, feels comfortable, and works as intended. I use fretless maybe 20% of the time and this is an easy set up, holds tune, and gives yo9u what you need....it's a Fender afterall!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing!

    By phat rob

    from Oakland,Ca.

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • This Is A Quality Bass

    Cons

    • Get Better Strings Flats

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Live Shows
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    Squire has been making good stuff these days! This is a GREAT Bass! The fretless tone is off the chain. You will not be sorry. I had to set mine up but even with a pro set up you come out cheaper than the Jaco version. Went to a jam session and blew them away. I may buy another one. You can buy two of these, a combo amp, case, guitar strap and still come out of the pocket way less than the jaco version. Check it out on youtube. Well worth the money!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Okay bass with a little work, but an aesthetic lottery.

    By Travis

    from Monroe, MI

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    Ordered this bass several years ago. Came setup very poorly. Way to much neck relief, impossily high action, etc. Took weeks to get it set up with low enough action to be playable while still being able to play above the twelfth "fret". The grain matching was extremely poor. The body of mine looks to be at least 3 pieces, with the center piece having a noticably darker and different grain than the wings. Really looks terrible.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass for Beginners AND Experienced Bassists

    By James

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

    Right out of the box you're going to want to: A. immediately rip the round wound strings it comes with and replace them with flat wounds and B: give it a proper setup and adjust the action, adjust pickup heights, and set the intonantion.

    After that's done it's a pretty nice instrument...plays smooth, sounds great, and can thump. The fret lines make it a great "First Fretless" for someone just starting the transition to fretless bass.

    I picked it up because of the reduced price (can't pass a bargain) to add to my recording arsenal. The only fretless I had was an electric upright and had been wanting to add a fretless bass guitar to my options. After playing it for a while it's become the go to 4-stringer when I decide to play anything...jamming, work, or pleasure.

    Well worth the Reduced and Full Price.

     
    4.0

    A great introduction to fretless bass

    By Lightnin' Jim

    from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

      I am a guitar player primarily, but I had been interested in learning the fretless bass, having listened to session players such as Tony Levin and Tony Franklin. This quality instrument is everything I could want in an entry-level instrument. The fret markers are a huge help to those of us not experienced in the fretless world.

       
      4.0

      Squier fretless jazz bass

      By E sharp

      from Boise, Id

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

      I like this bass very much. Truthfully Ive been playing only this bass since I got it. I wanted fretless in my stash so I decided to get this one and do few mods on it and still be below price range of a MIM bass. So I got new electronics, original fender american jazz bass pups, and next will be a bridge but that can wait, but in all it will still be under 599 that they want for Mim bass. Actuall I dont even know if they offer them. Stock pups are just not there in sound quality for me even after eq set up just for this bass it still lacks harmonics of the low end and they are very trebly
      Anyhow I recommend this guitar to anyone, as it is cheap enough that you can make it your own and still be good on the wallet.

       
      5.0

      Great bass for the money!

      By Tennisplyr

      from St. Louis, MO

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

        I give it 5 stars. As most others say, it's great for the money. Obviously its not a Jaco signature or American standard fretless, but for the price it deserves 5 stars. I think the sound is very good and I have no complaints with the ebonol fingerboard, even though I've read complaints by some because its not really wood. I bought this bass mainly because I just wanted to experiment with fretless and I'm so glad I did. My normal bass is an American standard jazz and obviously the craftsmanship and quality of the electronics, tuners, etc. is obviously not the quality of the American Standard but I really cannot complain. I feel like for the price its a really solid instrument for someone getting into fretless or just wanting a fretless sound to complement their other bass. My only fear now is that after buying this bass I'm going to enjoy playing fretless so much I'm going to want to upgrade to the Jaco or American standard fretless bass.

         
        4.0

        Awesome entry level to channeling Jaco

        By Aeolian.

        from San Jose, CA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Cheap pots

        Best Uses

        • Gigworthy
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

        It's amazing what can be produced with modern production techniques these days. The fit on the neck pocket is better than any vintage Fender I've seen and equal to hand fitted boutique instruments. After replacing the cheap stock strings with DR Pure Blues it took a couple of truss rod adjustments to compensate for the higher tension. But other than that the factory set up was exemplary. Pickup heights are set to emphasize the bridge. This bass is a sort of tribute to Jaco and the bridge pickup bias fits that sound. If you're looking for that Jaco bridge growl the stock pickups work just fine. If you want a more versatile bass you may want to upgrade them. The stock pots and knobs feel cheap and I may end up replacing them at some point. I'm sure it would sound more lively with a thinner finish (I refinished another Squire bass with nitro and there was a noticeable difference) but the instrument I got is already responsive and fairly lively for a fretless. For a fraction of the cost of the USA Jaco tribute bass you can get that vibe. Maybe for a serious working bassist it might be worth the difference. But to have something around to get that vibe when desired this thing is a steal.

         
        4.0

        I would buy this product again

        By oldguy

        from Williamsburg, Virginia

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Quality Workmanship

        Cons

        • Replaced strings with flatwounds
        • Tone pots could be better

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

        Very hesitant to buy a SQUIER anything, but since bass is not my major instrument, I took a chance from its GREAT reviews and I agree with them. For the money this is a GREAT value. Set-up out of the box was surprisingly good- just couple minor adjustments on action. Intonation on open strings and 12th fret harmonics acceptable.The ebonal fingerboard is like butter. I will have to see how it wears. First thing I did was put Fender Light Flatwounds on- SOOO smooth! Probably replace the knobs with black classic ones that have position markers. No hum with tone and bridge pup to 10. I bought a fretless for the MWAH factor and this one delivers. I think the pups/pots are what you would expect for the price but acceptable. Probably will put it through my Boss EQ pedal to bump up the decibals on these passive pups and fine tune the different frequencies.

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Its just okay

        By PTO

        from Nor Cal

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Neck needed to be adjusted stright away
        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • School Bands

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

        I purchased the out of box model in hopes to save some money. Stright away I have to adjust the neck and then the action. It came with flatwound strings so I will change that also.The tone is just okay I can hear the hum of the pick up. I guess I will use it for a few years then upgrade. Its not one to keep in the collection.

         
        5.0

        Amazing feel and tone for the price

        By Hunter Cameron

        from White Lake, MI

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Finish Too Glossy

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

        This bass is very good for the price. Of course, it isn't perfect, but its definitely one of the best instruments I've played. Legends like Jaco Pastorius played fretless basses, so I thought I'd give one a shot. With some setting up, and a restring, I found it to be a whole other experience to play. I definitely recommend this to anyone who has at least some playing experience.

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