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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • 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

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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.

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