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Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass  

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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

    This is a truly affordable Fender-designed Jazz Bass with ultimate expression and killer vibe. Order yours now!

     
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    by PowerReviews
    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

      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.)

      VS

      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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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid Bass For The Price

      By Ryno

      from Fremont, Oh

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Happy Camper

      By smiley

      from So Cal

      About Me Experienced

      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.

        Comment on this review

        (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.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good bass

        By pastor larry

        from decatur il

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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.

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          4.0

          Great Sound for Starter Price

          By Bassique1217

          from Warren, OH

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass:

            This is a great sounding introduction to fretless bass for musicians who want to expand their horizons. It has solid construction and GREAT pickups. The neck has that satin finish that feels unfinished, which might attract some and put off others, but it plays great even though I'm not a fan...
            The fretboad material doesn't seem to absorb much sound, which gives it a more honky "Jaco" sound rather than warm & woody, but with the tone rolled back you can compensate for this. The stock strings aren't the best, either, so that change might help the sound differ.
            Overall, it's a great bass for a great price.

            Comment on this review

            (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.)

            Comment on this review

            (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!

                Comment on this review

                (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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                (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                No regrets

                By Foye says

                from Pacific Grove ca.

                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

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Hoped for Better

                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.

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