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An affordable short-scale Jaguar Bass with classic Fender style!

The all-new Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS puts classic Fender looks into a distinctively sharp-looking, great-sounding, and super-versatile short-scale Squier bass model.

The Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS features include a sleek offset-waist body and ultra-slim 30"-scale maple neck, with the added one-two punch of a booming split-single-coil Precision Bass middle pickup paired with a growling Jazz Bass single-coil bridge pickup. More than just a student model, the Jaguar Bass Special SS is perfect for players of all kinds who appreciate the comfort of a short-scale instrument.

FEATURES
Agathis body
C-shaped, 30"-scale maple neck
Rosewood fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets
Split single coil Precision Bass pickup (middle) and single coil Jazz Bass pickup (bridge)
Chrome hardware

Superior tone, smooth playability, great comfort, and fantastic value. Order now!

SPECIFICATIONS
30" scale
Nut width: 1-1/2"
9-1/2" fretboard radius
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SquierVintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale)
 
4.5

(based on 129 reviews)

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    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (2)

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    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (98)
  • Good feel (94)
  • Good tone (72)
  • Good pick up (50)
  • Solid electronics (50)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (13)
  • Poor pick up (10)
  • Craftsmanship (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (83)
  • Jamming (75)
  • Recording (49)
  • Small venues (47)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (66), Professional musician (26), Novice (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My left Hand No Longer Hurts When I Jam....

In short... I love it... I can smoke scales on this thing with no pain. I've played blues with it with the guys I jam with that do that, I've also...Read complete review

In short... I love it... I can smoke scales on this thing with no pain. I've played blues with it with the guys I jam with that do that, I've also rocked out on it and it's better for that than blues, but, you can get any sound you need to get out of it. Works really good with my 100watt Roland COSM amp, and equally well with my 450watt Behringer head and bottom. All I can say is WOW. If you are even thinking about it... Pull the trigger!
This bass guitar is very light on extra features, but at this price point, I have no complaints. Really not a "Jaguar" in how Fender originally meant the term, but in body style only. That's okay though, as you get plenty for your hard earned money. The single tone control works well enough, and the volume pot's do their job without "scratchy" sounds if you use them for song dynamics.
For the coin, are you kidding me? This thing is VERY nice. I also have two Fender Jazzies, and the paint, pocket, and neck on this thing is very comparable. This is a good working guitar, and I intend on working with it. Not just for students, some of us have pain for various reasons while we play, and for some, a short scale is a "godsend". The only complaint quality wise is that the single coil tailpiece pickup is very weak on it's own. Okay for coloring the sound of the split coil, and I may,after a bit, put a new one in... but that would be only because I want to, you would not have to. It would still be a perfectly serviceable guitar just stock.
As stated above, a quality working guitar... I got it for a great price. I just don't see how you can get much more "value" for your money than that. I'm not kidding when I say I plan on gigging with it. It rocks!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Became a Successful Project Bass

Purchased one of these in silver as an open-box deal. Upon arrival I tuned it up and was impressed by the playability of the short-scale neck. However, after plugging it in and twirling...Read complete review

Purchased one of these in silver as an open-box deal. Upon arrival I tuned it up and was impressed by the playability of the short-scale neck. However, after plugging it in and twirling the knobs I discovered a dead bridge (J) pickup. I was less than thrilled when I called the MF toll-free number, but I had an idea: rather than a return, I asked for—and received—a discount on a set of DiMarzio P+J (DP126) replacement pickups. Separately, I used a credit at another online seller to get a Hipshot B-style high-mass bridge in matte black.

While waiting for those upgrades to arrive, I checked the frets: 16 of 20 had minor problems so I busted out the tools and did a complete level, crown and polish operation. The fingerboard was also rough and stained, but a rubdown with Gorgomyte worked like a charm.

The outcome: with cleaned up frets, DiMarzio p'ups, Orange Drop tone cap, Hipshot bridge, DR Sunbeam strings, and a detailed setup, this is a terrific project bass. It sounds great and is a joy to play, especially with the 30-inch scale.

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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My left Hand No Longer Hurts When I Jam....

By Ed Conley, Bass Guitarist

from North Branch, Michigan. 48461

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

In short... I love it... I can smoke scales on this thing with no pain. I've played blues with it with the guys I jam with that do that, I've also rocked out on it and it's better for that than blues, but, you can get any sound you need to get out of it. Works really good with my 100watt Roland COSM amp, and equally well with my 450watt Behringer head and bottom. All I can say is WOW. If you are even thinking about it... Pull the trigger!
This bass guitar is very light on extra features, but at this price point, I have no complaints. Really not a "Jaguar" in how Fender originally meant the term, but in body style only. That's okay though, as you get plenty for your hard earned money. The single tone control works well enough, and the volume pot's do their job without "scratchy" sounds if you use them for song dynamics.
For the coin, are you kidding me? This thing is VERY nice. I also have two Fender Jazzies, and the paint, pocket, and neck on this thing is very comparable. This is a good working guitar, and I intend on working with it. Not just for students, some of us have pain for various reasons while we play, and for some, a short scale is a "godsend". The only complaint quality wise is that the single coil tailpiece pickup is very weak on it's own. Okay for coloring the sound of the split coil, and I may,after a bit, put a new one in... but that would be only because I want to, you would not have to. It would still be a perfectly serviceable guitar just stock.
As stated above, a quality working guitar... I got it for a great price. I just don't see how you can get much more "value" for your money than that. I'm not kidding when I say I plan on gigging with it. It rocks!

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Value.

By Mickey Smith

from Jacksonville, FL

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

Overall, I am pleased with the instrument-- HOWEVER-- I must add... I bought this bass because my drummer had gotten one (also a bass player) and his was totally immaculate. It was excellently balanced, like a proper blade-- you could feel it as soon as you held it. It played beautifully and effortlessly and sounded like a freight train or a bass clarinet (however you needed it). His was also flawlessly crafted, etc. such as I mention above. But, when I got mine, there were some significant differences (perhaps to be expected). Firstly, mine was NOTICEABLY heavier, and I do mean NOTICEABLY. His was like wielding a samurai sword, with action that practically bounced off the finger and fretbaord. Also, he had a nice, rich, chocolate slab of rosewood to work with, set in a flamed maple neck. My fretboard was a little more "rosey" and textured and just a nice clean beam of maple to support it (I suppose, minor aesthetic differences, really, but disappointing). The action on mine is great, but it is certainly more "work" for me to play it in comparison to his, which comes alive with each note. A comparison of the bodies shows a thicker slab and it may even be of a different wood. Overall, I am still very satisfied with the bass and totally recommend it. But, you can't fall in love with a twin, ask a blind man.
Simple and straight up, everything in it's right place. A knob for neck, a knob for bridge-- use separate or mix. Tone for both (would've been nice if they each had their own, but hey). Great neck: comfortable, fast, smooth. Frets that don't get in the way. Solid machine heads. Standard bridge. Loaded with D'Addarios and set up well. Comfortable body contouring and well-balanced shape. Attractive design. Excellent neck pick-up, the bridge could use some more punch when isolated, but and excellent pick-up for shaping and coloring.
Definitely carved, crafted, painted, glazed and installed well. Very solid, no bad pocket or lazy cutting of the skunk stripe or bad lamination to speak of. Assembled by Indonesia's finest luthiers. Totally ready to go with no complaints as far as all that goes. No bad frets or any other marks, dings, errors and shottiness. It says "Crafted In Indonesia" and they do mean CRAFTED.
Absolutely ridiculous value. You will not get a better short scale bass, (or bass or guitar, for that matter), for the price of this fine instrument. Ibanez always builds quality, but for a Squier, this thing is totally first class. They haven't produced an instrument of this quality since my ProTone Strat, 14 years ago. Instruments like this can earn Squier a good name. Probably the best value I've ever gotten on an instrument purchase. This thing is comparable to $500 quality (maybe with some tweaks, the bridge pick-up could use some more punch).

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jaguar Bass SS

By Randy Payne

from Atlanta

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

If you're looking for the best student bass, this is it. If you're looking to replace a really top-end instrument, don't be silly. BUT as the owner of nice gear, I'd not hesitate to play this little bass out.
As a pro tech and luthier, I'm making my assessments based on price, so that should be kept in mind. This guitar is perfect for its price point and intended use. I bought it for my 10 year old, and we all love playing this bass.
Fit and finish is good. The fret ends were a little sharp but I fixed those. Action was pretty good and the intonation was almost perfect out of the box with a strobe.
She has not stopped playing it. She had a p-bass knock off that was difficult for her to move around on. This bass has rectified that. She loves the silver color. For the price, there is not a better value for a student model.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding value

By dxGvhRVpg

from Maryland

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

I bought this as a present for my son, who wants to learn bass. And I have to say, I'm a bit envious of it. It has great looks, excellent tone, and no-nonsence hardware. I put my ear on the upper horn and played it unplugged, and it has some sweet resonance. And plugged in, it just gets better.

Sure, its a short scale, so you'll probably want a full-scale bass in your stable. But as someone with small hands, I find the short scale makes it easy to play faster than on my regular bass. I could see doing some studio work with this through the right amp - get some vintage R and B or Motown tones, or even a Nashville sound. Probably not the best for hard, heavy rock, but I can see it doing most anything else.
Fairly simple and straightforward passive bass. Nothing fancy. It will take a while to figure out the ideal mix of the two pickups.
This appears to be as well made as any bass in the Fender family that I've ever played. The finish is flawless, all the hardware is on tight, the neck feels smooth.

It's only been a month since purchase, so it remains to be seen how durable it is, but I have no reason to think it won't be.
This bass is an outsanding value. For the price, you get an amazing starter bass. If you decided bass isn't your thing, you won't be out too much money, and I'm confident you'd easily find a home for it.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely buy it

By eatthis48

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

I had been looking to pick up a cheap short scale bass lately if just for practice and the occasional limited-space stage performance, but I find I'm playing this vintage modified Squier Jaguar bass everywhere. And for the record, I never thought I'd be playing a Squier bass, especially out in front of my peers. It's fun to play, sounds great and knowing what I payed for it, it's worth its weight in gold. So glad I pulled the trigger on this and you will be, too.
Two pickups, individual volume controls and a tone control. Really basic, but any more may be overkill on this bass. An occasional hum from the jazz bridge pickup. Made in Indonesia.
Don't see or hear anything wrong with this bass. After an initial setup, this baby's ready to roll. A setup is CRUCIAL to the way a bass plays and must be done before you make a judgement on it. I bought this bass used - the neck was bowed. A few tightening turns of the truss road and the neck is straight as an arrow. Intonation corrected... this is a great bass! Only thing, for a short scale, it is kinda heavy. I expected it to be much lighter than it is. Also, there is a slight neck dive but a thicker strap should make everything good. The strings are actually decent but I will replace them down the road.
Are you kidding me??? I bought this used at a great price. The deal of the year! The listing didn't tell me what color I was buying or exactly what was wrong with it (why it was so cheap), so I did take a chance. Someone drilled a tiny hole probably to place a thumbrest above the middle pickup. It can't be seen from more than two feet away, but who cares? It's not gonna be perfect after I start swinging it around.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass For Anyone...

By Kris Ranck

from Tennessee

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

I have been a Guitar player for over 35 years. All my friends are guitar players so, since everyone can't play guitar I volunteered to learn bass. I bought a Heavy Long Scale Ibanez ATK 700 here at Musicians Friend and I Love it, but we have a small studio and I thought the short scale would be a better choice. I was Right. This bass is heavy for a short scale, but you need the weight to give the notes sustain and this bass has got it. Feels good with a strap and when you sit it is very comfortable. I sat in my easy chair and played it for an hour last night with various types of music and I Really Enjoyed This Bass. You Can't Go Wrong Buying This Bass.

I have a Large Collection of Gibson, Martin and U.S.A. Fender Guitar's So I Do Love Quality.

For the Price. This Bass Is Quality.
Very heavy for a short scale. Made from Agathis. An Austrailian Hard Wood. A Seperate volume knob for the P's and the Single J can give you some great sound's. Single tone knob works well. Excellent Finish. You will Love the Neck. Not Sticky. Just a thin coat of satin poly, I Think. You will love the Neck Smooth and Thin.
Excellent Quality. I Got It Fora great price. The pickup's sound great. Comes with D'addario Strings and Set up Well. I can't say anything bad about it. The Body is Very Comfortable Too.
As I Said. I Got It For a great price. I Love Everything about this Bass. If It Get's Stolen. Just Buy Another One. I would.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice short scale for the money

By don schwan

from kentucky

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Pros

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

Cons

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      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

      I've had elbow surgery and elbow replacement. I can't get back to using a long scale yet and was needing a short scale to use due to pain in my wrist and elbow. The thin neck and "30 scale has helped me get back to playing sooner. Not quite the sound of my Hot Rod P Bass, but pretty dang close. I love the same pick-up configuration as my P-bass and have used this out for shows. Only thing I would want is a maple fret board.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great short scale bass, great price, sounds/plays great!

      By Patrick

      from Central Arkansas

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      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

      I'm extremely happy and my daughter is as well. It played well out of the box without a set up but will benefit from that work as well. She is small and the short scale is perfect for her. I'm a guitarist, so it's great for me too!
      I am really impressed with this purchase. It features not only a pbass pickup but the bridge pickup is a jass bass style. They could both be a little higher end but for this price, really? They sound good and do the job on a little 15 watt rumble amp and my daughter doesn't play hard or loud enough to know different right now.
      Top notch finish. pickguard is perfectly cut, all else is done well. knobs were put on non-aligned a little cheaper plastic than mex or am basses but, again, at this price point, I'll take it.

      The neck, although plays well and fret ends are smooth, does have a little bit of back side unevenness on the skunkstripe. Easilyl sanded without even going through the satin poly finish.

      The headstock is black and painted perfectly.

      The tuners are the large worm gear "club" style. We've tuned it once, played for 3 hours, haven't retuned yet!

      Strings are Fender brand and play nicely.
      For the money, this is the nicest instrument I've played. Top notch from fender/squier. They have managed to get their factories in line making very high quality products!

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best buy for short scale bass on the planet

      By VJ

      from Black Hills, SD

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      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

      I own this bass. You just can't find a better deal. And if you don't really need a long scale,just starting out, or have small hands, or a guitar player, not used to those long necks, buy this bass. I'm a pro tech and after a proper set up,it will perform great, even at gigs, the sounds of the pickups are fine, no need for upgrading pickups

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Great Start

      By Tuna27

      from Connecticut

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good finish

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        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Start Of A Custom Build

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

        This little bass represents great opportunity. Initial inspection revealed very nice fit and finish. Not perfect, but more than just acceptable for an instrument that may be destined for road work. Neck/Fretwork is also decent. Mine is the Red version and the finish is quite good. The hardware is definitely cheap: the bridge is flimsy (I was never a fan of the standard Fender design), and the pickups are a bit weak. Tuners are lightly made but seem to work well. The balance is a tad neck heavy, which is surprising being that it is VERY short; the body is very light which could be the root of any balance issue. But step back, this is incredibly inexpensive. Therefore: OUTSTANDING!. The bass plays fairly well, and the body and neck alone with the nice finish is worth far more than the actual cost of the complete instrument. That said, it is clear that the VM Jaguar SS is ripe for customization. Upgrading the components to whatrever the player prefers will result in a FIRST CLASS short scale bass. Highly recommended for those who want to build out a custom short scale, or those who want to learn on a decent quality bass that's easy to play. I will be swapping out the pups (most likely to EMG-X)and the bridge (Babicz), strings (La Bella or Rotosounds)and adding an EQ system that provides master/pan (instead of dual volume), and then hitting the road with what I expect will be a world class rock machine. At this price and general build quality, you simply can't go wrong here.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Sexy

        By lurkinig lemur

        from trenton, nj

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        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

        Sounds fantastic. Pickups are genuine fender and sound great. Not too heavy, great scale neck for guitarists or even young bass players just starting out. Silver finish (that's what i bought) very nice. classy. sexy. volume and tone controls help dial in a great sound. Just an overall great deal for a good sounding instrument.
        For this price! Sure its a Squire, but you're basically getting a Fender Jaguar. Great value.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Little Bass!

        By Bob at Kokopelli Guitars

        from Battle Creen, Michigan

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        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

        First, This is the easiest Bass I've ever tried to play! (I have short, stiff fingers) It feels more like a guitar than a bass, very light, cool looking & doesn't sound bad at all for a bass in this price range! I have the red one & it looks FANTASTIC! The finish & color are great.The bad: The strings rattle & have finger squeek! flatwounds will solve this. I think this is the best bass out there for under $300! Too bad nobody makes a cheap case for a short scale bass, I would buy several!I highly recommend this if you want a good deal on a quality 30" scale bass.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great 30" bass. Best when you play it like one.

        By Trapland

        from Minneapolis

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gigging
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

          Amazing bass value, plays and sounds as well as many SS instruments exceeding $1k. The complaints about fret buzz are rediculous. Get a setup. Play it like a short scale bass. Complaining about buzz while beating on it is like crying the strings on your mandolin are hard to press compared to your nylon classical guitar. They are DIFFERENT instruments. A short scale bass needs to be played with a lighter touch due to the larger vibrating radius at a given pitch. If you don't want to play it lightly, then raise the action or get a long scale.

          This bass sounds big and deep with lots of harmonics with light gauge round wounds. Change to medium or heavy flats and it's got a mellow but punchy fundamental perfect for jazz or rockabilly. The variety of tones available with the controls or a string change are staggering. Even the tone control has a full palette of useful tones. I can't believe you can get such a quality instrument for this little money.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good choice for guitarists learning bass

          By Loren H

          from Wichita, Kansas

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          Pros

          • Amazing Quality For Price
          • Easy On Your Back
          • 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 Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

            I've played guitar for over 40 years and recently got interested in bass. Problem: I'm an old guy now with back and shoulder problems. Solution: light weight, short scale bass. Next problem: there's crazy few of those to pick from. I ordered an Epiphone Allen Woody. It's nice but doesn't have the shape, balance or playability that would allow me to practice for long periods. This one does. My next problem was the "Squire stigma". Maybe that was an ego problem. I always associated the Squire line with entry level or beginner instruments. The multitude of positive reviews convinced me otherwise. In short, I love it. I can play as long as I want without discomfort and it sounds great.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            One fast bass

            By MJB

            from Archbold, Ohio

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Took Me Back

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

              Working musician/Singer/Song writer 46 yrs.
              Was playable out of the box. But I made a few minor adjustments and switched out the strings to Rotosound RS88S Trubass Black Nylon Flatwound Standard Gauge Short Scale Bass Strings. This made it sound even more dynamic. I purchased this bass to utilize in recording and for jamming. I found the action very fast and the sound very clean even on the low end notes. I love my bass low and powerful without the fret buzz when sliding. It is very light and well balanced when strapped on. (That means the peg head is equal to the body weight and balances nicely on your shoulder and your hands are not doing double duty having to hold up the fret end of this bass while playing. Fast! I thank Squire for making a truely affordable bass that plays and sounds as good as the high end basses out there. Thank you Musicians Friend you folks are great! MJB

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              the best inexspensive shorty, period

              By pioneerofdisaster

              from planet earth

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              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

              small hands , arthritis, with the belly and shoulder cuts, stellar fret work and satin neck finish, you will not encounter any comfort problems it is a definite winner all around.
              simple but all you need, p and j pickup, one tone one volume. just very bug ugly
              hard to say, time will only tell. seams sturdy
              price to quality ,an ELEVEN

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Music manager

              By COOKIE

              from NW US

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              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

              Just a great buy!
              The two different pIckups deliver wide range of tone and solid sound! This guitar was already set-up very accurately! The action is decent,..the intonation was almost perfect right out of the box!
              Wow,.. this little Axe is solid!, the finish is beautiful!,... the neck is awesome!
              I'll bet money you wont find any other bass even close to this quality, for anywhere close to this price!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Easiest-playing bass ever!! LOVE IT!!

              By Fiddle&GuitarMan

              from Mars Hill, NC

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              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 Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

                I hadn't played bass for years due to arthritis in my hands, and thought I'd try one of these Jaguar short-scale basses. I was needing to do some recording soon, so why not - - ordered the Candy Apple Red Jaguar Short Scale and man it is a real beauty. Set up pretty well out of the box, and after only some minor tweaks to the truss rod and bridge saddles this little guy sounded great and played like a dream. I did change the stiff stock roundwound strings to black nylon flatwound D'Addario's and all I can say is WOW!! Plays and sounds almost as good as any high-dollar Fender out there, and SO EASY on the hands! Amazing! (The J pickup is a bit weak on it's own, but mixes OK and works fine for my purposes.) Wide range of tones can be dialed in from this thing, and did I say it plays like butter!! I actually found it very hard to put down for the first day, so it's brought back the FUN in playing the bass for me again, and NO HAND PAIN! I can fly through scales all the way up and down the neck, and it makes me wonder why I tortured myself on a regular heavy P-bass all those years. Perfect neck, smooth fret job, no buzzes, very lightweight, and wonderful playability and build quality. I find that if you use a cloth or rough leather strap when standing, it won't tip toward the neck so easily, as it is a bit neck-heavy, a minor complaint. Other than a few tiny specks in the paint job I'd say it was as close to perfect as could be for the money. I may swap out the bridge someday for something sturdier, but as long as it works and stays in tune why bother. Squires have come a LONG way in the past few years and I'm now a true fan. This little bad boy Jag has found a home, right next to my yellow Squire '51 electric guitar. WAY TO GO, SQUIRE!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                One Great Little Bass

                By Jack-Td9nk

                from SE Michigan

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                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

                I took up bass at the age of 55 1/2. I play as a solo performer at open mics and recently started practicing with a band. I am a small guy with hands that are small, even for my size (5' 7"). I have arthritis in my fingers. Given all that, I find my Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass SS a joy to play. I had two of my freinds who have played bass, one very extensivly try it. They both want one. I am able to play things that I could not play on my regular scale bass. There is a SMALL tendency for the neck to level itself. I have experience much worse neck dive. A leather strap helps, but I use a nylon one that matches the beautiful candy apple red finish. I prefer natural or sunburst finishes, but this is a knock-out. There is a wide variety of tones available, but the controls are easy to understand. I only gave it a 9 for quality because I'm sure there are better basses out there, but not at this price. Given what's available in short scale basses, there simply is not a better value out there. Everyone should have one of these. Even if you don't think you want to play bass.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Surprisingly Great Quality Bass--Unbelievable Value

                By D.D.

                from Chicago

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                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

                Overall, this bass feels great, plays great, sounds great and looks great. It is a mind-blowing value. I love to play this thing and am having trouble putting it down. If you are a kid and you need something that's a little smaller to start out on, this is the bass to get--you might never want to replace it with something more expensive, because it's just so dang good. If you're a housewife looking for a new hobby--maybe you want to learn to play an instrument on the worship team at church or something--this is the thing to get; it's a great bargain, very smooth to play and easy to learn on. My wife is loving learning the bass as I teach her and we're having a lot of fun together with this bass.
                I'm giving this bass an 8 for features, not because it's lacking anything--it's not; but simply because there are basses out there that have more features, like active electronics, fancy woods, etc. Nonetheless, this bass is balanced and versatile and can do all the basic things you need a bass guitar to do, with a p-bass pickup and a bridge j-bass pickup, a simple j-bass control set up, and all the typical Fender-type features. So, in terms of features, it's not lacking anything--certainly not for a bass of this price. It's a complete and versatile bass. But it doesn't have a lot of special extra features, so it can't really be rated a 10 here.

                I should mention here something about this being a short scale bass, since that's a special feature of this bass. I've never been a big fan of short scale (30") basses, because all the ones I've played (Gibson, Gretsch, etc) seemed to lack the percussive snap of the 34" scale basses (especially the 34" Fenders). I really love this bass, though, and would recommend it to anyone. I actually like it more than my USA-made Fender Jazz Bass--I know that sounds crazy, but it's true, and it's why I'm writing this review.
                This is the second made-in-Indonesia Squire bass I've played that has really shocked me in terms of it's quality, just totally blowing me away. To be blatantly honest--and some people won't be able to accept this--this Squier Jaguar bass, purchased for under $200, is of better overall quality than my US-made Fender Jazz Bass, which I bought new around the turn of the millenium.

                The sound is cleaner, the action is better, the neck is absolutely perfect, there are no dead spots or fret imperfections anywere on the neck, no sloppiness in the construction anywhere. The only thing where the US Fender has a distinct edge is in the pickups. The pickups on the Squire are a little bright for my taste and the p-pickup doesn't have the full tone and mellowness of a p-bass type pickup. That's my ONLY knock on this bass, and it's pretty minor. I could always change that pickup or put flatwounds on the bass if I wanted a more mellow sound. All in all, this plays like a $1500 bass.

                As I mentioned before, this is my second great experinece with a Squire bass. I have a friend who was a new bass player who wanted to buy a Jazz Bass, or something that he could slap on, but didn't have the money, and I suggested he try out a Squire. He bought a Squire Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, which I got to play a lot on. I had a similar reaction to that bass--it actually performed better than my US-made Fender Jazz. It did not play like a $280 instrument, more like a $1000+ instrument.

                One caution I would like to mention is that, while the two Squiers I've played at length have been stellar, I've also seen a few in music stores that were not, and my friend who bought the Modified Jazz initially got one with a warped neck, which he had to return for the good one. Still, the two good ones I have played were, in terms of quality, way beyond what I thought possible in a bargain bass.

                I bought this Modified Jaguar Short Scale for my petite wife, who wants to learn bass, but I plan on using it myself for recording projects, and I have trouble putting it down. It inspires me to play and I find myself coming up with interesting bass parts, inspired by the way it feels and sounds.

                One of the things I love about this bass is the neck, especially the oil finish on the back, which makes the neck lightning-fast. The finish is surprisingly good for an inexpensive bass as well, being an area where corners are often cut on cheap basses. I could only find one very minor imperfection in the metallic red, on the back right where the neck meets the body. And speaking of the neck pocket--it is perfectly tight.
                This bass is hands down the best value I've ever seen in a musical instrument, in 25 years of playing. This bass is in no way compromises quality for price. It holds its own with expensive, "professional"-quality instruments.

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