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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)

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

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Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale)

  • 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 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (74)
  • Good feel (74)
  • Good tone (56)
  • Solid electronics (41)
  • Good pick up (38)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (11)
  • Poor pick up (7)
  • Craftsmanship (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (63)
  • Jamming (56)
  • Small venues (37)
  • Recording (36)
  • School bands (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (51), Professional musician (18), Novice (13)

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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Nice little bass

Compared to the Mikro bass it doesn't seem like a "toy"...although the Mikro has served me well for couple of years now. It also seems a bit more...Read complete review

Compared to the Mikro bass it doesn't seem like a "toy"...although the Mikro has served me well for couple of years now. It also seems a bit more suited to the classic rock cover band I'm playing in now...can get good country and blues sounds out of it as well. The Mikro seemed to function soundwise better in the metal band I was playing in.
This is my second short scale bass, the first being an Ibanez Mikro bass which I also bought off of MF and I love it. This is a 30" scale and I notice no trouble changing over from the Mikro's 28" scale; the longer scale neck gives the impression that this bass is a little bigger than the Mikro which people make fun of as being so small looking on me (6' 250lbs.). Which is of no consequence to me as I play these small basses because of my bad back and tendonitis in my wrists, which makes playing all my normal and long scale basses painful these days as I get older. The smaller basses have allowed me to have fun again at gigs and 4 hours of playing on the smaller basses every night does not completely wipe me out the next day.

All the parts are solid and it has survived a couple of falls and such, since it doesn't even come with a gig bag...cheapskates. As the years go on I'm getting fed up with the nickle and diming Fender/Squire engages in with their new products. I miss the days when you got a nice hardshell or tweed case included in the price of the guitar. So the tuning heads have survived a couple of bashes that the chinese ones on my expensive Fender Jag didn't survive and had to be replaced...I will keep these until damaged and then buy better locking ones. Pickups are good, I will probably eventually at least change the jazz pu. A little noisy when near my amp but I'm sure a little foil grounding will help that. Sounds awesome as is out of the box thru my Behringer bass head and '67 Kustom cab w/2x15".

Again, the shipping left a lot to be desired. Packed like crap and again a miracle worthy of making me believe in a God...the box had been completely severed and retaped together...I'm assuming that no company in the world would ship a box out looking like that (although every guitar/bass I've bought from MF has come in this kind of shape); therefor it must be UPS's fault and several in the past I've known for sure that the BROWN lived up to their color's name.

Only a couple of "dings" on surface of paint, nothing worth sending back over. Same condition my speakers arrived in a couple of weeks ago...UPS is garbage. Worthless shipping company. Everything I get from MF is F'd up. I've sent several expensive items back that didn't work and every guitar/bass I have gotten (half a dozen or so over the years) has a least one little nick somewhere from being beaten completely to crap during shipping. MF should really look into allow other forms of shipping..ie. USPS, FedEx, blah blah blah. If I was anal about damage done I would send every thing back each time to MF, but I only buy gear that I think can survive a tough time on the road and in low life bars and bar fights. Everything gets nicked up during the first gig, so there is no point to worring about a few nicks during shipping...it's just become a pet peeve of mine over the years.
For the money and Made In Indonesia it is an excellent quality little bass...has survived a half dozen gigs in the 2 weeks I've had it without the case or gig bag that it didn't come with. Played it straight out of the box with no adjustments since I got it...plays nice. Strings are cheap but no biggie...the gigs hardly pay enough for a set of good strings, and I figure the audience won't know the "sonic" difference after a couple of beers. PU's decent, probably change the Jazz PU, it's a bit weak. Gears and bridge are sufficient for now.
Excellent value for the money.

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5.0

Great short scale bass for the money

By Max

from san francisco, ca

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

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

    After spending $600+ to get my Gibson back up and running I wanted a back-up to take to lessons, practice etc. A friend of mine who plays bass professionally said you can't go wrong with a Squier, if you're on a budget. I wanted a short scale, which this is, and it's a great bass. Lightweight, slim neck, decent tone from the two pickups. I recommend going to a music store and playing one which I did. Mine was OK out of the box but the action was too low and needed a set up which was why I bought it in a store, where they can tweak it for no charge. I'm very happy with this. My only con is that mine has a pitted pick guard cover but for the money who cares? I don't have to worry about this guitar at all, and that's a feature. Very cool looking bass too.

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    5.0

    Great Product

    By Danny P

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    I bought this because I have always been a big fan of the Mustang and Jaguar short scale basses. I am a guitarist and song writer and I have somewhat smaller hands, so I needed a comfortable bass that I could play for session gigs and our own recording. I own a fully modded Fender Telecast but I wasn't looking to spend fender money on a bass just yet. In the last few years Squire has really turned up the production, the bass has good weight, a very smooth and comfortable neck and fret board. Some people on here have talked about fret buzz, part of that has to do with how hard you play it, you'll get buzz on a full grown Pbass or a gibson Firebird if you play too hard, turn up the amp, turn down the fingers, lol.
    My only caveat, which I didn't count against my rating, is that the electronics are very introductory.
    The Pbass pickups are nice and fat, round and dynamic, but the Jazz pick up in the bridge leave more to be desired. Along those lines, the bass uses 250k pots. If you like the bass but want a little more, I found the replacement Seymour Duncan set online for 140 add 3 new 500k pots to that and you'll probably have ONE HECK OF A BASS. (this is what I'll be doing in the next month or so)

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    2.0

    Disappointed

    By Zoltar

    from Point Pleasant, NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

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

        I've had this thing since Wed. June 1, 2016, not much time, but enough for an experienced musician to evaluate an instrument. Sure it looks good, but that's about it. I guess you do get what you pay for.

        Fret buzz all the way up the neck on each string; lousy strings that don't sound good or feel good; cheap stamped bridge with no mass, which is needed for a bass; saddles provide all the mass, but not enough; wish it was a through-body type of bridge, that would make up for the mass; tuners are pretty good though, just need to be lubed, which was not done. I haven't plugged it in though, so I can't comment on the pickup or the electronics. The body is no bigger than that of my Strat, but it's almost twice as heavy;must be kin to a Gibson LesPaul.

        I am going to send it back.

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        4.0

        A leap of faith that worked out

        By Bad Tux

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Quality Craftsmanship
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Bridge pickup buzz
        • Rough nut

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

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

        I admit, I got this as a leap of faith. I needed bass for something I was recording, already had a bass amp in my closet, and decided that at this price point, if the bass turned out to be a piece of junk what have I really lost? Well, it wasn't a piece of junk. Granted, the bridge pickup is noisy when used by itself, and the plastic nut has hard edges, but the neck is fast and the frets have no sharp edges to catch you as you're moving up and down the fretboard. Mine came pretty much perfectly set up from Musician's Friend, all I had to do was tune it up and the intonation and action were fine. For my purposes -- practicing, jamming, and recording -- it does the job.

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        4.0

        I love this bass

        By Jay Bassman

        from colorado

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts

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

          This bass is a jewel. I own an American made jazz and I bought one of these for practice and I couldn't put it down. I own 3 now. No joke. I did a set up on all 3, the action was off a bit, but for the most part very little needed to be done. If you are handy, you can put some nicer pickups, bride and tuner and pick guard, but you don't have too. It's nice to play it for a long time and not feel worn down like an anchor is around your neck. I'm 5' 7'' and FINALLY I can stretch across frets. I can just about fit into a strat case.The wood seems a bit soft - my experiece from changing parts - I did all screws by hand, so I'm just concerted about if it will hold up for years of play, but it should. Buy this, you won't regret it. Everyone in my band loves the way it sounds.

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          5.0

          Great Bass and a great Buy

          By Ken10652

          from Columbia, SC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          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):

            Outstanding guitar for the begginner or experienced bass player

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            5.0

            Great deal on a starter bass.

            By Snafu

            from New Jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

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

              This was a an open box steal! Plays great, sounds great. Not a thumping heavy bass but for practice and small venues gigs it's doable.

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              5.0

              Believe the hype

              By Le Nes

              from VA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

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

                I don't usually write reviews, but I had to make an exception in this case. I had heard how good the VM and CV series are, and had been eyeballing this bass for awhile before I pulled the trigger on the purchase. Am I ever glad I did. Everything about this bass is perfect: the finish, the fretwork, even the setup out of the box, I didn't have to tweak it at all. It plays as well as almost every bass I've owned, with the exception of a Lakland Skyline 44-02 I had awhile back (I should have never let that one go). I will agree with everyone else that the bridge pickup is on the weak side, but sounds good blended. I'm sure getting it closer to the strings will help, but I haven't fooled with that yet. In short, it's a great little bass, and you won't find a better deal for the money. This won't be my last Squier instrument.

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                5.0

                Excellent for guitarists!

                By whirling demons

                from dallas, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

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

                  Used for recording, sounds great

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                  5.0

                  Great starter guitar or backup.

                  By Bill

                  from Belvidere Il

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

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

                    Great setup right out of the box, great value for the few money you spend on it. Plays great, sounds great. Get one while you can.

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