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Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale) Rosewood Fretboard Black

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  • Agathis body
  • C-shaped, 30"-scale maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets
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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!

       

      Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale) 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 70 reviews)

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        (46)

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        (18)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (3)

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        (3)

      93%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Fun to play (42)
      • Good feel (42)
      • Good tone (29)
      • Solid electronics (24)
      • Good pick up (22)

      Cons

      • Fret buzz (8)
      • Poor pick up (5)

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (34)
      • Jamming (30)
      • Small venues (21)
      • Recording (20)
      • School bands (14)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (29), Professional musician (11), Novice (8)

      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.

      Reviewed by 70 customers

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      5.0

      This bass is a steal!

      By Phillip

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Great Tone
      • No Pickup Hum
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

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

          This bass is an incredibly good deal. I was amazed at the tone of it, even plugged straight into a PA or recording rig. I've been playing bass for 10 years but it has always been secondary to guitar until recently. Before buying this bass I would borrow friends basses when I needed one (for the most part low end basses like this one), however this easily surpasses them all. I doubt I will ever buy another bass. One thing that especially impressed me was that the ugly pickup noise that is present on most basses in this price range was nonexistent. These pickups are fantastic and the electronics are wired very well!

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          5.0

          Lightweight bass that you can build up

          By Dismalhead

          from Auburn, CA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Light Weight

          Cons

          • Hard to find a case
          • Needed A Setup
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

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

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

          I'm primarily a guitar player and I'm getting older. I usually only use a bass to lay down tracks in my home studio. I recently filled in for our bass player at band practice with my old G&L 5-string and my Peavey TKO. Both are extremely heavy for what they are (G&L 11 lbs, TKO 75 lbs). After playing for 2 hours my back was screwed up for most of the next week. So I set out on a quest for a light-weight bass, and after a thorough search the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Short-Scale is what I came up with (also ordered a Fender Rumble 40 v3 amp!).

          Just got it the other day. Here are my observations so far:

          The short scale is great, especially for occasional bassists and people who don't have long fingers. Don't worry about the scale affecting that low end boom - it's still there. Nice fretboard, nice neck, stays in tune, the paint looks nice (I got a black one), I like the way the controls work, and it's lighter than my American Stratocaster guitar. Negatives - the tuners and bridge feel like they're light and maybe on the flimsy side, not at all like the massive the hunks of metal I had on my G&L. For now I'm going to keep using them unless I have issues since weight is a major consideration for me. I'm not impressed by the Jazz pickup at all, and even though people have given good reviews about the P-Bass pickup mine seems a little muddy and lacks definition. As far as initial setup, the pickups were too close to the strings and the neck needed a slight tweak of the truss; nothing that's a big deal, but beginners might want to take it to a shop to get it setup properly.

          Probably the biggest drawback is that it's really hard to find a case that'll fit one of these. Fender makes a hardshell case, but it costs as much as the instrument does. They also just started making a gig bag for it called the Fender Urban Short Scale Bass Gig Bag. I ordered one of these.

          I bought this with the idea that it was a platform that I could build up into a primo bass, especially since it's replacing a really high end bass. I've already ordered two Fender American Standard pickups to replace the stock ones (got'em used off E-Bay). Other improvements I'm making immediately will be swapping the synthetic nut for a bone one and putting on a tortoise-shell pickguard (just 'cause I think it'll look really cool on the black). Hoping I won't have to, but I'm expecting down the line I'll replace the tuners and the bridge.

          Overall, I highly recommend this bass for people just starting out, for people with smaller hands or stature, for bassists with bad backs (like me), or for someone who wants a short-scale to fix up. There's slim pickins' out there for short-scale basses. This is probably the best one that doesn't involve having one custom built, and it's ridiculously inexpensive.

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          5.0

          Could not be happier

          By jimj

          from florida

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            This is a very easy bass to play. I am a guitar player and wanted to learn bass so I purchased this one.Right out of the box the string height is perfect with no string noises of any kind, frets are perfect also.This really is a very nice bass. I play mine through a Peavey Vypyr 3 amp.

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            5.0

            Great bass for guitarists!

            By jlab

            from New York, NY

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording

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

              I'm a singer-songwriter who does his own recording. In the past, my bass tracks have been the weakest link in my songs. My hands are used to guitars, and a long scale bass felt uncomfortable and even started giving me problems in my wrists and fingers. This bass immediately felt "right". The price is almost a joke. You're getting an instrument that feels solid and comfortable, and, unless you're an incredibly picky listener, produces warm, firm, competent bass tones. I invested in a set of flat wound strings, which help me push the sound a little more in a vintage direction, and further enhance the playing comfort. Now I've started fixing the bass parts in all my existing recordings, and I can't wait to record fresh ones. With a compressor and a good tube preamp, there's no need for a bass amplifier. You just go "direct", and the sound merges well with acoustic guitars, vocals and percussion. I also like the look of this bass with the front of the headstock painted in the body color, the rosewood fingerboard and the skunk stripe on the back of the neck.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My Favortie Bass

              By Plectrum72

              from Okaloosa County, FL

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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've had this for a month now and it has become my favorite bass. My Fender P-bass sits mostly unused now. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that I find the short scale MUCH more comfortable than the regular scale basses; however, the Squier VM Jaguar SS easily cops a P-bass sound with the J pup turned down.

                Some folks talk about replacing the J pup or both pups on this, but I see no need to do so. The P sounds good on its own as does the J. If you crank them both, you may find your tone suffers a bit. I've found if you back slightly off one or the other it sounds much better. YMMV

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                5.0

                very fun bass

                By jon

                from massachusetts

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Poor Pick Up

                Best Uses

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

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

                i bought this with little expectation. i was looking for a bass that was easier to play than my old p-bass and this one is so much easier on my hands. i read reviews from other sites where people said that it immediately needed a setup including some fret work but mine was very playable right out of the box. so i'm quite happy about that. i'm not sure if that was because of squier or musicians friend. the pickups are so-so. i may replace them with some bare knuckle, or seymour duncans eventually and i'd probably get some better pots. but overall, it is a fantastic bass for the money. and i think it works just as well as a full scale bass. maybe it wouldnt be so good for drop tunings, but in E standard at least, its great.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice short scale for the money

                By don

                from kentucky

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    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.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Update to previous review

                    By Rockingeezer

                    from Chippewa falls Wi

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                    Pros

                    • Good Feel
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Fret Buzz

                    Best Uses

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

                      I originally said it was good for what it is.......I changed my opinion. I worked long and hard to eliminate the fret buzz....buzz on the D string could not be eliminated. The up side is Musicians Friend gladly exchanged it for an Epiphone EB0 which is way better...no complaints on this one what so ever. Maybe some of the Jag vin mods are ok, but mine was an unfixable lemon.

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                      5.0

                      Great bass

                      By Damien C.

                      from Woodstown, NJ

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I have carpal tunnel so I play short scale basses exclusively because they bother my wrists less. I picked this up because I wasn't really satisfied with the tone I was getting out of my SS Vintage Modified Squier Mustang Bass. That bass feels great and sounds okay but is kind of a one-trick pony. I was looking for more tonal options.

                        I played one of these on a whim in a Guitar Center and I really liked how it sounded. You get both a P-Bass and a J-Bass pickups, each with their own volume knob plus a master tone. The individual volumes really let you play around with how the bass sounds. I like the P-Bass knob all the way up then put the J-Bass between 5 and 8 for a little more punch. Makes it sound a little less woody and a little more metallic. In a good way of course. I had a Squier P-Bass Special years ago and it sounds very similar to that, only this guy seems to punch through a little better.

                        It helps that the bass looks beautiful and has a matching painted headstock. Wish there were more color options, as I have owned too many red guitars & basses and the silver one is just too childish and corny for me. The black one looks cool though.

                        Pretty satisfied with this bass. I might even get rid of my Mustang bass because I like this one so much.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Nothing less than awesome.

                        By adelara

                        from North Carolina

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I bought this bass for a few reasons, being the main reason, it is a short-scale, and this has nothing to do with small hands and things like that. If it fits, use it ! I just love the feel of the SS bass.

                          The other reasons which are my "pros":
                          - the bass is light;
                          - almost well balanced, still tips over a little but far better than any long scale;
                          - the body design looks awesome and the contoured and the receeded cuts makes it super comfortable;
                          - the two sets of pickups produce any kind of sound you need and want;
                          - no active electronics: it's pure sound you get; (and no batteries to replace);
                          - price: at $one-seventy-nine "dolares" 04/14 it is almost a steal for the features; you dont want to spend money on boutique instruments - this is perfect.

                          Right out of the box it needed adjusting two of the strings to lower the action just a teeny-bit; easily done if you have the correct Allen wrench : it is not shipped with anything - you get just the bass; still was pretty decent setup;
                          The strings being new are ok; I might replace later with flatwounds just because I like them more.

                          Cons:
                          - there is not much wideness in the tone control;
                          - the offset body does not sit correctly on a regular guitar stands (so, I'll make my own);
                          My veredict is nothing less than awesome.

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