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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 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (60)
  • Good feel (60)
  • Good tone (44)
  • Solid electronics (33)
  • Good pick up (32)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (10)
  • Poor pick up (6)
  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (50)
  • Jamming (45)
  • Small venues (31)
  • Recording (29)
  • School bands (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Professional musician (15), Novice (12)

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

 

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

This is a really easy-playing bass

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from Joliet, IL

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy on the shoulders
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    I've only been playing bass for a few months, but I finally feel like I have a bass that isn't trying to hurt me when I'm playing. I'm really enjoying the shorter scale on this bass. The craftsmanship and finish of the bass is very good. After adjusting the intonation I was experiencing some overtone issues, but that was easily fixed by adjusting the pickups downwards some. Stock strings are decent. It looks and sounds great! I'm looking forward to spending many hours playing with my new baby!

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    3.0

    One time purchase, one time only

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    from Richmond,VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good finish

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Acoustic Sets
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small gigs
    • Small Venues

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

    Bass came faster than expected, and was pretty good right out of the box. I'm a bit disappointed with the pickguard screws since they were stripped when I got to get my hands on the bass (had to fix myself). Pretty ok tone and feel, and great satin neck finish. Because of this being a short scale, notes are going to be higher, and I found this bass to have some use in some of my acoustic sets, but i've grown fond of the jaguar and started using it for more normal uses. Small but packs a sturdy punch, so I'd recommend for a one time buy since I think I won't be really needing another SS bass anytime soon.

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    4.0

    Should of bought one earlier

    By 

    from Northern Ky

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      I might not be as young or a wild punk bassist as I was in the 70s or 80s. But with this short scaled bass. I come pretty close. If the weight or your old hands aren't like they once was. This is the bass for you. Looks great and sounds great. Would also make a great bass for someone smaller or just learning.

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      4.0

      Should of bought one earlier

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      from Northern Ky

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        I might not be as young or a wild punk bassist as I was in the 70s or 80s. But with this short scaled bass. I come pretty close. If the weight or your old hands aren't like they once was. This is the bass for you. Looks great and sounds great. Would also make a great bass for someone smaller or just learning.

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        5.0

        Oh so pretty, what I've always wanted

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        from Clayton, ID

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Short Neck Great
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

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

        This bass is the best. I love to play on it. The
        round wound strings are easy on the fingers, the
        frets are smooth and easy to reach, not like a
        long neck. I have short arms and the "SS" makes
        it easy for me to play.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Great Start

        By 

        from Connecticut

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good finish

        Cons

          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.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar for the price

          By 

          from Angleton, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None
          • None Noted

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

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

          I have problems with my hands since I have gotten older and my hand would cramp while playing a full scale guitar. I have played this one a couple of weeks now and no cramping. Just what I needed to be able to continue playing. Really nice bass very happy with my purchase.

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          5.0

          An Excellent Bass at a remarkable price.

          By 

          from Connecticut

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

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

            Received this remarkable Short-scale Bass in excellent condition. I tuned it up and plugged it in and just cracked-up at the sound straight out of the box. I was surprised at how close the set-up was to my preference. I noticed a bit of hum from the J pick-up, but it went away when I peeled the protective film off of the pick-guard(??). The J pick-up is of moderate power and is clear and quite functional. The P pick-up is crisp and a bit more powerful than i anticipated (Bonus!!!). The truss-rod was spot-on (the action was clean). The Fender 5250XL strings are bright and punchy. I am quite happy with this addition to my collection (#7); however, it is the one Bass that has been on my stand for quite a while now; at the ready just because it is fun to play (short scale). If you are in the arena for adding a different dimension to your playing this a great Short-scale Bass at a remarkable price and just might be the inspiration that you have been looking for?

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            5.0

            Great Price on a New Jag!

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            from Orlando, Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Bridge Weight Too Light

            Best Uses

            • Rock n roll

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

            I've always wished that I bought a Mustang Bass in the 1970's! When I recently played the short-scale Squire Jaguar Bass in red, I had to have it! It looks and plays great right out of the box! The P-Bass pup is the stronger of the two, but when you blend them together you get GREAT sounds. It's a wonderful little guitar for the money.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic bass!!!

            By 

            from West Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording

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

              I wanted a good short-scale bass to record with. This bass sounds as good as my Fender J-bass for a fraction of the cost. A friend of mine who works at a music store had recommended it, and I'm glad he did. You can't go wrong with the price, but nothing is worth it if it doesn't sound good. This bass sounds great!

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