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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 115 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (83)
  • Good feel (82)
  • Good tone (63)
  • Solid electronics (44)
  • Good pick up (43)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (12)
  • Poor pick up (7)
  • Craftsmanship (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (72)
  • Jamming (64)
  • Recording (41)
  • Small venues (40)
  • School bands (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (55), Professional musician (23), Novice (14)

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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1.0

I would not buy again in this condition

By Phil

from Arab, AL

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Pros

    Cons

    • Put duck tape on the holes & cracks, NOT HAPPY
    • Quarter size holes in body with cracks fnt & bac

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    Use this bass for practicing and back up.

     
    5.0

    Fun bass

    By NotAnotherGuitar!

    from Oregon

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I've been playing guitar for most my of life. I have always wanted a bass but had found most of them to feel bulky and cumbersome. I thought I would give this short scale bass a try - I'm loving it! I'm having a hard tie putting it down. I got a deal on an open box black model. The painted headstock gives it a touch of class. The neck is comfortable and the entire guitar balances nicely. I'm strictly a hobbyist so all I'm looking for is something to noodle around on and this certainly fits the bill.

         
        5.0

        Love this little bass!

        By Leggy

        from San Franciscso bay Area

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gigging
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

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

          I purchased one of these in the Candy Apple Red. Let me say that I have been a musician for 40 years and have owned many fine and expensive instruments. As a guitar player I only go for custom shop and boutique gear so when was asked to play bass in a friends 80's band I needed to find an inexpensive bass guitar. I needed something light weight for my bad back and something easy to play as I am not a seasoned bass player. I like a short scale bass. So I nabbed one of these and haven't looked back. This bass sounds great, looks great on stage and is easy on the body. I have used it on about 25 gigs and it has been a joy to play. I am going to upgrade the electronics at some point as well as the pots but right out of the box this bass was GREAT! Highly recommended for guitar players that want a comfortable bass. The tone is warm and punchy through my Fender Rumble 500 2x10 combo. This rig is more than enough for any club situation. Thanks Squier! I wish Fender would make one of these in upgraded woods and finishes...i'd buy several more as back-ups.

           
          5.0

          Great Shortt Scale Bass

          By poetryman

          from New England

          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):

            This bass was purchased as blemished, but I have yet to find anything wrong with it. It looks great, and plays and sounds great also. My only plans to make changes are to install flatwound strings and adjust the pickup heights. A great bass on a budget!

             
            4.0

            Great buy - 4 1/2 stars

            By Stormy

            from earth

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Neck pick up alone is good enough

            Cons

            • Not crazy about the bridge PU sound

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Makes a heck of a gift!
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

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

            As a short scale bass player, I am familiar with this thing and love it. I also play a little guitar (what bass player doesn't?) so I bought this as a Christmas present for the bass player who plays with me after he praised mine. No, it is not going to retire his 1960's EBO but he agrees this a blast.

            It makes it easier to feel "Its better to give than receive" at this price.

             
            5.0

            A+ Customer Service

            By Beermom

            from Willowbrook, IL

            About Me Child

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

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

              I bought this bass as a Christmas present for my young grandson who is a beginner. Both he and my son, who is a guitar player, are very happy with the guitar.

               
              5.0

              Great little bass

              By Jim

              from Paso Robles, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands

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

                I bought this bass for my grandson who is eight. It's a perfect little student bass.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

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

                By Trapland

                from Minneapolis

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Reviewer

                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.

                   
                  3.0

                  Black headstock is Beautiful

                  By TinyTim

                  from Oklahoma

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                  Pros

                  • Beautiful Black Headstock
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Small Scale Easy to Play

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • School Bands

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

                  I bought this bass for the Black Headstock and the low price... I knew Squire's usually come needing some set but this little bass had a horrible set up... Took me several hours to set it up... I have bought much more expensive bass' that needed a little set up but If I had not been experienced I would have been highly disappointed. The headstock is Beautiful but the pick guard came with a few tiny bubbles in the molding... I know it was the molding because the cellophane was not scratched or bubbled... packaging was more than adequate... It is very fun to play and I love the short scale...

                   
                  4.0

                  Run don't walk

                  By Stormy

                  from earth

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

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

                    It appears I have lived long enough to see gig worthy instruments at sick (I mean great) prices. I'm a tough marker on bridge pick ups, so others may not be as fuzzy as me. I just turn it down.

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