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OVERVIEW

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!

SPECIFICATIONS

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 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (49)
  • Good feel (49)
  • Good tone (36)
  • Solid electronics (30)
  • Good pick up (28)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)
  • Poor pick up (5)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (41)
  • Jamming (37)
  • Small venues (25)
  • Recording (23)
  • School bands (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Professional musician (13), Novice (11)

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

 

Came with small obvious white chip

This is a great bass, the positive reviews apply in my case, but when my black bass arrived, it had a tiny white chip at the end of the head. It's small but...Read complete review

This is a great bass, the positive reviews apply in my case, but when my black bass arrived, it had a tiny white chip at the end of the head. It's small but really obvious to anyone looking at it. It's packed great, box inside a box and suspended well, it didn't happen in shipping, also the cardboard was all solid. Somebody put it in the box like that to send to me, and they had to have seen it.

It make me worry that when you order online, you get the stuff they couldn't sell in a store. I'll bet that one never sold retail and was sent back to be distributed online.

For the great deal that it is
, I won't send it back, plus I want to start playing it, so I will put a little black nail polish on it like I've done w old cheap guitars. It's not worth the hassle of shipping back and waiting again.

But next time I will think about paying the retail sales tax in order to actually play the instrument first and look at it.

I'm frustrated that anyone from Musicians Friend would put this in a box to send to me, shame on you this time, but it did ship fast, you resolved the issue when my discount code didn't work, and have been good to me in the past.

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4.0

fun to play

By Steven Hawley

from in my garage

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

  • No owners manual

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

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

The 9V battery powered active pickup was a shock to me. Did not see that in the ad. This sucker is loud at only half volume and clean and clear. Is it hard on batteries? I forgot to unplug the guitar cord last Saturday. Four days later I noticed. My bad. The factory supplied cheap carbon battery still played. The three way tone control let me adjust the volumes of each string to my liking. The factory string action was set to high for me. Luckily the wrench to adjust it was included. The string length settings were very close. At the 12th fret she was just a touch sharp so I still made the bridges about an 1/8 turn longer. Once you play it, you are going to realize she deserves a hard shell case. Mine will not be here until January as they sold out.

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5.0

Good choice for guitarists learning bass

By Loren H

from Wichita, Kansas

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

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.

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    5.0

    One fast bass

    By MJB

    from Archbold, Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    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

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      5.0

      Great Little Bass for Beginners to Pros

      By mrknighterrant

      from St. George, UT

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Nice Light Body
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Requires Set-up

      Best Uses

      • Great All-around Bass
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

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

      Great short-scale bass for any style of bass. Incredible deal on a bass with a wide variety of tones. Pick-ups are nice and woody for a classic Fender sound. The body is small, light and sounds great. Paint job shimmers. Only minor downsides to this bass: 1. The tuner knobs look a little big on the smaller headstock. 2. The Bridge arrived high and required set-up, same goes for the truss rod. Be aware it will require a professional set-up.

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      2.0

      Came with small obvious white chip

      By Chip

      from Columbus, Oh

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      This is a great bass, the positive reviews apply in my case, but when my black bass arrived, it had a tiny white chip at the end of the head. It's small but really obvious to anyone looking at it. It's packed great, box inside a box and suspended well, it didn't happen in shipping, also the cardboard was all solid. Somebody put it in the box like that to send to me, and they had to have seen it.

      It make me worry that when you order online, you get the stuff they couldn't sell in a store. I'll bet that one never sold retail and was sent back to be distributed online.

      For the great deal that it is
      , I won't send it back, plus I want to start playing it, so I will put a little black nail polish on it like I've done w old cheap guitars. It's not worth the hassle of shipping back and waiting again.

      But next time I will think about paying the retail sales tax in order to actually play the instrument first and look at it.

      I'm frustrated that anyone from Musicians Friend would put this in a box to send to me, shame on you this time, but it did ship fast, you resolved the issue when my discount code didn't work, and have been good to me in the past.

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      5.0

      beginner's dream

      By voraciousmind

      from Austin

      About Me Novice

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            It's perfect for a beginner level player. It sounds great and it's easy to play.

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            4.0

            Nice Little Bass

            By Hardrockn

            from Buffalo

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

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

              For a budget bass, the Squier VM Jaguer SS is surprisingly good. Mine was good right out of the box. The action was good, just needed tuning, and I was good to go.
              Even with the "cheaper", non-Duncan designed pickups that are available on the full-scale model, the sound is surprinsingly good. I really like the P&J p/u configuration. Much better than it's muddy-sounding main competitor, the Epiphone EBO (I had one). If the EB-3 was available in a SS model, the Epi would give the Jag SS a real run for it's money. Both SS's are an absolute blast to play. If you like a thin neck, this bass is for you. It's much more like a guitar then a bass. For me, there is no easier playing bass. But if you love the neck on a big old Fender P, then it probably won't be.
              Quality is very good too, considering the price. Don't let the Squier name scare you away. It's much better than an Affinity I played quite awhile ago. I'd say it's closer in quality to a MIM model, but not quite as good (a bass 3x the price!).
              Don't get me wrong, if you are a "serious" player who is gigging every weekend, and have the money for a more expensive bass, this would not be your main axe, that's for sure. For example, I had the MIJ Fender Deluxe Jaguar, and you can certainly feel and hear the difference in quality. Too bad that model isn't offered in a SS.
              However, if you happen to be low on cash, are a novice, have small hands, or are a converted guitar player, the VM Jag SS is a very capable gigging bass.

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              4.0

              Good little bass

              By JEF

              from Cape Cod

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

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

              came with a little buzz, nothing that couldn't be fixed, pretty good out of the box, I was surprised!!!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

                Best Uses

                  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

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  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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