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Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass 3 Tone Sunburst 

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  • Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
  • Soft maple body
  • One-piece maple neck
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      A retro-inspired funk machine that anybody can afford.

      The Vintage Modified Jazz Bass from Squier features a one-piece hard maple neck, maple body, and Duncan Designed Jazz Bass pickups. It can deliver punchy tone for the ultimate funk sound whether you play fingerstyle or slap-n-pop. Black binding and block inlays, black pickguard, and chrome hardware give it plenty of visual style.

      Features

      • Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
      • Soft maple body
      • One-piece maple neck
      • Maple fingerboard
      • Black block inlays
      • Bound neck
      • 20 large frets
      • 34" scale
      • Chrome hardware
      • Vintage-style butterfly tuners
      • Vintage-style 4-saddle bridge
      • 3-ply black/white/black pickguard
      • 2 single-coil Duncan Designed™ JB101 Jazz Bass pickups with Alnico V magnets

      It's an affordable instrument with killer vibe for true funk disciples. Order yours now!

       
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      SquierVintage Modified Jazz Bass
       
      4.8

      (based on 247 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (202)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (36)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Fun to play (17)
      • Good feel (17)
      • Good tone (16)
      • Good pick up (11)
      • Solid electronics (7)

      Cons

      • Fret buzz (6)

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (15)
      • Practicing (12)
      • Small venues (11)
      • Recording (10)
      • Rock concerts (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Give Squier it's due

      First I think it's time we dispelled the issue of painted blocks and binding on the neck. They are "not" painted on as so many people have carelessly observed. Look...Read complete review

      First I think it's time we dispelled the issue of painted blocks and binding on the neck. They are "not" painted on as so many people have carelessly observed. Look closely and you will find they are proper inlays as is the binding. I can attest to this personally after I accidently popped a few blocks out refinishing the neck.

      I have both MIM and American jazz basses and this feels, plays and sounds as good while having it's own disctinctive tone the others can't reproduce. It's become my main giging instrument. The pickups are incredible and will hold there own against the MIM and American models as well. Don't listen to all this rubish about changing out the pickups. I've swapped out for fender 60's over wound, and 70's as well with no appreciable difference. In the end I couldn't justify the cost associated with the subtle nuances that came with the price tag. Duncun did their homework on these and nailed the tone quite accurately. I read a review that stated they sounded "unrefined" compared to their American counterparts. That assesment is inaccurate at best. They are good enough that I've put these pickups in a few custom basses I built from Warmoth and USA Custom Guitars. I get nothing but compliments on my sound from soundmen as well as audience members. Proof's in the pudding.

      Fit and finish are excellent as these are made on the same CNC machines that Fender uses. What might have been true of Squiers overall quality, and quality control, in decades past is no longer an issue. Fit and finish are first rate. I own three of these and they are all superbly constructed.

      This bass does things my American Jazz won't do. I'm not aware that Fender even offers a complete maple bass which is a distinctive sound the squier has to itself. This makes it unique.

      The only downside to this instrument is that you have to dig through a few to find one that has well matched grains and nicer fretboards. The affordability of this bass is due largely in part to the fact that they aren't spending a lot of time matching up grains on 2 and 3 piece bodies. Some look better than others and it may take some time to find one that appeals to your taste.

      I'm quite amazed that some people consider this bass and entry level instrument. The only thing "entry level" is the price and I think people would do well to start seeing it for what it really is. I think there is still a stigma people associate with Squier, that needs to go. I also believe that many people just aren't willing to sucumb to the idea that this bass really can compete with a Genuine Fender, and in some regards outperform it. It's not just good for the money, it's good "period". The only modifications I've made to mine are replacing the bridge with a Leo Quan BA 3, vintage correct knobs and custom clear coat to the fretboard for cosmetics. (Yes I left the "Squier Logo on the headstock.)

      I'm still constantly amazed at how good this thing sounds, the clarity, the structure of overtones and harmonics it reproduces with such fortitude, and the growly mids that cut through screeching guitars.

      I love my genuine Fender basses for sure. Am I a Squier advocate? Yeah, I'm sold on them for sure because they hold their own at a fraction of the price . If you want a quality Jazz bass that you will hold onto for a lifetime, you owe it to yourself to try one the Vintage Modified Jazz Basses.
      Sure the pots and hardware could be better

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Another great Squier!!

      First of all and I can not stress this enough. Learning to set-up your own guitar, is as important as learning to play. Even having a person do it for you really doesn't...Read complete review

      First of all and I can not stress this enough. Learning to set-up your own guitar, is as important as learning to play. Even having a person do it for you really doesn't help. Learning how to intonation and do truss rod adjustments, etc... is a further bound and understanding of your guitar. What you may think is a bad playing guitar may just need a proper set-up. The bass I am reviewing, I set up after buying and did minor additional adjustments over the course of a month.

      This is another fine Squier. The look is outstanding. There are some minor issues with the finish on the neck, but its really not a problem. Nice low action...no buzzing frets. The pickup are booming and tight. I am a professionally player, I have no day job. This is how I pay my rent, and I would have no fears about taking this bass on the road. The price is great too... stuff gets stolen on the road and this would be way less painful to lose then a 2,000 dollar Fender.

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      4.0

      Solid Bass

      By Ryno

      from Fremont, Oh

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Painted On Bindinginlay

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

      I have 2 of these one Natural, One Sunburst. I find it to be a solid bass. I've changed the bridges and tuners. The originals aren't bad. I like a little more mass to my bridges and I prefer Hipshot tuners. I shielded the electronics so they're dead quiet. I have over 20 years experience playing. I've owned Tobias, Music Man, Ibanez, Lakland, Fender, Carvin, Spector, Warwick, Dean, Cort.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      The middle of the road

      By Jon Grindstaff

      from Lexington, KY

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      Pros

      • Good Weight
      • Great Neck
      • Reliable
      • Solid Tuners
      • Tough Finish
      • Tought Finish

      Cons

      • Cheap Tone Pot
      • Lacking Pickups
      • Needs Good Setup
      • No Noise Cancel
      • Pickups Dont Cancel Noise

      Best Uses

      • Beginner- Intermediate
      • Play Bass
      • Playing Bass
      • This Option Is Stupid

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

      I bought this bass second hand, but unpalyed. I initially found the bass extremely difficult to play and the scale length was gigantic. After a bit of neck adjustment and the perfect amount of relief, the bass became extremely playabale. The body is durable and the tone is great. My only big complaint is the cheap tone / volume pots. They're all or nothing switches. The pickups also don't cancel noise unless they're both on full out. Running only the bridge is unuseable. Over all a great beginner to mid range bass. It is every bit as useable as my Mexican Jazz and floored the Mexican P I owned. Good job Squier.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice bass for the money

      By FillCawlins

      from Downers Grove, IL

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

      I purchased the three tone sunburst version. The first one Musician's Friend sent me had a big dent in lower rear portion exactly opposite the output jack, but they were nice enough to send me a replacement. The bass looks and sounds great, except that the neck pickup has a bit of buzz when kept at full volume. The hardware is what you get for what you pay, but the workmanship itself is flawless. The Duncan designed pickups sounds more meatier than Fender's own pups on its Modern Player jazz and jaguar basses. The block inlays and maple neck add to the retro look. Its quite a handful for the price you pay, and definitely one of the better 4 string basses out there in this market segment.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Squier's are excellent!

      By Doug S.

      from Abilene, Tx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Beautiful Wood Grain
      • Decent Weight
      • Good Tone
      • Nice finish
      • Nice look
      • Nice Neck Features
      • Pickups Sound Good
      • Tight Neck Joint
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Average Electronics
      • Capacitor Is So-so
      • Cheap Fender Bridge
      • Tuning Machines Weak

      Best Uses

      • Great For Any Music Style

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

      I have played bass for 20+ years and have countless gigs and recording sessions. I have played at least 20 different brands and models over the years including German Warwicks, USA Fenders, Czech made Spectors, Steinberger, Tobias, Jackson, and custom made instruments. Without a doubt, I love my Squier VM Jazz bass. I needed a decent, inexpensive backup bass due for regular gigging so I researched the Squier. After all the positive reviews, I went and dropped the coin. After receiving it, I can say I made a good decision.
      The bass has a very good weight (the soft maple version)as I like a heavier guitar. I have tried basses at local shops and have found ones that were toy-like light. This is the perfect balance of in betweens..not too heavy, not too light. The finish is no different than some more expensive basses, a nice natural look of clear poly over wood. I couldn't find any defects like drips, runs, bubbles, ect. The neck had a nice finish as well, a little too white for my taste though. I prefer a vintage tint look personally. The neck inlays and binding were a nice touch although upon very close inspection, some of the blocks have very small gaps at the edges. No big deal. The tuning machines were pretty cheap, they get the job done but they feel loose to me. The gearing is adequate as well, I didn't have to turn the key forever to get my guitar in tune. I had to do some tweaking on the truss rod and was able to get a very low, buzz free action out of it.
      The electronics are pretty good for the money. I prefer passive pick ups to actives and these Duncans are some good pickups. I don't have anything to compare them too because all pickups can sound different depending on what wood they are put in, but they do offer a good jazz bass tone. I switched out the stock cap for a Sprague Orange Drop and the tone was greatly enhanced. The stock pots and input jack are usable and I won't mess with them until they die. The bridge is el-cheapo, pressed steel, Fender fare and was immediately replaced with a Leo Quan BA2 bridge.

      I ended up buying a custom made Warmoth fretless jazz bass neck and bolted it on the Squier. It fit in the neck pocket perfectly and after stringing it up with some D'Addario chrome flats, this Squier has become my number one gigging bass.

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      4.0

      Great value

      By luvinbass

      from Redding,ca

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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 Jazz Bass:

          I have a Squire Affinity and was a bit concerned that this would be about the same. Don't worry. The tone is far better. These pickups are great and the bass has several little goodies that make it a step up. As with most guitars, it needs a little setup to be at its best. I am very happy with the vintage modified and I think you will be to.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This bass is just awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          By Katherine Bastien North*Starr rock band

          from Northumberland, New Hampshire

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

            Sounds very good, clear and easy to play. I am very satisfied. I am a lead guitar but I like to have a bass for recording my originals. This bass is just as good as the expensive ones.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            FENDER WATCH OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            By unknownbassman

            from somewhere usa

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

              this is the best squire I ever played!this bass is better than some of the high end fender j-basses! this bass is excellent for rock, metal,funk, any type of music. i saw and played this bass at my local guitar center and i was completely blown away!!!!!!!! seriously what a steal!!! but sadly they only had it in natural so i went and bought the 3 toned sunburst because i found it more attractive. but other than that this is good for beginners,experts everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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              4.0

              the best bass there is for the price

              By metalman

              from somerset, New Jersey

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

              I've played fender american standard jazz basses and loved loved loved the tone, but they were way out of my budget. I tried some of these babies, some of these the strings rattled too much or the action was too high. Most i've played, however are great. The strings and action flaws are still noticeable, but only if you are taking a close look for them. the sound is great and varied. It can be used for virtually anything from sex pistols to megadeth to rush to Eric Clapton. For the money this and a few other squiers)are the best basses around for 3x the price. If you can save up for and mim or mij however, you might want to settle with that.

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              5.0

              Absolutely Satisfied

              By Foddershock

              from Clintwood, VA.

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

              Bought this bass a year ago and right out of the box it has been great...For the price, I just don't think it can be beat. As has been said numererous times over, put on the strings of your liking and it's ready to go. Pick-up are strong, and the neck was set perfectly. Recently paired it with the Fender Rumble 75 watt, and it came to life even more. Buy this bass !!!

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              GREAT bang for your buck

              By JFW

              from Michigan

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Starter Bass

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Questionable Electronics

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

              After playing guitar for some time, I decided to switch to bass about 6 months ago. I did some research to find a good, cheap instrument. Seeing so many reviews for this bass, I thought why not? So I ordered, expecting it to arrive with some flaws in the craftsmanship, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it in near-perfect shape. The finish of the body and neck is far better than I expected for the price. Frets are great, although there is a very slight buzz around the 12th, but I can live with that. The only real problem I have with it is the soldering of the electronics. One of the solders for the capacitor on the tone knob looks like it's about to fall off. But I'm replacing all of the internals with a wiring kit from stewmac, which is twenty-five, so it's not a big deal for me. In my opinion, this bass is well worth the price. But to get the most out of it, you really need to set it up to your liking.

              About the Sound

              I tested basses from many different manufacturers at a local music store. I must say that while an Ibanez and others certainly have better action, the Ibanez's just dont have the fat, soulful sound of this classic.

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