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A legendary bass with outstanding tone designed for the working musician's budget.

Squier's Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s returns you to a great period in Jazz Bass history, with dual Fender-designed pickups and a slim "C"-shaped maple neck with a vintage-tint gloss finish. Other features include a black-bound 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and stylish black block inlays, three-ply black pickguard, four-saddle bridge, knurled chrome control knobs, and open-gear tuners. Super '70s sound and feel for today's bassists, with superior Squier performance and value.

FEATURES
  • Soft maple body
  • Polyurethane body finish
  • Jazz Bass body shape
  • "C" Shape maple neck
  • Vintage tint gloss neck finish
  • 34" (864 mm) Scale
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 20 Medium jumbo frets
  • Synthetic bone string nut
  • Block position inlays
  • Fender-designed single-coil Jazz Bass bridge and middle pickups
  • Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup) and Master Tone controls
  • SS pickup configuration
  • 4-Saddle standard bridge
  • Chrome hardware finish
  • Standard open-gear tuning machines
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • Fender USA Bass 7250ML strings, NPS, Gauges .045-.100

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Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s

  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
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SquierVintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s
 
4.5

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (27)
  • Good feel (26)
  • Good tone (25)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (26)
  • Practicing (26)
  • Small venues (21)
  • Recording (16)
  • Rock concerts (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (8)

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Very nice bass for the price!

I was very impressed with this bass! Though at first, I was a bit skeptical. (Seeing the price and the name on the headstock) For the money, this bass cannot be...Read complete review

I was very impressed with this bass! Though at first, I was a bit skeptical. (Seeing the price and the name on the headstock) For the money, this bass cannot be beat. For a long time, I only played the higher end jazz basses, and saw Squire basses a cheap. (I was SO wrong) Not here. The Vintage Modified line is amazing! It doesn't feel cheap. You can pick this bass up, and tell it's a quality instrument. The neck is slim, and easy to move around upon. The electronics are great. It took me a while to dial in my ideal tone. But eventually, I found it. When I first saw the price of this bass, I almost ruled it out as an option. But as soon as I picked it up and played it, I was SOLD. I would recommend this bass for any gigging musician or anyone who likes to do upgrades. The only mod I plan on doing is putting some Aguilar AG 4J-HC's in it. Squire nailed it with this one. BUY THIS BASS!

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Not as good as the first VM 70s models

I bought one of these when they first came out in the late 2000s. Back then, the pickups were Seymour Duncans, and the neck had a super-playable satin finish. And it was seventy...Read complete review

I bought one of these when they first came out in the late 2000s. Back then, the pickups were Seymour Duncans, and the neck had a super-playable satin finish. And it was seventy smackers less for a new one, including the gig bag. The pickups were the stars of the show ... amazing versatility, getting you everything from your standard Jazz tone to more of a "Jaco" style mid-range sound, to an amazing copy of a P-bass tone if you rolled off the bridge pup. The Fender pups this model now has are much weaker, with much less tonal diversity. So while the current model largely looks the same and still plays decent (and would be a good starter instrument), know that this is NOT the same bass that Squier originally sold under this moniker. I'm definitely holding on to the one I have.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not as good as the first VM 70s models

By Western PA Funk-o-meister

from Pittsburgh PA

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Pros

  • Beautiful finish
  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Inferior pickups
  • Sticky gloss neck

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

I bought one of these when they first came out in the late 2000s. Back then, the pickups were Seymour Duncans, and the neck had a super-playable satin finish. And it was seventy smackers less for a new one, including the gig bag. The pickups were the stars of the show ... amazing versatility, getting you everything from your standard Jazz tone to more of a "Jaco" style mid-range sound, to an amazing copy of a P-bass tone if you rolled off the bridge pup. The Fender pups this model now has are much weaker, with much less tonal diversity. So while the current model largely looks the same and still plays decent (and would be a good starter instrument), know that this is NOT the same bass that Squier originally sold under this moniker. I'm definitely holding on to the one I have.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressed

By Keithmeister

from Panama City, FL

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • None
  • Squire Name At Top

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Sound

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

I was sitting in a music store waiting on them to find me a certain Precision bass when I just pulled this Squier down from the rack to have something to thump on while I waited....then I just fell in love with it. I have been playing bass for over 30 years and I was just amazed at how well this bass felt...solid and well made. I bought it (and another one in a different color) and plugged it in when I got home and was floored by the tonality and bottom end of it..Very, very pleased with it. I have had MiM's before and I like these better honestly. Too bad it has the Squire name on the headstock, but oh well....I love it....

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good bass, especially for the money

By Poodie

from Cincinnati, OH

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • sharp frets

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

Good bass especially for the money. Like all squiers i've dealt with it needs a little tweaking to be excellent. Fret ends were a little sharp upon purchase but that was a straightforward fix. Pickups are pretty good though i do intend to replace them at some point. i replaced the stock strings with some labella flatwounds. this did require a little filing of the nut for them to sit properly and quite a bit of intonation work, however the bass is coping well with the extra tension. Personally i would rather take a high end squier model over a MIM fender but that's just me. For the price, get it as a first bass and it will grow with you quite well.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice bass for the price!

By Seth Kelly

from Blythewood, SC

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

    I was very impressed with this bass! Though at first, I was a bit skeptical. (Seeing the price and the name on the headstock) For the money, this bass cannot be beat. For a long time, I only played the higher end jazz basses, and saw Squire basses a cheap. (I was SO wrong) Not here. The Vintage Modified line is amazing! It doesn't feel cheap. You can pick this bass up, and tell it's a quality instrument. The neck is slim, and easy to move around upon. The electronics are great. It took me a while to dial in my ideal tone. But eventually, I found it. When I first saw the price of this bass, I almost ruled it out as an option. But as soon as I picked it up and played it, I was SOLD. I would recommend this bass for any gigging musician or anyone who likes to do upgrades. The only mod I plan on doing is putting some Aguilar AG 4J-HC's in it. Squire nailed it with this one. BUY THIS BASS!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SOLID BODY. GREAT NECK !

    By dgc calif

    from san diego

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Price

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

      A real fender sound for 3 bills ! Tuners are o.k. and came pretty well set up out of the box ( adjusted string height on the g string). Still have the factory fender round rounds which were pretty rough on the fingers at first. beautiful natural wood and quality finish, nice weighted body. Only real give away thats its a squire is the headstock sticker/logo. the pick ups at this price point are exceptional. Only change I am considering at this point (2 months in) is replacing the strings with some rotosound "77 jazz" flatwounds.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Ive Ever Had

      By Dreamlab Recording Studio

      from Port Richey, FL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gigs
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

        I own a studio and I'm in a band. This replaced my active bass I loved for over five years. I had no intention of trading... ever! But I accidentally ran across this bass and after playing it I HAD to buy it! No regrets. All my friends are so jealous!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good bass guitar

        By GibsonMan-70NbX

        from Corbin, Ky

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        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 Jazz Bass '70s:

          I had a Fender MIM FSR J Bass Ash body with tortise pickguard that is sold here on MF. I really liked it. I was given this Squier in Natural finish that looked just like the Fender except for the pickguard, knobs, and the maple neck with black block inlays. After playing on the Squier and doing some of the normal bridge and neck adjustments for intonation, I found that I liked the feel and sound better than the Fender. The pickups are not quite as thick sounding, but I acually like the tone much better. So I sold the FSR and still playing the Squier at my Church. Also the FSR was a back breaker at about 13 pounds. The Squier is much lighter.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Value

          By lerxst_x

          from Haslet, TX

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

            This bass is a very good value, I've had mine for almost one year, and it has not let me down. I purchased the natural (soft maple) one. The body appears to be made from only two pieces of wood, and it is finished very nicely. For the money, I don't think you can go wrong, it's better than many of the MIM Fenders I've seen.

            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Squier Vintage Modified 70's Jazz Bass

            By Musicman447

            from St. Louis

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

            I purchased the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass back when they were producing 3 tone sunburst models and I was actually blown away by the cosmetic look of the bass. If you were to take off the Squier logo, I'd probably have a tough time knowing it wasn't an authentic 70's bass....until you start playing it.

            Every bass is different, but the one that I ordered had some major setup problems. The action was amazingly high and fret buzz was pretty evident the lower you played, but after about an hour of making adjustments, it played just fine. Almost every piece of hardware that came with it (pickups, bridge, tuners, pickguard, strings), I ended up replacing and I really learned the art of upgrading on this bass (which I think every guitarist/bassist should learn). Suddenly, a back up bass became a large investment that I would bring to practice or small events when I didn't feel like hauling my Rickenbacker or Lakland skyline Precision bass. In the end, I really liked the product that this bass turned into, I felt it was in the same category as the American made Highway 1 jazz basses you could get for much more.

            In the end, this bass hasn't left my house in almost two years since I ended up getting an American Deluxe jazz, but I think the musicians who would want this bass are:

            -Beginners
            -Individuals who want to learn how to upgrade
            -Intermediate or Experienced bass players with small incomes who don't mind upgrading over time (if you're willing to break it in with adjustments or take it to a luthier).

            In all, I can't recommend this for serious use or recording, but it will get the job done in a pinch. You simply can't go wrong with a jazz bass, no matter what logo it has on the headstock.

            (2 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Cheap Modified Jazz Bass '70s

            By Bobby Charles

            from Riverside, Ca.

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
              • This Bass Plays Poorly

              Best Uses

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                This bass was one of the worst basses I've ever purchased. I am hoping to sell it and try to get back some of the money I've lost. The frets are uneven, and the pick ups sound thin and cheap.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing bass and sound and is more than worth the investmet

                By benjamin

                from undisclosed

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                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                Amazing bass and sound. I have two more expensive bass but needed something cheap to bang around. Now I need to get a cheaper bass because I don't want to damage this one because it sounds and plays so good. There are minor issue with it needing setup and other minor stuff but this is well worth the investment even a as primary bass for those who don't other basses.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great jazz bass!

                By BASSMAN55

                from WAGONER, OKLAHOMA

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                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 Jazz Bass '70s:

                  squire is the unsung hero. of durability, and sound. they are up with fender itself. as far as i'm concerned. and i have owned and played fenders and squires. i know only what i know.

                  (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  NECK PICKUP NOT WORKIN

                  By Kennxx

                  from Weaverville N.C.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                  • Poor Pick Up
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                  Neck pickup not working

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great neck, good tone, but needs set up

                  By none

                  from castle rock, wa

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Needs Set Up To Stop Buzz

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                  The bass has a nice feel and plays well. The tone is close to the original Jazz bass. The only drawback is that it has to be set up before it is playable. My bridge and neck are not right out of the box, but it should not be difficult, or costly to do. Most luthiers don't charge much for a set up and it only takes a day or two.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  pleasantly surprised

                  By DiPaolo 13

                  from Mogadishu, Somalia

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                    I purchased this bass and I am pleasantly surprised at the level of craftsmanship that the Squier line has demonstrated with this model. For the low price, I was not expecting such a quality instrument. The tone is really good, and the feel is great. I was able to play it right out of the box, pre-adjustment. It's been two months now since I received the bass, and with adjustments, I have nearly worked out the 2-3 fret buzzes, but as the wood ages, and I get the instrument out of this high humidity environment, I expect that I can correct this. I recommend this bass for any band that does road time, and expects to subject their equipment to rock 'n' roll wear and tear. In fact, I'm thinking about getting a second one so I don't have to take my actual Fender jazz bass out on the road anymore as the spare. You'll love the performance this bass provides, and you won't cry if it gets dinged up some along the way. A great value.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love these!!!

                    By tubatodd

                    from Birmingham, AL

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                    Pros

                    • Classic Design
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Reliable
                    • Solid construction
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                      I own 2 Squier VM jazz basses with the Duncan Designed pickups and 1 with the new Fender-designed pickups. Yes, the pickups sound different, but they both sound great! The new high-gloss necks are high quality and very consistent.

                      Not only are these nice basses straight from Fender, they are also a great canvas for your own customization. Replacement/Upgrade parts are readily available. Or if you are like me with a few of these, you can easily swap parts and make your own combination.

                      Overall, these basses are the best bang for the buck. If my wife would let me, I'd buy every color combination they make.

                       
                      5.0

                      One of my favorites!

                      By LowEndr

                      from Nebraska

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                        This is hands-down, one of the best products/price. I have several basses, ranging in price from a hundred, up to three thousand. For the money, the Squier VM Jazz...IMHO is one of the best. I won't ever sell, or trade it off.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great value for money!

                        By Andy

                        from UK

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Rock Concerts

                          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                          This bass is great value for money....I had to do a set up on it myself but apart from that no problems. It looks great, it feels great and it sounds great...some people mentioned it has poor pickups but in my opinion pickups are fine...quite powerful in fact compared to my other basses. I put D'Addario pro steels on it and the sound is clear and sharp...I play in a rock band and for the first time I can cut through our loud guitarists easily!

                           
                          4.0

                          Great sound

                          By Tony

                          from Chicago

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '70s:

                            I purchase the bass right after I play it in the store it wasn't the looks that made me want to buy it, even though it look good. it was the warm sound it had. Later I found out the pickups are alnico V foreign made. Mind not have the Seymour Duncan design which I have read a few review that claim they sound better maybe so, but I'm happy the way these sound. Well after playing it for about a week, I notice the lower end of the neck pocket ( the G string side) the neck heel was sticking out just a little over the side of neck pocket if that making any sense. ..I think they cut or sand down that side of the neck heel a little too much but any way it is what it is, it doesn't effect the basses playability in anyway so I give 5 for playability and sound and 3 stars for quality construction. I wish I notice this early maybe I could of got a discount ha-ha it is a defected product but sound and play great. just if you buy check carefully, quality control obviously is not that good...... oh also the neck on it is excellent no frets slicing me.. that a 5 +

                             
                            4.0

                            Great for the money.

                            By Largemouthbass

                            from Key West, fl

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                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel

                            Cons

                            • Poor Pick Up

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Small Venues

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