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Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Condition 2 - Blemished 3-Color Sunburst 886830308567

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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
2 volume and one tone knob

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 250 reviews)

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    (38)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Recording (13)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6), Novice (5)

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

VS

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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(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Give Squier it's due

By David z

from Kansas City

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

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

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Alright, I think it's time I review this bass.

By Stefan Metcalf

from USA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

Right now I'm left with feelings of satisfaction and regret at the same time. Satisfaction because of the kick-butt looking bass I got for under 400 bucks that feels pretty good to play on, and I like coming to every day. Regret, because I spent $$$ on a bass that has a neck that is unpredictable and a buzzy bottom string that leaves me feeling embarrassed after I hit it.
Don't get me wrong, I do love this bass for what it offers me, but I can't help but have feelings of shame for making what may turn out to be a rash decision to get it.
So I guess this leads to the big question. Do I recommend this bass? Well, that depends. If you are a bass guru on a budget and know how to fix anything that could go wrong with this bass; or a desperate player that needs a Jazz Bass NOW, then sure, get it. But if you're just a casual bass player that's still learning like me, then consider what you've learned here, weight your options, and make your decision. If you really want this bass, then I can say you will probably be happy with it.
I can be sure about one thing though. The next bass I buy will definitely be a real, Fender Jazz Bass. Just so I wont have to take as much of a risk again. But hey, this bass will do me just fine for now. :]

Overview
Body - Very attractive, a tad too heavy for me.
Neck - Nice look and feel, but warps too easily.
Sound - Good range of tone, watery smooth, but can get confusing.
Feel - Fun and unique bass to play on.
Design - Lovely.
Value - Good.

Product Recommendations
Get a good, comfortable bass strap. The Neotech Mega Bass Strap works good for me, and it's not too expensive. (I also lay the bass on top of the strap when resting it on my leg while sitting. It helps my leg not get so sore.)
The design of the "Squier Vintage Modified 70's Jazz Bass" is one of the main things that attracted me to it. I love the painted on black block position notes on the fretboard, and the black binding of the neck. They give the bass a Geddy Lee look but match the black pick guard wonderfully. The chrome control knobs are also a nice touch that I find works well with the bass.
The Duncun Designed pickups are quite nice over all. But to my ears they can sometimes sound awkward depending on which one's turned up or down. The bridge pickup sounds close to a Rickenbacker vibe I think, but the other pickup sounds more like a tone you might here on a P-bass. These different sounds can seem as though they are fighting one another at times, not melding together. But I just keep playing around with them until I get the sound I want. Though I don't have the greatest amp at home (a Fender Rumble 15), and the bass did sound somewhat better when I plugged it up at the shop before I bought it, so you decide.
The two-piece soft maple body is gorgeous and the finish on it is flawless, and beautiful. Yet if you're really concerned about the weight of your bass, then I must say that it is not light. I weighed it when I got it home and it came in at just under 10 pounds. Not that heavy, but certainly no where near light. For me being a lightweight guy, it hasn't been that comfortable. So recently I ordered a Neotech Mega Bass strap and it has helped a decent amount. But I can't lie, I would take an alder body for its light weight any day.
The one-piece maple neck is very nice looking and I believe the finish on it is a low coating. This feels very nice to me but there are a few places here and there where I can feel the texture of the wood slightly coming through. But that honestly doesn't bother me at all.
Unfortunately, here comes the biggest downside. The neck is just plain stubborn. It seems to be quite sensitive and keeps wanting to bend. I got this bass home after playing it at the shop with no problems. I adjusted the saddles to lower the action some and was pretty happy. That is until over the next week or so the bottom string began to buzz past the fifth fret to an obscene amount. I took it back to the shop and the guy that sold it to me said that the neck was probably too straight, which I thought couldn't be right. He said that too much humity, or sometimes too little humidity can cause the neck to warp. (This left me more than a little confused.) So he adjusted it and it seemed to help some, yet left the neck far too warped to me, but I left it that way. Fast-forward two months, the buzz was back full-swing, and the neck still warped, leaving the bass nearly unplayable. Fed up, last night I straightened the neck back using the truss rod and am leaving it that way despite the aggravating buzz.
I don't know why it's still buzzing but since it doesn't seem to be because of the neck's straightness, I think it might be fret-related. This pains me because I will probably have to pay someone to fix this, and I'm not comfortable with that thought. I don't want this bass ending up costing me the same price as a genuine Fender Jazz Bass, but with all these issues. I just can't go there. Anyway, moving on...
I might as well mention that the hardware on this bass seems cheap. The turners are nothing special and the bridge is nothing short of scrap metal. But they work okay. Might replace the bridge with a better one sometime, so nothing to fret over (no pun intended). Speaking of frets, the fretwork seems to be good, just not sure if that's what's causing the buzz, so can't say for sure.
The price is the reason I decided to get this bass. I had been looking at it for months and at such a tempting offer, I went with it. I had been playing a Squier Affinity Series P-bass, which was the first bass I've ever owned, for a year, and was finding it just too difficult to play due to the wider neck. Wanting the thinner neck and versatility of a Jazz Bass, switching seemed to be the right thing for me, and I think it still is. The bass is pretty well made and definitely not cheap feeling. I paid for this bass and I think that's about right for what I got. But I would not be surprised in the least if I saw this bass on the rack for less.
Also, I must say, whenever I pick up my Affinity P-bass I just can't see why the Jazz Bass is so much more pricey. I have had no problems at all with my "cheaper" P-bass and more than a couple with the Jazz. Kind of bewildering and unfair if you ask me.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Another great Squier!!

By Marnie Kuhn

from Penn.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT bang for your buck

By JFW

from Michigan

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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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender scores with this Squier Jazz bass

By WV Jim

from West Virginia

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

Buy one.
Simply incredible. This bass is worth every penny...even if you paid twice as much.

Squier haters, pick one up. I, too, harbored a prejudice against any non-Fender bass. I've played genuine Precision basses since the 60s. I currently have two, a '69 and a mid-90s Precision Lyte. I love both guitars. But I've been wanting a Jazz, so I went to my local music store and looked at over twenty instruments. I initially turned up my nose at the Squier, but of the almost two dozen Jazz basses on display, this was the only one that had the block inlay (and it IS inlay - don't be fooled into thinking it's paint).

I was floored at both the sound and the ease of play.

After buying one, I spent around an hour setting it up. The action is lower than any bass I've ever held. I used it during our local blues festival last weekend, and one of my guitarists told me that it was the first time he'd ever heard every single note from a bass.

The action is superb and the enunciation is crystal clear.

This is now my primary bass.

Buy one.
Very well built.
Worth twice as much, or more.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far...

By Patrick James McKenna

from St.Marys, GA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

I've always loved the Fender Jazz Bass, since I've first played one back in 1974.
The Squire Vintage Modified Jazz Bass is a Fender bass in everything but the name on that is boldly on the headstock...and the price tag.
This bass exceeds my playing needs. It's definitely gig-worthy.
So far...so good.
When I changed the strings, from the stock roundwounds to a set of heavier gauage strings, I noticed that the groove in the nut wasn't wide enough to accomodate the E string. When I brought this up with a local musician and technician, he warned me that the heavier gauaged strings woul eventually cause the neck to bow (warp in a way that would ruin the playing action).
So, before making any drastic changes, be sure to first consult with an expert.
So far...so good.
I love it and so do the few others that I've allowed to try it.
If you can't afford a Fender Jazz Bass with the Fender logo boldly displayed on the headstock, then I definitely recommend checking out any one of the Squire Jazz Basses.
The biggest difference between any Squire instrument and the Fender counterpart (i.e., the "Standard" Jazz Bass) is the extra money that you could save by choosing the Squire instrument.
As much as I love Fender instruments, I would rather save some money than put Leo's grandkids through college.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass!

By Kirk Stover

from Minnesota

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

Highly recommended - it makes me sound better than I am.
This is a Squier?

Wow - what more do you need...A fast, thin neck with beautiful inlaysExcellent pickups - dial in the tone your looking forBeautiful natural maple bodyWonderful sound and sustain, stays in tuneGreat vintage styling
Outstanding quality, especially for the price. The body on my bass is made of 3 pieces, but you have too look very closely to spot the laminations. The finish appears to be flawless. The neck is smooth, well fitted, and has nicely finished frets. No buzz here. The volume and tone knobs are smooth and noiseless, but were installed too far down on the shaft so they rubbed on the chrome when turned.
The luthier that did my setup was amazed with this bass! May be the best bargain out there.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worthwhile Bass For Those On A Budget

By BenTheLesser

from Flintstone, GA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

Bought this bass a couple of weeks ago and have been very impressed with it so far. The finish is beautiful, the neck was straight, and the action was low right out of the box. Once I threw some new strings on, we were ready to go. The pickups aren't particularly sensitive, but I was still able to quickly dial in exactly which sounds I wanted. Squier (and Fender) did a great job with this beauty. If you're on a tight budget but want that classic jazz bass sound, give this one a look. It'll be worth your time.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice bass for the money

By FillCawlins

from Downers Grove, IL

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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.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squier's are excellent!

By Doug S.

from Abilene, Tx

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Natural maple vintage modified

By smilingdog

from St. Louis MO.

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Made Over Seas

Best Uses

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

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

This bass produces excellent tone and responce. Like any guitar, you have to set it up correctly to achieve that. All low end basses are upgradable, I happen to enjoy the way this baby sounds and the neck & frets glide beautifully. Great value, money well spent!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Squier Jazz Bass

By Tony

from London Ky.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

Its an awesome bas just expect to set it up and the finish probably wont look as nice as the pic. But a great playing, great looking, well built Bass. You will enjoy it if you get one. I guarantee that.
A very nice Bass, sounds great. Expect to set it up. Mine is much darker than the picture and has some dark knot hole spots on the finish. Im not complaing I love it.
Great Sounding and slid as a rock. Also stay in tune Very well. I almost never have to tune mine.
Well worth buying.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow!!!!

By Crunchy Dynamite

from Raleigh, North Carolina

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I need this bass like I need (another) hole in my head!In all, this is a great instrument -- especially for the price. I can't get over how they can fabricate it & still make money at a roughly $300 price point. I guess the labor in Indonesia is very economical.Ok, so on to the review: Out of the box, it plays like a beginner/intermediate instrument (action not that great, intonation out, nut filed to 'factory' specs, etc..). The great news is if you change the strings out & work with it a little bit, you can have an instrument in the upper intermediate/pro level with ease.Simply changing the strings out & setting the action & intonation will be enough to get by but if you want to take it a step further, changing out the pickups will be a BIG leap.I am mainly a guitar "player"/hobbyist and have been screwing around with playing & rebuilding since 1984. The only other bass I own is the Japanese made Fender Geddy Lee Jazz bass, which is a great instrument in my opinion... so I was able to compare the two side by side.If your thing is to buy an instrument & be able to play it right out of the box -- this prob won't be the one for you. But if you're like me & like to modify/customize your instrument, this is without doubt right up your alley.In comparison to the Geddy Lee Jazz bass, that one has a very heavy polyurethane coat on the neck, which to my understanding can significantly inflate the cost due to labor & depending on the tint of the polyurethane, the materials as well. If you care to research this, visit warmoth.com and price out any neck (guitar or bass) without a finish vs. w/ a finish.This Squire Jazz Bass has what appears to be a very thin satin finish such that the C-shaped neck has more of an unfinished feel, which is my personal preference but that's completely a personal thing. So for me it worked out great b/c I was planning on stripping off whatever finish they applied at the factory so I could finish it with some of the wood finishing products I like best. In a way, they saved me the step of having to remove the factory finish!I was also curious about how the tuners compared to the Geddy Lee Jazz bass. Well interestingly enough, the 'sprocket' part of the tuner on the Geddy bass has 20 teeth while the Squire has 22 teeth, which usually indicates a smoother pitch transition. In the 'real world' though, it didn't make that much or noticeable of a difference to me.The Geddy bass comes with Fender's "Bad Ass" Bridge, which has some really nice adjustment options (both saddle height & intonation independent for each string). The Squire bass has an equally acceptable/adjustable bridge w/ 'barrel' style saddles independent for each string -- perfectly fine.I have yet to change out the electronics & pots b/c I'm still researching what's out there, but that will be the next mod. I'll prob go with something from the Fender line just to keep things consistent but again I'm still researching that..So in all, this is definitely without question a great bass for the price! I was able to pick this up for less than what you'll pay for a maple neck w/ black bindings all the way around & block inlays! What a deal! I'm definitely satisfied with it & would recommend purchasing..

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5.0

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass (Natural)

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from La Vernia, Tx

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass:

This Squire Vintage Modified Jazz Bass (natural wood) is one of the best jazz basses I have played yet. I previously owned a 5-string Fender MIM Jazz bass and I prefer this 4-string Squire jazz bass over the Fender jazz bass.This bass is easy to find the right tone and the right amount of bass to perform. The neck is a thin, ?C? shape neck, so it is easier for the small hands I have to play smoothly and comfortably. The frets are already thin, so it doesn?t sound horrible when playing on the neck. The strings stay in tune throughout a whole concert performance, so I don?t have to worry about always tuning it after every song or two (which I have had to do with some other basses and guitars I have played). The pickups are strong, and the action is amazing. I play a lot of hammer-ons on both hands at the same time, so the action and pick-ups have to be amazing, and it is. I have the ability to play smooth hammer-ons with this jazz bass, unlike some of the other basses I have played that prevented that ability.The guitar is not as heavy I thought it would be. The only thing I plug this bass into is a delay pedal, and an amp. If I?m performing or recording, it goes straight through a sound system or a recording system from the pedal, or from the amp (depending on the stage space).I always had the mentality that Squire Instruments were amateur instruments, but this Squire Vintage Modified Jazz Bass changed my mind about Squire Instruments. This is no beginner jazz bass; this is everything a performer looks for.

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4.0

Solid Bass

By Ryno

from Ohio

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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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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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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.

      (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

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        the best bass there is for the price

        By metalman

        from somerset, New Jersey

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        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolutely Satisfied

        By Foddershock

        from Clintwood, VA.

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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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