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Squier honors alt-rock godfather and Dinosaur Jr. leader J Mascis with a striking new Jazzmaster guitar model that delivers as much massive sound and...Read More

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Taking the Jazzmaster to a new place.

Squier honors alt-rock godfather and Dinosaur Jr. leader J Mascis with a striking new Jazzmaster guitar model that delivers as much massive sound and performance as its namesake. The pickups, hardware and finish are all specified by Mascis himself for tremendous tone and value.

The J Mascis Jazzmaster features a basswood body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 21 jumbo frets, two single-coil Jazzmaster pickups with three-position switching and dual tone circuits, gold anodized aluminum pickguard, aged white plastic parts (knobs, switch tip, pickup covers), Adjusto-Matic bridge with vintage-style floating tremolo tailpiece, vintage-style tuners, chrome hardware, Vintage White finish and J Mascis signature on the back of the large '60s-style headstock.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body: Basswood
  • Body Shape: Jazzmaster
  • Neck
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Jumbo Frets
  • Position Inlays: Aged White Dots
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin Neck Finish
  • Nut Width: 1.675" (42.5 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
  • Headstock: Standard Jazzmaster Headstock
  • Neck Plate: Chrome Squier Logo
  • Truss Rods: Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Truss Rod Nut: 5 mm Hex
  • Electronics
  • Pickup Configuration: S/S
  • Bridge Pickup: Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
  • Neck Pickup: Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, (Lead Circuit), 2-Position Slide: Up: Lead Tone Circuit, Down: Rhythm Tone Circuit
  • Special Electronics: Upper and Lower Volume/Tone Control Circuits
  • Controls: "Lead" Circuit: Volume, Tone. "Rhythm" Circuit: Volume, Tone
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Vintage Style "Floating" Tremolo Tailpiece
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
  • String Nut: White PPS
  • Switch Tip: Aged White Switch Tip
  • Tremolo Arm/Handle: Chrome Handle, Aged White Cover
  • Auxiliary Switching: Upper and Lower Volume/Tone Control Circuits
  • Strings: NPS, .010-.046 Gauges
  • Unique Features: J Mascis Signature on Back of Headstock, Large '60s-Style Jazzmaster Headstock, Gold and Black Squier Logo, Squier Engraved Neckplate, Aged White Plastic Parts and White Dot Position Inlays
  • Accessories
  • Pickguard: Gold Anodized Aluminum

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SquierJ Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 29 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (24)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good pick up (21)
  • Solid electronics (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (20)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (16)
  • Rock concerts (16)
  • Small venues (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You Don't Need A Classic Player

First, let me tell you that I own many guitars and have toured for years as a musician. I'm not sharing that to brag, but wanted to be clear that I DO have...Read complete review

First, let me tell you that I own many guitars and have toured for years as a musician. I'm not sharing that to brag, but wanted to be clear that I DO have experience. One of my guitars is an original 1963 Jazzmaster. It is amazing. It is also very expensive and I would cry if it was ever stolen at a show, SO...I decided to look for a cheaper guitar to take on the road.

This isn't American made, but no matter what you pay for a Fender or Squier Jazzmaster, unless you buy an American made model, none of them are really gonna hold their value. As far as build quality, there is really no difference in skill coming in from Japan or Mexico or China. It is always gonna be some dude following the rules at the factory and building basically the same guitar each time. Maybe a different wood or hardware will improve the sound, but unless you're buying vintage, most of these guitars are basically the same. What makes this guitar cheaper is the Squier name and the cost to build it in China is less. I played a Mexican made Fender "Classic Player" Jazzmaster that cost twice as much and I swear this guitar is better in every way. The tone is slightly different because the pickups are not authentic Jazzmaster pickups, but these pickups sound great with some adjustment of the tone knobs. The tone is a mix between P-90s and a Strat/Jazzmaster. Definitely a Fender tone. It isn't gonna sound like a 1963 Jazzmaster, but it is also 20 times less. The neck felt great right out of the box. It stays in tune. I like that the bridge is moved forward a bit. I like the white and gold color combo. I think that this guitar will become a cult classic. There is nothing else like it in this price range.

I know people trash Squiers (I was one of them) and I was very hesitant to believe the reviews. Well, let me say that these reviewers are telling the truth. It is a great guitar. The only people that know the difference between Squiers and Fenders are the people in the audience that play guitar. Most people care about their beer and if you're putting on a good show.

Even if you can afford a more expensive guitar, unless you're buying an American reissue or a vintage Jazzmaster, don't waste your money on a Mexican made Classic Player. This guitar is all you will need and you can put the extra money towards a good pedal!

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Had to return it..

I wrote a review before, and yes this guitar is great, but I had to return mine. Bad electronics, the neck pickup cut out and I would have to toggle the selector switch...Read complete review

I wrote a review before, and yes this guitar is great, but I had to return mine. Bad electronics, the neck pickup cut out and I would have to toggle the selector switch back and forth for it to cut on again. Poor electronics, which can be expected. I still loved the guitar though. It's a shame I had to return it.

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5.0

Amazing Guitar!

By LukeMan

from Murphys, CA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    Picked this up from MF in the blemished category, but it arrived mint and looked like it was never touched.

    Regarding appearance, it looks nicer than the pictures indicate. The pickguard's color needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. Everything about this guitar is beautiful: the creamy white paint, the lacquer used on the headstock, the hardware, and the grain on the back of the neck (there is flame in it).

    The sound of the instrument is very warm. These pickups give a warm P90 sound, not the typical Jazzmaster sound, which has a bit more treble. The sounds from this guitar are probably more similar to old Neil Young (Crazy Horse) than Tom Verlaine (Television), but not exactly. The sound is big and fat! Lots of mid-range. I may change the pickups with more traditional Jazzmaster pickups, but I would miss these because of the great sounds them make.

    Play ability is great, but it gets better when the strings are bumped up to 11's. Higher string tension keeps the guitar in tune and if you don't like the extra tension, then a Jazzmaster probably is not the right guitar for you. The neck is fantastic. I've never had a guitar with jumbo frets, but I like them. They are not just for 80's shredders! Remember, SRV had them, too. And the neck is chunky, not at all like an Ibanez. Note that this neck is slightly wider than the other Squires. This is good for folks with bigger fingers and those who incorporate some finger picking into their play. For me, it makes it easier to separate some of my fingering.

    As many others have said, buy it before it is not available. Something this good won't be around forever.

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    5.0

    Great Deal!

    By Donny West

    from New York

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        Very happy with this guitar! I own many others both expensive and not, this is a really well-made instrument that should've costed 4 times the price. Zero issues out of the box. Fit and finish great, neck straight, electronics fine. Minor set-up with string intonation at the bridge. Some have complained the tremolo bar falls out easily. You can coat the end of the tremolo bar with very thin tape or lacquer and it will hold its place better in the cavity, another small fix.
        Yes, I did alter the headstock (See pix) I do this kind of work anyway, so I painted the headstock to match the body and added a new Fender decal. It's just a better look for me personally, no offense against Squire!
        My advice, get one!

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        5.0

        Not Just Great for the Money, but Great Full Stop!

        By theahn

        from Potomac, MD

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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 J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          I am a bit of a guitar snob and only initially tried this out because I was looking to buy a gift for a friend of mine who is a beginner guitarist, but otherwise never would have lowered myself to try a Squier. When I plugged this thing in though, it was like it was waiting for me my entire life.

          I feel like a lot of reviewers sometimes overstate how great a cheap guitar is because they want to justify not spending the extra money for something American, a "real" Fender, or maybe can't afford anything nicer, but there is very little limit to what kind of guitar I can afford and this is on my 3 guitar stand thing at home while American Fenders, Gibsons, and other expensive and arguably "nicer" pieces are in cases in the closet. It's that good!

          This is a very high quality instrument, very solid, almost Les Paul like in weight. What I love about it the most is that it's vintage looking but totally modern in playability and sound. It's got a flatter and wider neck with jumbo frets so you can bend and shred on it, and they already went to the trouble of swapping out that awful vintage bridge with a really nice modern bridge that gives you some overtones, but doesn't get too ringy or buzzy. I usually go mastery with Fender offsets, but no need with this one.

          The pickups are awesome! Vintage Jazzmasters can have very thin sounding pickups, but these are very meaty and have a lot of output while also having chime and high-end sparkle. My biggest problem with switching from Humbucker guitars to Single-Coil Guitars is the immediate lowering of output, but these actually match my other main guitar, a '73 Tele Thinline. I am also a bit fan of the trem bar, you don't screw it in but rather it "pops" in, and what's great is that it stays in place and doesn't flop around like a wet noodle.

          If this thing is lacking anything, it's a trem lock, because that floating trem can cause some tuning issues if you are getting your My Bloody Valentine on.

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          5.0

          Seriously solid guitar

          By Miles

          from Boise, ID

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            This is my main guitar and it's seriously solid. It feels good, it plays good, and it sounds good. It easily ranks with guitars twice the price in my opinion. If you don't mind the label on the headstock BUY THIS GUITAR. People are amazed when they find out its a Squier.

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            5.0

            WOW!

            By Augie

            from PA

            About Me Experienced

            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 J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

              I know, Squire. First thing that comes to mind is an anemic white neck and the shiniest finish you never wanted to see. Not this time. Without the Squire badge you would think custom shop Cali Fender. The finish is excellent. This is a nice thing to touch. No setup needed. Came out of the box ready to go. Action is just right and the sound is awesome. Think a very throaty Tele mixed with a Less Paul with P50's. A few buzzes from the tail. If that kind of thing bugs you then this guitar is not for you. Other than that, I'd have to say, one of the nicest guitars I've ever owned. THIS IS A DEAL!

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              5.0

              Amazing guitar for the price

              By Jeremy

              from New York, NY

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              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                  I have heard many good things about this guitar and have been wanting a Jazzmaster for a while now, so I went for it and am extremely pleased with this one. I was looking at the Mexican made Fender Classic Players version and decided it was not worth the price.

                  This Squier is an incredible value. The neck has a satin finish, which i prefer to a gloss finish. I can move around on quicker. The pickups are solid. A nice chime on the bridge position on my Fender Blues Jr. and a decent bluesy tone on the neck pickup. The color scheme is amazing. It looks far more expensive than what you are paying. Mine was setup pretty good right out of the box, though action was a bit high. No big deal.
                  I was expecting slight imperfections being a Chinese made Squier, but these have come a long way since the old days of Squier. Super pleased with my purchase and will likely have this one for a long time.

                  The only negatives I could find are the trem bar and lack of gig bag. The trem just slots in instead of screwing in. I don't like this personally because it wobbles loose. Not a huge deal at all though considering everything else being amazing on this guitar.

                  I doubt this guitar will be around for long before getting discontinued. I have a feeling it will be one of those cult classic guitars fetching higher prices on Craigslist 10 years from now...

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                  5.0

                  Nice instrument

                  By cwblues

                  from Taos, N.M.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                    I am impressed with this guitar for the price. I have owned a number of vintage Jazzmasters over the years and this one has the right feel and tone. I needed this guitar for a stage back-up and find that I grab it first on occasion.

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                    5.0

                    Don't Pass This One Over...

                    By rockinstephen

                    from So. ME/Central FL

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                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                      Don't let the fact that these are made in China fool you. Chinese quality has come a long way recently. With its adjustamatic bridge, and relocated vibrato plate, this guitar will play better than the originals and at a fraction of the cost. My favorite feature is the separate rhythm circuit which makes guitars truly unique. Leo Fender originated it, J Mascis and Squier improved it, and now you can own it for a great price. Better hurry, before these are discontinued...

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      What A Surprise!

                      By Wes B.

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics
                      • VERY WELL BUILT

                      Cons

                      • Poor Quality Control

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Praise and Worship
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                      Wow! I am very surprised with this guitar. This is one of the best guitars I have ever picked up, played, and purchased. Squier/Fender is doing a great job with these. I am not really a J. Mascis fan and I did not buy this guitar because of an artist connection. I bought it because it is a wonderful instrument. The color scheme and style is so classic and modern at the same time. I love the vintage white with the gold. So classy! The tuning machines work great and I love the vintage look/feel. This guitar stays in tune so well, even with the tremolo use. I play this through a Vox AC15 and it just sings through that amp. Both tone circuits have nothing but usable tones and I can get any sound I want out of this guitar. I like the separate volume and tone controls on an LP style guitar. With the two different circuits on this one, it is almost the same idea but things are just in different places. You can get your surf tones if you want to. I believe it is very usable for some jazz and it rocks and fuzzes with the best of them. I would stay away from this one if you're more of a metal player. I play rock and blues and it kills it easy. Played clean through a Vox with some reverb and delay = heaven. The stock pickups sound gorgeous and I will not be switching these out. The neck is great and I love the tremolo on this guitar. It reminds me of the two-point plate tremolos on the Strats, very fluid and easy to adjust the action. The only bad thing was some of the wiring was a little sloppy and had to be re-organized. After that was sorted, no issues. The volume and tone knobs are very responsive, all through the sweep. For the money spent this is well worth it. I have owned a couple of USA Fender guitars and this matches the feel and quality of those easy. This is a longer body guitar so don't think your generic case is going to fit it. You will need to get a case with more room inside or make sure a gig bag will fit it.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Lovely guitar

                      By Jaded Jedi

                      from Ireland

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel

                      Cons

                      • Fret Buzz

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                      I got this guitar after having GAS for a JM for a long time. This is in my opinion the best JM for the price, as it has the TOM bridge already. The electronics on mine are solid.
                      The Jazzmaster's switching system takes a bit of getting used to, but is great when you get the hang of it.
                      The clean sounds on all the pickups are crisp and well defined. Drop tune it and add some distortion, and she'll grunge it with the best of them. I use this in an alt-rock, Nirvana, QOTSA, Alice in Chains Sabbath - type originals band and it does the job very well. This guitar does however need to be well set up by a tech who knows their job well, or the bridge will buzz. I have .11's on it and they return to pitch very well even with Neil Young-esque tremolo usage.

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