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Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Vintage White 

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  • Body
  • Body: Basswood
  • Body Shape: Jazzmaster®
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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 22 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (16)
    • Practicing (15)
    • Rock concerts (12)
    • Recording (11)
    • Small venues (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    lots of sustain

    The guitar sounded rough out of the box. The bridge was not tight and the intonation was off. I play left handed so I was planning on taking it to my guitar man...Read complete review

    The guitar sounded rough out of the box. The bridge was not tight and the intonation was off. I play left handed so I was planning on taking it to my guitar man anyway. He fixed the bridge with some loctite, made a new nut and set it up lefty for me. It sounds bangin' now. The Jmascis Jazzmaster sounds fat and warm and has a large sustain. The neck feels great. It is a heavy and sturdy guitar. I recorded with it and was very pleased with the results. I love this rad guitar. It's cool that J. Mascis went with a squier to make it affordable. Thanks dude.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    Don't Pass This One Over...

    By rockinstephen

    from So. ME/Central FL

    About Me Experienced

    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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      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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      (3 of 3 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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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Had to return it..

      By Leo

      from Myrtle Beach, SC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      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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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      J Mascis and Squier did a great job!

      By Leo

      from Myrtle Beach, SC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        Wow, I am truly impressed by this guitar, that's all I can say.

        I have played guitar for over 10 years now. I own a Fender MIM strat, which is my main guitar. Sure it's not an American made, but I am not one for breaking the bank on an instrument, I'd rather get a nice amp or upgrade the pickups. I was in the market to get a new guitar, something not too pricey, and I wanted it to be unique. This guitar caught my eye right off the bat.

        My first guitar ever was a squier standard strat, which I learned everything on, even soloing. I played a few live shows with it as well. It's still alive and going strong. So Squier has not let me down. Furthermore, I am a huge fan of Dinosaur Jr. I always wanted the Fender J Mascis jazzmaster, but the price was way too much for me. I got a mortgage to pay haha. But this one was doable.

        UPS delivered it, and like a kid on Christmas I opened this up in a hurry. Got the guitar out and was so excited to get it going. This guitar is beautiful and the minute I tuned it up, it sounded just as good as it looked. The neck is slick, and the pickups sound great. The gold pickguard and antique white paint job are sick.

        I've played many other guitars at shops, brands like Fender (American), Gibsons, Ibanez, ESP, etc. Overall, this guitar feels just as good and it's price is a lot less. If you want a decent Jazzmaster, get it, you wont be disappointed. I've tried a Fender Classic Player Jag, and this is just as good. enough said. Glad to see J. and Squier come together, and knock this one out!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice vintage look and design

        By JSTJEAN

        from Delaware, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          Many sounds from the pickups selector, tone controls and rotorary dials. I love the looks of the white body against the golden anodized pick-guard. The balance and finish is dead on and the classic look of of the Jazzmaster is sooooo retro. Get one ...you will love it!

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          (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You Don't Need A Classic Player

          By that dude

          from that band

          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 J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            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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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            J. Mascis Should Be Proud

            By slappindabassmon

            from Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Amazing Value
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Versitle
            • Well- Built

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

              I've had this guitar for a few months now and I love playing it. I had wanted a Jazzmaster for a long time and was pretty set on getting the Fender Blacktop JM. I've always played humbucker PUP's, so I thought it would be cool to have an offset guitar with one in it, but a friend told me about this Squire JM that was supposedly just as good any Fender model. It was cheaper than the Blacktop and I figured I could use a guitar with single coils, and now I know I definitely made the right desicion. It's beautiful, well crafted and sounds amazing.

              I've played a few different Fender and Squire Jazzmaster models and this one plays just as well as the MIM Fenders that are twice as much. The body is well crafted and the pickups are bright and have great tonality. Supposedly they are almost identical to the ones in the Classic Player (more p-90 style than traditional Jazzmasters). I've played soft jangle-pop, alternative rock and even heavy-metal type stuff on it and it seems to handle it all well. The tremolo works great and haven't had a problem with tuning after using it. Set-up and intonation was all near perfect too. The neck is probably my favorite feature. It has a satin finish that feels really smooth and looks great too.

              The only drawback I can think of is that some of the electronics and hardware are mediocre, but most of this stuff can be fixed or replaced no problem. I had some really bad buzzing coming from a loose saddle. Problem was solved with a little bit of Loctite. The toggle switch gets dirty and sometimes cuts the signal when you use it. Cleaned it and now it's fine. The guitar also tends to be a little "chimy," which comes from the strings vibrating behind the saddle, but that is kind of the nature of Jazzmasters and has even been seen as a positive by a lot of musicians (more ambient, noisy sounds).

              It's also probably good to note that J. Mascis actually plays this guitar live with Dinosaur Jr., so that should tell something about the quality of this Squire.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Real Sleeper

              By ric

              from southern michigan

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                I have wanted a jazzmaster for some time, but could not justify the cost. After reading these reviews about the Masic model, I took a chance and ordered one. For being shipped in a box without a case or gig bag, it arrived in perfect shape. The neck was really bowed and the action high, but everything adjusted to my satisfaction. No complaints. The electronics are solid and work great, both circuits and pickups are sounding very good. I enjoy the tremelo and the action it has, totally different from my strats;you just have to remember to push the bar all the way into the socket. After having the guitar for a week, I used it for a variety band gig and it performed beyond my expectations. Its really a great guitar, I did have concerns before ordering regarding the squier stigma, but not anymore at least with this model. This guitar has been placed in my gig rotation arsenal.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Must have guitar

                By Tele Guy

                from Long Beach, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                  I was given the J Mascis Jazzmaster as a gift. I had played one a few months ago and enjoyed it greatly. The guitar I received is really beautiful. Color is even and perfect. The gloss finish is striking with the gold pick guard. The fit and finish is wonderful and the guitar played pretty good out of the box. It needed a neck adjustment and a bit of tweaking but nothing serious. First off, I have read about the trem arm being loose. You have to push it down all the way until it locks in place. Once you do that it's tight and solid. The trem works well and I use it for a bit of a Jeff Beck vibrato and it stays in tune nicely. The pickups are very good. I had a 60's JM once and remember it beg easy to get a sweet sound or a bright harsh tone. This one is no different. By using 1Mg pots for volume and tone on the standard switching you get the pickups flat out with a lot of high end. I had to work with my amp to get a bit more jazz tone but it is possible. There is a slight loss of mids by using the 1Mg's but it's not unworkable. The rhythm switch gives the neck PU a very soft and sweet tone. Again you have to work with it to find what you like. With both volume controls if you turn the knob down form 10 to 9 you get a slight decrease in highs which is very nice and helps smooth out the tone. I use a volume pedal to turn down the volume and not loose any highs.
                  The neck is chunky and a bit wide and very comfortable. I find it very fast and the satin finish which I have not always liked in the past works well here. The fingerboard is highly figured rosewood and looks great.
                  All in all I don't believe you can find a better guitar for the price with such great workmanship.
                  Its just great.

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