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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (29)
  • Fun to play (27)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Good pick up (26)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (21)
  • Practicing (19)
  • Recording (18)
  • Rock concerts (18)
  • Small venues (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (6)

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

Great Jazzmaster for the Price

By McWatty

from Denver

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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:

      This has got to be the best Squier guitar available. Got it because I wanted to have a Jazzmaster at an affordable price and because of the excellent reviews. I was thinking when I ordered it that I might change some things like pickups and possible even the neck for upgraded ones. But after receiving the guitar I think I'll keep it as is. The neck is silky smooth, pickups are very versatile and seem like they have more output than a standard Jazzmaster. The tremolo system works very well and I haven't had any tuning problems. Love the upgraded bridge on these too. By the way the tremolo arm locks in very well when pushed in. It doesn't screw in. Quality control seems to be as good as an American made Fender. If you get one you won't be disappointed. Great guitar. Seems like a guitar worth 3 times as much. My main electric is a Gibson '61 Reissue SG but this thing gives it a run for its money. Never thought I'd say that about a Squier. Just playing chords with some tremolo arm use at mid volume without any pedals through a '57 Reissue Tweed Champ sounds so great. But with a fuzz pedal you can get Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver sounds easily. Bottom line: very versatile guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What're you doing? Buy this guitar already

      By AugustK.

      from Camino, Ca

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is as good an instrument as J Mascis is a musician. Great for clean tones, great with fuzz, great for rhythm or for lead, all around, this is just a great guitar. Only issue I have with it is the tuners and that's such an easy part to change there's no real reason to complain.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Value

        By Mark

        from Nova Scotia, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • An upgraded/modded Jazzmaster, out of the box!
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great looks

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            I had the gorgeous Fender Japan version of this guitar from 2008 to 2012; I had sold it because I needed the cash and because I had a few other guitars in a similar tonal range. Within 2 years, seller's remorse crept up on me and I started looking into buying another one. The internet promptly informed me that Fender no longer made these and that the used up ones had skyrocketed in price. But the internet also informed me that Squier had begun producing these! I promptly got myself one and never looked back. Though I originally pined for the Fender version because of nostalgia (and because it looked awesome), the sound of the Purple One was thin and not great for all uses. The neck was gorgeous but felt overly glossy. So I was extra impressed to experience - yes - the improvement that Squier offered here in almost every aspect. The pickups have more clout and even ground great with overdrive and distortion. They are more versatile than the Fender version in the clean channel as well. The neck has the same great shape and width, but is much more a player's guitar with its fast satin finish. The body finish is classy. As others have said, this is better in person than photos often show. The electronics may not be quite as good - the main toggle is a tad noisy. Otherwise, what a fantastic value. I have other faves in my collection, but I am always coming back to this one. And yes, kudos to J.for bringing this one to the masses, in both iterations. The Fender version was my first offset, and having that all important bridge mod done the right way ahead of time is more than the icing on the cake. I have had a couple of "real" offsets since then, and I am thinking if the first offset I ever tried had a vintage bridge, I'd probably never bother with one again! This is the Jazzmaster done right.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Glad I got one!

            By Mikjams

            from New York

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

              All of the great reviews are true! I admit - based on what I heard - I was skeptical of the Squier name, never having owned one previously. Since I'm new to the Jazzmaster, I didn't want to drop 2 grand on an American Fender, and I definitely didn't want to deal with the bridge issues that I read so much about. After careful research, and trying one in GC, I opted for this over the MIM Fender Standard HH - which I've never actually seen in person. The JM JM didn't disappoint. I love everything about it except the tremolo bar, which doesn't screw in or pop in securely. I don't like the long arm either. I guess I'm just used to Strat-type tremolos, but having a whammy bar fall out in the middle of a song is unacceptable! I found that a little tape adhesive holds it in place a little better. On the positive side, I'm glad Squier put the truss rod access on the headstock, unlike other models where it's at the bottom of the neck. That was a dealbreaker for me. However, my JM was perfectly set up - right out the box! I didn't adjust a thing - which is rare, even for higher end guitars I own. I think the overall craftsmanship of these guitars is superb. Don't let the Squier name fool you. Until now, I probably would have felt ashamed to play a Squier on stage - not anymore!

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This Is What I've Been Waiting For

              By Smichaels

              from Dayton, OH

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                I lead worship at church and I have been struggling to find an electric guitar that I can love. I've tried some fender telecasters and some strats, but once I picked this one up I fell in love. I have so much control over the tone just through the guitar. I've played this through multiple amps, and it always sounds great. I also really love this neck. It's a little thick, but that's my personal preference. I also really like the weight of this guitar. It's perfect. This really is a players guitar.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                All the Jazzmaster You Need!

                By Artie Fisk

                from New Paltz, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                All the five-star reviews are justified! This is all the Jazzmaster I will ever need. The fit and finish are impeccable, the pickups sound great, the trem works perfectly while staying in tune, and the neck is incredibly comfortable. There aren't any other guitars out there that can offer this much for the price.

                The only thing I don't love about this guitar is the very dark secondary circuit. It's so dark, even with the tone control and volume on 10, that I find it hard to use it. There's an easy mod to fix that, so that's next on my agenda.

                I replaced the bridge with a tune-o-matic style roller bridge right away, and it makes the trem bar action even smoother and springier. Set-up was great right out of the box, but I like heavier strings on guitars like this, so I took off the 10s it came with, put on 11s with a wound G, tweaked the truss rod perhaps 1/8 turn, and she was ready to rock.

                All-around, the best value I can think of. Not just "great for the money," though. If this guitar said "Fender" instead of "Squier" on the headstock, you wouldn't hesitate to spend three times this much or more for this guitar. It sounds so good through my '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb that my wife actually came in to listen to me practicing the other day, and that *never* happens.

                Yes, the pickups aren't exactly "Jazzmaster" pickups. They sound, to my ears, like a cross between the typical Jazzmaster PU and the sparklier end of the P-90 spectrum, like maybe the Reverend P90 pickup.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Deal!

                  By donny west

                  from Long Island, NY

                  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!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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