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  • Maple neck with vintage-tint gloss finish
  • 9.5-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays
  • Jaguar single-coil pickups
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All the circuitry and fun factor of the original at an amazing price.

An authentically styled Jaguar now joins the Vintage Modified family, with present-day touches including sharp, clear Duncan Designed pickups and a modern fingerboard radius. Squiers new Vintage Modified Jaguar rocks the models distinctive hallmarks, too - such as the 24” scale, dual-circuit switching and controls, floating-vibrato bridge and an assortment of finishes.

Players have done it for years. Whether installing hotter pickups, different pickguards or just plain personalizing their instruments with distinctive paint jobs, modified means adding new twists to familiar designs. Squier's Vintage Modified series excels at just that, imparting hot-output chop-shop sound, feel and value to traditional instrument designs.

Features
  • Maple neck with vintage-tint gloss finish
  • 9.5-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays
  • Jaguar single-coil pickups
  • Circuit selector and tone circuit switches
  • Pickup on/off switches
  • Skirted black control knobs (lead circuit) and black disc knobs (rhythm circuit),
  • Vintage-style bridge and non-locking floating vibrato with vintage-style tremolo arm

The sound of surf guitar awaits. Order today.

 

Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body: Basswood
  • Body Shape: Jaguar®
  • Series: Vintage Modified
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Finger Board Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Frets: Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 24" (61 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650 (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage-style chrome
  • Bridge: Vintage-style with non-locking floating vibrato
  • Pickups: Duncan Designed JG-101B single-coil, Duncan Designed JG-101N single-coil
  • Pickup Switching: Neck pickup only (rhythm circuit); neck only, neck and bridge, bridge only (lead circuit)
  • Controls: Circuit selector switch, rhythm circuit volume and tone, lead circuit volume and tone, pickup on/off switches, tone circuit switch
  • Strings: NPS, Gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042
  • Unique Features: Duncan Designed pickups, vintage-style bridge and floating vibrato (non-locking), gold-and-black Squier logo, engraved neck plate, parchment dot position inlays
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SquierVintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 50 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (37)
  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good tone (35)
  • Solid electronics (33)
  • Good pick up (31)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (8)
  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (34)
  • Practicing (34)
  • Recording (25)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Rock concerts (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (16), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Frustratingly nice guitar

Where has this guitar been all my life?

I need to preface this review by stating that I own a very nice 'Crafted in Japan' Jaguar with custom wound Curtis Novak...Read complete review

Where has this guitar been all my life?

I need to preface this review by stating that I own a very nice 'Crafted in Japan' Jaguar with custom wound Curtis Novak pickups - a guitar that I truly love. I've also played many vintage and AVRI Jaguars through the years. This 'Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar' would have a hard time impressing me.

It did - in a big way.

First, let me say that Fender offsets are something of an acquired taste. They're not for everyone. Their look, feel and sound are all totally unique and will either appeal to you or they won't and I'm not going to try to court you over to the dark side. But at these prices, it's worth the gamble if you're curious.

I first saw these in a catalog recently. Frankly, given the name on the headstock, I assumed they would be junque. I was lucky enough to come across on in a local store this weekend though and couldn't reach for my wallet fast enough.

Mine is a beautiful Surf Green edition. I immediately took it home and started doing some side by side comparisons with my 'good' jag.

Of course, before that, some serious initial setup was necessary. Out of the box, the setup was appulling. Well, I shouldn't say that. There seemed to be no setup at all in fact. I assume templates were used to get things in the ballpark and left at that. At this price, I can forgive it.

It was strung with .9s. Totally inappropriate for a guitar with a 24" scale length. Since the rest of the setup changes with string gauges, I changed the strings first to a fresh set of .11s. The truss rod was suprisingly good considering the drastic change in guage. The bridge required lots of tweaking, but eventually came into adjustment.

When I finally started playing, I was just shocked at how much I liked this thing. It sounds fantastic. These pickups aren't just adequate, they're excellent.

The neck is more like a modern strat neck. 9.5" radius and basically a more modern 'C' profile. Older jags have wider, thicker necks with much smaller radius'

In the past 48 hours, I've probably spent at least 12 hours playing this thing and really have very little to criticize.

For the record, these are the differentces between this guitar and a more vintage Jag (that I can detect):

1. No lock on the tremelo - the lock never really worked that well in the first place. No great loss.

2. No mute - again, didn't work that well unless countless hours of adjustment were done and this is an easy to live with omission

3. Different neck shape - more stratish 'c' shaped neck with a 9.5" radius. Will be more familiar to the vast majority of players than a more vintage neck.

4. Truss rod adjustmet moved to the headstock - a huge improvement if you ask me. Have to remove a neck to tweak the truss rod may be vintage but it's also a pain.

5. Basswood body - I wouldn't know it if I hadn't read it. Body looks, feels and sounds terrific.

These are all relatively minor modifications and take nothing away from this guitar.

Usually, lower end Jags and Jazzmasters have other mods that drive people like me crazy. Incorrect pickups and controls. Trem is often moved forward to 'improve' the angle of the string break. This guitar suffers from neither of these things.

A note about this style of tremelo. I read all the time about 'problems' with these trems. If adjusted properly, these trems are fine. No fantastic. They do take a lot of tweaking to get right, but it's worth the effort.

There are often complaints abotu 'wobbly' bridges. This is not a fault. It's designed to pivot in cups pressed in the body - the idea being that when the trem is depressed the intonation of the strings doesn't change. Leo Fender was a smart guy and didn't let this happen by accident.

The second major complaint is strings 'jumping' out of the saddles under heavy play. This can happen, but it's not as common as some would have you believe. Remember what this guitar was designed for. Power chords hadn't been thought of in 1962 when the Jaguar made it's debut.

This often leads to the trem being moved forward for a sharper string break. I guess if you want Kurt Cobain or Sonic Youth style use from your Jag that's fine, but it will affect the Jag 'Mojo' that we traditionalists enjoy. The natural resonance from the lentgh of string behind the bridge disappears and it just doesn't feel right.

This does lead me to my one real complaint about this guitar. The bridge is of the type it should be but the grooves in the saddles are far too narrow. On tis guitar, even I have a problem keeping the strings in the saddles. I will upgrade this to a better bridge (actually only the saddles need changing) and I'm sure this problem will vanish.

In closing, I'll just say that I highly recommend that you take a look at this guitar. It's well made and made with high quality parts. It looks, feels and sounds great. There are a few 'tweaks' to the orignal (they do call it Vintage Modified) but the changes all make sense and unless you're a serious purist you'll not mind them.

My only complaints are the complete lack of setup and the saddles. Otherwise, this thing is as good as any Jag I've ever played. Leo would be very proud. Don't overlook this because of the script on the headstock - as I almost did.

Now I need a VM Jazzmaster - dangit.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fender fails

First, this review is no reflection on Musicians Friend. I love MF and have a very long, positive relationship with them. That will continue.
This is about Fender Instruments, with...Read complete review

First, this review is no reflection on Musicians Friend. I love MF and have a very long, positive relationship with them. That will continue.
This is about Fender Instruments, with which I also had (HAD) a long (37 year) relationship.
I could not get this guitar set up, no matter what I did. I own 38 guitars, and have owned many more in 44 years of playing. I can set up a guitar to perfection in my sleep. In fact, I've built 8 guitars myself. This guitar was impossible to set up. So I finally took off the neck to examine it. It was twisted. It hadn't been made right, period. I contacted Fender. After 2 weeks they finally responded back, only to send me to a local "certified" Fender tech - who said he didn't even know that Squier made a Jaguar. And his "service" comprised nothing more than to put much heavier strings on it, readjust the saddle height and declare it as "meeting factory specs". He said that about six times. The neck is still twisted, but put heavy enough cables on a fence post and it could probably be declared within "factory specs". What does that have to do with a musical instrument? This guitar is bad. Everyone I showed that neck to had a chuckle over how warped it was...well, everyone but Fender's authorized tech. I own eleven other Fender guitars, ranging from a '76 Tele that I bought new in 1976 all the way to this latest Squier Jag. I own multiple Fender amps, and countless other Fender peripherals. In 4 decades(!) of buying and promoting Fender products, this is the only time I've contacted them for support. And this is what I got.
Welcome to the modern Fender corp. They may be obscenely successful, but don't expect that to translate to you, the musician.
A musician subordinates to a tech? Leo Fender is rolling over in his grave. And I'm going to be looking to Gibson for my next guitar purchase.

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4.0

Jaguar - nice value

By Ruthless69

from SLO, CA

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Pros

  • Feels Solid
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Needed Setup
  • Swap For Mustang Bridge

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

Very solid player. MF shipped quickly and packed decent. Adjusted truss rod and bridge. Noted bridge does not have string groove deep enough to keep strings from jumping around. You could file a dedicated or purchase a Mustang bridge and call it good. Once setup was complete, could not put it down. PLENTY of TONE at a great price. I bought the red one and the finish was nice and the parts were good on my order. Very nice clean tones. For the price, it was well worth the few tweaks.

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5.0

Beautiful guitar

By Stratopastor

from Houston, TX

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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 Jaguar Electric Guitar:

      I've had a Jazzmaster for many years and never liked it much but the Jaguar is just excellent. I have so far experienced none of the negatives that some of the reviews mention. It is a very fun guitar to play.

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      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By g' tar Dave

      from PA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

        This guitar sounds and plays great. I haven't had any bridge issues like some people have. It stays in tune and there is some buzz but it seems to go away and sounds amazing. Great guitar for the price. Can't ask for a better guitar.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good product.

        By music319

        from Concord,nc

        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 Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

          Very satisfied and shipping was free and fast.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unfreakinbelieveable!

          By Duceditor

          from The Monadnocks, NH

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          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Versitile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Does Everything

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            I've been playing for 50+ years. Have owned LOTS of guitars -- presently a dozen. Fenders (American and MIM), Gibsons, Martin.etc. I know good from so-so. This is a GOOD guitar. Beautiful to look at. A delight to play. Solid feeling. Very versatile.

            Back in the early, pre-Beatle, `60s I was into Surf and pre-surf instrumentals such as the Ventures. Seeing this guitar and reading here and on forums how pleased even experienced guitarists were with this Jaguar I figured it would be worth the chance. Well now, owning it and playing it through a variety of amps, I am simply blown away.

            Some here (and elsewhere) have commented on the need for a careful setup -- and particularly mentioned hassles with the bridge. I expected to experience the same but did not.

            My instrument was pretty well set up out of the box. Neck relief was perfect. The bridge followed the fingerboard radius. String height was well set. (Only intonation, while not terrible, needed some tweaking. But the guitar came with .9s -- an odd choice for a short scale instrument. So I almost immediately went over to .11s (pure nickel). This may well explain why i had no bridge hassles, even when playing vigorously. This guitar NEEDS heavy strings, It was designed for them. Without them the bridge just doesn't work as it was designed to.

            A true surprise was the guitar's versatility. Yes, the "rhythm" circuit is great for background playing. But it also sings for great leads through a high gain amp. The "Lead" circuit is just that -- but it can get not only the cleans it is famous for (Surf's up!) but also a wonderful Claptonesque "woman tone."

            The body shape is comfortable when standing with a good strap (it is a fairly heavy guitar), but more unique is that it is comfortable while sitting - this due to the so-called "offset" body shape.

            I could go on and on. The guitar is truly that fine. But at the price MF sells it for it is unfreakinbelieveable.

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            2.0

            Not what I expected...

            By indierocker88

            from Upstate NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Beautiful design
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            The VM Jaguar, with it's beauty and rich past history, just simply let me down. As soon as i bought the guitar, I noticed a few problems. The main problem was it's infamous saddle bridge. I researched online, found some advice about changing the saddle bridge to a mustang bridge, and thought "gee that would probably cost more than what I paid for the guitar". So I looked at some other options. Several people also recommended taking the neck off and adding another piece of veneer to increase the tilt of the neck. Again, that would cost more then what I paid for the guitar. The most reasonable option was changing the strings to heavier gauge and getting the saddle bridge tweaked. I didn't trust doing it myself, so I had a professional tech do the work. The first week, the guitar played beautifully. After that, it was back to its own tricks again. But this time, the strings were muffed and "plinky" as I would play up the fretboard. Because I live a good distance away from a guitar tech, driving back and forth every time my guitar has a problem is not an option. I continued to research online and I decided to tweak the bridge myself. Again, I had the guitar playing clear and beautiful, and just an hour of playing threw it out of whack.
            Overall, the guitar is designed beautifully, the value is fair, but the play-ability needs a ton of work and you are better off buying a real american made fender jag or maybe even a G&L. With all the great things I hear about Squier, this one was a disappointment. The headaches that this guitar brings aren't worth it.

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            4.0

            Wonderful guitar

            By James smith

            from Johnstown pa

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            It's a wonderful guitar but fender/squire should make a deal with mastery about fixing the faulty bridge or design a better bridge for it, make it come standard, 300$ guitar but had to pay 175$ for a new bridge. It's worth it.

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            fender jajuar

            By mark farner

            from new york

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Its An 8 On Schale Of 10

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            my music has allot of different cords each guitar I use has to be what sound im looking for, this jaguar was just great to put the finel tracks to my song

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            4.0

            Good starter

            By seanmasopust

            from minnesota

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            Love the guitar and the surf green color. Had a rusty fret and nasty fretboard from the warehouse it was most likely stored in. Cheap and easy fixes but a little extra effort.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A very nice guitar! Great Value!

            By jfred

            from Illinois

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

              I've wanted a Jaguar for 50 years, and finally decided to take a chance on the Squier VM model. Just got it a week ago, and was at first discouraged by the amount of vibration and rattling from the bridge. After researching all the complicated and sometimes expensive 'fixes' for this online, I found one simple fix that actually works! I removed the 2 'grub' screws from each string saddle...they're the 2 height adjustment screws for each string saddle. I inserted 2 strands of ordinary sewing thread into each hole, then screwed the 'grubs' back in. It tightened them up so they don't rattle any more! One other tip...make sure each saddle is parallel to the bottom of the bridge, i.e., both screws are touching the bottom. Also, I installed 11-52 ga. strings, which also helps on the 24" scale. In conclusion, I'm VERY satisfied with this beautiful guitar...not a flaw on it that I can see, and I look forward to gigging out with it. Great sounds not possible with any other Fender!

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