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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.

All the circuitry and fun factor of the original at an amazing price.

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar

  • 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 75 reviews)

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    (25)

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    (3)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (57)
  • Good feel (56)
  • Good tone (56)
  • Good pick up (46)
  • Solid electronics (46)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (15)
  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Flat sound (4)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (52)
  • Practicing (51)
  • Recording (36)
  • Small venues (26)
  • Rock concerts (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (48), Professional musician (21), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unfreakinbelieveable!

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...Read complete review

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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Jaguar on a tight budget

This is an inexpensive guitar so realize that you need to invest some time and money into this ave to make it a player.First of all get rid of the factory 9's and replace...Read complete review

This is an inexpensive guitar so realize that you need to invest some time and money into this ave to make it a player.First of all get rid of the factory 9's and replace those strings with 11's. It's a short scale and is made to have at least 11's on it. The 11's will also get rid of the annoying cheap bridge rattle. The tuners are so so. The pickups are flat so you will need to replace them with a decent quality set of your preference.The feel of the guitar and the playability of the 24" scale is nothing but BIG FUN. After a full set up fret leveling, crowning, truss rod adj. , and intonation set,,, mine played great. It's a decent guitar for the money but as I mentioned earlier,,, you need to invest some time, labor, and money into it to make it an acceptable player.However,,,, this guitar is a great looker right out of the box !!!

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5.0

I like the clarity an d variety of sounds.

By brujo

from North Central New Mexico

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    Exceeds in quality compared to a couple of guitars I have.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Surf Sound

    By Jimmy J

    from Way Up North

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

    I can find no flaws with this guitar. The paint is well executed, and the frets are smooth and level. The electronics function without a problem, and the strings are properly centered on the neck. The quality control on this particular guitar is excellent, the best that I have ever seen on a Squier.

    The scale length is not my favorite, and I don't find much use for the rhythm circuit. But this Jaguar has a tone that can't be duplicated with other Fenders. It is fun to play, with its biggest negative being the weight. Mine is 9 pounds! The body is made of basswood, which is a rather soft wood for holding screws and hardware. The bridge and saddles are often complained about, but I have no issues with them. They are true to Leo Fender's original design, and require heavy strings and a proper setup to function correctly. The vibrato bar falls out frequently, but otherwise the system works fine. This is a good guitar, but not for everybody.

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    5.0

    VM Jaguar is excellent.

    By Spring Heeled Jim

    from Oklahoma

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

      Great construction and just feels so good in your hands. The sound is awesome. It is pretty versatile and nails modern rock, uk indie, jangle, dirty distortion all of it!!!! But you must either replace the saddles with Fender Mustang saddles or just slap a Fender Mustang bridge in there. The one that comes on the guitar buzzes and is hard to keep in tune even after a proper set up and intonation.

      But seriously this guitar is so worth it!!! It is my favorite one yet.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Price just went up...

      By David

      from Des Moines, Iowa

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

      Hello! Since nobody has mentioned this yet, the price just went up. I own both the (Squier VM) sonic blue Jazzmaster and the surf green Jaguar. I bought both "used" a year ago for around "two bills" one form MF and one from a local shop. Even though both guitars were "used", they were cosmetically in "like new" condition. The overall quality is darn good for the original lower price, but very questionable at the new higher price. Both guitars needed a fret level (due to a couple of dead spots on the fret board) and they needed a professional set up. So, I ended up dropping extra money into each guitar. The pickup selector on the Jazzmaster went out after a month due to poor quality parts. So, that was extra money. I also own the Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster (a great price from MF with 15% deal). I have played probably 200 gigs and hundreds of hours of practices with the Fender and it has never let me down. However, I will need a re-fret in the near future because of normal wear and tear. That being said, I would not trust the Squier VM guitars for gigs unless they were completely upgraded with better pots, caps, switches, and re-wired. So, if you consider that extra cost, you might as well buy the Fender. I will use my Squier Jazzmaster and Jaguar around the house and maybe at practices, but they are more of a novelty. Many people love these and they were flying off the shelf at the lower price, so Fender/Squier saw the opportunity to make some extra coin by upping the price. But, they may have just priced themselves out of the market. Especially when you can get a used (or MF 15% off) Fender Classic Player for a little more.

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      5.0

      Yes I would recommend this guitar to anyone

      By ron

      from Swartz Creek Michign

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

        Guitar was in good condition when received , quality workmanship and material. has good sounding pickups and pay ability .. Was impressed for the price this is a good guitar and required very little set up.

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        5.0

        Had to have the Jag

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        By terrygh

        from Kansas

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        Pros

        • Excellent Wormanship

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

          I just purshased the Jazzmaster a few weeks ago and, I was blown away! I had to have the Jaguar. Again as I stated in the review of the Jazzmaster these are really Great instruments and, Squire has opened my eyes and, my mind to the brand. Will I purchase more Squire guitars in the future, probably not. The Jazzmaster & Jaguar were the only Fender guitars that I did not have and, wanted. I'm really not a collector but, I do enjoy owning and, playing fine instruments and, these two definately qualify. Both of these guitars when recieved required very little setup or adjustment out of the box. I was surprised and, pleased although I do enoy doing these things, it puts a personal touch on the guitar that you will play. The Jazz has the sunburst finish and, the Jag is surf green, they both look GREAT! These are not guitars that are maintenance free, they do require a little tinkering here and, there but, the end result is well worth the effort. Anybody can aggressively play a guitar to any degree to achieve the results they are looking for but, these two instruments yield positive results with a finesse playing style. Again I say GREAT GUITARS!

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          KING OF THE SURF GUITARS

          By Arch69er

          from Clinton, MO

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Has a sound all it's own
          • Impeccable fit and finish across the board
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • De-lamination of the gloss on tortoise pickguard
          • Vintage bridge radius does not quite match neck

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

          This Indonesian made Jag is one of the most pleasant surprises I have seen from Fender on the guitar side in a long time. I like the high gloss, untinted poly finish, including the neck, and enjoy the vintage tuners(Gotoh)and the larger headstock, which did not appear on Strats until '69, or thereabouts. The infamous "choke" or "strangle switch" on the lower horn control panel does not provide that much of a high frequency filter to my ears, so I will have a look later at the primary tone capacitor values and whatever is on this slideswitch. Duncan Designed single coils are bright and clear; all the chime and jangle I remember of the originals. The general setup on the guitar was truly VERY good, and one of the best I have ever seen on ANY Fender-branded product. I have already ordered the height adjustable Mustang bridge, with the snigle deep string slots on the saddles to replace the "threaded barrels" on the factory bridge. In defense of this, however, I will have to say the chrome and nickel finishes on all of the guitar's hardware will rival any Mexican or American-made Fender product! The under-bridge mounted Fender Mute and "ash tray" palm cover are not included as they were on the '62 original, but if you have a decent Dremel routing bit and are careful, you can mount the mute hardware yourself by adding a third hole between the two bridge post cups, and changing the pickguard to an American Vintage Reissue-model pickguard, which will fit perfectly and has the third hole for the mute. Factory tortoise pickguard is poor quality, with the upper gloss film layer starting to "lift" around every screw hole...an easy replacement. Short scale neck provides great balance, and nothing I know of sounds exactly like a Jag. Can't believe I waited this long to own one!

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          5.0

          It's a quality guitar for the cost

          By jbrianb

          from West TN

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            This is a cheaper, budget friendly guitar. It doesn't have a high end vibrato bridge or Seymour Duncan pickups (but these ARE Duncan DESIGNED and they sound great). Proceed with this in mind... budget friendly...

            This is a terrific guitar, with the benefits and the annoyances of a Jag design. Thin strings jump the saddles (hours of videos and how-to articles online tell you how to fix it. Thicker strings -- 11s -- work for me.). The saddle isn't held in by screws, but "floats" and it can shift and cause tuning to be wonky. The bridge doesn't have a locking screw, so unless you opt for a replacement that can be annoying. The bridge design renders it out of tune quickly on wild whammy bar action. The whammy bar slips in and loves to slip out at inopportune times anyway and doesn't lock in place (I leave mine at home). Again, there are fixes if you spend time and money. The sustain -- or lack of it -- bothers some folks. There are fixes there, too, but I like the shorter sustain. Makes the tone more authentic. And there are the infamous switches. They make perfect sense if you get to know them. If not... good luck and call me when you're ready to sell it! In short, it's a Jag, not a Strat or Tele.

            The Vintage Modified series is excellent; the quality is there if you accept that some shortcuts have been made to make it a budget line. I don't love is the lacquered back of the neck. Some folks do, but I prefer a satin finish. It feels like a thick coating of clear plastic is over everything on the neck, which otherwise feels great in shape, size and fingerboard radius. It's preference.

            I'd note that intonation out the box was off. I did take it to a local tech for a setup.

            Visually, it's beautiful and it sounds great. I max out my volume and up my gain to get great fuzzy crunch and twang. And I go low and smooth to get a jazzy tune. Somewhere in between gives you surfer rock. I love it.

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            5.0

            Authentic Vibe & Sounds

            By nick

            from my abode

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

              This is an authentically styled Jag. It is sure to annoy everyone who has never dealt with an offset Fender before. I did the classic mods of putting a Mustang bridge in (still dicey, the Mastery really is where it's at). I also use tape around my bar to keep the whammy from dancing around in the tremolo post. I upgraded the tremolo to a MIJ Fender Trem w/ lock, don't really know what difference it made. My electronics in this one are fine and work great, I think you get lucky with a few of these every now and then. I also got the set up to have very low comfy action with buzz only on that low E. It's a great surf machine, you gotta fight it every now and then but that's part of the pride and fun that comes with owning a Jag.

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              5.0

              I love this Guitar!

              By Bob

              from Phoenix

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar:

                I am a professional luthier and purchased this guitar under the assumption that I had to farther modify it in order for it to play well.
                After reading about bridge swap outs as well as other mods,I had a set of 12's eating for it when it arrived and I swear that was all it needed to have the old school surf sound, that and a good set up.
                The guitar sound and looks fantastic cannot tell the difference between it and the real deal to the point it now resides with a fender decal on the headstock and gets mouthing but compliments from other Fender Maniacs

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