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Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar  

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With its offset waist, contoured body, and 24" scale fast action neck, the new Vintage Modified Jaguar® gives a nod to its iconic forbearer but has ...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The look and style of yesteryear with updated specs and electronics.

With its offset waist, contoured body, and 24" scale fast action neck, the new Vintage Modified Jaguar® gives a nod to its iconic forbearer but has other things going for it that make it truly 'modified'. The unique top-loading hardtail bridge features string saddles which are adjustable for intonation and designed to have a 9.5" radius when sitting flat on the bridge plate. The bridge is anchored at the rear of the plate while the front sits atop height adjustment screws which can be raised or lowered to achieve desired string height/action while subtle adjustment at the rear (anchor) achieves the correct bridge angle. The Jaguar HH is equipped with a set of Duncan Designed™ pickups which offer a multitude of "hot-rodded" humbucking tones. Other features include '62 Jazz Bass concentric volume/tone controls, vintage style tuners and a comfortable one-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.

FEATURES
  • Vintage Modified series
  • Jaguar body shape
  • Basswood body
  • Polurethane finish
  • Maple neck
  • 24" scale
  • C-shaped neck profile
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 9.5" radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 1 Duncan Designed™ HB102B Zebra Humbucking Pickup
  • 1 Duncan Designed™ HB-102N Zebra Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
  • Concentric volume/tone knobs
  • Stacked Concentric Controls:
  • Volume 1. (Neck Pickup)
  • Tone 1. (Neck Pickup)
  • Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup)
  • Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
  • 3-position pickup toggle
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
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SquierVintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (15)
    • Practicing (15)
    • Recording (7)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Small venues (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    amazing guitar

    this is a great guitar right out of the box. the neck shape is nice and thick, but not a baseball bat, and feels almost identical to that of the classic player jaguar....Read complete review

    this is a great guitar right out of the box. the neck shape is nice and thick, but not a baseball bat, and feels almost identical to that of the classic player jaguar. I originally bought the sunburst model and the only modification I made to it was to disconnect the tone controls and use the pots as spin-a-splits to be able to split the humbuckers. That guitar was later stolen and I liked the model so much that I bought another, this time in fiesta red, this time taking advantage of the rhythm and lead circuit routes already present and modifying the guitar with a rhythm circuit like that of the classic player jaguar HH, adding the chrome plates that a jaguar should have and moving the pickup switch to the treble horn.

    the stock pickups sound really great. the bridge pickup sounds like a JB, which it's modeled after and I can't say whether or not the neck pickup sounds like a jazz model since i've never had one. after adding switching to be able to split the pickups, I am able to get almost any tone that anyone could want from a guitar.

    Lots of people don't like the bridge on this model, mostly because they think that for it to be a Jaguar it needs a tremolo, but I don't. I like how the saddles lay against the bridge plate at the appropriate radius for the neck and the bridge plate can be raised or lowered, but the individual saddles can also be adjusted if needed, kind of like a vintage jaguar bridge, but without the annoyance if it floating or the strings popping out of the saddle.

    The one thing about the guitar that I really hate is the skunk stripe on the back of the neck, because I prefer the vintage correct look of a neck with a rosewood fretboard not having a skunk stripe.

    I don't really care for the strat output jack, but I can live with it.

    Overall, this guitar is one of the best Squiers I've ever owned, rivaling the quality of the classic vibe models, but with a lower price tag.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Needs some work

    I got this guitar for my little brother before the new Vintage Modified Jags with the more authentic design came out, and I regret that a little bit. I'm going to try to be...Read complete review

    I got this guitar for my little brother before the new Vintage Modified Jags with the more authentic design came out, and I regret that a little bit. I'm going to try to be neutral in this review, but keep in mind that a lot of what I don't like about this guitar is personal preference and what are cons to me might be pros to you.

    The Good:
    -These pickups are awesome. I have guitars that cost two or three times this price, and these are some of the best humbuckers I've ever heard. They're hot and in your face, and work well for the Kurt Cobain-inspired music this guitar is obviously designed for.
    -The neck is a middle-of-the-road C profile, maybe a little fatter than a 60s Strat but nowhere near a 50s Strat or a Tele. This could be a pro or a con depending on what you like. I'm neutral; I prefer Soft V profiles, but this is not bad.
    -The body is lightweight and resonates very well, it is a lively-sounding guitar for sure.

    Now for the Bad, and unfortunately there is a lot:
    -The bridge, the same design as the one from the Fender Toronado, is a terrible design. The height screws are hard to access and are not stable. The saddles are nigh-impossible to intonate. It is VERY hard to get a low action on this guitar, which is a problem I will tough upon later.
    -The tuners are passable, but like many Fender-style guitars it is a challenge to keep the high B and E strings in the tuner hole while stringing and tuning to pitch. It takes some practice if you are used to working with Gibson-style tuners.
    -I know some people like Jumbo frets, but personally I absolutely hate them. These frets are so tall that you can bend the notes up a half-step just by pressing them to the fretboard. I guess these are useful for tapping, but the fact that you need a very light touch to keep from bending the notes out of tune combined with the difficulty in getting low action makes this guitar very difficult for me to play.
    -The 9.5" radius is not my preference either, but it's pretty standard and many folks like their fretboards even flatter.
    -Finally, the toggle switch went out on me after about 3 months of very occasional playing.

    To sum everything up, I'd like to say that I had a very difficult time trying to bond with this guitar. It looks and sounds pretty, but it is just not a comfortable guitar to play, even after countless tweakings of the setup.

    That said, I would wholeheartedly recommend other guitars in the Squier Vintage Modified line, particularly their new Jaguars, Jazzmasters, and Mustangs. Squier is certainly capable of making a fantastic instrument at a low pricepoint, but this just isn't one of them.

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    5.0

    Awesome Guitar!!!

    By GuitarLover

    from Wenatchee, Washington

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is awesome! It came in the box already set up and intonated and had a low setup and everybody at my church wanted to play it! The body is really comfortable and the seymour duncan pickups sound amazing and can go from jazz to hard rock and even metal with the right pedals! Since it is a short scale the string tension is just a little bit loose but you get used to it real quick and you start to like it! The three tone sunburst version looks stellar and is super cool and sounds amazing used it to record right away and the stacked knobs are super cool and very useful. This guitar sounds amazing clean or with effects. If your thinking about getting this guitar at all get it right now and you wont regret it!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My First Fender...WOW!

      By claybay

      from Watauga, TX

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Great Action
      • Perfect Neck Feel

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

      First of all, let me say that I have been playing mostly budget-type electrics during the past few years. That being said, this Squier is the best type of guitar for me and played perfectly out of the proverbial box. The neck feels perfect and I can take the bar chords very high on the neck without feeling crowded. The finish is beautiful and flawless; I love the Fiesta Red/Tortoise shell pick guard combo, which is more vibrant than the pictures convey. Since I am a novice, I am certain the "floating" bridge might be a problem if it needed adjustment. However, it was adjusted perfectly for my playing...I checked and there are some interesting after-market bridges for this guitar, so don't despair if it doesn't please you.
      All in all, the vintage modified Squier Jaguar is great for the novice to experienced type player.

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      4.0

      Jaguar HH- channel Kurt Cobain cheap!

      By dbluesband

      from CT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Sharp fret ends

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

      Good price point. Bought it as a gift. Unfortunately it will need some work on the frets and a neck adjustment. Solid feel to the guitar. Pickup sounds good. Looks real pretty.

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      5.0

      Great guitar for the value

      By Underflip

      from St. Louis

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

        I got this used from a friend of mine that didn't like the short scale. I've got pretty short fingers and my playing calls for a lot of stretched out chords so I figured it would be perfect. I was right.
        The neck is wonderful. just big enough to have something to hold on to, but not bulky, the fret work is flawless, and it stays in tune well enough for me, but where this guitar really shines is the pick ups. You can get everything from shimmery cleans to heavy, high gain, distortion. There really isn't anything you can't do with it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweeeeet

        By Rich Man

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

          I have a small collection of these VM models, but this Jaguar is especially sweet. Action and intonation were right on out of the box. This guitar is the "other" Jaguar: humbuckers instead of single coil, fixed bridge instead of tremolo. It's got a big, bright sound on the bridge. The fret ends are smooth, and best of all, the controls are placed so that they don't get in the way of your hand.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great guitar for the price

          By NRVNALVR

          from Saco, ME

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

            Great for the price. Fun to play!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            After 30 years my first Fender!!

            By claybay

            from Watauga, TX

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Bridge Is Not Practical

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

            This guitar felt comfortable immediately. I play bar chords mostly, but I noticed the ease of moving up the fretboard and not feeling my left arm being crowded, so to speak. The bridge will probably be replaced with something more practical...The classic shape of the Jag, along with the rather cool fiesta red and coordinating pickguard, I'm in love, baby!

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            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice Vintage Look Short Scale Guitar

            By 1Bluesman57

            from Flora, IN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • No Intonation Setup
            • Poor Quality Strings

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

            I appreciate the great price, but it is a big negative to send guitars to customers without making any effort to intonate/setup with very bad strings. Unless you can do your own set-up and put on strings correctly, the savings is negated quite a bit. For me not an issue just a little frustration and putting in the extra time and effort to get it where it should have been delivered. List it not set up, then have an optional additional charge for setup.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Get what you pay for, not a bad thing

            By skop1234

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

              I am getting back into playing after a 12+ year hiatus, and chose this Squire. I love this Jaguar, it is definitely a get what you pay for guitar. That is not a bad thing. I would describe it as good craftsmanship with low quality parts. The tuning machines and knobs are not the best quality. The guitar is hard to Intonate due to the fact that the saddles raise and lower but also slide forward and backward, all while the guitar must be loosely strung to access the screws. It can take a ridiculous amount of trial and error/re-tuning. It is worth it though, the guitar feels and sounds great! I have been playing it for over a month with no issues.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar

              By Lonely Boy Phil

              from Akron OH Home of the Black Keys

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

                I bought this Jag because I wanted a "short scale" guitar. All my other guitars are Strats and Teles. Paint and finish are flawless. I was planning on switching out the electronics because I have a few nice humbuckers lying around in my parts box. The guitar sounded fantastic with the stock pickups so I didn't need to take the time to swap them out. The frets were level with clean edges. Intonation right on. Played pretty well right out of the box. I did adjust the action by lowering the bridge. Easy to do with the two screws (one on either side of the bridge). I am very happy with this guitar. I'll be keeping it.

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