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Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar  

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  • Vintage Modified series
  • Jaguar body shape
  • Basswood body
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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
 
4.1

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (11)
    • Practicing (11)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9)

    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

    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 1 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!

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        After 30 years my first Fender!!

        By claybay

        from Watauga, TX

        About Me Experienced

        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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        (0 of 2 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

          Ask me a question

          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.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Cool Look Nice Feel; Great Backup Guitar

            By BLACKRICE

            from CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

            It's an excellent guitar for having around if you need a comfortable alternative to your main guitar.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Wish I Could Have Loved It....

            By nealmay

            from Woodbury, MN

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

            I wanted to love this guitar and tried for to for a couple of weeks. The guitar looks great, and the neck is very nice, but that doesn't make up for the rest of its faults.

            As many mention, the bridge is almost worthless. Getting the intonation setup is nearly impossible and I could never keep this guitar in tune for more than one song-- retuning that often gets really annoying to me.

            Another issue is the neck pickup. As soon as I switched to it, the guitar sounded like I was playing underwater. The bridge pickup was pretty nice though.

            I guess I was hoping for a lot more, but it is a "cheap" guitar. Other reviewers have found much luck with it, but unfortunately, I did not. I ended up returning it and the customer service at Musician's Friend has been nothing but spectacular.

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            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Needs some work

            By CollyWolly

            from GA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Great Pickups
            • Stack Controls

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Terrible Bridge Design

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Stupidest bridge design ever seen.

            By Ely

            from Nevada

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Frets Wildly Out Of Level
            • Impossible To Intonate
            • Needs Fret Level Badly
            • Stupidest Bridge Ever

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH Electric Guitar:

            These guitars have some good things going for them. Very comfortable to hold and play. Nice profile on body and neck. Nice, attractive finish. Good quality Duncan Designed pickups. Versatile controls. But it needs a lot of work to make it a usable, good playing instrument. The frets are wildly out of level - absolutely needs a fret level. The bridge is the stupidest design ever. It is impossible to adjust the intonation without a lot of trouble. Not well anchored in the body. The bridge needs to be rebuilt to make the guitar usable. I would not recommend this guitar unless you know how to fix a lot of the design flaws. Once those design flaws are fixed it is a very nice guitar for the money.

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