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Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar 3-Tone Sunburst Rosewood Fingerboard

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  • Maple neck with vintage-tint gloss finish
  • 9.5-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays
  • Jazzmaster single-coil pickups
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Authentic styling with upgraded electronics and improved playability.

An authentically styled Jazzmaster now joins the Vintage Modified family, with present-day touches including full, clear Duncan Designed pickups and a modern fingerboard radius. Squiers new Vintage Modified Jazzmaster has the models most distinctive hallmarks, too - such as the 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 21 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays
  • Jazzmaster single-coil pickups
  • Circuit selector switch and pickup selector toggle switch
  • White Stratocaster®-style control knobs (lead circuit) and black disc knobs (rhythm circuit)
  • Vintage-style bridge and non-locking floating vibrato with vintage-style tremolo arm

Get style, sound and feel in one great guitar. Order today.

 

Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body: Basswood
  • Body Shape: Jazzmaster®
  • Series: Vintage Modified
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Finger Board Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25" (63.5 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 JM-101B Single-Coil Jazzmaster® Pickup with AlNiCo 5 Magnets Duncan Designed JM-101N Single-Coil Jazzmaster® Pickup with AlNiCo 5 Magnets
  • Pickup Switching: Neck pickup only (rhythm circuit); neck only, neck and bridge, bridge only (lead circuit)
  • 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 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 37 reviews)

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    (25)

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    (5)

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (33)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good tone (29)
  • Good pick up (25)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (28)
  • Practicing (27)
  • Recording (24)
  • Small venues (18)
  • Rock concerts (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Supreme value for the price!

I know there has been a lot of debate about the Squier line really stepping up their quality with the last few models produced, but this new Vintage Modified Squier Jazzmaster is seriously one...Read complete review

I know there has been a lot of debate about the Squier line really stepping up their quality with the last few models produced, but this new Vintage Modified Squier Jazzmaster is seriously one of the nicest guitars I have played.

I briefly had a Squier J Mascis MIC Jazzmaster which I only sold to pay the bills. I will go out on a limb and say that this guitar out of the box is nicer than the J Mascis was.

The construction of this guitar is spot on. I took it out of the box and was really taken back by how well crafted the guitar is. It is easily as well built as my MIM Jaguar, if not a little bit better. No rough frets, no paint blemishes that I noticed, nice smooth neck. Tore off the sticky plastic cover on the pickguard and immediately swapped the stock strings for 10's, just because I'm used to thicker strings. I did notice that the first three frets had a little bit of rust on them, but that's nothing a bit of 0000 steel wool can't fix. The rest of the guitar is solid. It doesn't feel like a toy. It's not quite as heavy as my Jaguar, but still has some weight to it which is really nice. I adjusted the string height just a tad, because it looked like the strings would and could have flopped pretty easily at the height it came to me in the box.

As far as quality of parts, everything is solid. The only thing I ended up replacing was the bridge with a CIJ Mustang Bridge, just because the stock Jazzmaster bridge produced a lot of buzzing with the strings. I might eventually look into a new trem bar, but it's not too high up on my list. It doesn't stay in very well and feels a little cheap. I was VERY surprised with how well the guitar stays in tune with the non-locking tuners. I have this weird idea in my head that if tuners don't lock, the strings will automatically slip and go out of tune way more quickly than locking tuners.

The pickups themselves are really articulate and clear. A little on the bright side, but I expected that since they were single coils and not humbuckers. After not having a guitar with single coils for some time, it was a nice and refreshing jangle. The neck pickup has a nice girth and warmness to it, and plays equally as well as the bridge with dirt.

After I replaced the bridge with a Mustang Bridge, I have zero complaints. The fake tortoise on the pickguard is a little cheesy, but nothing I can't live with and the guitar looks so good I really don't want to bother messing with it.

Overall, supreme playability. Super comfortable to play, and I honestly haven't put this guitar down since it came in the mail a week or two ago.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had to send my first one back.

OK. I admit it. I was very excited to have my Squier VM Jazmmaster on order and couldn't wait to get it. I have owned a Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster and it was...Read complete review

OK. I admit it. I was very excited to have my Squier VM Jazmmaster on order and couldn't wait to get it. I have owned a Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster and it was first class all the way.

When this guitar showed up, I was ready for a solid, well built instrument that would need a little tweaking, but be ready to play in short order. Instead, this guitar totally missed the quality and reliability I have come to expect in Squier guitars. The pickup buzz was totally loud and annoying, both neck and bridge pickups. The strings were way off the neck and uneven across the fretboard. The sound was brittle, harsh and really hurt my ears. I was surprised when I selected the Rhythym mode that the neck pickup was still very bright and the tone rolled off to an instant muddy sound when I tried the roller tone adjuster wheel. The finish was shockingly bad with pits and smears in the finish, especially on the back. The guitar had two noticeable scratches on the lower horn and on the pickguard, even through the protective plastic peel coat. The neck felt good, a little chunky but I could use it.

Again, I have owned several Squiers and know what to expect. I wasn't looking for Fender American or even MIM quality, but this guitar truly was an absolute shame. Also,the body was made up of 6, yes "6" pieces of laminated wood! Having ordered the 3 tone sunburst, it was painfully obvious and each plank showed up, especially one annoying knot hole. If you order one of these you may want to consider a solid color.

OK. I've given this guitar a harsh review and it deserved it, but I re-ordered another one and am betting on the quality I have become accustomed to from Squier. I am hoping this was just an odd ball.

Come on Squier. Let's see a better quality guitar next time, OK?

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5.0

buzz stop

By redbuddy

from gulf coast of alabama

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

GREAT guitar! Just add the ALLPARTS BUZZ STOP to increase string down pressure on the bridge and it's perfect. See the photo in the July MF catalog of the "vintage custom shop" jazzmaster....

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5.0

Take this one to your next

By CapnMike

from Forestville, Ca.

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      Amazing just how good this inexpensive, Indonesian Jazzmaster really is. I have my original '63 that is the real deal. You can't compare anything with that not even Custom Shop Jazzmaster. The Vintage Modified Jazzmaster is very cool and feels just right. I had absolutely no issues that are negative with this guitar. Put a set of 10.5 or 11's on and your ready to go. In addition, I had very little set-up work to do. The neck was straight, fret end average--could use a minor end dressing, hardware seems okay, tuners hold pitch and as with any jazzmaster, you'll get some rocking on the bridge. I couldn't be happier for my investment. Time will tell how it holds up. A seemingly very good and well made Jazzmaster.

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      4.0

      Impressive for a Squier

      By OldSoul86

      from Milwaukee, WI

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Flawed Bridge Design

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      Read all the reviews before buying this guitar and took a chance. With the exception of having to replace the bridge, this guitar is surprisingly well built. I chose the sunburst finish and was amazed by the gloss finish and beautiful woodgrain. This guitar is a barrel of fun if you're into old surf and blues, the circuitry gives you a nice selection of tone. Even putting some fuzz or overdrive on gives it a great SG-like tone.

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      5.0

      Amazing Axe

      By tonyd123

      from canada

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        OK so a lot of people are complaining about the buzzing bridge and other things about this guitar so I'm gonna put some of these issues to bed. For the bridge you people who use nine and ten guage string just need to lock tight the saddle screws or buy a mustang or mastery bridge. If you use 11 or twelve guage strings which was what this guitar was designed to have ( jazz is in the name for Pete sake) you'll be fine. Everything else on this instrument is perfevt . of all the jazzmasters in the store from squier to fender this was the only one that was holding its factory setup. The neck is great I shimmed it a bit to improve the action. Body was flawless. Even though the trem isnt the locking kind it stays in tune well. The jazzmaster is not an off the shelf guitar anybody who does their research knows that but with very minor work it can be perfect . squier is making great instruments and a friend of mine with a 65 RI likes mine better so there ya go

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        4.0

        All I could ask for and more

        By gmoney

        from Monroe, GA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Badly Designed Bridge

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        I had my eye on a JM for a long time. A lot of my favorite guitarists use one. Actually it was a toss-up between a VM JM and a VM Jag. I went with the JM for its longer scale as I have big hands. What a great guitar. It came from MF in quick order and at a killer price. Great looking with nice build quality too. I got the Sonic Blue. I had read lots of things online (here as well) about the JM/Jag bridge being a problem and I agree totally. This has been a constant source of anxiety while playing as I would wonder if I'd knocked a string out of my chosen groove in a saddle. I almost immediately began looking for a Mustang bridge to replace the idiotic original bridge. I found one at Warmoth Guitars that has height adjustment screws on each saddle which makes fine adjustments easy. Anyway, the guitar plays great now. Nice variety of tones possible with all the great circuitry. No buzzing at all now after raising the bridge up somewhat and doing some saddle adjustments. Stays in tune well even with mild use of the trem. Very cool guitar for the money. I would recommend.

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        5.0

        Never would have considered a Squier.

        By johnpmcd

        from NH

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          I never would have considered a Squier. I had a Squier Bullet briefly (I traded it in within weeks) when I was a kid and I've hated them since. I've always wanted a Jazzmaster. No way I'd pay what they are going for. Read a lot of good reviews and figured what the hell. I'm too old and too broke to be a guitar snob. Ordered a sonic blue one. Wow. The fit and finish are fantastic. Took of the 9s. Put on some 10's and adjusted the bridge. Truss rod didn't need any tweaking. Raised and lowered a few saddles and set the intonation. (I pushed the bridge as far back as I could before doing this.) I'm really impressed. Playing it through a Hot Rod Deville. Sweet cleans sounds. Great neck. Great pickups. This is a really good deal. The Chinese man. They're getting really good at this.

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          5.0

          Epic

          By Costello_13

          from Riverside, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          I started by chasing a jaguarillo i found at a guitar center, then saw this online, and thought, what the hell, its a lot cheaper and i hear squier has been getting better. So i called up a local shop and had one of these ordered in, the guy at the shop blew me off and got the sunburst instead of the red, which put me off, for about half a second. Once this thing was plugged in i had no complaints. The action was perfect, the pickups were amazing, all the electrics were solid and i couldnt get it out of tune no matter how hard i played. Ive sat and played american ones, elvis costello signature models, and hoenstly the neck on this was better. What the hell, when did squire figure it out, and why hasnt fender upped its game. If youre curious, put down the 300 and get one while you can! I have a rack of great instruments at home, and this is always my go to.

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          5.0

          Best Guitar I ever played

          By Beach Geezer

          from Delaware

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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 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            Never played a Jazzmaster till I bought this guitar..so I can't compare to a real Fender Jazzmaster .... looks and plays great ...it has the sound I have been looking for years ...I love playing instrumental songs by The Ventures anyway ...this guitar nails that sound and tone note for note 100 percnet ...I had stop playing to see which guitar was mine playing along to CD's ..I can copy the lead guitar parts pretty well ...never had that happen before ...sounds exactly like the old early 60's Ventures records ....it has a nice growl I love when you dig down into the notes on bends with the volume wide open ...especially at the 7th fret A string...lot's of head room on tone as well ...I never played a guitar with this much output on the pickups ......I have a lot of guitars that will soon be for sale ...this is my new favorite guitar now...just bought another one for a back up ...same color (3 Tone Sunburst)...for this price you can't go wrong...I can't put this guitar down ...I don't even play my other guitars anymore ....I played my Fender Jaguars for years so it took me a while to get use to the longer scale and neck etc on the jazzmaster...but to me this Squire Jazzmaster is a far better guitar ...and I can't believe I'm saying that I liked the Jaguar so much up to now ...I think this is the only guitar I will need from here out playing my surf and instrumental rock...saw where a lot of people on here mentioned fret buzz....all that is your strings are set too low above the frets at the 12 fret and higher ...just adjust the floating bridge posts up on each side with the small allen wrench (hole on each side of bridge) make sure it's level too...that lick's the problem and makes notes sound better on those same frets above the 12th fret...other wise they will sound muted or dule or create fret buzz...

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            5.0

            Amazing For The PRice

            By mybloodyjazzlover

            from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            I've wanted a Jazzmaster almost since I started playing guitar, but I've been living on a budget for years where I didn't really allow myself enough money to buy my own. This gem, however, is the answer to my prayers.

            The pickups are amazing and up to the same quality as the Fenders, at least to my ears. I'm definitely not a large guy (5'9) but the larger scale is one of the aspects that I love about this guitar, and the main reason I chose this over the Jaguar. The main problem that everyone has would have to be the buzz in the bridge, but I just brought it into my local shop for a quick setup and everything's fine now. I'd also recommend, as other reviewers have, taking off the 9's that come with it and replacing it with a heavier gauge, such as 11's. They help bring out the true beastly nature of this instrument.

            Whether clean or super-distorted, this piece of gear does much more than hold its own. I definitely recommend it to any other fellow jammer on a budget.

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            4.0

            Good value for money....

            By Icetech

            from Detroit

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Neck Finish
            • Good Pick Up
            • Great Value

            Cons

            • Broken Electronics

            Best Uses

            • Noodling Around

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            I ordered a sonic blue JM, showed up with the bridge pickup not working, was just a piece of solder on the switch shorting it.. easy fix. I had intended to go through the entire guitar and reset it up anyway, and did shielding..

            After re setting up with .11's its much nicer.. get rid of those 9's ASAP...

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