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Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar  

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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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      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

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      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
       
      4.2

      (based on 42 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (27)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (2)

      81%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good feel (37)
      • Fun to play (34)
      • Good tone (32)
      • Good pick up (28)
      • Solid electronics (21)

      Cons

      • Fret buzz (6)
      • Craftsmanship (3)

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (31)
      • Practicing (31)
      • Recording (27)
      • Small venues (19)
      • Rock concerts (18)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (27), 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

      Great guitar, if you know how to set it

      By RB

      from Paragould AR

      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 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        The Jazzmaster isn't your normal Fender/Squier Stratocaster. Most people new to them do not know how to set them up, and some are ruined by the experience of a JM or Jag with a bad set up. So here's a quick tutorial to make the Jazzmaster into a real player.

        Most problems encountered by people who are new to these guitars is the strings will pop out of place constantly, it's simply because it's not set up right.

        First, take those 9's off of the guitar, you'll want heavier strings, at least 11's. Remember this guitar was designed at a time when the lightest gauge string was 12's, but 11's work just fine, I wouldn't go any lower. I say this because light gauge strings don't have enough tension and combined with the low break angle of the bridge, the strings will pop out of the saddles, but with heavy strings, they'll stay in the saddles,

        Second, take the neck off, and put a shim in the very back of the neck pocket, 2 or 3 pieces of a business card stacked on top of each other will suffice, then put the neck back on. What this does is provide more break angle to help keep the strings on the saddles.

        You may notice that the bridge is right up against the pickguard, and the saddles are raised way up, with the intonation screws touching the playable part of the strings. This is completely wrong.

        First, raise or lower the outer two saddles, so the intonation screws are level with the front edge of the bridge, then take the small allen wrench that comes with the guitar, and raise the bridge until the Low E and High E are about 2mm above the 12th fretwire, then set the radius of the other saddles (Hint: the front edge of the bridge is the radius.) Of course you might want the bridge a bit higher or lower.

        When you set the intonation, it's extremely important to hold the bridge in the center of the thimbles, it was designed to rock back and forth when using the trem, and if you let the bridge go forward during intonation, everything will be off.

        Now, with the neck shimmed and the bridge raised up, and using heavy strings, you won't have any problems with rattles, or the strings popping out of place. Of course going up to 11's will require a little adjusting to the truss rod, Intonation, and to the spring adjustment screw of the trem (it's the screw right next to the whammy bar)

        That's all there is to it. But you might encounter another problem. New Jazzmaster/Jaguar bridges and saddles like to lower themselves while you play. If this happens, reset your action, then get some good clear nail polish. Brush the polish onto the saddle height adjustment screws, that will keep them locked in place, until you decide to make more adjustments. Due to the intonation, one or two of the screws might touch a string, if that happens, you can move the string over a little to keep them from touching, unless you like Sitar sounds.

        Also, if your entire bridge lowers itself, readjust it, pull it out, and apply nail polish to the height adjustment screws. Be careful not to cover the entire screw with it, because it will prevent the guitar from being grounded, and you'll get some nasty hum.

        This tutorial isn't just for Squiers, the things I've described have been done since the first Jazzmaster left the Fender plant in 1958.

        Also, a few more tips, Lubricate the nut, I personally use a small dab of Lip Balm in the nut slots, it'll last for a good while, and it keeps the strings from hanging up in the nut.

        If you can't raise the bridge pickup enough, you can uncrew the four screws that hold it on, the pickups are screwed directly to the body, and use a thick foam pad instead of springs. If you need to raise them higher, cut a couple pieces of cardboard from the box the guitar comes in, lay them in the pickup cavity, and screw the pickup(s) back down. Now you'll have a lot of extra height to play with.

        Oh, also, the whammy bar will lock into place, instead of spinning around freely, push it in as far as possible. It'll be a bit difficult to get it in and out, but it won't fall out, and it'll stay where you want it.

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        1.0

        VMJ

        By Mo

        from Washington D.C.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Dysfunctional Bridge
          • Noisy Pickups
          • Poor Tuning Stability

          Best Uses

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            This guitar really missed the mark. It's hard to see how they can inspect and send out an instrument wholly unfit to be played as the strings pop ouit of the bridge with even light picking. I've owned an Squier strat for 12 years that stays in tune better than my Les Paul. I was optimistic about this guitar, but be prepared to make some serious upgrades if you purchase this instrument.

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            2.0

            jazzmaster

            By bill

            from genoa city wi.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            I have a 1961 jazzmaster so I guess I'm to fussy.

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            4.0

            Big Bang for the buck.

            By Reverb Rocket

            from nyc

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

              Good guitar but you need to replace stock bridge. Strings pop out easily from stock bridge. A common problem that was remedied with heavy flat wound strings or dropping in a replacement bridge usually a mustang bridge with the roller barrel saddles. The guitar growls on lead position and sounds like a dream on rhythm circuit. At this price you can't go wrong. Get it!

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              5.0

              This Is the Real Deal!

              By Duckman

              from Monadnock Region, New Hampshire

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                For the many guitarists who have long hankered for a Jazzmaster this is a dream come true. In fact when, back in 2012 rumors and 'spy' photos of these started appearing on the web many thought that the story had to be bogus and the pix Photoshop creations. But no, they appeared on the market just as we dreamed about and more than lived up to -- no, make that *much* more than lived up to -- expectations.

                Newbies and guitar novices have to know something about the Jazzmaster (and its stablemate, the Jaguar) before jumping into the pool however. These are not (and never were) just 'pick up and play' guitars like Leo Fender's early designs -- the Telecaster and the Stratocaster. They are sophisticated musical tools that take careful and knowledgeable setup so that they play right. I'll share some details...

                The Jazzmaster is centered around what Leo Fender called a "floating Tremolo" system. Basically it balances the tension of the tuned-to-pitch strings against a spring and "floats" in this sea of tension. The guitar's bridge is a separate piece, but it too "floats" in the sense that it is not rigidly affixed to the instrument's body. When the trem arm is moved to raise or lower pitch the bridge rocks back and forth.

                The above freaks some players out as you 'll see in some reviews -- they think their guitar is either broken and poorly made. Neither is the case. That is how it was designed to work, and work it does. Beautifully.

                When the Jazzmaster was designed back in 1958 -- It was then viewed by Fender as the company's top of the line guitar -- guitarists used much heavier strings than they commonly do today. Playing styles were different then too. -String bending was not commonly done. And thus a Jazzmaster works best when heavier strings are put on it today. Indeed most all the complaints about "bridge buzzing" and strings popping out of the bridge's shallow grooves simply disappear with heavier strings. (I replaced the .9s that oddly came on the guitar with more appropriate .11s before I even played it!)

                This guitar says "Squier" on the headstock, not Fender. Squier is the moniker for Fender's lesser priced imported guitars. The Vintage Modified series is actually made by Cort in Indonesia.

                Cort's factory is fully modern, using computer-driven routing and shaping equipment. Their guitars are in this reviewer's opinion as good as any made anyplace, foreign or domestic. There was a time when Fender's "Squier" line meant "good for the price." No longer. Today better Cort-built Squiers are the equal to their "Fender" branded brothers and sisters.

                The Jazzmaster has a sound and feel all its own. Though designed for "jazz" it became more popular among early rock, and then "surf", instrumentalists. Its heyday was the heyday of such music. Since then the Jazzmaster has gone on to fame in other styles of rock music but often those guitars have been highly modified with a different (although sometimes similar appearing) pickup design. Some even do without the things that made a "Jazzmaster" a Jazzmaster - the floating tremolo and the 2nd, "rhythm," circuit. There is nothing wrong with that, but Squier's Vintage Modified Jazzmaster is much closer to the "real" thing -- its modifications being basically an updated fingerboard shape (which allows for deeper string bending) and the eliminating of two feature -- the "mute" and the trem lock -- that players found not to their liking and often either ignored or removed from their guitars.

                So, if having a REAL Jazzmaster is has long been YOUR dream, here is your dream come true. The Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster is truly deserving of the five stars I gave it. It is a total and absolute winner!

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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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