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MF MD HG Ask Our Gearheads 07-08-14

Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar 2 Tone Sunburst 

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Overview

  • Alder body with Jazzmaster shape
  • Full scale maple neck shaped to a C profile
  • Duncan Designed™ JM-101B single-coil Jazzmaster pickups
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $499.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $200.00
  • On Sale Today:
    - $100.00
  • Sale Price:
    $19999

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Retro looks with Duncan designed pickups and a maple neck.

With its offset waist and contoured body the new Vintage Modified Jazzmaster® gives a nod to its iconic forbear, but has other things going for it that make it truly 'modified.' The unique top-loading hardtail bridge features string saddles that 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.

A custom set of Duncan Designed™ pickups offers tones from glassy smooth to jangly rockin' rhythm crunch with a vintage toned neck pickup and higher output bridge pickup. Other features include '62 Jazz Bass® concentric volume/tone controls, vintage style tuners and a comfortable one-piece maple neck.

Features

  • Alder body with Jazzmaster shape
  • Full scale maple neck shaped to a C profile
  • Duncan Designed™ JM-101B single-coil Jazzmaster pickups
  • Concentric volume/tone knobs and 3-position pickup toggle
  • Chrome hardware including vintage-style tuning machines

Enjoy some of Fender's best designs and features in this cool-looking guitar. Order today.

 

Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Vintage Modified series
  • Jazzmaster body shape
  • Alder body
  • Polyester finish
  • Maple neck
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • C-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5" radius
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Duncan Designed™ JM-101B single-coil Jazzmaster® bridge pickup with AlNiCo V magnets
  • Duncan Designed™ JM-101N single-coil Jazzmaster® neck pickup with AlNiCo V magnets
  • Concentric volume/tone knobs
  • 3-position pickup toggle
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
  • "Top-loader" fixed bridge
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SquierVintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 43 reviews)

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    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (19)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (13)
    • Jamming (12)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Feels and sounds just like a Jazzmaster

    A better bridge design would have earned it a ten.
    I've had this guitar for a couple of weeks now and it's time to write this review.
    To begin with I have...Read complete review

    A better bridge design would have earned it a ten.
    I've had this guitar for a couple of weeks now and it's time to write this review.
    To begin with I have been playing the guitar for about fifty years and currently own quite a few.
    The style I have focused on in the last ten years has been mostly jazz but I did drift into finger style acoustic in the Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Tommy Emmanuel style.
    Years ago I owned a fender jazzmaster and really liked it, so that model has always had a place in my heart.
    When I started getting the xmas e/mails, I was looking through all the deals when I came upon the
    Squire Modified Jazzmaster, and my interest was piqued. I read almost all the reviews from every source and finally after about a week of thinking about it, I ordered one.

    Now about that Jazzmaster, after I took one look at it,and before I even plugged it in, I did a complete set on it. I have a certain feel and action that I like and have done my own set ups for years, so I lowered the strings and make some adjustments to the truss rod, and plugged this baby in to take it for a test drive. The guitar played like a dream through an old tweed, nice and clean with great tone.
    After an hour or so and a few more tweeks on the set up this baby was as nice as my old jazzmaster.
    I got my old strat out of the closet just to compare the playablity, and there wasn't a nickels worth of difference between how the jazzmaster felt and the my old strat, sound was another story, my old strat has been sitting so long that the pots are real noisey, the jazzmaster has a real fat clean tone that I have really been enjoying.
    The only thing that I guess I was cocerned about is the bridge. The info that I had read talked about
    how the radius would always be maintained because all the saddles set on the bridge plate so you just raise or lower the bridge plate by one of two adjusting screws on each side. To do this you end up with the bridge cocked at about 30 degrees on the bass side which just looked wrong. To top it off the whole bridge system is anchored with just a big honking wood screw driven right into the body of the guitar. Not only that but the threads of the big honking wood screw show from the bottom view, because they don't even drive the screw allnthe way in because it throws off the alignment of the bridge plate. I will never understand why they chose such a flimzy way of anchoring the bridge.
    What I chose to due instead was lower the bridge all the way down and adjust the string saddles to the right heighth, this of course effected the 9.5 radius so I made the final adjustment with an under string radius gauge.
    All in all this is a good guitar with great tones, for the money it is a steal. My resevations as to the bridge system not withstanding you can't buy a better guitar in this price range and I would recommend it to anyone who wants the looks, feel and sound of a Jazzmaster.
    Finish is flawless

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Forgive me Squire by Fender

    Let me preface this by saying that after 2 years and 4 months I've finally been able to tweek this pitiful guitar into acceptable playing condition.

    The sad problem was that...Read complete review

    Let me preface this by saying that after 2 years and 4 months I've finally been able to tweek this pitiful guitar into acceptable playing condition.

    The sad problem was that this axe was shipped nearly tuned to EADGBE pitch, but with a highly loose truss rod, making the neck look like an archer bow.

    And the "Vintage" tuners are drilled out way to big on the B and little E strings. No way it should be that hard to get your windings started and if you do get it started it slips badly. I never could get a D'Addario .010 polished E string from a set of "Chromes" to grab hold.

    I couldn't get this thing setup in time for x-mas '11 for my nephew, so I gave him one of my Jap fake Strats and buried this in a closet for more than two years with strings off and the truss rod adjusted to train out the crazy bow that had been trained into the neck since the Asia inspection date of Sep '11.

    I'm quite certain that the heel butt of the neck is way to thick for starters and had to be shimmed at the butt of the pocket.

    Another crazy thing is that they didn't even screw that crazy #6 course thread screw down far enough that holds the funky bridge in place.

    The "grounding" of this guitar happens at the jack plate, so if it's not tight you'll have a dead circuit.

    Anyway, I guess the frets are somewhat leveled, 'cause after much screwing with the nut and bridge and truss rod I've got near Fender specs on the string to fret measurments at 12 fret, #7, and #1.

    Consider this guitar a project thing if you order it, and rest assured that MF is sending out "Returns" and will be for some time before they get into the unopened stock. So either bite the bullet and work on this thing, or just flat ask for your money back.
    It's free to send it back (they give you a Return sticker), but yeah you'll have to tote it to the post facility.

    And another thing, these are Jazz Master pickups and NOT P-90s like some clown on here is raving about.
    And these pickups are buried and wont rize closer to the strings without you putting some firm spongy pipe insulator behind them.

    I hated the varied saddle heights. It was a good idea to help a dufus keep the strings on radius, but it jacks the G and D strings WAY UP into unplayable zone. Again, the fault is that mine and probably many others didn't get a finish sanding to the butt of the neck. So, happy metal sawing to ya'll.
    And happy nut shaving and sawing to ya'll, too.

    I'm actually warming up to the very shiny thick poly coat on the neck, what the heck, they did what they had to do with the bad dedicated Fender forest neck wood to preserve it.

    I do salute Squire for using the 2 inch "Knob" on the headstock, as opposed to the ugly 2 3/16 inch one.

    All in all a joke of a guitar out of the box.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By Chris

    from Fort Collins, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anything
      • everything

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar. Its easily on the same level as the chinese fender modern player or fender MIM. I am a huge fan of offset body shapes but not the tremolo systems they usually come with. I was planning on buying an american special jazzmaster but ended up taking a chance on this while it was on sale. I plan on putting some Rose pickups in it but besides that I am completely satisfied. Do yourself a favor and buy this if you are looking for a hardtail, single coil guitar that is more comfortable than a telecaster or strat.

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      5.0

      Fun, Jazzy Guitar w/ plenty of features

      By Danny B

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Price

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Tuners

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

      I love this guitar. The price point was my initial attraction. After seeing the guitar in person, I would highly recommend you consider this as your practice axe. I have an American Strat, a custon tele, and a Squire Duo-Sonic. I replaced the tuners on my Duo-Sonic with locking tuners and that mitigated any tuning issues I had with that guitar. I will probably do the same with this one as well. I chose "flat sound" only because the system made me pick something, but it's true this isn't your hot-rod guitar, more clean mellow sounds, but you can always turn your amp up to eleven!

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      4.0

      Buy it now!

      By guitardan

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

        At 199.00 it a good deal, at 179.00 it's a buy it now! That said it comes right off the boat to you so set up is a must. The bridge needed to be lowered to get the action to a playable level, the truss rod needed a half a turn, and the saddles needed some slight adjustment to get the buzz out. I put elixers on it since the strings were rusty...like I said right off the boat. The intonoation was close out of the box. I'm quickly becoming a fan os Squire guitars from Indonesia, they remind me of the old Japan guitars from the 80s. PS change strings one at a time otherwise the bridge gets a bit funky.

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        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Impressive

        By seniledeath

        from Texas

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

          As a beginner, my goal is to one day be able to play well enough to be worth this guitar.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nifty guitar, nifty price

          By Shekinate

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Versatile tone
          • Volumetone Knobs Chincy

          Cons

          • Knobs A Bit Chincy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

            You'll likely need to spend a few hours setting it up just right, but you should expect that with most guitars. Once you dial it in, it's a lot of fun to play and gets a lot of the Fender tones we all love. It can get that Tele twang and Strat pop, but it also has a dirty kind of bite as well as some gentle mellow tones with the neck pickup. I play a lot of Chet Atkins/Merle Travis stuff and I get that ringing clean tone I'm after really easily from this guy. I play a little jazz too and it's remarkable how silky you can get it without sounding muddy. The electronics on this model are a bit more dependable than with the other Squier Jazzmaster with the tremolo. It's practically free so the little extra work I had to do setting it up was more than worth it to me.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Don't let the name fool you

            By twebb

            from Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

              In my mind, Squier used to be associated with the low end of entry level guitars not worth owning if you were even a somewhat serious musician. This guitar has changed my mind on that completely.

              I've been looking for a backup guitar and something completely different that what I own in the past which has mostly been humbucker equipped guitars. MF had such a great deal on this, I figured I'd take a flyer after reading other positive reviews thinking if I still hated it, I could return or resell and get my money back.

              Needless to say, I'm keeping it. This guitar is a blast to play and unlike most Squier's I've played, it stays in tune great and doesn't have sharp frets. The neck feels great, the knobs and switches are all solid as well and while it did need a set up upon arrival, I couldn't be happier with the way it plays for the money.

              There are some cons though. As mentioned, the bridge is a little annoying and the bridge pickup is very thin and tinny.

              The neck pickup is great and the middle position is FANTASTIC sounding. The controls are interesting but I don't find them that useful. The pickups don't clean up particularly well and the tone controls just aren't that useful for me. I'd prefer they just have kept it simple with a master volume and tone.

              I'd say in the price range, this guitar is a standout. I'm super impressed with it's ability to stay in tune even with hard playing and you really can get some great sounds of out it. Squier really outdid themselves on this one, grab it up while it's at this price.

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              4.0

              Nice

              By Me

              from Mississippi Gulf Coast

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                Beautiful guitar. Fret ends were very sharp and needed dressing. Replaced stock pickups with a set of Seymour Duncan SJM-2s. Stock pickups are powerful, but too bright for me. When replacing pickups, found that the Duncan Designed JM101N (neck pickup) was installed in the bridge position and the JM101B (Bridge pickup) was installed in the neck position. Hmmm. Bridge is easy to remove/replace and adjust for string action. On a side note, the body cavity is routed for a complete Jazzmaster set of electronics if you want to replace the stock concentric pots and 3-way switch. The tone controls are set up to click into position. I find this very handy as I can count the clicks and remember positions for the best tones between the two pickups. A few minor finish issues: dust spots in the top coat, over spray on the fret board at the nut, and rough edges around the bottom of the pick guard. All in all, happy with this purchase. I would give this 5 stars, but with the pickups installed in the wrong positions and the sharp fret ends, I give it a 4.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good instrument even at a higher price

                By Wolfcub

                from Portland OR

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                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                Good electric if somewhat funky in appearance and can't be beat for the price. Solid body and neck . . . even if one of the frets needed a bit of work. The intonation was pretty good out of the box.

                Not everyone cares for the combination of a jazzmaster body with a strat input jack and no tremolo and a somewhat weird tone and volume control setup but it works. The advantage is that you can blend the pickups, the 'disadvantage' that the volume changes can be significant when moving the pickup switch.

                The tone (at the bottom of the concentrics) have detents and are not continuous, this prevents them moving when the volume is changed (if they don't stay put, take off the knobs, put on the bottom part and push down and then tighten the allen screw . . . the harder you push down before tightening, the harder it is to move them around afterwards).

                May make a great platform for modification . . . . I'm thinking about changing the electronics setup to master volume, tone 1, tone 2 & pickup blend by adding a pot at the bottom, changing the existing pots to singles and adding a roller knob at the pickup switch.

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                4.0

                squier jazzmaster is the one

                By soloman

                from ohio

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                  I was wondering after all the reviews i read, why one person would put this guitar down and say bad reviews about it. ALL THE OTHER REVIEWS had no cons what so ever. I guess that is ok in his opinion but it can not be that bad. I think he got one that was bad from the start and said that nothing was good at all with it. That is not going to stop me from saying that this is a good guitar for what it is. Fender squier is doing ok in my book and i have had them before. Never had no problums and they play and sound pretty good. You get what you pay for in that respect.

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                  4.0

                  Good Value

                  By Johnny

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                      This guitar is a good value for the money. Novice buyers should be mindful that it may need minor adjustments in order to play well. The neck on mine had settled in and simply needed slight tightening of the truss rod. Once accomplished, only one or two saddles needed adjustment to achieve good intonation. Fretwork not perfect but certainly reasonable given the price. Switch was a bit scratchy out of the box but quickly fixed itself with use. Pickups sound very good. All in all, very good value for the money.

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