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Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar  

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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 th...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar

  • 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
 
4.6

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (18)
    • Jamming (16)
    • Small venues (9)
    • Recording (7)
    • Rock concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (18), Novice (5), Professional musician (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

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Awesome guitar deal, but

    I've been practicing, buying, selling, and trading guitars for over 50 years. This guitar is an astounding instrument for the price. It has a funky bridge, and was some what difficult to...Read complete review

    I've been practicing, buying, selling, and trading guitars for over 50 years. This guitar is an astounding instrument for the price. It has a funky bridge, and was some what difficult to intonate, but not deal breakers. The components, and craftsmanship are other wise exceptional considering.
    It was a joy to play once the action was lowered, and it was set up the way I like. Most guitars ship with too much neck relief for my tastes. Once the action was lowered it had no fret buzz, or rattles, playing good as any guitar I own. It's a little heavy but sits well, and I'm a big boy. Lovely fender twang/tone, and fun to play. Definitely brought out the early 60's music in my soul.
    Buy it now while they last. Just be prepared to spend some time setting it up.

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    3.0

    Awesome guitar deal, but

    By lunchinasac

    from Rapid City, SD

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Build
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Noodling
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

      I've been practicing, buying, selling, and trading guitars for over 50 years. This guitar is an astounding instrument for the price. It has a funky bridge, and was some what difficult to intonate, but not deal breakers. The components, and craftsmanship are other wise exceptional considering.
      It was a joy to play once the action was lowered, and it was set up the way I like. Most guitars ship with too much neck relief for my tastes. Once the action was lowered it had no fret buzz, or rattles, playing good as any guitar I own. It's a little heavy but sits well, and I'm a big boy. Lovely fender twang/tone, and fun to play. Definitely brought out the early 60's music in my soul.
      Buy it now while they last. Just be prepared to spend some time setting it up.

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      4.0

      Worth every penny I paid...

      By Todd-vFlBa

      from Mississippi

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar, especially for the money. It's just something different about the Jazzmaster that's fun to play and sounds super. You won't regret buying this baby.

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        5.0

        Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special

        By Toby

        from Mellow

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is an absolute steal. Get the butterscotch one. You can but 9's or 13's on this guitar and find something inspiring to play. This guitar really likes fuzz pedals. Neck might strike you as wide but you'll adjust. Add it to your cart. You should just have one of these.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unique and fun guitar

          By mindseye

          from Ohio

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Imperfection On Fretboard

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

          The sound is similar to a strat single coil yet has it's own character. Not sure how it compares to a Fender Jazzmaster though. Great for punchy, jangly cleans or distortion. I was surprised by how different each pickup selection sounded. Which is a good thing as it gives the guitar a lot of tonal variety to play with.

          The finish is gloss top to bottom which is fine. mine has a couple of poly blobs on the fret board but they don't affect playability at all. It weighs about 7lbs. The offset body is comfortable and balances well.

          Got this guitar as a DOTH for a low, low price. I would buy it again as it's a keeper! I'm giving it 5 stars. For the sale price, the quality is above average, it sounds good, and it plays well.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Now That's Jazzy!

          By Tachyon

          from Edinboro, Pa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

            I purchased this back in May for an absolute steal. Now some months later and having plenty of time to play it, I have to say it is a really excellent instrument. Having been a gigging musician for quite awhile now, my first thought was "Unh Squire" but I was wrong. Manufacturing is much better now than they used to be. Like any guitar this needed to be set-up to my preferences (which is really easy to do, especially without that annoying Jazzmaster trem system). The tone and playability on this guitar is fantastic. Finish is very nice, solid Alder body, over all just a very nice guitar. The only real issue I had with mine was needing to replace the 3 way toggle switch (again not that uncommon). I have used this as both a back up and as a recording tool and was very very pleased with the outcome. If you are looking for a Jazzmaster guitar without paying a decent chunk for the Classic Player or American Special, then give this a try. Great instrument for the money and one that I have NO regrets purchasing. Thanks to MF for the awesome deal on it.

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            5.0

            As good as an original

            By Bob Hughes

            from Ocean Pines, MD

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                I owned a Jazzmaster back in the 70's, and this plays better and sounds almost a good. You need to try a few of them to find one that is just right for you. The quality is not consistant. But when you find it you will love it. The best 299 I ever spent. I gig 3 nights a week. I do use an Electro Harminix dehummer with it at some venues to get rid of the singgle coil buzz. I benched my 2200 Eastman Elrey 3 for this guitar.

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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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