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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
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    $499.99
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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 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (16)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (12)
    • Jamming (10)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Small venues (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), 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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    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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      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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            4.0

            Good instrument even at a higher price

            By Wolfcub

            from Portland OR

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            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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                  5.0

                  Great Value - Nice Guitar

                  By AndyT

                  from Lancaster, PA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                    I am a 60 year old beginner who is just starting his guitar journey! Started a year and half ago with acoustics (2 Martins, superb)! Had a Fender MiM Telecaster, but find this Squire Vintage Modified Jazzmaster better. Nicer tuners, chunky easy to play neck, great pickups with endless sounds, beautiful workmanship and quality and the price was less than half the Tele! Amazing! I love to play it unplugged - wonderful sustain and sound! PS I sold the Tele!

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                    5.0

                    Vintage Modified Jazz-master

                    By G.Hurley

                    from Jackson Michigan

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • great price
                    • Quality Built

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                    I bought the butterscotch color body, black pick-guard and pickups. really looks nice. I knew very little about this model but I've been buying fenders since the 60's and knew it would probably more than live up to the price tag. Yes it did. Best money I've spent in awhile. Pickups have great tone. Makes a wonderful studio lap guitar, meaning it fits the leg well when sitting and playing. I highly recommend this guitar whether you're on a budget or not. Really solid craftsmanship beautiful straight neck. I'm very happy with it.

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                    5.0

                    jazzmaster

                    By rockafakie

                    from indianapolis, IN

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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 Special Electric Guitar:

                      I took it to my guitar guy and he turned it into a lefty for me. It's awesome. I've been playing the jmascis squire and it has become my favorite guit. So I bought this because I couldn't pass up the deal I got here at MF. Worth the scrilla. It has great tonal range from low and fat to high and bright. I love the fact that Squire is putting so much quality into an affordable guitar.

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