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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.

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 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (24)
  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good tone (23)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Jamming (17)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (6), 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

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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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(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Feels and sounds just like a Jazzmaster

By Bleeding fingers

from Southern California.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

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

(9 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Forgive me Squire by Fender

By JackAssin

from Southern Illinois

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Pros

  • Price

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Quality Control
  • Setup
  • Tuners

Best Uses

  • Butt Kicking Club
  • fire wood
  • Hunger Games Bow

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Blues Guitar

By The Resonator

from Queens, N.Y.C.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

I bought it used. Straightened the neck & put a set of 10's on it, and it surprised me with great sound and response to my touch when played thru my vintage Princeton Reverb amp. It's reasonably fast. I don't like maple necks, but this one mates with the pup's perfectly. I'm afraid to ruin it by getting a setup.It sounds great with my blues style, but it also excelled in the treble area on my imitation of Lonnie Mack's Memphis. I have more expensive guitars which just don't sound quite as good. (I must admit I couldn't get much out of it on my Vibrolux R.)
The 2 tone sunburst looks terrific.
I like the concentric controls.
Surprisingly good quality.
Amazing value for the money. I get more out of this guitar soundwise without a setup than I do out
of more expensive USA guitars costing 4 time as much with a pro setup.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Supercool

By musicrockinrobin

from Georgia

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

As I said if the setup and intonation weren't so time consuming it'd be a 10, but make no mistake this guitar has some serious mojo. Les Paul controls on a Fender platform equals the best of both. I can't get over how good it sounds.
Pickups rock. Punchy, loud and clear. P-90 like, only better. Harmonics are everywhere. This guitar will rock, or be smooth as silk. The bridge, neck and body combination provide excellent sustain, notes ring for over 10 seconds, with very gradual decay. Neck feels great. Two volumes and two tones, tone controls lightly click to each setting. Nice. Body is fairly sustantial, but not too big. Intonation and setup are somewhat time consuming, or it would be a "10".
Slight knock here, neck pocket has a bit of a gap but it has no discernable effect. Plays perfect, no buzzing and nice close action. Butterscotch Blonde is exactly that, and is slightly see through so some of the wood grain shows up. Great looking guitar.
You'd be hard pressed to find a guitar for the same or even more money that was as good overall. I've paid over a grand for axes that did not have the oomph this one does. Guitar Player Magazine was right to make this an editor's choice.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar

By Louis Paliani

from San Antonio

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

If this guitar had some better pick ups...it would be outstanding. I have some 60s jazzmasters and don't use them for gigs.....This one fills the bill with some mods.
Pros: Great looking / Well made / Good Playability / Easy to set up (Factory set up terrible out of box)
Cons: Limited Tone with many dead spots. There are a few good sweet spots. Knobs are clunky. Neck is a bit wide for my style.
All in all....a good guitar for the money. If you want a nice platform to put in your own choice sound pick ups....this would greatly improve this guitar and make it a great gigger.
It compares to higher priced guitars and is well made and sturdy. Gig machine. Holds tune well if played hard.
For the money...it is a good buy and if it is going to be a starter guitar, it is a great choice.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

10 years from now it may be Fender by Squier

By paul macisco

from Savannah Georgia

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

If you are in the market for a Jazzmaster (that actually has 2 Jazzmaster pickups) your choice is this or the top of the line Fender. All of Fenders lower priced Jazzmasters have Non-Jazzmaster pickups. Also, Fender has been manufacturing Jazzmasters for 51 years and they still haven't figured out that the 3 Way is in the wrong place. Squier has.
I needed an ax with p90s for a studio gig, so I went down to my local music store to see what they had. Not much. An Epiphone gold top lp and the Squier Jazzmaster. (Yes, I know Jazzmaster pickups and p90s aren't the same but for this gig it would be close enough). I played them both. No comparison. The Jazzmaster really surprized me. Clear, bright pickups. Solid feel. I've owned at least a dozen Squiers over the years and they have gotten progressively better. They have now reached the point where the top of the line Squiers sound at least as good as the lower priced Fenders. This ax was manufactured in Indonesia not China. The bridge looks like it came from one of my Dan Electros but it intonates without problem. The neck has the infamous polyurethane "Feels-like-my-hand-is-glued-to-the-neck ' coating
No blems, scratches, chips. The tobacco sunburst finish is flawless. The 3way lasted a week, but I always upgrade those anyway. Outside of lowering the action and adjusting the pickup heights there was no further work needed.
You'd be hard pressed to find a better ax for the money. In fact (having tested out a couple from each line) if Fenders answer to the Squier Vintage modified/classic vibe series is their new 'Blacktop Series' pretty soon it may be Fender by Squier.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top Notch Guitar

By Roger Guitar Picker

from Springfield, MA

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

This is the most incredible guitar that I have purchased in a while. I love the way this guitar looks and feels. The body is actually pretty sizable and will not fit in a standard one-size-fits-all strat case. It's big but not uncomfortable. The neck is also sizable and feels more like a vintage size 'C' if a little bit thinner. This neck feels good. The whole guitar feels good and it is a looker! I got the two-tone sunburst and I have to tell you, I used to have a Floyd Rose Strat back in the 90's that had the same finish and this one looks just as good. I'm not kidding. The neck has a beautiful vintage tinted high gloss finish. This guitar reminds me of the Fenders that I used to play when I was just starting out in the 70's. It really does feel like an old friend. Now, let's talk sound. This guitar has a sound that is very Fender like but not Strat or Tele like. It's got it's own thing going on. I can't tell you if it sounds like a vintage Jazzmaster or not but I can tell you that this guitar sounds freakin great! It let's me play anything that I want on it with no problem. I played "Affirmation" by George Benson, I played "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams, I played "Walk Don't Run" by the Ventures and I played "Message in a Bottle" by The Police. This guitar made them all sound good. I really like this guitar a lot and I'm confident that you will too. After playing this and my Classic Vibe Candy Apple Red 60's Strat, I have a new found respect for Squier and Fender. Thank you for making such quality guitars at an unbelievable price point.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a great deal

By 58bluesman

from MIdwest

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

Great axes to play around with for the price.
Very cool use of a stacked tone/volume pots for each pickup. You've lots of control on your tone. fun
Couldn't believe this was an Indonesian Squire, the feel, weight, finish rocked right out of the box
Guitar Player knew what they were doing making this an Editors Pick for guitars in the price range.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just a great Guitar for the price.

By Tonebender-GXkGF

from NC

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

For the price these are going for, it's a no-brainer if you've ever wanted a Jazzmaster. Not only that, but this guitar has simple features that are unique to the Squier Jazzmaster itself. The bridge works well. The concentric tone/volume controls are novel but take-or-leave it. The maple neck is really nice here and recalls the 1950s, when the Jazzmaster was born (albeit originally with a rosewood neck). The original prototype drawings of the Jmaster feature the Strat input jack, so this is a throwback to the drawing board of Leo Fender. Leo would probably like this one as a stripped down Jazzmaster. I never needed the controls on the other Jazzmaster versions. It sounds good. I don't miss the tremolo enough to shell out for one that has it, so this Squier is everything I want from a Jazzmaster. I appreciate Fender/Squier offering these nice guitars at nice prices, and putting some thought into modifying the designs. I hope they keep putting out tweaked guitars! I'll buy some for sure.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!!!

By Rockcop391

from Georgia

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

Overall this is a great guitar!! Pickups are very nice!! The guitar has several great sounds you can dial up between the two soapbar pickups!!
This guitar is increadable!!! I love the sound of the pickups! The neck is awesome.. Plays like butter!! The action was setup perfect right out of the box!!
Great quality for the price... So far it's holding up well.
You can't beat the price!! Hands downs great guitar for the price!!

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