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Squier James Johnston Jazz Bass

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The James Johnston Jazz Bass guitar puts James's own personal touch on a Squier Classic Vibe series instrument. Based on his Fender USA Jazz Bass, fe...Click To Read More About This Product

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An affordable signature model inspired by James Johnston.

The James Johnston Jazz Bass guitar puts James's own personal touch on a Squier Classic Vibe series instrument. Based on his Fender USA Jazz Bass, features include Lake Placid Blue finish on a basswood body, vintage-tint gloss-maple neck with matching painted headcap, James' signature on the back of the headstock as well as the Biffy Clyro band logo on the front, 3-ply mint green pickguard, two custom single-coil Jazz Bass pickups, and a HiMass bridge with brass barrel saddles.

  • Basswood body
  • Gloss polyester body and neck finish
  • Maple neck
  • Modern "C" shape neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 20 Vintage-style frets
  • Synthetic bone string nut
  • White dot position inlays
  • Matching painted Headstock
  • 4-Bolt standard neck plate
  • Custom single-coil Jazz Bass bridge and neck pickups
  • Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup) and Master Tone controls
  • 4-Saddle HiMass bridge
  • Chrome hardware finish
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
  • 3-Ply mint green pickguard
  • Black plastic control knobs
  • James' signature on the back of the headstock
  • Biffy Clyro Band logo on the front of the headstock
  • Tinted Neck
  • Gold Squier Logo
  • Thumbrest

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  • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Incredible Quality for the price

By Cody

from Rexburg, ID

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


  • Gloss Neck

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • School Bands

Comments about Squier James Johnston Jazz Bass:

Bought this because I wanted some Jazz Bass vibe, and boy did this axe deliver. I'm going to list off the important features:

Fret ends were fantastic out of the factory, and there are no sharp ends;

Nut was cut properly;

Initial setup was decent, leaning towards good. Needed a little work, obviously, but I've seen much worse;

Neck is glossy, vintage-tint. This may throw some people off, but for those who like a thick gloss, you'll be in heaven;

Pickups are nice and growly, and have lots of life. Not something I expected at this price point;

Bridge is solid, and the brass saddles are a nice touch;

Knobs were all solid, not loose at all, and there's no static or choppiness when the knobs are turned. Still, there is some serious on/off effect going on when turning the knob down just slightly;

Headstock finish was spot-on, and there were no parts where the paint bled onto the side of the headstock;

Tuners are solid, and hold tune;

Stock strings are good enough to use for a while. In my case, I order strings online in custom gauges, so it's good to have decent strings to use while they're being delivered.

Overall, I love this. I don't want to sell it, ever (and I've sold a lot of guitars). Planning on adding a tortoise pickguard (for swag), DiMarzio Area J pickups (for noise cancelling), and maybe a brass nut to enhance the, already incredible, sustain.

I highly recommend this. I can't say it enough, if you want a blue Jazz Bass, just BUY IT before they stop making them in the next year or so. Just do it. You won't regret it one bit.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


James Johnston Jazz Bass

By SammyB

from Lexington Park,Md.

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


    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Squier James Johnston Jazz Bass:

    Let start by saying I've been playing 45 years,from little bars to thousands at festivals, .....
    Played in many bands thru the years,and have played shows with headliners such as Elton John,Moody Blues,Michael McDonald,Kansas,Little River Band,Pure Prarie League,Hootie and The Blowfish,Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes,Danny Gatton,Pat Benetar,Tesla,Blue Oyster Cult,LIVE,Gin Blossoms,The Outlaws,Marshall Tucker Band,Duncan Shiek,KIX,Molly Hatchet,10,000 Maniacs,The Vice President of the USA (Gore) Halloween Party,The Kennedy-Shriver house,Planet of The Abts(Gov. Mule mius Warren Haynes) and more. I am blown away by the SQUIRE ! When it was delivered I looked it over with a fine tooth comb,could not find one flaw in fit and finish,played out the box,but we all set our instruments up to our own liking, a little tweaking..KILLER! I owned a '66 Jazz back in the 70's & 80's CAR w/ matching headstock,I put this bass right there with it. I wish it was an alder body,but I'm finding no real difference with the basswood. All the tones are there,Jaco,funk,jazz,modern,rock, blues. I have 7 other basses, and this is now my main squeeze,the color and matching head stock is oozing sexiness. ... I had a 20% off coupon with Musicians Friend ...sweet.. This bass seriously reminds me of my '66 Jazz Bass.I added the vintage thumb rest, the bridge gives sustain all day long,frets as good as a USA Fender,AND....I'm leaving the pups alone! When I ordered it I thought well,I'll put some Custom Shop pups in it, NOPE....I'm good with the stock pickups(if I did, I would do a Fender '75 reissue in the neck and Custom Shop '60's in the bridge). You won't regret buying this bass,especially if you dig a vintage feel and look.

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