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Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Vintage White

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Squier honors alt-rock godfather and Dinosaur Jr. leader J Mascis with a striking new Jazzmaster guitar model that delivers as much massive sound and...Click To Read More About This Product

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Taking the Jazzmaster to a new place.

Squier honors alt-rock godfather and Dinosaur Jr. leader J Mascis with a striking new Jazzmaster guitar model that delivers as much massive sound and performance as its namesake. The pickups, hardware and finish are all specified by Mascis himself for tremendous tone and value.

The J Mascis Jazzmaster features a basswood body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 21 jumbo frets, two single-coil Jazzmaster pickups with three-position switching and dual tone circuits, gold anodized aluminum pickguard, aged white plastic parts (knobs, switch tip, pickup covers), Adjusto-Matic bridge with vintage-style floating tremolo tailpiece, vintage-style tuners, chrome hardware, Vintage White finish and J Mascis signature on the back of the large '60s-style headstock.

FEATURES
Body
Body: Basswood
Body Shape: Jazzmaster
Neck
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Jumbo Frets
Position Inlays: Aged White Dots
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Neck Finish
Nut Width: 1.675" (42.5 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Headstock: Standard Jazzmaster Headstock
Neck Plate: Chrome Squier Logo
Truss Rods: Adjustable Truss Rod
Truss Rod Nut: 5 mm Hex
Electronics
Pickup Configuration: S/S
Bridge Pickup: Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
Neck Pickup: Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, (Lead Circuit), 2-Position Slide: Up: Lead Tone Circuit, Down: Rhythm Tone Circuit
Special Electronics: Upper and Lower Volume/Tone Control Circuits
Controls: "Lead" Circuit: Volume, Tone. "Rhythm" Circuit: Volume, Tone
Hardware
Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Vintage Style "Floating" Tremolo Tailpiece
Tuning Machines: Vintage Style
String Nut: White PPS
Switch Tip: Aged White Switch Tip
Tremolo Arm/Handle: Chrome Handle, Aged White Cover
Auxiliary Switching: Upper and Lower Volume/Tone Control Circuits
Strings: NPS, .010-.046 Gauges
Unique Features: J Mascis Signature on Back of Headstock, Large '60s-Style Jazzmaster Headstock, Gold and Black Squier Logo, Squier Engraved Neckplate, Aged White Plastic Parts and White Dot Position Inlays
Accessories
Pickguard: Gold Anodized Aluminum
Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic and Black Knurled Knobs

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SquierJ Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 40 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (34)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good tone (31)
  • Good pick up (28)
  • Solid electronics (22)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (24)
  • Practicing (20)
  • Recording (19)
  • Rock concerts (19)
  • Small venues (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You Don't Need A Classic Player

First, let me tell you that I own many guitars and have toured for years as a musician. I'm not sharing that to brag, but wanted to be clear that I DO have...Read complete review

First, let me tell you that I own many guitars and have toured for years as a musician. I'm not sharing that to brag, but wanted to be clear that I DO have experience. One of my guitars is an original 1963 Jazzmaster. It is amazing. It is also very expensive and I would cry if it was ever stolen at a show, SO...I decided to look for a cheaper guitar to take on the road.

This isn't American made, but no matter what you pay for a Fender or Squier Jazzmaster, unless you buy an American made model, none of them are really gonna hold their value. As far as build quality, there is really no difference in skill coming in from Japan or Mexico or China. It is always gonna be some dude following the rules at the factory and building basically the same guitar each time. Maybe a different wood or hardware will improve the sound, but unless you're buying vintage, most of these guitars are basically the same. What makes this guitar cheaper is the Squier name and the cost to build it in China is less. I played a Mexican made Fender "Classic Player" Jazzmaster that cost twice as much and I swear this guitar is better in every way. The tone is slightly different because the pickups are not authentic Jazzmaster pickups, but these pickups sound great with some adjustment of the tone knobs. The tone is a mix between P-90s and a Strat/Jazzmaster. Definitely a Fender tone. It isn't gonna sound like a 1963 Jazzmaster, but it is also 20 times less. The neck felt great right out of the box. It stays in tune. I like that the bridge is moved forward a bit. I like the white and gold color combo. I think that this guitar will become a cult classic. There is nothing else like it in this price range.

I know people trash Squiers (I was one of them) and I was very hesitant to believe the reviews. Well, let me say that these reviewers are telling the truth. It is a great guitar. The only people that know the difference between Squiers and Fenders are the people in the audience that play guitar. Most people care about their beer and if you're putting on a good show.

Even if you can afford a more expensive guitar, unless you're buying an American reissue or a vintage Jazzmaster, don't waste your money on a Mexican made Classic Player. This guitar is all you will need and you can put the extra money towards a good pedal!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wall hanger

The fretwork electronics and bridge leave a lot to be desired.
If you buy it plan on a fret level and a new nut and bridge at the bare minimum.
I...Read complete review

The fretwork electronics and bridge leave a lot to be desired.
If you buy it plan on a fret level and a new nut and bridge at the bare minimum.
I bought mine to modify. I changed the bridge,pickups, wiring,and tremolo.
These are typical squier wall hangers.

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(24 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You Don't Need A Classic Player

By that dude

from that band

About Me Professional Musician

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 J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    First, let me tell you that I own many guitars and have toured for years as a musician. I'm not sharing that to brag, but wanted to be clear that I DO have experience. One of my guitars is an original 1963 Jazzmaster. It is amazing. It is also very expensive and I would cry if it was ever stolen at a show, SO...I decided to look for a cheaper guitar to take on the road.

    This isn't American made, but no matter what you pay for a Fender or Squier Jazzmaster, unless you buy an American made model, none of them are really gonna hold their value. As far as build quality, there is really no difference in skill coming in from Japan or Mexico or China. It is always gonna be some dude following the rules at the factory and building basically the same guitar each time. Maybe a different wood or hardware will improve the sound, but unless you're buying vintage, most of these guitars are basically the same. What makes this guitar cheaper is the Squier name and the cost to build it in China is less. I played a Mexican made Fender "Classic Player" Jazzmaster that cost twice as much and I swear this guitar is better in every way. The tone is slightly different because the pickups are not authentic Jazzmaster pickups, but these pickups sound great with some adjustment of the tone knobs. The tone is a mix between P-90s and a Strat/Jazzmaster. Definitely a Fender tone. It isn't gonna sound like a 1963 Jazzmaster, but it is also 20 times less. The neck felt great right out of the box. It stays in tune. I like that the bridge is moved forward a bit. I like the white and gold color combo. I think that this guitar will become a cult classic. There is nothing else like it in this price range.

    I know people trash Squiers (I was one of them) and I was very hesitant to believe the reviews. Well, let me say that these reviewers are telling the truth. It is a great guitar. The only people that know the difference between Squiers and Fenders are the people in the audience that play guitar. Most people care about their beer and if you're putting on a good show.

    Even if you can afford a more expensive guitar, unless you're buying an American reissue or a vintage Jazzmaster, don't waste your money on a Mexican made Classic Player. This guitar is all you will need and you can put the extra money towards a good pedal!

    (20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Hard to believe it's a Squier

    By Angry Cripple

    from Potato, Idaho

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    Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    I rate conservatively; there aren't pickup options or color options to take the instrument to an overall 10, and in price it's in a strange place compared to other Fender and Squier models.

    Glad to see it's very well built; if you don't need differing colors or vintage nitro finishes, this is probably the current production Jazzmaster to buy - if you want to upgrade anything, you've got hundreds of dollars to do so with before hitting the Clasic Players, which are another pricing tier altogether different.

    Grab one now before the cost-cutting commences!
    Standard Jazzmaster features, plus Tune-o-matic bridge like you'll find as an aftermarket mod on a lot of modern Fender offset six strings.

    Pickups are more towards P90 than Jazzmaster but you can find both tones in there with some dialing in.

    Shielding/hum is very impressive, regardless of instrument price. Even with higher gain pedals it's very reasonable and quiet.
    First, the bad. Anodized pickguard doesn't look bad in person but isn't anything to write home about. Trem arm tip is 2 piece and mold lines are very apparent and prevalent.

    Other than that, no issues. Limited color choice, hope you like the one option. Well applied body finish, neck finish is tinted well (no orange monster here) and very light - like a broken in satin.
    The single best Chinese guitar I've handled so far. There is nothing wrong with it except a chintsy trem arm tip cover.

    This is probably the steal of the century in offsets.

    (15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer guitar - Killer deal!

    By John Grant

    from NM

    Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    Great, great, great - as you can tell I am a happy camper. I have had over 100 guitars and this is a no brainer! Peace
    Once in awhile, life throws you a bone. This is a fantastic guitar with all the JM features in a very high quality build. I would take this over a Classic Player any day of the week. Nuff said.
    Mindblowing quality for the price point - try to build one of these and you will run out of money before you even get to the electronics at what this sells for. You may or may not like the pickguard, but that is all aesthetics - the foundation is there and the pickups really kick a$$
    This is where it gets good - at the price MF sells it for - it is a steal. I lucked out and found a Class 4 used one for a ridiculous price and snagged it - turned out to be only a broken toggle switch! Again, sometimes life throws you a bone, but you have to be at the right place and right time and be willing to take a gamble. Could have easily been a snapped neck or a mangled body etc.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't Hesitate. Buy it.

    By Julien Dubuque

    from Dubuque, Iowa

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Mediocre craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Impressing Women
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    I've had the guitar for approx. two weeks and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. I'm not a brand slave, but the Squire badge did give me pause. I had just sold a Gretsch semi-hollow Sparkle Jet and "rolled the dice on this." Turns out it wasn't much of a gamble at all.

    Here's the skinny:

    + True Jazzmaster tone. Forget the Squier badge -- I'll take the Pepsi Challenge with an American Fender Jazz any old day of the week. I'm playing it through a Fender Super Champ XD...sounds great completely clean and totally dialed-up.

    + Very playable neck. Kinda thin, with a matte finish. I'm not much of a soloist, but I'd assume this neck would be great for all types of fretted acrobatics.

    + It looks great. Maybe the color combo isn't for everyone. But if you love the look of vintage guitars, you'll love this. It doesn't come across
    well in the pictures, but the aluminum pick guard is really cool up close -- very brushed, not a gaudy shade of gold, either.

    The guitar arrived with two tiny cracks in the body finish (right near the neck mount). It bummed me out at first, but a little Googling revealed that it's a common and purely cosmetic flaw on many Strats and Jazzmasters made outside the US. Called Musician's Friend to tell them about it and they credited me some money back.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Never thought I'd own a Squier

    By Stig

    from NH

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    Pros

    • Excellent fit and finish
    • Excellent fretwork
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great feeling neck

    Cons

    • Slight bridge buzz
    • Unthreaded Vibrato Arm

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    I was shopping for a Vintage Modified Jaguar, but decided during my search to go with the Mascis Jazzmaster. I'm glad I did. I'm very impressed with the workmanship on this guitar. This is guitar #17 for me, and I own mostly vintage guitars, and I can say that nothing about it looks or feels "cheap." Sounds great plugged in, but even sounds pretty good and solid unplugged.
    I wouldn't recommend it for heavy vibrato use, and the arm tends to fall out because it's not threaded. But I hardly use whammy bars anyway so it doesn't matter to me.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great great guitar

    By twanger88

    from Seattle Wa

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    Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    Best recent purchase I have made. No regrets.
    I recieved this guitar a few months back and can see why they are never in stock. Great tone, great playability, great intonation. Also, it's just stunning to look at.
    Quality is fantastic for being made in China. Everything is solid, the bridge doesn't rattle. I had a Blacktop Jazzmaster from Fender and that was not near the quality of this Squier.
    Great value. I'm hanging on to this guitar. Already used it live and in the studio and it sounds great it in all situations.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    J. Mascis Should Be Proud

    By slappindabassmon

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Amazing Value
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Versitle
    • Well- Built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for a few months now and I love playing it. I had wanted a Jazzmaster for a long time and was pretty set on getting the Fender Blacktop JM. I've always played humbucker PUP's, so I thought it would be cool to have an offset guitar with one in it, but a friend told me about this Squire JM that was supposedly just as good any Fender model. It was cheaper than the Blacktop and I figured I could use a guitar with single coils, and now I know I definitely made the right desicion. It's beautiful, well crafted and sounds amazing.

      I've played a few different Fender and Squire Jazzmaster models and this one plays just as well as the MIM Fenders that are twice as much. The body is well crafted and the pickups are bright and have great tonality. Supposedly they are almost identical to the ones in the Classic Player (more p-90 style than traditional Jazzmasters). I've played soft jangle-pop, alternative rock and even heavy-metal type stuff on it and it seems to handle it all well. The tremolo works great and haven't had a problem with tuning after using it. Set-up and intonation was all near perfect too. The neck is probably my favorite feature. It has a satin finish that feels really smooth and looks great too.

      The only drawback I can think of is that some of the electronics and hardware are mediocre, but most of this stuff can be fixed or replaced no problem. I had some really bad buzzing coming from a loose saddle. Problem was solved with a little bit of Loctite. The toggle switch gets dirty and sometimes cuts the signal when you use it. Cleaned it and now it's fine. The guitar also tends to be a little "chimy," which comes from the strings vibrating behind the saddle, but that is kind of the nature of Jazzmasters and has even been seen as a positive by a lot of musicians (more ambient, noisy sounds).

      It's also probably good to note that J. Mascis actually plays this guitar live with Dinosaur Jr., so that should tell something about the quality of this Squire.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What A Surprise!

      By Wes B.

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • VERY WELL BUILT

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Control

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Praise and Worship
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      Wow! I am very surprised with this guitar. This is one of the best guitars I have ever picked up, played, and purchased. Squier/Fender is doing a great job with these. I am not really a J. Mascis fan and I did not buy this guitar because of an artist connection. I bought it because it is a wonderful instrument. The color scheme and style is so classic and modern at the same time. I love the vintage white with the gold. So classy! The tuning machines work great and I love the vintage look/feel. This guitar stays in tune so well, even with the tremolo use. I play this through a Vox AC15 and it just sings through that amp. Both tone circuits have nothing but usable tones and I can get any sound I want out of this guitar. I like the separate volume and tone controls on an LP style guitar. With the two different circuits on this one, it is almost the same idea but things are just in different places. You can get your surf tones if you want to. I believe it is very usable for some jazz and it rocks and fuzzes with the best of them. I would stay away from this one if you're more of a metal player. I play rock and blues and it kills it easy. Played clean through a Vox with some reverb and delay = heaven. The stock pickups sound gorgeous and I will not be switching these out. The neck is great and I love the tremolo on this guitar. It reminds me of the two-point plate tremolos on the Strats, very fluid and easy to adjust the action. The only bad thing was some of the wiring was a little sloppy and had to be re-organized. After that was sorted, no issues. The volume and tone knobs are very responsive, all through the sweep. For the money spent this is well worth it. I have owned a couple of USA Fender guitars and this matches the feel and quality of those easy. This is a longer body guitar so don't think your generic case is going to fit it. You will need to get a case with more room inside or make sure a gig bag will fit it.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      lots of sustain

      By rockafakie

      from indianapolis, IN

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Bridge Was Wonky

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      The guitar sounded rough out of the box. The bridge was not tight and the intonation was off. I play left handed so I was planning on taking it to my guitar man anyway. He fixed the bridge with some loctite, made a new nut and set it up lefty for me. It sounds bangin' now. The Jmascis Jazzmaster sounds fat and warm and has a large sustain. The neck feels great. It is a heavy and sturdy guitar. I recorded with it and was very pleased with the results. I love this rad guitar. It's cool that J. Mascis went with a squier to make it affordable. Thanks dude.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Lovely guitar

      By Jaded Jedi

      from Ireland

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      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar after having GAS for a JM for a long time. This is in my opinion the best JM for the price, as it has the TOM bridge already. The electronics on mine are solid.
      The Jazzmaster's switching system takes a bit of getting used to, but is great when you get the hang of it.
      The clean sounds on all the pickups are crisp and well defined. Drop tune it and add some distortion, and she'll grunge it with the best of them. I use this in an alt-rock, Nirvana, QOTSA, Alice in Chains Sabbath - type originals band and it does the job very well. This guitar does however need to be well set up by a tech who knows their job well, or the bridge will buzz. I have .11's on it and they return to pitch very well even with Neil Young-esque tremolo usage.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Phenomenal guitar!

      By Slappy

      from Albany, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • So Many Pros

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Practically Anything

      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      I'm a 30-yr. player and currently own a lot of guitars and amps. I'm very clear on what makes a great guitar, and this is one I'd easily buy two or three of. Upon purchasing mine I found:

      PROS:
      -Satin neck finish
      -Vintage tuners
      -Perfectly levelled and dressed large frets.
      -Perfectly straight neck
      -Perfect neck alignment
      -Rolled fretboard edges; very smoothly sanded and no sharp frets.
      -Perfectly slotted nut
      -Fender-spec action height (5/54 to 4/64, E to e).
      -Tune-O-Matic style bridge upgrade from standard Jazzmaster.
      -Quality controls
      -Loud, full sounding pickups
      -Plenty of tonal variation, all of which are excellent and balanced.
      -Good overall weight
      -Stays perfectly tuned after using vibrato bar.
      -Wonderful balanced tones on all settings clean or dirty.

      CONS:
      -I can't see a way to keep the vibrato bar from easily coming out of the slot, as it doesn't screw in the same way as with a Stratocaster. Regardless, it hasn't fallen out.

      OVERALL:
      Man, I rarely find a guitar that's perfect in every way right out of the box like this. I don't know much about J. Mascis, but this guitar is underrated for sure. I compared a white/tortoise standard JM with this one, and for the extra cost you get quite a lot of feature upgrades. I own over a dozen very expensive electrics and acoustics, and I cannot believe the quality of this guitar for the paltry price.

      On a scale from 1 to 100, 100 being best, this would be about a 95. I simply can't find anything to be unsatisfied about.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Almost perfect guitar out of the box!

      By vrt

      from saint louis, mo

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • This Is The One

        Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        Outstanding neck.

        Flawless fit and finish.

        Doesn't sound like anything else.

        Jumbo frets, TOM bridge, and closer trem placement make this a really usable jazzmaster.

        I put .13-56 D'Addario med jazz strings on mine and tune way down to baritone standard. It's awesome. Changing the strings and doing a setup (as expected with a new guitar) were all that was required to bring the guitar up to speed.

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Impressed

        By Stewvox

        from Wash dc

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        Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        I am very pleased with my purchase. I would easily pay double perhaps even triple for this instrument. The Chinese are really doing quality work on these Jazzmasters and the modifications that Mr. Mascis has applied are perfect. For me, the setup was flawless which is a first.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All the Jazzmaster You Need!

        By Artie Fisk

        from New Paltz, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        All the five-star reviews are justified! This is all the Jazzmaster I will ever need. The fit and finish are impeccable, the pickups sound great, the trem works perfectly while staying in tune, and the neck is incredibly comfortable. There aren't any other guitars out there that can offer this much for the price.

        The only thing I don't love about this guitar is the very dark secondary circuit. It's so dark, even with the tone control and volume on 10, that I find it hard to use it. There's an easy mod to fix that, so that's next on my agenda.

        I replaced the bridge with a tune-o-matic style roller bridge right away, and it makes the trem bar action even smoother and springier. Set-up was great right out of the box, but I like heavier strings on guitars like this, so I took off the 10s it came with, put on 11s with a wound G, tweaked the truss rod perhaps 1/8 turn, and she was ready to rock.

        All-around, the best value I can think of. Not just "great for the money," though. If this guitar said "Fender" instead of "Squier" on the headstock, you wouldn't hesitate to spend three times this much or more for this guitar. It sounds so good through my '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb that my wife actually came in to listen to me practicing the other day, and that *never* happens.

        Yes, the pickups aren't exactly "Jazzmaster" pickups. They sound, to my ears, like a cross between the typical Jazzmaster PU and the sparklier end of the P-90 spectrum, like maybe the Reverend P90 pickup.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Real Sleeper

        By ric

        from the mitten

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          I have wanted a jazzmaster for some time, but could not justify the cost. After reading these reviews about the Masic model, I took a chance and ordered one. For being shipped in a box without a case or gig bag, it arrived in perfect shape. The neck was really bowed and the action high, but everything adjusted to my satisfaction. No complaints. The electronics are solid and work great, both circuits and pickups are sounding very good. I enjoy the tremelo and the action it has, totally different from my strats;you just have to remember to push the bar all the way into the socket. After having the guitar for a week, I used it for a variety band gig and it performed beyond my expectations. Its really a great guitar, I did have concerns before ordering regarding the squier stigma, but not anymore at least with this model. This guitar has been placed in my gig rotation arsenal.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Must have guitar

          By Roger

          from California

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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

            Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            I was given the J Mascis Jazzmaster as a gift. I had played one a few months ago and enjoyed it greatly. The guitar I received is really beautiful. Color is even and perfect. The gloss finish is striking with the gold pick guard. The fit and finish is wonderful and the guitar played pretty good out of the box. It needed a neck adjustment and a bit of tweaking but nothing serious. First off, I have read about the trem arm being loose. You have to push it down all the way until it locks in place. Once you do that it's tight and solid. The trem works well and I use it for a bit of a Jeff Beck vibrato and it stays in tune nicely. The pickups are very good. I had a 60's JM once and remember it beg easy to get a sweet sound or a bright harsh tone. This one is no different. By using 1Mg pots for volume and tone on the standard switching you get the pickups flat out with a lot of high end. I had to work with my amp to get a bit more jazz tone but it is possible. There is a slight loss of mids by using the 1Mg's but it's not unworkable. The rhythm switch gives the neck PU a very soft and sweet tone. Again you have to work with it to find what you like. With both volume controls if you turn the knob down form 10 to 9 you get a slight decrease in highs which is very nice and helps smooth out the tone. I use a volume pedal to turn down the volume and not loose any highs.
            The neck is chunky and a bit wide and very comfortable. I find it very fast and the satin finish which I have not always liked in the past works well here. The fingerboard is highly figured rosewood and looks great.
            All in all I don't believe you can find a better guitar for the price with such great workmanship.
            Its just great.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Impressed

            By #Hipster

            from Georgia

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            Pros

            • Amazing playability
            • Fun To Play
            • Good construction
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

              This guitar hands down is the best Jazzmaster you can get for under 500 that isn't an actual fender. This guitar is true to its model and is so versatile and bright and is an all around great instrument. I would grab one of these quick if I were you because these are where its at

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Guitar!

              By LukeMan

              from Murphys, CA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                Picked this up from MF in the blemished category, but it arrived mint and looked like it was never touched.

                Regarding appearance, it looks nicer than the pictures indicate. The pickguard's color needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. Everything about this guitar is beautiful: the creamy white paint, the lacquer used on the headstock, the hardware, and the grain on the back of the neck (there is flame in it).

                The sound of the instrument is very warm. These pickups give a warm P90 sound, not the typical Jazzmaster sound, which has a bit more treble. The sounds from this guitar are probably more similar to old Neil Young (Crazy Horse) than Tom Verlaine (Television), but not exactly. The sound is big and fat! Lots of mid-range. I may change the pickups with more traditional Jazzmaster pickups, but I would miss these because of the great sounds them make.

                Play ability is great, but it gets better when the strings are bumped up to 11's. Higher string tension keeps the guitar in tune and if you don't like the extra tension, then a Jazzmaster probably is not the right guitar for you. The neck is fantastic. I've never had a guitar with jumbo frets, but I like them. They are not just for 80's shredders! Remember, SRV had them, too. And the neck is chunky, not at all like an Ibanez. Note that this neck is slightly wider than the other Squires. This is good for folks with bigger fingers and those who incorporate some finger picking into their play. For me, it makes it easier to separate some of my fingering.

                As many others have said, buy it before it is not available. Something this good won't be around forever.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Don't Pass This One Over...

                By rockinstephen

                from So. ME/Central FL

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                  Don't let the fact that these are made in China fool you. Chinese quality has come a long way recently. With its adjustamatic bridge, and relocated vibrato plate, this guitar will play better than the originals and at a fraction of the cost. My favorite feature is the separate rhythm circuit which makes guitars truly unique. Leo Fender originated it, J Mascis and Squier improved it, and now you can own it for a great price. Better hurry, before these are discontinued...

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic Value

                  By Mark

                  from Nova Scotia, Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • An upgraded/modded Jazzmaster, out of the box!
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great looks

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

                      I had the gorgeous Fender Japan version of this guitar from 2008 to 2012; I had sold it because I needed the cash and because I had a few other guitars in a similar tonal range. Within 2 years, seller's remorse crept up on me and I started looking into buying another one. The internet promptly informed me that Fender no longer made these and that the used up ones had skyrocketed in price. But the internet also informed me that Squier had begun producing these! I promptly got myself one and never looked back. Though I originally pined for the Fender version because of nostalgia (and because it looked awesome), the sound of the Purple One was thin and not great for all uses. The neck was gorgeous but felt overly glossy. So I was extra impressed to experience - yes - the improvement that Squier offered here in almost every aspect. The pickups have more clout and even ground great with overdrive and distortion. They are more versatile than the Fender version in the clean channel as well. The neck has the same great shape and width, but is much more a player's guitar with its fast satin finish. The body finish is classy. As others have said, this is better in person than photos often show. The electronics may not be quite as good - the main toggle is a tad noisy. Otherwise, what a fantastic value. I have other faves in my collection, but I am always coming back to this one. And yes, kudos to J.for bringing this one to the masses, in both iterations. The Fender version was my first offset, and having that all important bridge mod done the right way ahead of time is more than the icing on the cake. I have had a couple of "real" offsets since then, and I am thinking if the first offset I ever tried had a vintage bridge, I'd probably never bother with one again! This is the Jazzmaster done right.

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