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Bought this about four years ago when I didn't have the budget for a fender and I love it. I haven't changed it too much, apart from getting a custom pickguard cut, having the neck angle increased and fitting a mustang bridge. The switching is faithful to the original, although it doesn't have a trem lock. It cost me £250-ish when I got it and for that kind of money it's brilliant. The tonal variation you can get from the two different circuits and pickup combinations is great and the Duncan Designed pickups sound pretty good to my ears - I've since acquired a CiJ Jaguar and the ones in the Squier sound a bit darker - but as Zachary pointed out in his review, the lack of wax potting and generally patchy shielding can lead to a bit of 60 cycle hum which can be annoying. If you use the trem arm you'll also be happy to know it stays in place wherever you move it. The finish is lovely on mine and I shall be very happy with it for years to come - btw mine is in my profile pic.
First of all, not only is this affordable, it is very good quality. If you haven't played or owned one and want to know the history and what is so different about the Jaguar, the internet is awaiting to assist you. First of all, the bad. This guitars pots are pretty horrible. There is a very noticeable plummet in brightness when the volume is turned down, making it very hard to play backed off. Also, the rhythm circuit route is made for mini pots, so you'll have to either find higher quality mini pots, or break out the router. The pickups have not been wax potted, so they squeal pretty bad when the breakup and volume go up. I wax potted mine because I am cheap. It's not too difficult, but it might be worth it to just replace them. The bridge and trem are fine in terms of fit and finish and quality, and carry the usual idiosyncrasies that come from this offset set up. I have yet to replace them, I find the bridge usable, but I plan on replacing it; the trem is actually really great, smooth and stable. It has fast become my favorite type of trem system. Back to the pickups, they are fairly hot for a Jaguar, but sound decent. The bridge pickup has very little bass, but it makes it slice through a mix very well. It lacks the glassy top end of a tele or strat bridge pup, but it is still pretty bright. The neck pickup is decent, but it sounds somewhat dark on its own. Together, the pickups sound incredible. Bright, with lots of chime, and with a full low end. The perfect bright rhythm tone. I modded mine to have out of phase and series combinations, losing the bass cut function. Out of phase, the pickups combine to produce a very bright, nasal, and thin tone, that is very useful for rhythm or lead. In series, things get very dark and loud. I actually use the out of phase position more than the series one. The rhythm circuit is dark, but sweet sounding. It usually use it as a kill switch by rolling off the volume. I plan on modding it with a brighter tone pot, so I can darken it at will, instead of being forced to have a dark rhythm circuit. The neck is a fatter C than most Fenders, with a hint of V profile. It is comfortable and fits in the hand well. The frets are fairly well dressed, but the edges of the finger board are not rolled. the fretboard is a little dry, and has some noticeable filler by the 12th fret. The 24 inch scale length actually makes it somewhat cramped for my average sized hands, but it forces you to be more percise. Set up wise, it is easy to get a ballpark set up, but fine tuning is a little harder. Overall it's a great guitar for anyone who has gotten the offset itch, and with some mods is a very usable and playable instrument. The recent price increase is troubling, but still remains excellent value.
I bought the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar new knowing I was going to have it modified to be more like Johnny Marr signature Fender version. I swapped out the pickups for Bare Knuckle custom '62 Jaguar pickups, had it wired and switching like Marr's Jag, and replaced the nut and bridge.
The Jaguar electric guitar has been used by some of the finest musicians in recent history, including Kurt Cobain, John Frusciante, Johnny Marr, and Kevin Shields. The Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar electric guitar features the distinctive design and appointments you'd expect to see in a classic Jaguar, yet comes in at a price that far more guitarists can take advantage of. If you’re looking for a highly versatile tonal selection, a comfortable playing feel, and a reassuringly reliable build quality, then this is the guitar for you.