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Deal of the century!
Played well right out of the box. I prefer the the Gibson style bridge with the increased break angle. Stays in tune decent even with heavy trem usage. Looks even better in person. Think this guitar will be a favorite for years to come. For the price, there is nothing else like it.
There’s definitely an aspect of luck involved when buying a Squier guitar, as their build quality can be wildly inconsistent even among guitars in the same series. That being said, if you find a nice one of these it’s an absolutely enchanting instrument. I rarely put mine down and it would take one hell of a guitar to replace it at this point.
I replaced the neck because the jumbo frets didn't agree with me. The pickups are bright and old school. Like old 50's single coils. It's light and feels good. The shape is nice, and I love the pickup switching options it affords. I did a rewire so I could make the pickups be out of phase on a particular setting Frank Zappa style. Very pleased with this guitar.
What you expect of it and more
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.
My first electric. Seemed a good trade-off between a Fender vintage reissue and the really cheap ‘n nasty Squier modern Jazzmasters.
After having it for a couple of years now, I’ve grown to love it. Beautiful resonance and tone even unplugged and has a lilting chime through a clean channel. It’s very comfortable to play (the thin profile and satin finish neck is wonderful), there’s some great tonal variety and range within the pick-ups and selector. Though I tend to stick with the Rhythm circuit for most songs. Great build quality for a Chinese built Squier and looks beautiful too, no shaming here! Haven’t done any work to it yet. But apart from replacing the nut with a bone nut and the stock saddles with Brass saddles there’s not much I’d bother changing out of the box. Stays in tune well. Tonal range crosses genres with ease. Blues, alt/indie rock, thrash, Grunge, shoe gaze(dream-pop) to Jazz.
Highly recommended-especially if a USA Fender is beyond your budget.
What's not to love
Absolutely love my jmjm. The satin finish neck feels smooth yet tactile. The T.O.M. bridge works really nicely to eliminate the age old problem of the old style bridge and I love how the trem arm stays exactly where you leave it when moving it around. Pickups sound lovely and warm and the twin circuit works nicely if you want two ready-to-go sounds. It works as well as its much more expensive fender big brother and is a no-brainer if you want a jm but have a limited budget. And to top it off. ......well, just look at it <3
Best $300 I ever spent
My first Jazzmaster. I had been looking into Jazzmasters for a while. I wasn't really interested in another Squire as I had just picked up a 70s Classic Vibe Strat. This J Mascis popped up on Offerup for 300 and I couldn't pass it up. Great condition. I was a bit used to the weight of my Jaguar and my Epiphone Les Paul so when I got this Jazzmaster, I was thinking, heck, let's go for a run! So light but it's "tight", really feels like an extension of my hands, nice! I am still messing with tones and such, but I think it sounds great.
amazing clean sounds
this is my main go to guitar for pretty much everything. i prefer the beefier single coils over strat pickups just because of the smoother low end that you can get from the smaller strat pickups and for my style of playing its a little more versatile