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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.
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.
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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.
I originally bought the Mascis when it was first released. I sold it a few years later. Fast forward to 2018 and I’m now buying my 2nd Mascis. This guitar is pretty awesome, the originally owner slapped a tort pickguard on it and I’ve definitely gotta say I prefer the tort over the gold. The stock pickups aren’t bad, per say...but they definitely don’t sound like a vintage Jazzmaster and sound way more like P90s. So if that’s what you’re going for I’m sure you’ll love this guitar. The neck is amazing and I can’t praise it enough. I plan on completely modding this guitar by changing the pickups, possibly the wiring and adding a fender vibrato assembly. So I’ll further update this review when I’m done modding...but so far this guitar isn’t bad.
I got this thing for $200 in 2016, and it was my first offset guitar. It has chips out of it, and the back was yellow. I'm assuming it was left in the sun. I swapped tuners and the pickguard, and I love it now. Some people swap the pickups, but I like them. It's a workhorse, and it can definitely take a beating. Makes a Big Muff Pi surprisingly warm, as opposed to it being more harsh with humbuckers or single coils. Really warm guitar all around, and it's comfortable in the hands.
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.
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.
A must have Jazzmaster for offset fans
I don't know how Fender let this one slip through the cracks. After months of trying out a lot of Mexican-made Fender Jazzmasters I picked one of these up. It blew me away. It easily has the most enjoyable neck that I've ever played. The finish is satin, sort of, but seems to be softer in a way. The tone I get through my Roland JC-120 is immaculate. Plug any arrangement of pedals between this guitar and that amp and the articulation is perfect. I'm really glad that this is offered in the Squier line, had it said Fender on the headstock an instrument of this quality would cost at least twice as much.