In this source picture is a shot of Shields from a 2008 reunion show playing what looks like a J Mascis Squier Jazzmaster. However the Squier model wasn't released until October 2011, so o I don't think the submission was correct. KS has a number of Fender Jazzmasters including an antique white one with a gold scratchplate (it can be seen on the BBC documentary "History of the Guiar Riff"), and I suspect that would be the guitar in this pic.more
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.
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.
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.
The neck is my favourite feature on this guitar, the finish is so comfy! The neck pickup is great, the bridge pickup is not that much to my liking, might change it for a higher output one.
All in all 9/10!
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
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
put a humbucker in the bridge and hope to someday put a pearly gates in the neck. replaced the pickguard with tortiseshell, and the tuners with non-vintage style. love this fucker its been on tour, played some 30+ shows and can't be beat as far as i'm concerned
Looks good, plays well, stays in tune even with some trem abuse. Pickups are hotter and darker then classic ones, and i will probably change them. I replaced tune o'matic bridge with staytrem although it was not really necessary. Tremolo squeals somtimes and nut is not optimized for havier strings i put on it, so i have to work on in some more.
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've been playing guitar for over 20 years now, and have had a fair few guitars myself, as well as playing a multitude of others. I've had the heavier hum-bucker types (Les Pauls etc) but recently decided I wanted a lighter, "twangier" type guitar for a change. After spotting this and immediately falling in love with it, I was glad to find out it plays and sounds every bit as good as it looks. Has all sorts of sound options between the different pickups etc, and a lovely smooth neck and action. Definitely a keeper!
If you want a jazzmaster but don't want to break the bank, buy this guitar. It plays great, sounds great, and feels great. I have a much more expensive warmoth Strat that I actually love playing....but the Jazzmaster is always RIGHT THERE saying "c'mon, brad....you know you want to play with me" and I succumb time and time again. Just a great guitar. Unreal that it's a squire. Very odd product decision from Fender.
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.
For the price this guitar is fantastic....
I've used this for gigs and people just assumed by looks and sound that this as a full-fat US Fender.. The pick-ups which seem to fall somewhere between single coils and p-90s work well with all manner of pedals (this thing loves fuzz equally as much as clean jangly tones).
I've made a small change adding a roller bridge which helps with trem use & overall tone and stability....
The only doubts I have are sometimes I wish this was produced in another colour. Other than that I can't fault this wee beastie...
this guitar plays like a real fender.... the fit and finish and shockingly good for a far east beginner's axe. I never bonded with it but I think I just don't like jazzmasters.
I think GP got it right when they made this a Critic's Choice Guitar, in their 2015 Guitars under $799 review. This is simply a great guitar. The only "mod" I chose to make, was swapping in a vintage mint green pickguard. I love the gold anodized, but the mint green on antique white is more to my liking. This guitar came from the factory set up perfect for my plying style. I've kept the card because I like it so much. I started out back in 1985 with a Ric 340/6 in BurgandlyGlo, and followed that with a '65 Mustang. I've been a gear snob my whole life, still am. But this so-called "cheap" guitar, is a quality axe all the way round. I'm a pickup swapper, I like doing that. However, as the GP reviewer stated, hold off on that, because these pups sound great. And they really, really do. I've got Fat Tele with Seymour Duncan Billy Gibbons pups, a Pearly Gates hummer, and a CS BG stacked, and through the same gear, the J Mascis sounds f-ing amazing. Different, but fantastic. I can even dig using the fabled and "useless" "rhythm" circuit. My only complaint was a noisy pup switch, which I spent a few bucks and replaced. No biggie. If you're looking to get into a Jazzmaster, get this this one. Nothing against the Vintage Modified Series, my son has a Jaguar, same factory and all, but this is a step from those. A bit heavy, bit not too bad. I love it, I'm keeping it!
The guitar look stunning for the record and the additional electrical components work very well but the sound is just not that great, no variety in tone and the pickups you can change out sound awful. I sold the guitar quit quickly, upgraded to a Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO, It even sound more blue-zy than the Jazzmaster! The bridge was installed incorrectly and the low e string was almost hanging off the neck.
Was very impressed with the clarity and openness of the P-90s. I think it looks mad too. Find the tremolo to be a little loud and fiddly, but actually sounds nice with good control. Found it to be difficult to get a nice setup on, with the action needing to be quite high to avoid buzzing no matter what you do to the neck.
This thing is fucking amazing. One of the best guitars I have ever played. And the best part? IT'S A CHINESE SQUIER!!!! I switched out the pickups with some SD Antiquity II's and it changed it into a completely different beast. Classic jazzmaster tones with that stunning vintage white finish and gold pickguard. This one really wows the crowd!
I have enjoyed this guitar for more than 5 years now. Very jazzy, mids driven, guitar. the soapbox pickups are perfect for shoegaze and experimenting with a wide range of effects.