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.
It is a really nice and cool guitar, but there is few problems you need to deal with. I had to replace the original bridge with tune-o-matic and change the nut for graphite one. The electronics inside is really poorly made since the grounding is just terrible and needs to be fixed. Also the volume knob is too sensitive so if you want to put the volume down a bit, it just turns too silent. I would recommend this guitar for the players who like to modify and upgrade, otherwise it is only good for beginners.
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.
I adquired it and inmediatly wanted to change the pickups. Mine has a Seymour Duncan Vintage for Jag (SJAG-1B) on the bridge and a Quarter Pound for Jag (SJAG-3N) on the neck and now it's one of the best guitars I've own
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.
The squier Jaguar VM its a really neat guitar for such a low cost, it has the problem that all jaguars and jazzmaster have with the bridge, but it has some pretty sweet electronics in it, with the duncan-duncan single coils, the neck one with a warm moody tone, and the bridge with a very sharp and agressive tone, a def must-have
Great all round spanky one you should expect from a jaguar. The bridge is definitely in need of a change due to the strings coming loose out of their saddles. I recommend the mustang bridge which is usually around £30 but other than that amazing playability.
this guitar was my first real electric guitar. it comes with stock single coils and is very good for clean and distorted tones. I mainly bought this guitar for nirvana tones. the bridge is the only downside to this guitar causing string buzz
Before I exchanged my blue Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top for this Jag, I never thought I could fell in love with a guitar. I mean... I was never interrested in offset guitars, but after that heavy and "serious" Les Paul guitar, The Jag just overwhelmed me. It's so different and unique - that feel while holding it and attacking the strings, all those psychedelic sounds you can achive just by touching the strings behind the bridge and also the possibilites of the two circuits... Also, this is the first time I ever used a neck pickup. I am a rhythm guitarist, never actually using a neck pickups - for me they always sound too muddy. But here it sounds very bright and you can actually make it even brighter thanks to the lead switch! I got it upgraded with Seymour Duncan SH4 minihumbucker at the bridge - the same type (regular SH4) of pickup I've had on that blue Les Paul. A beast sound. So, this is probably my first step... because I fell in love with this guitar.
I love the controls, I love the neck, I loved just about everything, but I disliked how the strings jumped around in the saddle, and I disliked that using the vibrato resulted in it going extremely out of tune.
This guitar is, as you can tell by the title, is my first guitar. As many others have done, I swapped out the stock bridge for a mustang bridge and it fixes little things like the intonation or action. I have also swapped out the volume and tone knobs for custom d10 dnd dice.