Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster
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Authentic styling with upgraded electronics and improved playability.
An authentically styled Jazzmaster now joins the Vintage Modified family, with present-day touches including full, clear Duncan Designed pickups and a modern fingerboard radius. Squiers new Vintage Modified Jazzmaster has the models most distinctive hallmarks, too - such as the dual-circuit switching and controls, floating-vibrato bridge and an assortment of finishes.
Players have done it for years. Whether installing hotter pickups, different pickguards or just plain personalizing their instruments with distinctive paint jobs, modified means adding new twists to familiar designs. Squier's Vintage Modified series excels at just that, imparting hot-output chop-shop sound, feel and value to traditional instrument designs.
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Based on 16 Reviews and 70 Ratings
Great choice in this price range
This is my second electric guitar, I've had it for over a year now and I'm really happy with it. The quality is great, it feels sturdy, has no trouble with staying in tune, and I just love the sounds it can create.
The bridge is an issue in most Jazzmasters and this one isn't an exception. It isn't terrible though, once you get used to it and set it up right - otherwise I would've replaced it by now.
Great guitar, poor bridge
The bridge was designed back when strings were a lot heavier, now that strings are thinner the old style bridge is terrible, if you are playing power chords over and over then the strings will get out of place. I recommend changing the bridge for with a mustang bridge. otherwise its great for a medium player, the guitar can hit some great notes and is very versatile.
Great guitar for the indie rockers among us.
Once I started getting into more indie and experimental artists like My Bloody Valentine, it was only natural that my next guitar would be some form of Fender offset. Every local Kurt Cobain wannabe owned a Squier Jaguar or Mustang, but nobody owned a Jazzmaster. I decided that this model would be the one for me, especially considering that I didn't own a single-coil or solid body guitar that I actually liked. My Strat replica refused to stay in tune, and the Encore Les Paul I didn't even want to think about playing ever again. While I was pleased with the guitar's smooth neck, bright Duncan Designed pickups and general aesthetics, I did inevitably mod my Jazzmaster with a Mustang bridge, reworked pickup selector and gold pickguard to mimic the look of the original '58 Jazzmaster.
The standard bridge that comes with all Jazzmasters are simply horrible for lead playing, and whilst I do use the tremolo arm for glide guitar work, I don't like how loose it can feel due to how the arm is inserted into tremolo hole. I will eventually install a Staytrem system to make the tremolo feel tighter and more responsive. The floating tremolo creates surprisingly decent tuning stability as well. I really, really like my Jazzmaster at the moment despite the loose tremolo arm, and I will probably buy another Squier Jazzmaster, just like mines at the moment in the future, only in Candy Apple Red. That is of course if I can't afford the Troy Van Leeuwen Signature model by then.
edited almost 2 years ago
I Have recently bought a squier jazzmaster modified with 2 humbuckers, a fender wide range on the bridge and a GFS fat pat in the neck, and im in love with this guitar, its so cool, i love the neck and the rosewood fretboard is really great, the bridge kinda sucks, so i changed for a tune o matic bridge
A perfect player
I bought this thing used and it already had aftermarket saddles pre-installed. The JM and other Fender offset guitars are known for their tuning instability, but pop some proper saddles on and boom! You have a pretty damn good guitar. The Vintage Modified series was the predecessor to Squier's newer Classic Vibe series and is slightly inferior to the VM in my opinion.
The Vintage Modified Jazzmaster delivers chimey, crisp, and twangy tones from the Duncan Designed JM pickups stock from factory. You can pick one up for about $300-$500US and is a pretty good bang for your buck guitar. You get a high-quality build, amazing sounding pickups, great feeling playability, and just an all-around great guitar.
I'd recommend this guitar to almost anyone in the market for a Jazzmaster. If you don't mind buying a decent set of saddles and modding your bridge (which isn't even all that hard) then I see absolutely no reason why you shouldn't buy one for yourself. This one is one hell of a guitar. Squier makes amazing guitars and you shouldn't let their "cheap" reputation scare you away. Their guitars are low-budget, not low-quality.
8.5/10 would recommend
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Great affordable jazzmaster with a great vintage tone. Although I reallly like this guitar, I would spend a 200 bucks more and get a J Mascis signature jazzmaster. The bridge on this vm jazzmaster is not really great. I replaced mine with a Squier mustang bridge. A mustang bridge is not very expensive it was not a big problem.
Good place to start
Heavily modded since I took it out of the box! Mastery Bridge, Fender locking tuners, Fender stock replacement tremolo, Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups, vintage type tone capacitors, real metal shielding, replacement Switchcraft switches. Definitely finished with the mods. Love it