An authentically styled Jaguar® now joins the Vintage Modified family, with present-day touches including sharp, clear Duncan Designed™ pickups and a modern Fingerboard radius. Squier’s new Vintage Modified Jaguar rocks the model’s distinctive hallmarks, too - such as the 24” scale, dual-circuit switching and controls, floating-vibrato bridge and classically colorful Surf Green, Candy Apple Red, Olympic White and Three-color Sunburst finishes.
Features include a maple neck with vintage-tint gloss finish, 9.5”-radius rosewood Fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays, tortoiseshell (Three-Color Sunburst and Olympic White models) and white-black-white pickguards (Candy Apple Red and Surf Green models), Jaguar single-coil pickups, circuit selector and tone circuit switches, pickup on/off switches, skirted black control knobs (lead circuit) and black disc knobs (rhythm circuit), vintage-style bridge and non-locking floating vibrato with vintage-style tremolo arm, vintage-style chrome tuners and chrome hardware.
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If you expect a perfect out of the box guitar, you're not going to be very happy. I am not a professional luthier by trade, but I'm very good at it as a hobbyist.
With work, this guitar can be made into a work of musical art. Here is what I did.
Leveled, beveled and polished the frets.
Shimmed the neck for a better angle.
Put a zip tie on the tremolo arm collet to keep the tremolo arm from ever getting sloppy.
Jaguar and Mustang bridges were a bad design from the get go. I threw mine away and installed a Tune-O-Matic and radiused the saddles to 9.25" to match the fretboard radius.
Installed new Graph Tech nut.
The rest of the guitars was fine. I thought the electronics might be crummy, but they actually work fine so until it's broke, I ain't gonna fix it.
The Duncan designed pickups sound remarkably good. I just changed the covers so all of the plastic was white.
Before the work I did, I would have rated the guitar as an overall 3.5 stars, but now that the problems have been properly addressed it gets five out of five. I really like this guitar.
Bear.GDP owns this item
Ordered one straight off the bat as soon as it was released…. come on, I had to own a Surf Freen Jag ! How was I surprised when I received the said guitar…. The Jag needed a lot of love or should I say modifications !!!
First off, the nut had to go…. the cheapest piece of plastic whatchamacallit doesn't make a decent nut, so I had to change that right away….
Second…. the bridge is terrible ! I play 11-49s on all my guitars and this Jag's bridge made it almost impossible to play …. various forums recommended to replace the stock bridge with a MIJ Mustang's… Did that and solved the crisis!
These mods installed, that little Jag's ratings are all up to 4ish on the Fender rate-your-guitar-scale….
Bottom line is, this Jaguar is a great canvas to all your tweaking and modifying needs, but unfortunately, deceives big time straight out of the box!
matelotfripon owns this item
I've been repairing guitars for 20 years. ANY GUITAR that you buy that exist under the $1000.00 range needs professional and personal attention. So this guitar is no different than anything else I've owned in this price range. Out of the box it will keep any starting guitarist excited and busy. I will have to re-level and crown the frets. I play with "not even slinkeys" on all my guitars so those will go on the guitar after I receive the mastery bridge I ordered for it. The neck feels nice, the 9.5" radius ensures less &"fret out" on bends, and the pickups are bright and loud. It would be nice if the guitar out of the box came with a mustang bridge. It's a perfect guitar for someone who always wanted a jaguar but doesn't want the vintage price tag.
I got this guitar with high expectations, these were blown through the roof. The sound is incredible and it's sleek design is amazing. When plugged in to distortion pedal it's the perfect guitar for grunge and alternative. If you are considering it, I highly recommend that you buy this guitar.
James "Jaguar" Flavin owns this item
I have tried this guitar in shops and I think it's a great guitar but the bridge is all out, needs a buzz stop and mustang bridge.
I recommend the Vintage Modified Jagmaster, same price but has humbuckers and a MUCH better Strat bridge. However I haven't yet tried this one so look into it first, as I will!
There is no way for this guitar to stay in tune with stock NUT. There is no way to play this guitar without a buzz stop. There is no way to let the setup of this guitar to last for a couple of minutes without modding the bridge and the saddles screws. Mine has much dings, bubbles and paint defects. Anyway, after a LOT of mods, now i like it. But you have to consider that the price is totally FALSE. You have to buy a BUZZ STOP, a NUT and you have to pay a LUTHIER to fix your VM Jaguar.
sierracharlie15 owns this item
I just received the guitar yesterday, I bought a used "demo" guitar for $230, white olympic, still had all the plastic on the pickguard. It played beautifully right out of the box; I'm assuming it was set up professionally as a demo. It has the factory spec 9's on it, and I'm having no issues with them coming off the saddles, stays in tune with the trem, and everything sounds great. I see no reason to switch out the bridge or even change the string gauge right now.
I have an American Strat for comparison, and this guitar matches up well with it in terms of apparent quality, the finish is great, frets seem perfect, the only significant difference obviously being the pickups and the tuners, but with the sticker price difference this guitar is a steal.
jmoore2187 owns this item
I got this at a music convention from my uncle and at the time, I was a beginner guitarist but now after almost a year I taught myself so much that I can do solos, complex timings, fast palm-muting.
This guitar was awesome despite the damage I have caused it. This guitar can be dented if hit by something though so be careful, you can accidentally knock it on something. But don't attempt to do extreme stuff with it expecting it to stay intact.
By the way, the one thing that sucked so much that I really want to change is the bridge. But don't worry, just order a cheap Mustang bridge from Andertions.co.uk or somewhere similar. Because the bridge saddles are so unhelpful.
And if you are suffering from major buzz noises, get a buzz stop. Look it up, it may be useful.
So this guitar is great out of the package but over time it may need tweaking and fixes but make sure that you change that bridge because that bridge is seriously awful.
Everything else is great though. (Surf Green version)
MSPAINTRULZ owns this item
I have loads of Strats, Teles, and various other guitars.
I have always liked the quirky Jaguar, but had never played one.
My local Guitar shop got this in for me to assess. Very difficult in store because its set up was awful. Bought it anyway and set it up (neck relief too much, intonation way out and fretting out, tremolo way too high). Loved every minute doing it.
It sounds SO much better than I thought it would, and plays very well.
It is the sunburst version and has some interesting knots in the grain. Shows it is real wood. Is that Bassswood?
First let me say what music I play, it's heavy metal in Drop B tuning (B,F#,B,E,G#,C#). I love this guitar, it compares to the Fender line Jaguars even. It does have a few flaws, the first is the bridge, as the design allows for placement of strings on how close they can be, it's easy for one to pop out if you're playing metal like I do with tremolo picking, I plan on putting a Fender Mustang bridge in it one day, another complaint is the buzz that sometimes happens, I use 11 gauge Ernie Balls, so that never bothered me much. Because I play metal, I bought a Duncan Hot Rails humbucker for the bridge position, still sounds nice. I love how the tremolo system works, but if you use 9 gauge, sometimes 10 gauge, expect a lot of broken high E strings. Since I down-tuned I've never had a broken string using my 11s. So it's great, put a Hot Rails in the bridge, and you got a guitar you can use for almost anything.
Insomnicide owns this item
Here is my review of this cool gadget.
Since around 7 months I have owned this guitar. In the past I have owned a Squier Stratocaster and was not fond of it. I switched to a Fender line of guitars and found that although the sound was good i was to afraid to make scratches/dents on it since the price was much higher. Idiotic as that might sound I still have them in cases and sometimes play with them.
I must agree with some that the lower E string is not able to stay in place with heavy strumming or picking. I just solved that with a triangular file. When playing, the height of the bridge and saddles also change, using teflon tape I managed to stop it.
The quality and sound from the pickups are very nice, there is a good crunchy sound possible and a nice sparkle if you want. To get a sound like the Ventures or the Astronauts I usually flip the top switch and with the Boss RE20 I get what I want from this guitar.
If you want quality and a good price then this guitar will do it, a real bucksaver.
Henk1977 owns this item
I picked up my vm jag about a week ago, and overall I'm satisfied. For the price, it's a heck of a guitar.
The stock bridge leaves a lot to be desired. It moves around easily, doesn't hold strings well and there's a good amount of buzz. I'll be swapping mine out soon for a mastery, but the mustang bridge is pretty affordable option. Depending on your preferences the pickups might be worth changing - coming from a Classic Player Jazzmaster as my main guitar, they're a little too treble-y for my taste.
All in all, if you're looking for a good, affordable guitar to mod, look no further.
dalvarez owns this item
You can not get any closer to the true Fender Jaguar than The Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar. It is an absolute gem for the money it is being sold for. I have had my Olympic White VMJ for quite some time now and love it. Sure it needed a good set up and I opted for 11s when it came to the strings. I spent another one hundred dollars for a professional set up by the best guitar technicians in the Boston - Winchester area, and for the money I have invested in this guitar I couldn't be happier. I will most likely purchase the VM Jazzmaster next and do the same thing with it. Buy one. You can't beat the quality and value of these guitars.
bilvik owns this item
I had almost bought GF Jazzmaster guitar until I found out these VM Jaguar/Jazzmaster guitars had come out. I bought my Jaguar for around $200 as a blemished restock. It took some tinkering to set it up correctly, but once it was dialed in, this thing is fantastic. For the record, the pickups measure around 9K Ohms for the neck, and 11K Ohms for bridge, so they are definitely overwound. Plus, the volume/tone pots are 1M, so that also attributes to the brightness of the guitar, plus the tremolo and bridge. I even went ahead and installed a Fender mute since I was curious about using a mechanical mute. Search online to find out how to install. Needless to say, it require some drilling, about 1.5 inches into the guitar body with a 1/2" inch drill bit. It definitely added another dimension to the guitar. What else? Contrary to another review, basswood is not balsa wood. For record, Ernie Ball uses basswood for their high end guitars, so it is not a cheap guitar material. The FLOATING bridge does exactly what it is design to do, it rocks back and forth. Like I mentioned before, it does take some setting up to dial it in. I did install a shim to tilt the neck after putting on 11s and the mute (bridge needs to be raise a bit for the mute), but the 9 strings are fine. It is a really nice guitar, inexpensive enough to modify to your liking. I changed the pickup covers and pickguard just because pickguard was already predrilled for the mute and I didn't like original pickup covers with the logos I may add the locking tremolo, but I haven't decided yet on that. I can't wait to get a VM Jazzmaster as well. Overall, buy one and get it set up to your liking. If you can't do it yourself, take to a guitar-tech friend, or have it set professionally, it is well worth it. The guitar is also a testament to Leo Fender's genius for designing guitars for players.
vespertine01 owns this item
Tone wise, this is exactly what I was looking for. I've been getting really into the surf and rockabilly sound of the late 50's/early 60's, so I decided to invest in what I thought was the ideal surf guitar: a Jaguar in surf green. These pickups are really incredible, and the treble/rhythm switching system is perfectly executed. I'm going to be buying a '63 Reverb/'59 Bassman combo soon to truly fulfill the tone and character of this guitar. The offset body is fairly new to me, a Gibson/Epiphone regular customer, but I love it nonetheless. The reaction to the new look and sound is very positive. It's such a smooth look and feel, no complaints.
I purchased this guitar in Pittsburgh a few days ago. I was on vacation and I didn't have my amp with me, so I just kind of played it unplugged in the hotel room. At first, it was great. Then I looked at the bridge and realized how easily the strings moved, how hard it was to stay in tune, and the crazy amount of buzz, even set up with fairly high action. But again, with no amp, I couldn't really hear how big of a difference this bridge made. I got home and immediately went to my amp before I had to tear down for a gig yesterday evening. At first I was just really excited to hear how surfadelic it was with my Sidekick Reverb 30. It became a problem when I started doing bends on higher (twelfth and above) frets, which came out to be totally dead notes, and it went out of tune multiple times during this short jam session. It was pretty bad. I used it that night with the same problems, and put it in my gig bag for the night. When I got it out again today, the bridge was extremely messed up, to the point of almost total unplayability on the high E and B strings. I'm going to invest in a Mustang bridge and try that out because tis bridge is quite frankly terrible. My suggestion to Fender is to make these types of bridges standard on these, due to the rapid amount of switching over by many players due to the buzz, etc.
macpaddy98 owns this item
I got my Jaguar three days ago. The range of sounds that the Jag offers is just incredible. You really can play anything on it! It is also a very comfortable guitar to play. When I first walked out of the store, the action on the guitar was a little high, the truss rod needed adjusting and there was some buzz coming from the bridge. After my guitar teacher set it up for me, the guitar was completely awesome! The only other problem I've had is with the tremolo system. The tremolo arm isn't threaded, it just pops in. It has a tendency to fall out of the guitar if you don't jam it in well enough. This really isn't a big deal, though. All in all, this is one heck of a guitar for $299! It is just as high quality a guitar as my MIM Standard Stratocaster, which is nearly double the price of the VM Jag. I highly recommend this guitar!
DanNorris owns this item
This is an amazing guitar once you put on 11's and a mustang bridge. Will set up fine without them but take days to do. Do yourself a favor and get the 2 mods. you wont be sorry. This is a great guitar.
birdboy owns this item
I got the thing from a scratch and dent part of musicians friend..for around 200 bucks...I still cant find what they called a scratch or a dent on it..
playabillity was less than steller out of the crate.. the bridge srews kept backing out while playing.. (a good set up person could have probably worked out those issues)....so I put a Fender Mustang bridge on it ..27 bucks.. the trem arm would not stay put... so I had a fender Jazzmaster trem assembly laying around.. replaced that...now stays in tune with some good ol surf style divebombes... the pickups were rather thin.. 80 bucks later from ebay...genuine fender 62 AVRI pickups.. along with some vintage style oil filled caps ..aprox 15 bucks. holy tone !!! this thing really came alive... all I would like to do now is add a bone nut to get red of the plactic stock one.. so for about 325 dollars.. I have one killer sounding Modified Squier Vintage Mod guitar ..... sounds better thany my classic player Jag.....Now lets go Surfin.......
Johnny Kahuna owns this item
My wife bought me this for my 45th birthday last year. I grew up on 1960s Surf Music. Great guitar.....these can be overwhelming if you have never set up a guitar before. Guys complain about the bridge. I have a Tele with a Bigsby with the same bridge. I use clear fingernail polish to keep the screws from moving. It works great. The pickups have a great sound and it's a versitile guitar. Mine is surf green and the finish is very nice. There is one very tiny dent from shipping and it's un noticeable from a foot away. These are not a heavy metal guitar, but for clean or a cranked up amp these have a great alternative fender sound. The price is amazing and with some setup work this guitar is awesome.
guido owns this item
I'm a fan of the Fender offset guitars, and I dreamed to have a Jaguar for years.
Before I was owner of a Japan Crafted '62 Vintage reissue Jazzmaster, but it wasn't the beast i want!
I want a Jaguar!
So i search all around the net and finally discovered the Squier Jaguar vintage modified.
I bought one used: a shiny three-tone sunburst.
It is a really great appearance guitar, very look-like - with just few differences from a "real" Fender Jaguar.
Basswood body (mine is five pieces (!) but well paired, and fine wood grain), the vintage bridge is a little lightweight, the trem piece has no trem -stop button and the nut is a greyish plastic piece.
But I was surprised for the level reached by Squier guitars: well refined neck, perfectly filed fretwork, nice lacquer & precise poly body paintwork, perfect warm tone neck paint, and very nice vintage tuners (I like it a lot!).
Pickups are a bargain, gritty and aggressive when needed (with a little lack of low end but with all the character of the originals), but be careful with the feedback, they're really microphonic.
Solution: ... buy a used one for a few bucks and upgrade it! (I found mine really for the half of the price!)
I put on it one adjust o matic (a used as new) bridge and a tremolo piece with trem-stop button (from the original classic player series, they fit perfectly!) and some new pups (The AVRI Fender series are fine: sturdy and wax potted with the plus of the vintage cloth wires), this way you gain in tuning stability, warmer and richer tone, no feedback.
Thanks, and sorry for my rusty English!
The bridge stinks. Figure you're going to spend $100 to change that out. The wood is good if you enjoy the same thing they make model airplanes out of.
The sound is incredible.
You're going to need to put 11s (strings) on this - which means a guitar tech will need to fix the nut, the action, on and on. Consider a Fender Pawn Shop Offset Special or the Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special to get a maple fretboard.
phoenixrichard owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Jaguar®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||24" (610 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Parchment Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||4 mm Hex|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ JG-101B Single-Coil Jaguar|
|Neck Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ JG-101N Single-Coil|
|Controls:||Circuit Selector Switch, Rhythm Circuit Volume and Tone, Lead Circuit Volume and Tone, Pickup On/Off Switches, Tone Circuit Switch|
|Pickup Switching:||Neck pickup only (rhythm circuit); neck only, neck and bridge, bridge only (lead circuit)|
|Special Electronics:||Specially-Voiced Rhythm and Lead Circuit Controls, Tone Circuit Switch|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato|
|Control Knobs:||Vintage Style Black Plastic Jazz Bass®|
|Strings:||NPS, Gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042|
|Unique Features:||Duncan Designed™ pickups, vintage-style bridge and floating vibrato (non-locking), gold-and-black Squier logo, engraved neck plate, parchment dot position inlays|
|Included Accessories:||Wrenches: 1.5 mm, 4 mm|
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