The all-new Vintage Modified Jaguar® Bass Special SS (short scale) puts classic Fender looks into a distinctively sharp-looking, great-sounding and super-versatile Squier® bass model. Features include a sleek offset-waist body and an ultra-slim fast-action 30” scale neck, with the added one-two punch of a booming split single-coil Precision Bass® middle pickup paired with a growling Jazz Bass® single-coil bridge pickup. More than just a student model, this bass is perfect for players who will appreciate the comfort of a short-scale instrument. Superior tone, smooth playability, great comfort and fantastic value.
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I rate mine at 2.5 stars. It's a great bass, looks great, is fun to play, and sounds good. But the sloppy quality control and cosmetic workmanship are balloon busters. You might have to work really hard to get a good one shipped to you. The first one came out of the shipping box with ugly scratches on the chrome, and factory tool dings and careless handling scratches on the body. The scratches and dings in the chrome and body finish look like they happened when the chrome plate and knobs were installed. The protective plastic covering the pick guard looked like someone had dragged a cinderblock over it - the scrapes in the plastic over the pick guard were deep and went under the strings. That only could have happened at the factory before they boxed the bass. I didn’t even take the protective plastic off the pick guard - I returned the bass.
The second bass came out the box and looked great at first. The body finish was OK and there was one small ding on the chrome that buffed out with a microfiber cloth. I peeled off the protective plastic and the pick guard was covered with nasty scratches and a couple of tool dings and trails that looked like a tool hit and dinged the pick guard and then dragged a few centimeters over the pick guard. Some of the scratches and dings were under the strings. The strings were set so low that there were buzzes all over the fretboard. Sloppy work.
The back of the first bass’s neck had a coarse feeling finish and the fret ends were quite sharp. The second bass’s neck was smooth., the fret ends were OK.
The third bass is the best of the three: a few scratches in the pick guard, a couple of light dings on the body, and some light scuffing on the black finish. The setup is OK and the neck is smooth. Amazon discounted it as a Blem, and that’s fine, it’s a keeper. But, it was way too much work.
I got this bass in early February 2014 after playing a Rogue SX100B for over a year before that, and my review will probably be skewed because of that, but this bass is awesome. I had been eyeing this bass for months before getting it and I fell completely in love the design. I had played the 60th anniversary Precision Bass months before and decided then that I like this style of tuning peg the most. I also enjoy the chrome pickguard under the black plastic knob, and the only qualm I have with its design is the painted headstock. The electronics and body are also amazing. I would pick up this bass over any Precision just because of the J and P pickup config, and the body is much more comfortable than any Precision I have ever played thanks to the shaved shoulder and soft curved horns. I switched out the stock strings for a pack of D'Addario .40-.95's soon after purchase after finding my fingertips silvered after playing for no more than 10 minutes. The playability increased tremendously and these strings have significantly more bend. Before purchase I read many reviews on and off site that mentioned having to switch out the pickups but I have not encountered a problem. I was prepared to have to replace them but I've played gigs with and practiced who knows how many hours and I haven't had a problem with lack of output at all.
This is a steal for this price, good for both beginners and professionals, comfortable, and in my opinion, one of the best basses fender has to offer thanks to its pickup setup and ingenious design.
morhobin owns this item
Is a great bass. It combines a single-coil P-bass mic and a Jazz-Bass dual-coil mic, so you can get a very loyal tone; it sounds kinda vintage basses, that old school sound is very good and the short scale make it very easy and confortable to play.
juandoom owns this item
I'll get my only (small) gripe out of the way right off: the bridge pickup, a J-bass type, produces much less output than the P-bass pickup. If you want the trebly sound of a bridge pickup and you need volume, you may eventually want to swap it out for some aftermarket pickup. Now, on to all the good things: Fit and finish are perfect. Not a blob in the paint, not a single issue with the fit and function of parts. Tuners appear to the the same ones as my Mexican-made P-bass. Frets are faultless, neck is straight and wonderfully slender. If you're used to a wider P-bass neck, you'll quickly adapt and find that runs you had to stretch for before are now much easier. Playing the short scale requires learning a new feel for the strings, but this comes along quickly, too. This light, quick little bass is a fabulous value -- I love it!
db22 owns this item
For the price it's hard to beat. Sure I've replaced the bridge with a hipshot and put in Quarter Pounder pick up set which combined cost more than the bass - but it was very, very good before that.
I bought this for my bass player who's a very proficient but only 5'2" girl with small hands. So she needs to buy instruments aimed at 'younger' or 'beginner' players (i.e. short scale) but needs a pro sound for our band. Luckily this is good enough to confuse a lot of muso's with a decent set up. The neck is lovely and the body is very well designed.
If it's a backup or mess around it'd be perfect as stock. If you want to compete with full scale, full price Fenders you will need to make some upgrades, but it'll still be cheaper even with a costly bridge, hardware and pickups. With it's mods it's now just a beautiful thing with a tone like the end of the world.
auraboy owns this item
This has got to be one of the best value for money musical purchases I have ever made.
Are the pickups brilliant?? No.
Are the tone and volume pots the best?? No.
Are the machine heads fantastic?? No.
BUT........for the price of this instrument it is unbelievable value for money. On my one the neck is straight, the fretwork is better than some basses and guitars costing twice as much or more and with a tiny bit of adjusting the intonation is spot on.
I have already indicated to she-who-must-be-obeyed that the pickups, tone and volume pots and machine heads will be replaced at some stage in the future. Once that is done i will have a fantastic looking, brilliant sounding unbeliveable playing bass that has cost less than $500. You can't ask for much more than that.
BAG-One owns this item
I mainly play guitar and I already had a bass. I wanted one a little bit more user friendly, i.e. with a short scale. This bass is light, sound great from the start and like other reviewer mentionned there is room for upgrading pick-ups or other parts. I really enjoy playing this instrument, did I mention it's cheap.
Sylvain owns this item
A must have: very light and confortable, I can play it for hours without feeling tired and wrecked. The satin finish on the thin jazz style 30" neck makes it even more fast if possible. The short scale makes it not so solid on lower tunings like C or C#. The pickups do their work, its P/J style makes it very versatile.
I've upgraded mine with two Seymour Duncan SPB4 and SJB3...and now it's roaring.
mr step owns this item
I have been a bass player for over 15 years and recently purchased this short scale Jag from Squier. It is a super fun little machine. The neck is very much like a mini version of a Jazz Bass and is extremely fast and easy to play... did I mention fun? This beast is such a blast to play. I imagine it would be a fantastic beginner's instrument but it also serves my needs as a more advanced player. The pickups and electronics are fine... no problems here. The Jazz pick up is weak on its own but sounds great when blended with the punchier P-bass pickup. For the price, you simply cannot beat this bass. Mine came extremely well set up and ready to go. The paint looks great and the matching headstock is just too cool. It is a well-crafted, easy playing and good sounding bass. I put all of the extra Jag chrome plates and switches on mine so it looks like a real Jaguar!
Squier has done an amazing job with the SS Jaguar bass and I highly recommend it.
dogbreath owns this item
im only 13 so im quite small and not really strong or tall enough to handle a full sized bass so this is perfect. its almost like playing guitar, its so easy to move around the neck. its really worth owning, really happy with mine
alfiebeer owns this item
This is an excellent bass at a very low, with a few minor flaws. I was immediately impressed by the quality of construction. The nut and routing are perfect, and I couldn't find a flaw in the finish. The body cavities are even coated in a layer of conductive paint to shield the electronics.
There are a few things present to remind you that this is still an entry level bass. The bridge tends to rattle and can become misaligned if you hit a string a certain way. There is no pickup selector, so in order to select a pickup you must use the cheap 250k audio taper alpha pots. The tone knob does very little. The wood is agathis, which has the benefit of being extremely lightweight, but a bit neck heavy as a result.
I routed the body for a Jaguar switch plate with controls to turn off each pickup, and to switch the neck pickup's phase. The cheap, scratchy, out of spec alpha pots were replaced with 500k linear taper CTS pots and the tone knob was eliminated, making room for a kill switch. I plan to add a Leo Quan bridge to replace the flimsy-feeling stock one.
Overall I'm extremely happy with this bass. It's an incredible value and when I want to have fun, I often find myself reaching for it instead of my Gibson Les Paul.
C^2 owns this item
This is my first bass, so the only comparisons I can make are to all the others I tried, but didn't buy. I normally play another instrument and picked this bass up just for fun - and man, did I make the right call there.
I bought it in 2012. It's branded Squier, and says crafted in Indonesia, but don't let that put you off. The finishing on the one I got is top notch.
I like the shorter scale, the light weight, the general looks and shape of it, and the easy playing of this bass. I don't have a single complaint about this bass. It's excellent value for the money.
felis owns this item
As a guitar player I really enjoy playing the short scale neck, I love the feel of this bass too, I wish there were some more controls on the bass itself, like it's kin bass.
I use it for church mainly and couple it with a bass pre-amp pedal and an Ampeg BA-108. The control offered with those products can really make this bass sound as versatile as the player desires. I really like it and wouldn't trade it for another bass.
bsutherland owns this item
I have this and a full scale vint modified jaguar bass. This one I had first and bought new, the other I found used. This one I like for playing. Light and easy to play. I am a guitar player so the short scale seems more "normal" to me when I play bass. At practice, one of the guitar players thought I sounded like I was playing too high on the neck. The short scale has a more pronounced high end on the bass compared to the long scale jaguar. I mostly use the p pickup vs the bridge j style pickup. Mine seems much deeper in town with the P style. I also picked up a bass eq pedal that made it easy to get the short scale to sound like a much BIGGER bass. My amp only had a few knobs for tone. If yours has an eq, that works too.
SwiftPickins owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Jaguar® Bass Special SS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||30" (762 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Middle Pickup:||Vintage-Style Split Single-Coil Precision Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 5250XL Short-Scale NPS, (.040-.095 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Short Scale, Black Jazz Bass® Control Knobs, Black Painted Headstock, Slim Fast Action Neck|
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