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. Squier’s new Vintage Modified Jazzmaster has the model’s most distinctive hallmarks, too - such as the dual-circuit switching and controls, floating-vibrato bridge and classically colorful Sonic Blue, 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 21 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays, tortoiseshell (Three-Color Sunburst and Olympic White models) and white-black-white pickguards (Candy Apple Red and Sonic Blue models), Jazzmaster single-coil pickups, circuit selector switch and pickup selector toggle switch, white Stratocaster®-style 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.
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Jazzmaster®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|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™ JM-101B Single-Coil Jazzmaster® with Alnico 5 Magnets|
|Neck Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ JM-101N Single-Coil Jazzmaster® with Alnico 5 Magnets|
|Controls:||Lead Circuit: Volume, Tone. Rhythm Circuit: Volume, Tone|
|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|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato|
|Control Knobs:||White Plastic|
|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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I can only echo what the other reviews have said, this VM Jazzmaster is an excellent guitar and offers great value for money.
I'm lucky enough to own a Johnny Marr Jaguar and it would be the closest model I can make a comparison with. Whilst it would be too much to expect the Jazzmaster to match up to the JM Jag it's not that far behind. Considering the price, that's pretty impressive, in my opinion.
I bought this mainly as a back-up guitar for tuning down a step to a step-and-a-half with the expectation that I would carry out some mods to pickups, tuners etc but there's really no need. I did replace the bridge by dropping in a Mustang bridge but that was just personal preference and you don't necessarily need to change it - it holds fine with a set of .011s. The pickups have a good, clear resonant tone, albeit with not a great deal of sustain (as expected) but they handle distortion well - the neck pickup has a nice fat sound to it. The switching is noise-free and the wiring seems to be clean enough.
I have the sunburst model and the finish is great, really smooth and the pickguard looks really cool too. The neck is fine overall, a very comfortable C-shape, although there was a very minor blemish on the fretboard at the first fret but nothing to affect the playability. Tuning is pretty stable so far although I have noticed that inserting the tremolo arm does knock it off slightly.
Kudos to Squier and their Indonesian factory for producing these guitars, they are fantastic value. I've owned a few guitars costing a helluva lot more that weren't any better than this. I'm really happy with mine and I would heartily recommend it to anyone looking at an offset guitar.
MCO7182 owns this item
I ordered one of these as I have never owned a Jazzmaster. I was really surprised at how well made this instrument is. I read a lot of reviews so I knew what to expect, so I already had a plan as far as setup goes. I worked as a guitar tech for many years, so as long as you have a basically good guitar to start with the rest is easy. First off, this is a very well made guitar, it really exceeded my expectations. The only thing I did was change it to my preferred brand of strings and adjust the neck angle a couple of degrees back to give a little more of a break angle over the bridge. To do this, I removed the neck and added a shim to the heel so the neck would angle back where I wanted. I use guitar picks for this and a thin Fender pick did the trick. I read where some people buy expensive replacement bridges to compensate, but the stock one is fine, more authentic and works well if you have a bit of angle to put some pressure on the bridge. After shimming this, it brought the strings close to the neck and using the two outside set of screws from the bridge, I adjusted the action along with a minor adjustment of the truss rod in order to remove a little bit of relief. The saddles were adjusted fine for height but needed just a little adjustment for intonation. Please note, that this bridge design is intended to rock back and forth slightly which helps with tremolo use. I also adjusted the tremolo spring tension. That is the screw next to the trem arm collar. There is no trem lock on this model but unless you break a string it really doesn't matter much. After the setup, this thing plays really well with a very nice feeling neck, fretwork that was well done, excellent finish and sounds like a Jazzmaster. The classic controls are all there, rhythm switch and all. There are enough changes from the original design to actually make it better than vintage, namely a 9.5 radius and truss rod adjustment at the headstock. If you can, try one out.
Hands Down!!!, this is the Best bang for your buck, an amazing tone machine, I have played the Vintage Jazzmasters, loved them, but on a budget they are out of reach for me, this guitar made it possible for me to have one in my Retro-Rig, It's on it way to being used on every track of my next album, it was on 8 out of a 11 tracks on the last :), Thank-you!!!
RJMcG owns this item
Well, this guitar is really built strong and plays hard. The tone is really versatile. The neck pickup is really hot for bluesy sounds and both pickups sounds like crystal. I love this guitar! The price is damn right good, an affordable jazzmaster was missing in the Fender line, thanks to Squier who has made it happen.
Chrispygrunch owns this item
This is a great guitar! I always wanted a '66 with the block inlays and the binding but they were too expensive. This had the perfect price for me and is a guitar that lives up to that price. Once i set it up with a higher action and the string guage i use it plays like a dream! The pickups sound great for my style. I play mostly blues and some classic rock on it. The two circuits make it very versatile especially for songs that build up at parts. I could see this guitar doing any kind of style. It has easily become my number 2 or 1 and a half since i like it so much! It's hard to replace my other guitar for the harder rock but it is my go to for blues and anything lightly distorted or clean. Only problem i have is that the trem arm falls out and doesn't lock and stay in place but i don't use it much so it doesn't really matter. Overall great guitar and one that i always dreamed of.
CJSchecter96 owns this item
I am a big fan of Fender guitars and amps. I owned a 66 Jaguar back in the late 70's and early eighties. The Squire Vintage Modified Jazzmaster delivers all the vintage vibe of the originals. The quality fit, finish, hardware and electronics for a guitar in this price range is nothing short of amazing. My sonic blue Jazzmaster is flawless. The guitar was set up nicely from the factory and plays like a dream. My only complaint is with the set screws on the bridge saddle pieces. Mine had a tendency to vibrate loose until I put a tiny drop if thread lock on each screw. Problem solved. I own other Fender guitars that cost 3 x as much, but still love playing the Jazzmaster with its full twangy tone. It's a definite keeper and I highly recommend It.
gk8489 owns this item
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