Vintage Modified Jazz Bass® Fretless


Model #: 0306608500
Vintage Modified Jazz Bass® Fretless, Ebonol Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst

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Squier's Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Fretless fuses the slippery sound of an upright and the sleek style of an electric, with dual Fender-designed pickups and a slim "C"-shaped maple neck with a vintage-tint gloss finish. Other features include a fretless ebonol fingerboard with white fret-marker lines, four-saddle bridge, chrome control knobs and hardware, and open-gear tuners. Superior fretless sound and feel for today's bassists, with superior Squier performance and value.

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Very pleasantly surprised

(4.0)
DA Keep on September 3, 2014
Blues Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock

I saw a guy playing one of these on a YouTube video and liked what I heard. I did some research on the bass and read and heard very good things about it. I found one at a music store near me and went to check it out. I honestly wasn't expecting too much for the price. I've been playing 45 years and own some very fine interments, including Fender Strat, Tele, Hwy 1 Jazz bass, Gibson Les Paul Classic, Rickenbacker 4001v63, Warwick Pro Series Corvette with active electronics and now the Squier VM fretless Jazz bass and love them all. I was in the market for a fretless but didn't want to spend a ton of money. I was surprised when I first picked up the bass from the rack it was hanging on. I expected it to be very light but it had a good weight to it. Then I sat down and played it for a while and was even more surprised. The neck is very smooth, it has great tone, it's pretty well balanced, there is virtually no single coil pickup hum from the Duncan designed pickups and I ended up buying it. This bass did take quite a while to get set up properly, however. I had to file the nut, straighten the neck, set the action and set the intonation. It was all pretty standard stuff but it did take some time and effort. I also found that one lead on the capacitor had not been soldered correctly but that was an easy fix. Now that the bass is all set up correctly I'm very pleased with it. For the money this is a killer bass! I would rate it a 4.5 but the website doesn't let you do that!

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Genuine Fender Jazz At A Nice Price!

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Omnitial Bassman on July 24, 2014
Blues Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal

As a bassist of over 25 years, I have owned and played many basses in all price ranges. After reading many great reviews on the whole line of VM and CV series axes, I hit a few shops and tried several. I told myself that someday I would pick one up. Just made it happen this week. Found this VM fretless used in super clean condition for $200.00 and couldn't pass it up. It is an original with the Ducan Designed pickups. One play was all it took to make up my mind. Everything about this bass is excellent. Fit, finish and hardware are great, and the tone from the Duncans is beautiful. I don't see myself doing any mods; it is an excellent instrument just as is. Squier hit a home run with this one, and I am very happy with it.

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First Fretless

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Mitch Zerring on May 26, 2014 (updated May 27, 2014)
Blues R&B Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal

I straight traded my (Epi)Thunderbird for this Beautiful Playing / Looking Fender Squier Mod-J Bass. I took to it right away. As my first fretless it has the frets across the neck which is helpful to the newcomers of fretless playing! I am performing already with this well balanced, growling Jaco sounding instrument after a few weeks of ownership!
Fender has been my go to in every situation for the past 4 decades!

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Bang for Buck

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Eliot McCann on April 26, 2014
Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Folk Classical Reggae/Ska

Jaco on a shoestring. This is superb value for money. The fingerboard is incredibly comfortable to play and it's a joy to dial in classic Jazz tones.

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Fretless and flawless

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pimpellicano on April 7, 2014 (updated April 8, 2014)
Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal

The first impression I had about this bass was oddity. Its ebonol fingerboard is totally different from traditional wood. It is not smooth as wood. However, it is not a bad thing about it. It makes the 'nosy' sound even warmer, and it is not eroded by the string grooves. It sounds totally awesome when equipped with flatwound strings. For those who are venturing through the fretless world, this instrument is a great choice. The price is a good point as well (even in Brazil, the most expensive country in the world for musical intruments).

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Squier VM Jazz

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Stratfan61 on January 1, 2014 (updated January 2, 2014)
Semi-Professional Blues Gospel Alternative Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal Folk Country

I received this beautiful bass as a late Christmas gift from my wife. To be honest, I have had an on and off relationship with the Jazz Bass design, having played a number of them and while the balance and playability are never an issue, I could never get comfortable with the tone. That being said, here goes. First, the fit and finish are way beyond what I expected at this price point. The playability is on par with a Fender Jazz that I played when on the worship team at church-fantastic! This little jewel also feels like a much pricier bass- solid and very responsive. Finally, the area I was most concerned with-tone. In a word, Wow! I have tried every possible variation of volume and tone controls, and I can't get a bad tone out of this bass! I can foresee many years of enjoying this bass, and having owned and played about a dozen different basses in the last 34 years, I really wish I had given Squier a shot years ago. Thanks to the hard work of the fine folks at Squier, their bang-for-the buck is unmatched anywhere!

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Sounds decent, plays rough

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Tjazzs on September 23, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country Reggae / Ska

I have had this bass for about 3 years now. I play it mostly at home and gig with it every now and then. The tone is fine and the body is great, but the neck is not straight at all. Maybe I just got a dud, but I have tried and tried both myself, experienced bass playing friends and professional guitar techs have not been able to straighten the neck. The action is higher than I like and it still buzzes when playing above the 14 th fret or so. Some day I will put a replacement neck on it....unless Fender wants to send me a straight one ...wink wink, nudge nudge;)

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General

General
Model Name: Vintage Modified Jazz Bass® Fretless, Ebonol Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 0306608500
Series: Vintage Modified
MSRP: $499.99
Color: 3-Color Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Material: Agathis
Body Finish: Polyurethane
Body Shape: Jazz Bass®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Vintage Tint Gloss
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Fingerboard: Ebonol
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: Fretless
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Fender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Middle Pickup: Fender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Controls: Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
Pickup Configuration: SS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 4-Saddle Standard
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045-.100 Gauges)