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Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale)  

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The all-new Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS puts classic Fender looks into a distinctively sharp-looking, great-sounding, and super-versatile short-scale Squier bass model.

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The all-new Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS puts classic Fender looks into a distinctively sharp-looking, great-sounding, and super-versatile short-scale Squier bass model.

The Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS features include a sleek offset-waist body and ultra-slim 30"-scale maple 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, the Jaguar Bass Special SS is perfect for players of all kinds who appreciate the comfort of a short-scale instrument.

Features
  • Agathis body
  • C-shaped, 30"-scale maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Split single coil Precision Bass pickup (middle) and single coil Jazz Bass pickup (bridge)
Specifications
  • 30" scale
    Nut width: 1-1/2"
    9-1/2" fretboard radius
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SquierVintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale)
 
4.5

(based on 145 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (91)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (82)
  • Good feel (82)
  • Good tone (65)
  • Good pick up (46)
  • Solid electronics (46)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (12)
  • Poor pick up (9)
  • Craftsmanship (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (72)
  • Jamming (60)
  • Small venues (41)
  • Recording (37)
  • School bands (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (57), Professional musician (23), Novice (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My left Hand No Longer Hurts When I Jam....

In short... I love it... I can smoke scales on this thing with no pain. I've played blues with it with the guys I jam with that do that, I've also...Read complete review

In short... I love it... I can smoke scales on this thing with no pain. I've played blues with it with the guys I jam with that do that, I've also rocked out on it and it's better for that than blues, but, you can get any sound you need to get out of it. Works really good with my 100watt Roland COSM amp, and equally well with my 450watt Behringer head and bottom. All I can say is WOW. If you are even thinking about it... Pull the trigger!
This bass guitar is very light on extra features, but at this price point, I have no complaints. Really not a "Jaguar" in how Fender originally meant the term, but in body style only. That's okay though, as you get plenty for your hard earned money. The single tone control works well enough, and the volume pot's do their job without "scratchy" sounds if you use them for song dynamics.
For the coin, are you kidding me? This thing is VERY nice. I also have two Fender Jazzies, and the paint, pocket, and neck on this thing is very comparable. This is a good working guitar, and I intend on working with it. Not just for students, some of us have pain for various reasons while we play, and for some, a short scale is a "godsend". The only complaint quality wise is that the single coil tailpiece pickup is very weak on it's own. Okay for coloring the sound of the split coil, and I may,after a bit, put a new one in... but that would be only because I want to, you would not have to. It would still be a perfectly serviceable guitar just stock.
As stated above, a quality working guitar... I got it for a great price. I just don't see how you can get much more "value" for your money than that. I'm not kidding when I say I plan on gigging with it. It rocks!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice little bass

Compared to the Mikro bass it doesn't seem like a "toy"...although the Mikro has served me well for couple of years now. It also seems a bit more...Read complete review

Compared to the Mikro bass it doesn't seem like a "toy"...although the Mikro has served me well for couple of years now. It also seems a bit more suited to the classic rock cover band I'm playing in now...can get good country and blues sounds out of it as well. The Mikro seemed to function soundwise better in the metal band I was playing in.
This is my second short scale bass, the first being an Ibanez Mikro bass which I also bought off of MF and I love it. This is a 30" scale and I notice no trouble changing over from the Mikro's 28" scale; the longer scale neck gives the impression that this bass is a little bigger than the Mikro which people make fun of as being so small looking on me (6' 250lbs.). Which is of no consequence to me as I play these small basses because of my bad back and tendonitis in my wrists, which makes playing all my normal and long scale basses painful these days as I get older. The smaller basses have allowed me to have fun again at gigs and 4 hours of playing on the smaller basses every night does not completely wipe me out the next day.

All the parts are solid and it has survived a couple of falls and such, since it doesn't even come with a gig bag...cheapskates. As the years go on I'm getting fed up with the nickle and diming Fender/Squire engages in with their new products. I miss the days when you got a nice hardshell or tweed case included in the price of the guitar. So the tuning heads have survived a couple of bashes that the chinese ones on my expensive Fender Jag didn't survive and had to be replaced...I will keep these until damaged and then buy better locking ones. Pickups are good, I will probably eventually at least change the jazz pu. A little noisy when near my amp but I'm sure a little foil grounding will help that. Sounds awesome as is out of the box thru my Behringer bass head and '67 Kustom cab w/2x15".

Again, the shipping left a lot to be desired. Packed like crap and again a miracle worthy of making me believe in a God...the box had been completely severed and retaped together...I'm assuming that no company in the world would ship a box out looking like that (although every guitar/bass I've bought from MF has come in this kind of shape); therefor it must be UPS's fault and several in the past I've known for sure that the BROWN lived up to their color's name.

Only a couple of "dings" on surface of paint, nothing worth sending back over. Same condition my speakers arrived in a couple of weeks ago...UPS is garbage. Worthless shipping company. Everything I get from MF is F'd up. I've sent several expensive items back that didn't work and every guitar/bass I have gotten (half a dozen or so over the years) has a least one little nick somewhere from being beaten completely to crap during shipping. MF should really look into allow other forms of shipping..ie. USPS, FedEx, blah blah blah. If I was anal about damage done I would send every thing back each time to MF, but I only buy gear that I think can survive a tough time on the road and in low life bars and bar fights. Everything gets nicked up during the first gig, so there is no point to worring about a few nicks during shipping...it's just become a pet peeve of mine over the years.
For the money and Made In Indonesia it is an excellent quality little bass...has survived a half dozen gigs in the 2 weeks I've had it without the case or gig bag that it didn't come with. Played it straight out of the box with no adjustments since I got it...plays nice. Strings are cheap but no biggie...the gigs hardly pay enough for a set of good strings, and I figure the audience won't know the "sonic" difference after a couple of beers. PU's decent, probably change the Jazz PU, it's a bit weak. Gears and bridge are sufficient for now.
Excellent value for the money.

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5.0

Loving the color and depth of the quality! ☺

By Chucho from Babeparade

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

    The smooth touch to the solid body to the light feel of the body weight, this is a must for good practicing and even small venues. It's how they've been saying it's what you pay for but I feel like a major win with this little beast. Best purchase made 2017

     
    5.0

    Great little bass

    By Jim

    from Paso Robles, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

      I bought this bass for my grandson who is eight. It's a perfect little student bass.

       
      4.0

      Bargain price for a very good bass

      By Richard

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

      The is a very good short scale bass guitar. The workmanship is quite good, and the out-of-box setup needed only slight adjustment. A significant advantage of this bass is the price, but don't be misled by those who say this is only a starter bass for beginners. I perceive no disadvantages in playing a short versus long scale bass in terms of sound quality and how the strings feel as I play. Despite my having long fingers, I chose the short scale neck because I have been a guitarist for 55 years, and therefore a short scale neck is more natural for me. My only slightly negative comment is that the jazz pickup (nearest the bridge) has noticeably less output than the other pickup, and therefore needs a bit more boosting by the amp. A better jazz pickup would have brought my rating up to 5 stars.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great 30" bass. Best when you play it like one.

      By Trapland

      from Minneapolis

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gigging
        • Recording

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

        Amazing bass value, plays and sounds as well as many SS instruments exceeding $1k. The complaints about fret buzz are rediculous. Get a setup. Play it like a short scale bass. Complaining about buzz while beating on it is like crying the strings on your mandolin are hard to press compared to your nylon classical guitar. They are DIFFERENT instruments. A short scale bass needs to be played with a lighter touch due to the larger vibrating radius at a given pitch. If you don't want to play it lightly, then raise the action or get a long scale.

        This bass sounds big and deep with lots of harmonics with light gauge round wounds. Change to medium or heavy flats and it's got a mellow but punchy fundamental perfect for jazz or rockabilly. The variety of tones available with the controls or a string change are staggering. Even the tone control has a full palette of useful tones. I can't believe you can get such a quality instrument for this little money.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Jaguar short scale bass for the win!

        By DarthDanny

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

          Super bang for the buck! I'm used to playing a 5 string jazz and just wanted something to noodle on and inspire me. This bass did the trick. Fast neck, fat sound and lightweight! It was setup perfectly upon delivery. The P pickup is no joke and has a lot of thump. Some people say the jazz pickup is weak, but who would play the jazz pickup solo? I always thought with PJs, the jazz pickup just adds a bit of growl to the p bass thump. But with the price point of this bass, if you want to change the jazz pickup, go for it. I havent played it out yet but it seems like a sturdy baas. Get it! You won't regret it!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome tone, high quality, low action, killer appearance

          By Mac the Tripper

          from Tucson

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Can blend the *TONE* for any context
          • Can blend the time for any context
          • Excellent fit & finish
          • First experience with short scale but love it
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Neck fit superior to some $1800 Corona Fenders
          • Neck-to-neck pocket fit is perfect
          • Perfect bass scale length for 6-string guitarist
          • Separate volume for blending pickups is awesome
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Rehearsing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

            The discovery of a short-scale bass is great! Wow! I now enjoy playing this Fender Jaguar much more than my full-scale Fender P-bass. The short-scale Jaguar has two pickups and is only $50 more than the short-scale Fender Bronco that has only one pickup. Therefore, in my view the Jaguar is an excellent value. Most importantly, the Jaguar is an excellent fit for me. It plays well and sounds awesome. Two Allen wrenches are included in the box and they are important. I recommend that you use these tools to adjust your Jaguar's neck a tiny amount if necessary and adjust the string height a few thousands of an inch to set the action exactly where it feels the best for you. There are many fantastic YouTube videos that clearly demonstrate how to quickly make these simple little adjustments that yield big improvements in how easy any guitar will play.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What a great bass!

            By Doctor Rock

            from E. Liverpool, Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Its lighter, very comfortable, and easy to play
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

            It just rocks and you can't beat the price!

             
            5.0

            Would Buy Again--A Little Beauty

            By Sharkbait

            from East Hampton, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • A Little Gem
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • MFriend couldn't offer 8% off becuz I pd PayPal

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

            Great finish, great look. Great set up right out of the very well packaged box. If you are looking for a lightweight option with very nice tone (yes, the buttons work) , no fret buzz, nice action and a slim neck, look no further. This might just become your favorite bass.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Right tool for the job

            By Donny

            from San Diego

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • School Bands

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

              Tracking my original songs in home studio

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Works Fine.

              By 3of5

              from Southern California

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Great value for price.
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS (Short Scale):

                I am a longtime guitar player just starting out on bass. I have small hands and wrist-tendon issues so this short scale bass with a narrow neck was just what I was looking for. This is much more comfortable for me to play than my friends Jazz bass. At 7lbs 15 oz. it is exactly 1lb lighter than my friends Jazz bass too.

                Tone is fine for me. I will only be a home player playing at low volume.

                The only issue I have with this bass, and it is minor, is that it sometimes wants to slip off of my lap because of the short lower bout (I sit when I play).

                At this price, I give it 5 stars.

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