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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)
 
4.4

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fits my needs perfectly, better than Mikro

I'm a guitar player, 60yrs. since I first played with my big brother. I've had 3 careers since my 5-6 night/wk club gig days, and I've taken up Jazz Theory....Read complete review

I'm a guitar player, 60yrs. since I first played with my big brother. I've had 3 careers since my 5-6 night/wk club gig days, and I've taken up Jazz Theory. A guitar player should know how to think like a bass player, and play bass at times. This fine Squire has perfect geometry, and with some DP126 pups, Deep Talkin' flat wounds and a good professional setup, I get everything I need for less. I used to own and play fine black Jazz bass, would alternate sets with Willie M in the Bees, and at my age a full size Jazz bass no longer makes sense. This is a great compromise, the little SVMJSS plays well, and if I need to play or record at a high level I can. Nice little Jag!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It is ok.

For the money, it is a good guitar to practice on. I will buy a much better short scale bass in the future. The pickups on the Squire are very poor quality, they...Read complete review

For the money, it is a good guitar to practice on. I will buy a much better short scale bass in the future. The pickups on the Squire are very poor quality, they sound flat. It is not balanced very good.

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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

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    (1 of 1 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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fun Little(r) Bass

      By Cable1

      from California

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        I have an Long Scale and an Acustic Bass. Both are very good instruments, however I wanted something smaller for travel and to practice with around the house. I really enjoy the "Goldilocks" size. Not too big - Not too small. At first I did not like it because the balance is very "Headstock heavy". Luckily I have an extra LEATHER strap. This strap holds the guitar solidly in place. With a more slippery strap, one will always be fighting to keep the guitar in a good playing position.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        It is ok.

        By Douglas

        from Indiana

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • It is ok for a beginner.

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Not balanced very good.
        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        For the money, it is a good guitar to practice on. I will buy a much better short scale bass in the future. The pickups on the Squire are very poor quality, they sound flat. It is not balanced very good.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great short scale bass!

        By Roadog

        from Rockville MD

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

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

          Having played bass off and on for 35 years, I resumed playing after retiring. What a world of difference from the 70's and 80's in terms of bang for the buck no doubt due to cheaper Asian production and better engineering and competition.. Don't let anyone tell you that the old basses (and guitars) are better, only for collectors. I played a Fender Mustang USA short scale for quit a few years and then a Precision along with a Gibson. These days, I am selling and updating. I wanted another short scale bass along with the Fender sound. This one delivers with deep bass and good treble, the two pickups work well together although the P bass pickup has more oomph and volume. Action is quite good and it's a blast to play. Makes a good addition to 34' basses. Compared it to my vintage Precision, the P bass has slightly more resonance but not much overall difference. Ten times better than the old and sorry to say, newer Mustangs.

          The Squier line is very good, I like them better than the MIM guitars. Also owned a Squier Jazz bass, also very good but returned it for other reasons.

          Recommend this bass for those wanting a short scale to have fun as well as to hold its own in a gigging setting. Maybe not as your only bass. Also great for beginners. Price is right.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar!

          By Rob

          from Yarmouth, ME

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

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

            Nice guitar with great feel.

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            4.0

            This bass is a jewel

            By Jay Bassman

            from Colorado

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

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

              This bass is a jewel. I own an American made jazz and I bought one of these for practice and I couldn't put it down. I own 3 now. No joke. I did a set up on all 3, the action was off a bit, but for the most part very little needed to be done. If you are handy, you can put some nicer pickups, bride and tuner and pick guard, but you don't have too. It's nice to play it for a long time and not feel worn down like an anchor is around your neck. I'm 5' 7'' and FINALLY I can stretch across frets. I can just about fit into a strat case.The wood seems a bit soft - my experiece from changing parts - I did all screws by hand, so I'm just concerted about if it will hold up for years of play, but it should. Buy this, you won't regret it. Everyone in my band loves the way it sounds

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fun bass. Good Value

              By Jay

              from Colorado

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • body wood is soft

              Best Uses

              • gigs
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts

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

              I bought one of these used on a whim keep around the house so I can grab it and play for 10 minutes and not worry about it laying around. What a surprise! It is super fun to play. I kept hunting around and bought 3 used. So, then I went back to my Jazz and I noticed how much more effort it took to stretch across frets. Turns out this bass has a neck that is 4 INCHES SHORTER than my jazz. Then I had an idea, I basically took it a part, and replaced the electronics, bridge, tuning pegs, made a custom pearl pickguard. Now it looks and sounds like a jazz. My only complaint is you have to be really realy careful if you work on it, it is very easy to strip out the holes because the body wood is very soft. Don't use power tools, use hand tools. I actually moved up one size screw on the new bridge because the normal size felt like they would strip when I went to make them snug. If Fender upgraded this bass , it would be an amazing bass. Still though, the ones i didn't modify are good basses. Great if you have smaller hands. It's just about the size of a strat. It almost fits in a strat case.

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              3.0

              This bass is a really cool gig bass

              By Barry the Bluesman

              from palm beach Florida

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Short scale makes it compact easy to play

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Small Venues

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

                I bought this small scale bass to play in small venues where space is limited

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                An Absolute Beginner's Perspective

                By Charles

                from Cincinnati area

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Adjustments
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

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

                I found the bass to be satisfactory for learning. My main complaint is that the face plate was dinged up somewhat when I received the bass, with what looked like tool marks.

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