An authentically styled Jaguar now joins the Vintage Modified family, with present-day touches including sharp, clear Duncan Designed pickups and a modern fingerboard radius. Squiers new Vintage Modif... Read More
An authentically styled Jaguar now joins the Vintage Modified family, with present-day touches including sharp, clear Duncan Designed pickups and a modern fingerboard radius. Squiers new Vintage Modified Jaguar rocks the models distinctive hallmarks, too - such as the 24" scale, dual-circuit switching and controls, floating-vibrato bridge and an assortment of finishes.
Players have done it for years. Whether installing hotter pickups, different pickguards or just plain personalizing their instruments with distinctive paint jobs, modified means adding new twists to familiar designs. Squier's Vintage Modified series excels at just that, imparting hot-output chop-shop sound, feel and value to traditional instrument designs.
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I bought this guitar as a cheap replacement for the official fender jaguar I had stolen a few years ago. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much as I have always preferred fender over squire due to the belief that squire would somehow sound of lower quality. I have to say I was really surprised by this one. Not only does it have the same look and feel of my old fender but it actually sounds better in my opinion. It is sounds very similar to my fender jazz master which I love. I was also surmised that mine did not require the set up that most guitars need right out of the box. All that was needed was a quick tuning and it was ready to go. The only small problem is that the guitar does fall somewhat out of tune during long play, but this actually normal for this guitar.. (My fender jag and jazz master did that too.) If you are thinking about getting one of these or are on the fence, go ahead and take the chance with this one. You will be surprised.
Okay, I am a nube, but as a mechanic and possesing other skills, I can recognize how well a piece is assembled. The fit and finish are remarkable for a guitar at this price. I am pursuing the Surf sound so the Jag was my choice. When I picked it up, I asked the Guitar Center Sales guy to check it out for me and see how it was set up. He gave a it tuning and blasted out some Doobie Bros. So, out of the box for a new guy, I am pretty happy. Switching the pickups gives a variety of tones and I think it will be a while before, if ever, I outgrow this. Maybe the pros will disagree, but they are not looking at a $300.00 piece either. Very pleased with my purchase.
Okay, let me start by saying I play instro surf guitar and have owned all the off-set waist models - Jazzmasters and Jaguars - those Made in America, Made In Mexico, and Made in Japan. This cheap Indo knockoff stacks up well to all of 'em. It has great tone and the essential Jaguar surf sound. For the price, it's a steal. Some things that suck: it falls out of tune and the strings jump off the bridge saddle barrels - a problem with many Jags and Jazzmasters. Replace the saddles with those from a Mustang. The thick urethane neck paint is slow and sticky. I plan to replace the neck with a custom job. But, hey, it's just $300!
I bought a Squire Surf Green Jaguar. I bought this guitar with the intentions of doing some serious modifications, so all I was really concerned with was the finish. I looked it over quickly in the store, to be clear my guitar was delivered to the store, so a sales associate and myself un boxed it. I checked it over and all seemed good. I took it home and immediately ripped it COMPLETELY apart. Over the next two weeks I changed/ modified this guitar to make it much closer to my vintage Jags. I will say this--had I not taken it apart, there would have been some serious problems!! 1. The bridge pickup's springs had cut the wires pretty severely, and it would have shorted in no time. 2. there were tons of blems on the body and especially the headstock. There are places the body wasn't shaped and or sanded correctly, and it was left and painted over, and there was a lot of cross grain scratching under the finish on the headstock. 3. There were loose wires inside the guitar, and short loose cut pieces of wire left in it under the pickguard and volume and tone control plate. 4.The foam and or springs under the pickups was a joke and you could NOT adjust the pickups properly. 5.The pickguard was cut poorly, especially around the control plate for the switches!!!! 6. The chrome plating is....OK but not great. I too it completely apart, shielded the body recesses with copper tape, joined the cavities and ran a wire to the tremolo plate. I put better ( minicell) foam under each pickup so proper adjustment could be made. I replaced the tremolo and tremolo arm with AVRI Fender parts. Installed a aged tip on the trem arm. ( I wanted better chrome, better quality parts, and a working tremolo lock) I replaced the pickguard with an AVRI tortoise shell. I drilled the hole for the spring and plunger, and installed a Fender Jaguar Mute. The pickup covers were replaced with AVRI aged covers. I also had to replace two pickup screws as two of the 4 were stripped out right out of the box.....QC anyone???? I shimmed the neck, (for the mute, and to lower action) and replaced the squire neck plate with a repro Fender "F" stamped plate. The headstock was sanded and painted with Fender Surf Green Paint, and a original 1965ish Fender Jaguar decal was used to finish it off, after I put on 20 uber light mist coats of clear nitro over the paint and decal--it was block sanded flat, rubbed out and then polished to a high gloss. I put thread lock on ALL of the bridge height screws and the two grub screws for the bridge height. I had to replace wire for the bridge pickup, with the original being damaged in the factory at assembly.. I replaced the Volume and tone pots to Fender spec. I wet sanded off the squire made in Indonesia off of the back of the headstock!!!! I did all of this work because I bought it knowing I was going to be doing so. A real surf green jag hovers around the 10,000 mark these days! I did not expect so much poor quality in the build....Frankly had I seen some of the blemishes before I really started tearing it apart, I probably would have sent it back for another one... But being rather hands of with guitars and amps I just went about the build. I feel the end result is fantastic, other than the truss rod adjustment being at the nut and the walnut stripe on the back of the neck it really looks like a vintage jag. It plays great and sounds great-after my work to it I am very happy with it, but not happy with the overall build quality. Initial reviews were good, and I think the first batches of guitars were good. I had to wait a while to get my jag, and I think they rushed to meet demand... If you are not handy, can not properly repair a guitar, I would say buy a classic player or a AVRI jag-if you can find a used Japanese model go for that-but stay away from Squire---the quality is not consistent, and this guitar could leave you aggravated with "headaches" and problems. On the other hand if your like me and bought it to build a cheap custom guitar---then by all means this is the one you want--and it's better quality than the older Japanese made models.
The neck is noticeably thinner and the bridge can go out of wack if you whammy a little too hard a little too often but for the price it's a nice cheap little guitar.
This guitar is worth much more. [The reason for 4 stars instead of 5] I had to ajust the old style bridge a little when I first recieved it, but it was minor. Really good sound and the finnish is great plays nice and easy
I purchased the 3-Tone Sunburst from Guitar Center a week ago. I am an experienced guitar player and own several high end Custom Shop and lower end guitars. For the price tag, this Squire Jag is a great deal. I honestly was not expecting the quality of this guitar. The wood looks very nice and has lots of character. The tuning machines seem like higher end tuners. I have seen cheaper tuning machines on other guitars priced the same. The pickups are great! I wouldn't say they are hot as what you would find on an American Jag, but they are nice sounding and you can pull off the Surf guitar tone very well. You may want to raise them a bit. All and all the pickups are great. They don't have a lot of bottom. This is a great surf guitar and a guitar to add textures such as the guitar player from The Killers, or the Edge from U2. That's what this guitar can pull off. You may read out there that people complain that there is a buzz on the bridge. This is because the guitar is not setup properly. You need to raise the action and adjust the truss rod on these. Also, since it's a shorter scale, you will want heavier gauge strings with this guitar. I recommend 11's. If you have buzz on some strings on the bridge, then raise the action. The tension needs to be right. My Jag has 0 buzz and 100% tone. For the price tag, this is a great guitar!
I've been really excited for this to come out for a long time, even more after purchasing my J. Mascis squier. I went in to the store and played one...it's a proper jaguar in many ways, but I was unimpressed. Features: The duncan designed jaguar pickups don't sound bad per say, but they aren't anything spectacular. I can tell that the electronics are of poor quality and the pots are not very sensitive to volume and tone controls. The plastic and rhythm circuit control feel extremely cheap and plasticy. It has decent tuners, and while very similar to the kluson-like tuners on the J. Mascis and older classic vibe, they do not seem as they have that nice of quality. As with all squiers, I think they are fine and will keep it in tune. The tremelo is a normal one, and the same as on the J. Mascis. It works well and features a tremelo arm that will stay in place, a very good feature. The bridge itself is very cheap feeling and unlike a tune-o-matic, it has a ton of that "fender offset string buzz" and strings popping out of place and breaking would be common. Quality & Reliability: To me, the vintage modified squiers have always FELT very cheap and unreliable to me and the new offsets continue this pattern. I would certainly not play this guitar for extended periods in front of a crowd. Look & Feel: The surf green was awesome! There were no blemishes on the model that I played. The one-ply pickguard is very flimsy and a gross stale white. A mint green or tortoiseshell guard would look MUCH better. As previously mentioned the plastics and rhythm circuit controls look and feel cheap. The neck has the thick poly finish common on many squiers, if you don't like it steel wool can fix that. The neck felt level and the frets were smooth. My VERDICT- I would avoid getting this if you're looking for a new cheap guitar. If you're like me, you have been excited for a REAL and CHEAP jaguar. Squier has shown with the J. Mascis that they can produce amazing offsets on a budget. The Vintage Modified Jazzmaster feels even worse than the Jaguar, and so I would never recommend it. If you were going to play this guitar live and/or often, I would recommend a complete replacement of all hardware, electronics, and plastics. That would be very expensive, but for the price better than the MIM classic player Jag. If you have more than 300 bucks and you have experience, I think it would be a great guitar after some much needed renovations. Otherwise, avoid this guitar!