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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. Squiers new Vintage Mo... Read More

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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. Squiers new Vintage Modified Jazzmaster has the models most distinctive hallmarks, too - such as the 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.

Features
  • Maple neck with vintage-tint gloss finish
  • 9.5-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays
  • 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
Specifications
  • Body: Basswood
    Body Shape: Jazzmaster
    Series: Vintage Modified
    Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Finger Board Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
    Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
    Scale Length: 25" (63.5 cm)
    Nut Width: 1.650 (42 mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Tuning Keys: Vintage-style chrome
    Bridge: Vintage-style with non-locking floating vibrato
    Pickups: Duncan Designed JM-101B Single-Coil Jazzmaster Pickup with AlNiCo 5 Magnets Duncan Designed JM-101N Single-Coil Jazzmaster Pickup with AlNiCo 5 Magnets
    Pickup Switching: Neck pickup only (rhythm circuit); neck only, neck and bridge, bridge only (lead circuit)
    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
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SquierVintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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4.0

Entry Level Offset Guitar With Extras

By Lexie Scanlon

from Oakland, CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

  • Bridge Buzz

Best Uses

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    I like what I purchased. The Designed by Seymour Duncan pickups are a notch up from very basic. The neck feels great. The bridge, like many other offset guitars is the weakest point that fortunately can be upgraded. I liked the blue finish and overall texture to the paint.

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    5.0

    clear as the Montana Big Sky

    By GypsyCart

    from San Jose

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      Very nice guitar. Love the special rhythm pickup tone. Really like the Sonic Blue color.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Squier Jazzmaster - Good addition to my collection

      By Raider

      from St Louis

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Bridge
      • Poor setup

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

      I have many guitars, Fender Strats and Teles, Gibsons, Epiphones, Gretsch PRS and Ibanez. I was not looking to buy another, but I was drawn to these inexpensive Squier Jazzmaster and Jaguars. Squiers these days are much better than they used to be. So, when I received a great coupon, I decided to take the plunge. While I prefer single coil pickups over humbuckers 9:1, the Jag's tinny pickups turned me off. So I thought I would try the Jazzmaster with its P-90s. I am REALLY glad I did. They have a full sound, but the electronics seem kind of unique. I would never want this as my only guitar because of my preference for "bright" guitars. This guitar has a bright tone, but only in the lead circuit with tone knob up all the way. We all know that the volume knob at 10 provides more treble, and when you roll the volume down, you also roll down the tone as well, but the treble rolloff is more pronounced with this Jazzmaster than other guitars. Still, while it is at 9 or 10, it's incredible, and reminds me of a Jimmy Page overdriven Telecaster. When switching to the rhythm circuit, it is unusable for me because of my preference for a bright sound. However, it is operating as designed by Leo back in the day when he designed it for jazz musicians.

      There were two other issues. The first is the guitar was completely unplayable when I received it. All strings were mashed onto the bridge pickup and no string could be played. While I did have to change the pickup height, the culprit was the bridge. It needed a good setup. Neck was fine, though - no adjustment was needed to truss rod.

      Referring to the bridge, the other issue I knew I would encounter was the bridge, so I planned for it. The Squier Jag and Jazzmaster are known to have original Fender bridges from back in the day, which are just plain bad. When played hard, the strings pop out of the string groove they are in, and into another grove, losing tuning. The fix is to replace the bridge with a Mustang bridge. So, I ordered the Mustang bridge as well as a white pickguard, to replace the tortouse shell that came on it. The Mustang bridge, as well as a good setup made the guitar's playability quite good. The replacement of the bridge is simple. (take strings off, pop out the Jazzmaster bridge, pop in the Mustang bridge and retighten strings.) Replacing a Squier pickguard with a Fender pickguard is not quite as simple though. The holes for the ciruitry in the upper bout are different for from each other. So you have to buy an adapter which will make the Squier controls work in the Fender pickguard. This is actually easily done by me (a novice) using a step-by-step video on Youtube.

      This might sound like a lot, but it is not rocket science and is fairly simple, and I knew about this before I purchased. Once I got this done and set it up, I love this thing. It's not a snob guitar, but gives me a great alternative, sitting between my single coil guitars and humbuckers. I just have to be aware that I'm going to get a larger tone difference when I roll down the volume knob.

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      5.0

      Squier VM Jazzmaster #1, Squier #5 for me!

      By rbanyaga

      from Dallas TX

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

        I picked this up used and she really wasn't set up right, but I couldn't pass up the 3TSB and the feel of the neck and overall quality. I played this and the Fender MIM MP JM, they felt and sounded pretty similar and for the price I felt this was the way to go for the 1st JM (+the Squier is truer to vintage specs). I saw a few reviews online for this and took the advice of most: raise the bridge and put in heavier strings (11's). This guitar set up perfectly, once the bridge was dialed in and there was no need for shims or saddle swap! Intonation and action were easy to adjust and tuning keys are great and hold up. Plugged in, the JM has so many tonal variations! I love the rhythm circuit but totally love both pickups with the tone backed off in the lead circuit. The Duncan Designed pups sound great and I don't think I'll swap them, to me they sound best a little further from the strings (almost 2x the distance recommended). The volume pot had a loose solder joint, but I replaced with a full size. I would highly recommend this guitar especially if you're a Strat and Tele type of person, you will appreciate the quirks and differences in the Jazzmaster!

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        5.0

        Love It

        By GypsyCart

        from San Jose, Ca

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          Rich and clear, jazzy tone; a dream come true to play. Only drawback is that the black on/off switch to the rhythm pickup is hard to see on the black pickguard.

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          5.0

          Amazing 1st Jazzmaster

          By rbanyaga

          from Dallas TX

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          Pros

          • Fabulous Neck And Frets
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Finish

          Cons

          • Loose Solder Joint

          Best Uses

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            This is my 1st Jazzmaster, but my 3rd VM Squier (VM J-bass and Tele Custom) and this JM certainly doesn't disappoint. The fit and finish from this guitar feels as solid as its pricier sisters. I was amazed at how great the pickups sound (I love the 2 different tone circuits!) and how well put together everything on this guitar is (except for a quick fix solder joint on volume pot). This guitar set up perfectly with heavier strings (11 flats) and relief, action and intonation were all spot on factory spec! Even though everyone complains about this stock bridge, I found by making sure the saddles are low (screws fairly parallel to string) but set to radius and raising the entire bridge up off the body to rock and increase break angle (as intended, the string return to pitch and DON'T pop out of the saddles, even when chicken picked! I love this guitar and I would recommend these to everyone! The sounds are amazing both clean and overdriven. They sound pretty thick with fuzz! Probably the heaviest of any single coil Fender-style guitar.

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            5.0

            I Love this Guitar

            By Jim

            from North Branford, CT

            Site Member

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            Being a beginner on guitar , I was looking for a comfortable guitar. I was looking at the Fender vintage Modified Jassmaster. The guitar was just what I was looking for, but I did not want to spend that much on a first electric guitar. So I took a chance and ordered the Squier Vintage Modified Jassmaster without seeing one. They did not have one at the store at that time. When it came into the store for pickup , it was beautiful, the paint,Sonic Blue,the neck,it was all good , nicely built. Good job Indonesia! Just as nicely done as the Fender model made in Mexico. I got lucky, it was set up just right from the factory ,right out of the box. I had a little problem with the volume control so they put a new one in right then and there. They did it fast to . The guitar sounds great. Because I am a beginner, I took it to a friend that has been playing now for 30 years. I wanted his opinion. He checked it out and played it for a good while. He said I did good and it was a lot of guitar for the money. Eventually I will change the bridge for the Mustang bridge and put on 10 gauge strings. I am very happy with this guitar. I can not walk by it without picking it up and playing it.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Beautiful

            By Mikayla

            from Salem

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            Not only does it look beautiful, it sounds amazing and is really nice. When I played it, I loved it even more. Great guitar!

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Guitar for the Money

            By James Seymour

            from St. Louis, MO

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            After seeing a few bands playing Jazzmasters, I decided I would pick one up myself. I didn't play it in the store because one wasn't available, so I had one ordered online and shipped to the store. When I picked it up, everything was perfect - string height was great, sound was perfect, and all the knobs and switches worked perfectly. I dislike the .09 string gauge they always string guitars with, so I put on a set of .11 gauge strings to beef up the clean tone, as well as put a little more tension on the strings. I had to do some adjustments to the bridge, and it plays okay. The Jazzmaster bridge for this guitar is terrible. The individual saddles do not stay in place, and any height adjustment raises the intonation screws to where it clashes with the strings. Luckily the fix is easy - just buy a tune-o-matic bridge that drops into the Jazzmaster bridge holes. J. Mascis does this with his Jazzmasters, as well as plenty of other players. Other than the bridge issue, this guitar is solid. Squier has been putting out great instruments. I used to have a stigma with the Squier brand, thinking it was low quality. That is definitely not the case - this shows up the Fender standard models by far.

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Awesome!

            By Andrew Taylor

            from Cumberland MD

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

            I've never played the fender brand jazzmaster before and yes, squire is known for making rubbish guitars. However, I think, they really nailed this one. The price tag is cheap, but quality of this guitar is awesome. The pickups sound great, but ill be upgrading those along with basic electronics. The tuners work well and the guitar still hold's tuning after using the tremolo. The only con is you are going to have to change the bridge, to a mustang bridge or a adjust-o-matic bridge(which is normal for jaguars and jazzmasters)the strings WILL pop out if you play too hard. Also, im not sure why squire put size 9 gauge strings on it. These guitars need heavier gauge strings.

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