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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.3

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (52)
  • Fun to play (50)
  • Good tone (46)
  • Good pick up (40)
  • Solid electronics (28)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)
  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (42)
  • Practicing (41)
  • Recording (33)
  • Small venues (26)
  • Rock concerts (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Professional musician (17), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar, if you know how to set it

The Jazzmaster isn't your normal Fender/Squier Stratocaster. Most people new to them do not know how to set them up, and some are ruined by the experience of a JM or Jag with...Read complete review

The Jazzmaster isn't your normal Fender/Squier Stratocaster. Most people new to them do not know how to set them up, and some are ruined by the experience of a JM or Jag with a bad set up. So here's a quick tutorial to make the Jazzmaster into a real player.

Most problems encountered by people who are new to these guitars is the strings will pop out of place constantly, it's simply because it's not set up right.

First, take those 9's off of the guitar, you'll want heavier strings, at least 11's. Remember this guitar was designed at a time when the lightest gauge string was 12's, but 11's work just fine, I wouldn't go any lower. I say this because light gauge strings don't have enough tension and combined with the low break angle of the bridge, the strings will pop out of the saddles, but with heavy strings, they'll stay in the saddles,

Second, take the neck off, and put a shim in the very back of the neck pocket, 2 or 3 pieces of a business card stacked on top of each other will suffice, then put the neck back on. What this does is provide more break angle to help keep the strings on the saddles.

You may notice that the bridge is right up against the pickguard, and the saddles are raised way up, with the intonation screws touching the playable part of the strings. This is completely wrong.

First, raise or lower the outer two saddles, so the intonation screws are level with the front edge of the bridge, then take the small allen wrench that comes with the guitar, and raise the bridge until the Low E and High E are about 2mm above the 12th fretwire, then set the radius of the other saddles (Hint: the front edge of the bridge is the radius.) Of course you might want the bridge a bit higher or lower.

When you set the intonation, it's extremely important to hold the bridge in the center of the thimbles, it was designed to rock back and forth when using the trem, and if you let the bridge go forward during intonation, everything will be off.

Now, with the neck shimmed and the bridge raised up, and using heavy strings, you won't have any problems with rattles, or the strings popping out of place. Of course going up to 11's will require a little adjusting to the truss rod, Intonation, and to the spring adjustment screw of the trem (it's the screw right next to the whammy bar)

That's all there is to it. But you might encounter another problem. New Jazzmaster/Jaguar bridges and saddles like to lower themselves while you play. If this happens, reset your action, then get some good clear nail polish. Brush the polish onto the saddle height adjustment screws, that will keep them locked in place, until you decide to make more adjustments. Due to the intonation, one or two of the screws might touch a string, if that happens, you can move the string over a little to keep them from touching, unless you like Sitar sounds.

Also, if your entire bridge lowers itself, readjust it, pull it out, and apply nail polish to the height adjustment screws. Be careful not to cover the entire screw with it, because it will prevent the guitar from being grounded, and you'll get some nasty hum.

This tutorial isn't just for Squiers, the things I've described have been done since the first Jazzmaster left the Fender plant in 1958.

Also, a few more tips, Lubricate the nut, I personally use a small dab of Lip Balm in the nut slots, it'll last for a good while, and it keeps the strings from hanging up in the nut.

If you can't raise the bridge pickup enough, you can uncrew the four screws that hold it on, the pickups are screwed directly to the body, and use a thick foam pad instead of springs. If you need to raise them higher, cut a couple pieces of cardboard from the box the guitar comes in, lay them in the pickup cavity, and screw the pickup(s) back down. Now you'll have a lot of extra height to play with.

Oh, also, the whammy bar will lock into place, instead of spinning around freely, push it in as far as possible. It'll be a bit difficult to get it in and out, but it won't fall out, and it'll stay where you want it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had to send my first one back.

OK. I admit it. I was very excited to have my Squier VM Jazmmaster on order and couldn't wait to get it. I have owned a Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster and it was...Read complete review

OK. I admit it. I was very excited to have my Squier VM Jazmmaster on order and couldn't wait to get it. I have owned a Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster and it was first class all the way.

When this guitar showed up, I was ready for a solid, well built instrument that would need a little tweaking, but be ready to play in short order. Instead, this guitar totally missed the quality and reliability I have come to expect in Squier guitars. The pickup buzz was totally loud and annoying, both neck and bridge pickups. The strings were way off the neck and uneven across the fretboard. The sound was brittle, harsh and really hurt my ears. I was surprised when I selected the Rhythym mode that the neck pickup was still very bright and the tone rolled off to an instant muddy sound when I tried the roller tone adjuster wheel. The finish was shockingly bad with pits and smears in the finish, especially on the back. The guitar had two noticeable scratches on the lower horn and on the pickguard, even through the protective plastic peel coat. The neck felt good, a little chunky but I could use it.

Again, I have owned several Squiers and know what to expect. I wasn't looking for Fender American or even MIM quality, but this guitar truly was an absolute shame. Also,the body was made up of 6, yes "6" pieces of laminated wood! Having ordered the 3 tone sunburst, it was painfully obvious and each plank showed up, especially one annoying knot hole. If you order one of these you may want to consider a solid color.

OK. I've given this guitar a harsh review and it deserved it, but I re-ordered another one and am betting on the quality I have become accustomed to from Squier. I am hoping this was just an odd ball.

Come on Squier. Let's see a better quality guitar next time, OK?

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Jazzmaster

By Jo

from Fountain Valley, CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

I used in church praise team. It works good.

(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good gear

By OOOOOOOO

from Berkeley,CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Bridge Buzz-General JM Problem.

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

good

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

squier jazzmaster

By Ross

from Perth Western Australia

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • nothing to find wrong

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

I have a fender telecaster, a martin and over the years many different brands. I play all styles but this jazzmaster holds it own, I am as old as the beatles.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar

By Mish

from Akron, OH

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great overall electronics.
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

It is the best squire I have ever owned.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar for a tribute gig!

By PG Hammer

from Akron, Ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    Needed it for a Cars tribute at the House of Blues in Cleveland. Gives me a nice clean tone for my Ric Ocasek parts.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      fun to play

      By T Lux-a-go-go

      from Lawrence, Kansas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar as a project guitar. Replaced the nut with a bone nut. Replaced the pots with cts pots for better control of volume and tone, and for a better rhythm circuit sound. Had a professional setup done by a luthier. Eventually, I'll probably put in a Stay-trem bridge in. The stock bridge is okay although the high E keeps wanting to move. Pickups sound great for the price. If you always wanted a Jazzmaster like me, this is the one to get. Make sure you put 11's on it. The extra long string length makes them feel like 10's. And it sounds a lot better.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A Unique Guitar

          By Jimmy J

          from Way Up North

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Ringing Chime

          Cons

          • Paint Issues

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          I have been wanting a Jazzmaster for years, so when I saw the Squier prices starting to increase, I took the plunge. Mine is Sonic Blue, but it appears slightly lighter in color than Fender's original color. It arrived with a decent setup, requiring only a slight truss rod adjustment and floating bridge adjustment. The intonation was good, and all the electronics functioned properly. I like the somewhat beefy neck profile, and the frets were level and smooth, with no sharp edges. I was happy to see that the strings were properly aligned on the neck, and centered over the pickup pole pieces.

          There were a couple of cosmetic issues with the paint, such as a paint run resulting in a bubble, a couple of small spots near the neck pocket devoid of paint, and a small split in the paint on the edge of the body. I considered sending it back for a replacement, but I was afraid that the next one might have string alignment problems that are common on Squiers (high "E" string too close to the fretboard edge) or other issues.

          This guitar just sounds good! It has a chimey ring when played clean, through my Fender Deluxe Reverb. I have had no problems with the bridge or saddles, but I use 11's for strings. The only other issue is that the tone and volume rollers on the rhythm circuit are barely accessable, being flush with the pickguard. I took a look under the hood, and there is no room for adjustment. The vibrato bar keeps falling out whenever it wants to, but the system works smoothly and sounds good. The floating bridge and threaded saddles take some getting used to, but they are true to the original design and are just fine by me, if used with heavy strings. These guitars are not for everybody, but they produce a sound that you just can't get with any other Fender. The bodies are made from basswood, which is not my first choice due to the soft nature of the wood and the weight. But these Jazzmasters are a lot of bang for your buck, and are a blast!

          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Price just went up...

          By David

          from Des Moines, Iowa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

          Since nobody has mentioned this yet, the price just went up. I own both the (Squier VM) sonic blue Jazzmaster and the surf green Jaguar. I bought both "used" a year ago for around "two bills" one form MF and one from a local shop. Even though both guitars were "used", they were cosmetically in "like new" condition. The overall quality is darn good for the original lower price, but very questionable at the new higher price. Both guitars needed a fret level (due to a couple of dead spots on the fret board) and they needed a professional set up. So, I ended up dropping extra money into each guitar. The pickup selector on the Jazzmaster went out after a month due to poor quality parts. So, that was extra money. I also own the Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster (a great price from MF with 15% deal). I have played probably 200 gigs and hundreds of hours of practices with the Fender and it has never let me down. However, I will need a re-fret in the near future because of normal wear and tear. That being said, I would not trust the Squier VM guitars for gigs unless they were completely upgraded with better pots, caps, switches, and re-wired. So, if you consider that extra cost, you might as well buy the Fender. I will use my Squier Jazzmaster and Jaguar around the house and maybe at practices, but they are more of a novelty. Many people love these and they were flying off the shelf at the lower price, so Fender/Squier saw the opportunity to make some extra coin by upping the price. But, they may have just priced themselves out of the market. Especially when you can get a used (or MF 15% off) Fender Classic Player for a little more.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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