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Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar

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With its offset waist and contoured body the new Vintage Modified Jazzmaster® gives a nod to its iconic forbear, but has other things going for it that make it truly 'modified.' The unique top-loading... Click To Read More About This Product

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With its offset waist and contoured body the new Vintage Modified Jazzmaster® gives a nod to its iconic forbear, but has other things going for it that make it truly 'modified.' The unique top-loading hardtail bridge features string saddles that are adjustable for intonation and designed to have a 9.5" radius when sitting flat on the bridge plate. The bridge is anchored at the rear of the plate while the front sits atop height adjustment screws which can be raised or lowered to achieve desired string height/action while subtle adjustment at the rear (anchor) achieves the correct bridge angle.

A custom set of Duncan Designed™ pickups offers tones from glassy smooth to jangly rockin' rhythm crunch with a vintage toned neck pickup and higher output bridge pickup. Other features include '62 Jazz Bass® concentric volume/tone controls, vintage style tuners and a comfortable one-piece maple neck.


  • Alder body with Jazzmaster shape
  • Full scale maple neck shaped to a C profile
  • Duncan Designed™ JM-101B single-coil Jazzmaster pickups
  • Concentric volume/tone knobs and 3-position pickup toggle
  • Chrome hardware including vintage-style tuning machines
  • Vintage Modified series
  • Jazzmaster body shape
  • Alder body
  • Polyester finish
  • Maple neck
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • C-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5" radius
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Duncan Designed™ JM-101B single-coil Jazzmaster® bridge pickup with AlNiCo V magnets
  • Duncan Designed™ JM-101N single-coil Jazzmaster® neck pickup with AlNiCo V magnets
  • Concentric volume/tone knobs
  • 3-position pickup toggle
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
  • "Top-loader" fixed bridge
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SquierVintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar

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(10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)



By Robert Zawalnicki

from San Diego, California

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

Upon arrival, the body of the guitar looked scratches. I noticed on the neck some cosmetic corrections. Also, along the edge of the neck at some points was green, as if the wood still needed to be "cured". I checked the toggle switch and noticed that it moved in the direction of the body and the neck, rather up and down like a Les Paul. The volume and tone controls are concentric with the volume in the center and the tone surrounding it. Also, each individual pickup has it's own volume control...the neck at the top and the bridge at the bottom. This is the opposite of the way a "STRAT" is set up and did cause confusion when I played. Furthermore, I noticed that when turned down, the pickups never completely turned off. Lastly, the volume controls needed a little adjustment since they were hitting the tone ring. The neck is different than a lot of Fenders and it also took time to adjust to. Unfortunately, there was some sticky substance on it which was easily removed when I replaced the strings. The action is a little too high for most players, but I like the way they set it since my style is blues like and I stretch the strings a lot. What I didn't like is this neck only goes to a Db (the same as my Mexican STRAT) and I found myself having to stretch to reach the high notes. The best part of this guitar are the pickups and the sound. Even though these are Duncans, the have captured the Fender sound extremely well. The output is great and out performs the STRATs single coils. The neck pickup has a rich solid sound and the bridge very bright. I found myself dialing down the treble on both pickups a little. The headstock came with a yellow finish liked it had already aged, but I really liked the effect and it seem to add to the guitar. Also, along side the words SQUIER and FENDER, artistic lines were drawn giving it a very pleasant appearance. The worst part of this guitar is the bridge/tailpiece. It looks really cheap and is only held on by one screw. However, it doesn't seem to be a big problem and is something that I can live with. OVERALL, it's a fun ax to play with amazing sustain and great tone. This could have been a great guitar if Fender had put a little more money into it's hardware and improved on a few other features already mentioned above.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By steve hitler

from tempe AZ

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

stopped by g center. played a sg classic and then played this squier jazzmaster. i could not believe it, the squier felt and sounded better. maybe this was an exceptional squier off the line, but these are def. worth checking out. the more guitars i play, the less i judge them by the price or country of origin. these are nice.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A great guitar for the money.

By Mike

from Moore, OK

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

I just picked up my Squier Jazzmaster from Guitar Center today. I must say I was very impressed with it. The sunburst finish looks flawless. The pick-ups have a nice clarity and low noise. The hardtail bridge, although somewhat cheaper looking than the traditional jazzmaster bridge, definitely will stay in tune better. It has very nice sustain, which may be helped by the hardtail. All in all, a very nice guitar for the money.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Jazzmaster

By Luis

from Pasadena, Texas

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

This thing sure beats the blacktop! Its setup is simple but effective and the finish is flawless.The pickups are very quiet for singlecoils and the neck has the vintage tint which I love.Squier sure nailed it with this amazing jazzmaster...worth every penny!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Jazz Masterfull!

By Jens Jorgensen

from Houston, TX

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

I bought the butterscotch blonde squire vintage modified jazzmaster after reading the reviews from 2011 guitar player magazine where it received a guitar player editors' pick. The range of sounds from the stepped tone knobs is quite impressive. I was fooling with it for some time, and still do often. It has become my go to guitar for recording rhythm work. I have had it for a couple weeks now and I play it everyday as my other 4 guitars hang on the wall. Feels great, nice neck shape, well constructed. The guitar weighs like a les paul standard. the neck feels like a stratocaster with one less fret at 21. For the price you have something worthy for a lifetime of playing. Don't be fooled by country of origin, these are well made guitars and easily compete with brothers of a much higher price range.


Great guitar that doesnt break the bank

By Norb Pranger

from Chicago,IL

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

I always thought that you needed an expensive guitar to make great music. That couldn't be anymore false. This Jazzmaster plays as well as some 2 & 3 thousand dollar guitars. The range of sound and playability make this a great buy for hobbyists or true onstage guitarist. I've never owned a Fender/Squier product before really just due to the fact that I thought it would never give me the sound that I wanted. I was wrong. Im playing mine through a Crate 2X12 60W Combo. Mind you that I could definitely get some better tone out of a Fender or Marshall, but thats next on the list. The finish has some extremely minor flaws, but that is more the wood itself. I think with a $300 guitar that you shouldn't expect perfection. And really looks is the second reason that you get a guitar, sound and playability should be first. I am very glad that I got this and hope that it will sound this good for years to come. Oh, just some very minor tuning straight out of the box, other than that it was setup pretty nice.


Nice but was unplayable

By Dennis Weaver

from Maple Shade, NJ

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

I got the guitar in the mail via UPS, and tuned it up. The strings buzzed on like every fret and I eyed down the neck to see an extreme bow!!! I turned the truss rod like 2- 3 complete revolutions and got some buzzing frets. I raised bridge saddles. Now I start to get a head ache and return to the project at hand hours later. I put a card shim in back of neck pocket to change angle. I try a shim under nut. (3rd string open buzzes on first fret. I remove all shims and mess with more the next day or so. I get it to the open G string buzzes on the first fret, bass strings have buzzers on first 5 or so frets, and intonation is way out. I take the guitar to a nearby Guitar Center. I payed 30 bucks for the guy to set it up. He did a fantastic job and now intonation is spot on and action is low and no buzzing frets. The guitar is sort of a unique Fender in that it has its own sound. I never quite heard this sound before. It still sounds like a Fender but it is different. I have to experiment and find my "settings" I like still. Oh ergonomically- the guitar body is like the best feel there is!!! It is a great guitar and esp. for the price but was not in anyway set up. Like the place in China just threw the parts together and boxed it up!

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