The Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster electric guitar combines the classic features that made the model such a huge draw for players from many different musical genres for decades, with modern touches that takes the power, versatility, and reliability of the Jazzmaster to another level.
Following on from the success of the Strat, the Jazzmaster was released to cater to the playing needs of jazz and blues players. The offset-waist body was designed to make the Jazzmaster comfortable to play in the seated position, as was common for jazz and blues' guitarists at the time. Following its popularity with surf rock bands, the Jazzmaster became the model of choice for many highly influential musicians including Elvis Costello, Robert Smith, Thurston Moore, Stephen Malkmus, J Mascis, and Kevin Shields - to name but a select few of a huge list! The Jazzmaster's incredible sustain, tonal versatility, raw power, comfortable playability, and unique design continues to make it a go to model for players across many musical genres.
The Vintage Modified Jazzmaster body has been fashioned from basswood, favoured for its lightweight feel that is backed up by an impressive energy. Thanks to the exquisite balance of lows, mids and highs, basswood is the perfect choice. The body has been treated to an eye-catching Olympic White finish, which is complemented beautifully by the tortoiseshell pickguard, and protected by a slender layer of gloss polyurethane.
Fitted to the body is the 6-saddle vintage-style with non-locking floating vibrato, hailed for its ability to ensure optimum intonation and sustain. The tremolo responds beautifully, allowing you to infuse you tone with subtle tremolo/vibrato, and return to start-position efficiently every time.
Fitted to the body is a sublime maple neck, which has been shaped to the "C" shape profile that gives it a substantial feel in the hand that yields a fast-playing feel. The gloss polyurethane finish along the back of the neck prevents unwanted stickiness or tackiness from affecting manoeuvrability or playability, so that you may glide up and down the neck effortlessly. Married to the neck is a stunning rosewood fingerboard, home to 21 medium-jumbo frets that are adorned with dot position inlays.
The Vintage Modified Jazzmaster comes fitted with a pair of Duncan Designed JM-101 single-coil Jazzmaster pickups in the neck and bridge positions. Powered by Alnico 5 magnets, the pickups work with the intricate circuitry to deliver warm, smooth tones every time. One of the Jazzmaster's notable features is the pickup circuitry, which features a "roller" thumbwheel and slide switch. The slide switch selects between two different pickup circuit options: "lead" and "rhythm". In the lead position, the tone and volume knobs, and the 3-position pickup selector switch control the guitar’s tone. In the rhythm position, only the neck pickup is active, and the volume and tone are controlled by the two thumbwheels. Therefore, you can effectively set up two different settings within the guitar itself, to quickly switch between rhythm and lead tones. To say this arrangement is versatile would be an massive understatement.
The Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster is a dream guitar at a down-to-earth price. With its smooth, clear tones, it definitely lives up to the "Jazzmaster" title, but is equally comfortable when being applied to any genre of music. Not only that, but the build quality makes it a superb touring guitar.
Manufacturer Squier Model Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Body Material Basswood Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration SS Pickguard 4-Ply Tortoiseshell Bridge Tremolo Neck Profile C Shape No. of Frets 21 Position Inlays Parchment Dot Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle Vintage-Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato Active/Passive Passive Tuners Vintage-Style Pickups Neck and Bridge: Duncan Designed JM-101N Single-Coil Jazzmaster with Alnico 5 Magnets Controls Master Volume Master Tone Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup Special Electronics Specially-Voiced Rhythm and Lead Circuit Controls Finish Three Colour Sunburst
The guitar has a rich feel. It feels robust and as if it had been well made. There is a great floating bridge for using the whammy bar. It is a simply guitar with less electrics making it easier to maintain and less to dislike. What’s appealing to me is the great looks and for those who want that feel of a Fender but don’t want a Strat or a Tele, this is a great guitar. The only downfall I would think is the regular/ thin neck. However I think this a matter of opinion as I have used a Gibson Les Paul and they have quite a thick neck!!!!!
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