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Jesus saves
Jan 4th, 2011 06:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes It's true . They will be in stores soon . Love and enjoy them .

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Thousand Meter Stare

...No Barn is Safe
Jan 4th, 2011 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They don't have trems! What the H...

**head explodes**


Land Of 1000 Dances

Do you know how to Pony?
Jan 6th, 2011 12:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah,pretty bogus.Not only no trems,the "Jaguar" has humbuckers.Too bad they didn't do real authentic versions in the Classic Vibe line.That would have been something to get excited about!

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Sigonella, Sicily

"I read the news today, oh boy...."
Jan 6th, 2011 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seems like the Jagmaster is a better deal--are they discontinuing that?

I can see where the JM model might appeal to folks who don't care for the 24" scale.



Jesus saves
Jan 6th, 2011 05:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Jagmaster is still available too

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Sigonella, Sicily

"I read the news today, oh boy...."
Jan 7th, 2011 01:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's good news iamjed!!

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We're last exit on

I-10 west before PCH
Jan 7th, 2011 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Jag reminds me of the old Fender Toro.

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Somerset, UK

Slavering over a hot stave.
Jan 7th, 2011 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

From guitargeezer's thread, "what do you want to see in the classic vibe line", my summing up of the top 3 votes:

"Some interesting results- do you really want a Jazzmaster more than a butterscotch blonde tele?...

Jazzmaster x5
Jaguar x4
Butterscotch blond tele w. maple x4"

So it seems from our small sample that Squier are in tune with which models people want, but why oh why did they do these as VM rather than CV? No trems, jag w. humbuckers; for me not very enticing.

I'd have thought they could have pleased Squier fans by producing Jags and Jazzmasters with fewer switches, but less of the other changes. And red and butterscotch? No sonic blue, olympic white? I don't like to just be negative, new models are always welcome (unless you are Gibson :-)) but I think Squier missed a few tricks here. Just my opinion.


NE Ohio

Jan 8th, 2011 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Love and enjoy them."

I'll pass. I, too, was one wanting a CIC Jazzmaster. I have 3 Chinese-made guitars and I love 'em all.

But these new Squiers are disappointing.

"Vintage Modified" is a misnomer. More like a Jazzmutt. I can handle the Jazzy's maple neck (rather it be RW) but a Danelectro bridge? Strat jack? Like Wiredog implied, the trem is heart and soul of the Jag/Jazz sound.

Might as well get a Jagmaster (Tartan: I just saw a nice 'burst at Sam Ash, so they're still around).

eh, just a rant from a geeze.
Kids will buy 'em.

Ten Bob


Ham-fisted minimalist
Mar 22nd, 2011 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'very nice' is my first impression but now i think 'close but no cigar'

hardtail is a plus IMO, i've tried a jazzmaster and the trem was a pain, i dont use them anyway.

but that odd bridge? and the strat input jack?

Hmmmm, the jazzmasters nice but more colours please

i think they had it almost nailed with the JAGMASTER really

my personal wishlist would have to be a toronado (like the original mexican ones) with a 2xP90 option...keep these guitars simple elegant and functional.

the original mex toronado hardtail bridge was always one of my favourites.



Apr 7th, 2011 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I really can't believe all the criticism of the new Squier VM Jaguar HH. It is not exactly the same as previous Fenders with similar names, but so what. If you really want or need those features (like a tremolo or a million switches) then BUY one of those, without knocking a different, perfectly fine guitar.

The new VM Jag HH in Fiesta Red is beautifully finished in a color I've been wanting for awhile; neck is nicely grained, with skunk stripe and a nice tint and glossy finish ( unlike some Squiers with a seemingly unfinished neck and head); vintage style tuners (easy to string, like my Fender Custom Shop guitars); and Duncan Designed humbuckers that sound so fantastic that they will be the first Squier pickups that I won't need to upgrade. Of course this is my opinion, but I know guitars and I think this is an amazing bargain at $299 or at twice that price.

I have found Indonesian Squiers to be my favorites (I now have 4) and in side by side comparisons I prefer them to Chinese or MIM Fenders. I have changed pickups, pots, and switches in my other Squiers, but I bought them, not for their electronics, but for their distinctive looks, including my Guitar Center special run "Silver Sparkle" Standard Strat and my Guitar Center special run "Candy Apple Red with Factory Bigsby" Standard Tele, and now my new Fiesta Red VM Jag HH (which the only mod I may consider is a new pick guard.)

I have been playing for 9 years and giging regularly for 3 years ( I have 10 great guitars) and my Sparkle Strat, Bigsby Tele and Jag will take their turn at my performances now. And the cost of all 3 combined, with mods, cost less than any one of my Custom Shop Guitars or my Gibson. What a bargain.Great job Squier of Indonesia!!!

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'10 Fender American Select Mahogany HSS Strat
'07 Fender Custom Shop Vintage Heavy Relic HB Telecaster
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’09 Squier Stratocaster HSS (Pearly Gates HB/SSL-1/SSL-1/Silver Sparkle)
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’10 Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH (Fiesta Red)
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(This message was last edited by jilaw50 at 10:30 AM, Apr 7th, 2011)

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Apr 7th, 2011 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thing is the defining features of the Jag are basically the wacko switching, the trem, and the pickups.

Pickup variation makes some sense (and I own one so equipped), but once you start deviating from the basic features substantially, it's not really what it claims to be, even 'modified.'

Skunk stripe technically shouldn't be present either on a RW fretboard model.

Don't get me wrong, I have no issues with a lot of Squier products at the price point they're at - but the Jag and JM in this series don't seem to be particular values or really offer much of anything.

This is a case of not quite hitting the mark which is why people aren't real impressed, that and with the prevalence of the Blacktop series guitars at a price point barely above the Squiers.



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Apr 12th, 2011 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bought the new Squier Vin. Mod. Jazzmaster/fixed bridge/P-90's, 2 tone burst and come with 10's ....installed....

Best neck I have owned/played in a long time!

The 25.5 scale length and P-90's are perfect mates, as the string tension and the P-90's are really suited well to bring out the bite on the bridge pup and smoothness of the neck pup.

I am completely stoked, as the neck has rolled edges and the fret work is on par with my older MIJ's and American series Strats and Teles...

Yeah, more colors would be cool, but the 2 tone with white cosmetics/gold with black cosmetics are simply "Sweet" and very vintage!

The concentric vol/tone knobs are also a very nice adaptation that adds to the simplicity of the whole setup to bring this instrument into and beyond practical and complete for the perfect "2 pickup/hardtail package"!

Yeah, I'm honeymooning, but have not felt or seen any reason to find fault or anything displeasing, AT All!

Really satisfied and surprised, best describes my impression, as you may want to pick up Squier and say, "Yeah, it is a wannabe", but then all of a sudden your totally taken away from those thoughts and delightfully surprised that it comes home......

Need a case also and the cost, compared to the guitar price is so far mismatched. Hardcase costs are at least half the guitar price!!

A 'Keeper' for sure!

Best Regards, Woody


Miami, Florida

Apr 25th, 2011 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They're OK, but I'd prefer a string through body and from what I see and have been told, there's a few models that are top load.

The lacquered neck on one I tried at GC was sticky. That's a matter of taste, but I'd have to reduce it to satin.

Time will tell...



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Apr 25th, 2011 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am going to take some measurements and see if I can adapt a pigtail/wrap around bridge to it and make it even more simple/solid, at the same time, aiding with the cosmetics and sustain...., this addition may require drilling and doweling, but it will be AWESOME, IMHO...

I may need a new scratchplate to hide the previous setup, but I think it will be a good and honest upgrade to a good, solid piece of workmanship, already set out for us.

Really a cool mod platform instrument and also a great edgy rocker'............



Apr 28th, 2011 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have played a few of these. Both models. I am really thinking about buying one of the Jazzmasters. They play well and sound really good. I just sold my real American Jazzmaster because I didn't like the tone very much. I like the tone of these Squiers better for the blues I play.

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testifyin' to my guitar"
May 10th, 2011 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the Squier Jazzmaster.

Not bad sounding SD designed soapbars. Great feeling neck. The maple fretboard, stack knobs and football jack were weird at first

Hated my original '62 Jazzmaster with its sticky gummy nitro neck and illogical controls



May 11th, 2011 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just got the "Jazzmaster" today!!!
The tobacco, I love that look. The neck pickup sounds fantastic, and so does both combined. I might try lowering the bridge pickup: it sounds very different from the neck, and pretty trashy - with built-in distortion?
If I can't get the bridge pickup to sound good, what could I replace it with; anyone know?

martin neff


I Love The Ventures
Oct 25th, 2011 12:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played the Jazzmaster...I loved it...the pickups were great...I have a frontman 25r amp for practice and small gigs..So I tried it out. I was on my honeymoon...while I was trying the Jazzmaster my wife found a mint condition pink paisley Tele with a bigsby, She bought me the tele for a wedding gift. I have a classic player Jazzmaster..The squier sounded a little better than my own. The no trem did it for me. I'm a danelectro player too...I didnt mind the bridge it just doesnt move like a trem

Buzzy Bee


meedely meedely meedely meedely mee!!!
Dec 22nd, 2011 01:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I picked up a Vista Series (22 frets, shorter scale rosewood fretboard) Jagmaster in 1996 before the tags were even on it and fell in love. One year of playing it in the store and $500 later, it was mine. I played both the Jaguar and JM at GC recently and was very not impressed. A friend of my dad has an original 1963 JM that plays like butter, and my old Jagmaster would keep up with just about everything he did, with simpler electronics.

I don't think I'll be buying one of these any time soon. Maybe another VM Tele or I may go up to the Blacktop models.

(This message was last edited by Buzzy Bee at 12:44 AM, Feb 19th, 2012)

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