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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / Squire Vintage Modified Jazzmaster

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U.S. - Virginia

Aug 15th, 2011 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really think the Jazzmaster is one of the cool Fender designs as well. Sure P and J basses are awesome, Teles and Strats, but theres other cool stuff out there too!

Sadly, you dont really have a cheap option for a JM with the old school circuits and vibrato like you do with the Classic vibe strats and teles. So I really miss that with this guitar, but the unique body style and pickup design gets me into jazzmaster territory so I am happy for that.

As far as finish, its pretty good. Almost as good as the classic vibe, but the neck finish has flaws overall. I suppose alot of people wouldnt notice but I do as I have finished guitars before and worked in polishing.

The body finish is actually as good as the classic vibes to my eye. The sunburst is very very nice in its color to me.

The neck tint isnt so bad either.

The bridge is an odd duck. Screws hold down the saddle from the top - thats how you adjust intonation. A few screws leave the bridge standing high off the body. The saddles themselves are different dimensions so while they all sit flush to the bridge, they follow a radius.

Tuners seem like decent smooth klusons.

The pickups I will swap out, but thats because I make them for myself. The ones in there actually sound decent, and dont need to be swapped. They were clear sounding.

The concentric knobs arent so hot - you have to set them just right with the top knob or the center volume knob will bind with the outer tone knob...

overall, pretty cool guitar. I will be able to fix it up so it works just fine. Not bad for 300. Wish Melodee Music could have come down just a little for some of the flaws it had but hey its a Squire no biggie.

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