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69tele

Rockin Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Aug 31st, 2014 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey folks crazy as it sounds have major GAS for one of these in surf green even though I have a US RI Jag.

Are they any good ? How do they compare to the mex/japan/us models ?

reverendrob
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Aug 31st, 2014 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one (and everything else in the offset Squier line of classic models).

It's a fine guitar. It sounds and plays like a Jaguar. Bridge is finicky but sounds like a Jaguar (and is just as adjustable/set-up-able as a real one).

Had it now two years.

Quality-wise I haven't had to replace a thing for function or sound. I swapped the PG for tort on mine, and the knobs for speed knobs (as I do on all my guitars where it's feasible).

The caveats are that fit and finish where you can't see it normally won't be great - no pilot holes were drilled on mine for the PG screws, as an example, so it's got chips around those holes. No issue with playability or appearance once assembled, etc. Wiring and pickups are solid.

Compared to my MIM/MIJ stuff currently in house, it's my most played instrument - there's something just right about this particular one that made me love it upon first unboxing it.

My other MII Squier stuff is perfectly serviceable without upgrade as well.

I don't like nitro in the slightest though, and prefer the modern radius so the US models are right out.

My early Classic Player Jaguar wrecks it in fit+finish, appearance of the rosewood, etc. It's also a metric ton heavier, and I have it for different reasons (that and at the time I got it there were no inexpensive Jaguar options). Soundwise, it has a different character but that's attributable to the HH config and coil blend more than anything - and I still sound like me.

The Squier hasn't made me sell the CP but the CP hasn't made me not play the Squier as my 'reach for it first' six string.

69tele

Rockin Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Sep 1st, 2014 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the comments ordered one for a silly price from a UK dealer so will probe have it by the end of the week.

Got the Surf Green One.

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Sep 12th, 2014 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So Ernest - did the Jag arrive and if so, what is your verdict? I have a CP Jag that is really nice but I've had my eye on the surf green Squier version for awhile now.

69tele

Rockin Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Sep 15th, 2014 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rob it did arrive... a few days ago

it's not bad ...but nowhere near the Japan, Mex or USA ones.

Visually ok, lots of shortcuts under the hood, such as no drilling of pilot holes so paint cracked under the guard etc..

need a full setup and a set of thicker 10s to get it playing ok, was awful with the stock 9s

then again is was cheaper than some cases I've bought so cant complain and it is a looker !

Will write a full review soon

By the way does your band still do my tune could you post a link ? was thinking about it the other day when the Jag arrived !

Squier Jag

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Sep 15th, 2014 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looking forward to reading your review. (When I have some time, I'll send you an email regarding your song and our band).

The surf green is what makes the Squier Jags look so good and since the initial cost is low, especially if one is found used, a few small upgrades could make it a great guitar.

69tele

Rockin Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Sep 16th, 2014 01:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Rob will have that done in a few days.

I had the link to your bandpage but I lost my hotmail account and it disappeared into electronic darkness !

69tele

Rockin Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Sep 19th, 2014 03:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I started writing about the Jag and ended up doing the whole review, this will polished up for my site but hopefully will be helpful to for you to decide if to get one or not.

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Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar – Surf Green
By Ernest H Slade - 16/09/2014

Introduction

If you check around the many online guitar forums available, you will find that a lot of players have been constantly asking for affordable offset guitars such as the Jaguar and Jazzmaster.
Fender originally obliged with the Classic Player models, but now have gone a step further and have made available, the offset duo through their Squier Vintage Modified Series.

The Vintage Modified series has been around for some time and offers Fender’s classic designs with updated features, to make these instruments better to play in modern times.
With this in mind we take a look at the Vintage Modified Jaguar that we are reviewing today.
Firstly I would think it important to mention that I own a ’62 RI Jaguar for around ten years now so that would be the yardstick against which other Jaguars would be measured.

Why did I then purchase a Squier Jaguar? Well GAS comes to mind (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome), also the fact it’s a very attractive guitar with very cool retro surf green finish. Additionally I would like to try out several modifications on it before taking them on to my US made guitar.

Arrival.

The Jaguar arrived well packed in the usual Squier box with internal headstock support and a protective foam cover. Being an entry level guitar no case or bag is provided. In fact the only case candy (or non case candy in this instance!) is the Allen wrenches for the truss rod and string saddles. A quick inspection showed no major finish flaws however, one of the roller controls was getting stuck. A quick look under the hood revealed the tone potentiometer was bent and therefore the roller knob would get stuck on the metal pickguard. The supplier was contacted who offered to repair the instrument or send over a new part which I accepted to avoid 2 or 3 weeks without the instrument.

Looking under the hood it is quite obvious that some shortcuts have been taken to keep this instrument within budget The pilot holes for the pickguard have been omitted chipping the finish. Same goes for the strap pins in fact there is a fair bit of paint missing there. Also the pickguard is quite roughly cut around the lower control plate.
Then again at this price point you are not expecting all the cosmetics especially internal ones to be perfect. On the plus side the cavities are shielded against noise interfere with black paint.

Specifications

Moving on the Jaguar’s body is made from basswood finished in a gloss polyster Surf Green. The C shape neck is maple with a vintage varnish finish topped off with a modern 9.5 inch radius rosewood fretboard. Scale Length as we know for a Jaguar is 24 inches and it’s also important to mention that the 22 frets are a contemporary medium jumbo size as opposed to the original vintage items.
In the electronics department good quality alpha potentiometers are used and the wiring is correct and tidy. The pickups are Duncan design items with the typical serrated metal keepers used on Jaguars

The controls are setup in the typical way for a Jaguar with the rhythm/lead controls on the upper bout and pickup selectors and straggle switch on the lower horn.
Again to cut down on costs the infamous foam mute has been omitted (I don’t think anyone uses it anyway) and the tremolo lock function is not available.

Setup

This is the first guitar that I have bought for a long time that was unplayable out of the box. The 9 gauge strings simply don’t have enough tension to keep them firmly onto the bridge and they feel very loose. I removed these to install some Rotosound 10 gauge strings and while I had them off also applied lemon oil to the fingerboard which seemed very dry. Once setup with the new strings the guitar played well.

Sounds

It sounds, well like a Jaguar ! But with a bit of a modern twist I would say compared to my USA 62 RI. The rear pickup twangs and bites especially when the straggle switch is engaged, both pickups give a useful rhythm sound and the lead circuit gives a round mellow sound which can also by overdriven nicely.

Summary

Not a bad guitar, however a fair amount of work is needed to get it to a reliable working level for live performance. I would consider this instrument as a backup guitar or just to add different sounds to your tonal palette for recording.




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