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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Short Scale Jaguar



Jun 28th, 2016 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hello all,

I have played a MIJ fender jazz bass since the 80's. My skill level is not representatives of the years of ownership :) . I even bought an American Fender Jazz last year. This past year I put together a band and was interested in gear again and ran across a Squire Jaguar. Yeah, I know 'squire' blahhhhh.
Here's the thing, I feel in love with it, so I started hunting for a quality short scale. I was dissappointed in what I found. Plan B: I took the squire a part. Put in custom shop Jazz pickups, new heavy duty bridge, Grover tuners, fashioned a new pearl custom shaped pick guard, chrome knobs, sanded down the ugly *** squire logo from the headstock and refinished. Taaa ddaaaa, short scale fender jaguar jazz bass. I did a full set up on it myself and it plays wonderfully. It took some time but it was fun and worth it. My band mates says it sounds just like my jazz and I think so too. It's so much easier to stretch across frets. I even sold the American because it just felt too bulky now :) Take a look


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Jun 28th, 2016 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good job, I've recently done the same thing. I was ambushed buy a Squier Bronco at the GC a few months back. It was pointed out to me while I was trying out their assortment of Short Scale basses.

The neck was good, set up not too bad, it weighed 6 1/2 pounds. It was $149.00.

I don't care that it is "The" cheapest bass offered in the Squier lineup. FIrst thing I did was put a duo rail in it and replaced all the cheap electronic components. Replaced the strings and did a full blown set up on it, one fret was a little high, adjusted intonation and action, had to file the nut, it wasn't so much that it wasn't cut low enough rather the slots were not wide enough, the strings had space under them. Tweaked the truss Rod replaced Bridge and tuners and added a BiSonic pickup shimmed the neck for string clearance over the pickup, completing the project. I've been using it as my working bass at a bar gig we've been doing for the last 5 weeks. I like sleepers. It's fun to mess with the instrument snobs.

I don't know if I'll replace the bronco logo or not, I did order a water slide Ed Roth Rat Fink decal for it and may put it on. I'd like to change the color but I understand it's a lot of effort to remove the stock black finish.

BiSonic Bronco



Jun 28th, 2016 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice work. It can be intimidating, but it's fun.


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