Squire Jaguar Short Scale Bass - Good Value!
I've awarded this bass 5 Stars because it is an exceptional value. A short scale Bass, it isn't too big for shorter arms, nor is the string spacing/nut too wide for small handed guitar players. It is a simple four string Bass, finished very well (I have the silver metal flake paint), with a plain, unfinished neck, well done fret work, acceptable tuners, good strings, and decent pickups. Many folks have complained that the bridge pickup doesn't have the output of the neck pickup, and while that is true, if you BLEND the pickups, you get good volume and some really nice tone! I bought this after considering the Epiphone Violin/Viola style Bass, and I chose this one for two reasons: (1) is it actually shorter in scale than the Epiphone, and (2) It is NOT neck or headstock heavy; it is a well balanced Bass. You will note this Bass is priced at less than $200. That's $100 LESS than the Epiphone, and a genuine bargain. It sounds good, plays well after I adjusted the truss rod (hex key included) to pull the neck back, lowering the stings, it looks really good, if that matters to you, and it FEELS good and comfortable next to the body. Clearly, for the money, you get what you need with NO real regrets if you buy this Bass. It's a FUN Bass! It doesn't come with a gig bag or case, but you can buy one separately, and Hercules offers a very nice super heavy duty adjustable guitar stand that is pricey, but works perfectly with this Bass. I think this Bass is a great buy, and the overall quality leads me to expect that Squire may be among the best of the Asian imports. BTW, I bought this for recording, and I also bought the Ampeg BA-108, the in-stock older version with the controls on the top, rather than on the front panel. The Ampeg is a great little amp for recording, with super tone. Sit it on a Sub-Dude platform for isolation.