Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar - Surf Green

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and Floating Vibrato - Surf Green
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Tap Into the Jag Mystique - Affordably

The Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar solidbody electric guitar gives you an authentically styled Jag with all the trimmings, at an amazing price. You'll love this guitar's comfortable and lightweight offset-waist body, easy-playing 24" scale, dual-circuit switching and controls, floating-vibrato bridge and eye-catching classic finish. Squire has armed the Vintage Modified Jaguar with a pair of Duncan Designed pickups that ring out with immense chimey tone, and can get nasty when you push 'em. The Jaguar has long enjoyed a cult-like status in Fender's lineup; now you can affordably tap into that mystique, with the Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar.

Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • You're in for a treat when you take the stage or do session work with this axe
  • Tone, playability, and visuals collide in this vintage-inspired hotrod
  • Squire's Vintage Modified series: hot mods of classic Fenders
You're in for a treat when you take the stage or do session work with this axe

When you take the stage with the Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar, you're in for a real treat. With its offset-waist body and colorful vintage finish, this axe not only gives your fans something eye-popping to look at - it also sounds stunning, thanks to a pair of Duncan Designed Jaguar pickups that serve up a broad range of immense tone, from crystal cleans, to gritty grind. This Jag's sound is enhanced by its basswood body, while the lightweight, offset design makes short work of your marathon gigs. But don't think of this Jag as a stage-only axe. Those very same sonic and ergonomic qualities also make the Vintage Modified Jaguar ideal for spicing your recordings with scrumptious, unique six-string textures.

Tone and playability collide in this vintage-inspired hotrod

Speaking of tone, Squire has spec'd their Vintage Modified Jaguar with a pair of Duncan Designed Jaguar single-coils, routed through the unique Jaguar switching system - which includes comprehensive preset control over two distinct circuits. This produces a superb array of tone colors from crisp and clear to warm and chunky. You'll appreciate this Jag as a lead instrument. First off, bending strings on this baby is effortless. The Jaguar's distinctive slinkiness is facilitated by a 24" scale - noticeably shorter than the Strat's 25.5 inches - and even a tad shorter than the Les Paul's. Add to this 6105 frets and a 9.5" radius rosewood fingerboard, and you'll soon discover lead-playing abilities you never knew you had. Comfort? The Jag's offset-waist body design - radical when it was introduced - fits like a glove, whether you're seated or standing.

Squire's Vintage Modified series: hot mods of classic Fenders

Squire's tapped into something really cool with their Vintage Modified series - hot mods of classic Fenders, all sporting top-shelf materials and components, with primo fit-and-finish. If you're a guitarist or bassist, you'll likely agree that vintage Fender guitars and basses are heavily lusted-after items, so it's great that Fender, in their infinite wisdom, have set their Squire subsidiary free to create hot-rodded and affordable versions of the classics.

Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Lightweight basswood offset body and short scale length give you enhanced playability
  • Comfortable Vintage Modified C-profile maple neck with 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard
  • Medium-jumbo frets, 24" scale length; 1.65" nut width
  • Chrome hardware; vintage-style tuning keys
  • Adjustable chrome bridge; vintage-style non-locking floating vibrato
The Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar: legendary vibe, sound, and playability!

NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Jaguar
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish Urethane
Color Surf Green
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22 (Medium Jumbo)
Scale Length 24"
Nut Width 1.65"
Nut Material PPS
Bridge/Tailpiece Non-locking floating vibrato
Tuners Vintage-style
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Duncan Designed JG-101N single-coil
Bridge Pickup Duncan Designed JG-101B single-coil
Controls "Lead" and "Rhythm" circuits with switching, volume and tone
Strings Fender, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0302000557

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A Great Blast From The Past!

Back in early 1965 I had bought a new sunburst Fender Jazzmaster to match my band mate's sunburst Jaguar. Played it in various bands through college and beyond. Years later it was gone (always had been a big regret). Once Squire released the VM Jazzmaster it was finally justifiable price-wise to purchase just to play at home and I bought the sunbusrt version to match the one I had owned years before. I was so impressed at the quality and sound and how true it was to the original that I just had to add the VM Jaguar. Chose the surf green just because it looks so great and so retro. Really looks like the late 50's, early 60's.Really the only changes from the early 60's Jags is that the fretboard radius is 9 1/2 compared to the original's 7 1/2 and that it has med jumbo frets compared to the original's small vintage frets. One other change is the lack of a string mute and locking trem (both things very rarely, if ever used on the originals).One other change is that the bridge pickups on both the Jag and Jazzmaster are wound slightly hotter than the originals (easily taken care of with pickup height adjustment). There are many stories out there about the bridges and trems on both these offsets. I can say that they work great stock with the correct adjustments. There is lot of info on the web for this. Heavier strings (I use 11's on the Jazzmaster and 11's or 12's on the Jag) are a big help. These guitars were designed for the heavier strings that were used back then (there were no light gauge options at the time).The Jaguar arrived in great shape and setup well by Sweetwater. Fit and finish were great. Installed a set of 11 pure nickel strings and was ready to roll. These sound and play like the originals. The shorter 24" scale on the Jag makes it a fun guitar to play and makes the heavier strings seem lighter.I do read a lot of comments about these having very little sustain and that is true. These were designed primarily for a very specific type of music, that being surf. The strong attack (percussive) and fast release were by design. These are not for someone looking for lots of sustain, like an LP, etc. These are bright sounding, very percussive guitars. They have a great sound all their own.The amazing part to me is that the price of either the Jaguar or the Jazzmaster is less than I paid for the new Jazzmaster I had bought back in 1965 and my buddy's 1964 Jaguar, and every bit as good as those (and remember I had owned and played both 50+ years ago). I jam with some old buddies that I have know and played music with for over 50 years (most play high end guitars) and even they were impressed with this guitar.As usual Sweetwater's customer service was as good as it gets. The kind of customer service that was common when I was young (many, many, years ago) but seems to have become very rare in more recent times. Thanks to my Sales Engineer Nate Edwards, as usual very helpful.

Better than it was 43 years ago

The Squier Jaguar was the first electric guitar I played. That was 43 years ago in Junior High School, and back then I could not afford to get one but it made me want to be in a rock and roll band. Yesterday, the Surf Green I ordered arrived. I got to say, this guitar felt better than I remembered. I currently own a few high-end Fenders but this one plays just as well. Great built quality and myriads of rich tones.Thanks to my sales engineer Jeff Jent. He had it set up the way I wanted - low without buzzing with the D'Addario NYXL 8's/38 - free of charge. This is why I will always buy at Sweetwater. The guitar had been on back-ordered for some time, and it's been worth the wait.
Music background: Blues Player


I Really Like This Jaguar Vintage Modified That Squier Has Come Out With. It Sounds Great And Is Easy To Play. Right Out Of The Box Sweetwater Had Allready Set It Up So I Just Tuned It And Was Ready To Go. I Can Definitely Hear The Ventures, Beach Boys Sound When Playing Thru My Fender Vaporizer Amp. Sounds Great! I Like Playing It So Much It's Hard To Put Down. This Is My Second One And I'm Blown Away By The Price And The Way It Sounds.
Music background: Been Playing Guitar 50 Years, Hobbyist

This is an amazing Buy. You will not be disappointed with this axe. Contrary to what you may have read or seen on You Tube This guitar does not need a bridge switch to a Mustang Bridge (which the Fender Rep.also felt was uncalled for) unless you are Windmilling it like Pete Townsend it holds it's tune and strings stay in place. I replaced the Bullets w/Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9's. I did a setup on it and then again after some playing time. It leveled out just fine. this guitar has a voice of it's own. Looking for a different sound along with the Surf Vibe. Dive into this Axe. You won't be sorry.
Music background: 51 Yrs. Pro Musician, A&R, Project Mgr.

Amazing Guitar Regardless Of Price

Bought this VM Jag in surf green after having bought the Squier VM Jazzmaster about a year ago. Was so impressed with the Jazzmaster that I just had to complete the set of these Squier offsets. This guitar is so much fun to play and sounds great. The shorter scale is really part of the fun. The Duncan Designed pickups are really nice (as they are on my Jazzmaster). Can't see ever replacing them. The fit and finish of these guitars is top notch, regardless of price. The guitar arrived is perfect condition and ready to play (had to just slightly tune two strings). You may read of issues with buzzing at the bridge on these offsets, but more is made of it than deserved. These guitars were originally designed back when heavier strings were normal. I put a set of 11's on it and it was fine (not bad at all with the shorter scale). I also have 11's on the Jazzmaster. I may put 12's on this Jaguar next string change. I had no problem with buzzing, but did (after setting up the guitar) put a drop of blue Loctite on the saddle and bridge screws. Not needed but for just for precaution. Sweetwater has become my go-to place for gear. Their personalized service is great and having the opportunity to view online the exact guitar(by serial number) you will receive is just great. Their extensive inspection and packing checklist is another well appreciated bonus.I've been playing for over 55 years and this is the best service I have encountered. The guitar is also a definite keeper. My first offset was a 1964 Fender Jazzmaster that I bought new in the spring of 1965. These Squire offsets are their equal. Just amazing...regardless of price.
Music background: Many years in garage bands and now home recording and jams with friends
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Squier, Squier Solidbody Guitars