Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster - Sonic Blue

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and Floating Vibrato - Sonic Blue
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Weight: 8lbs 3oz
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Get That Jazzmaster Vibe, Affordably

Squier's Vintage Modified Jazzmaster is the solidbody electric guitar for your inner iconoclast. You don't want to play the same instrument as everyone else; you want exclusivity, right? Well, here it is, and it's affordable. The Vintage Modified Jazzmaster pays homage to its iconic predecessor, and it's juiced with hot features like dual-circuit switching and a pair of Duncan Designed pickups that give you everything from glassy cleans to jangly crunch. You also get a comfy maple neck with a modern 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard for easy shredding, and a vintage-style floating vibrato. If awesome tone, playability, affordability, and mavericky vibe are on your guitar wish list, then Sweetwater's got your axe: the Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster.

Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:

  • The Jazzmaster is all about great tone, playability, and individuality

  • Duncan Designed pickups give this axe a range of tasty tones
  • Squier's Vintage Modified series: hot mods of classic Fenders
The Jazzmaster is all about great tone, playability, and individuality

The Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster has a colorful back story. By the late '50s, Leo Fender had some new tricks up his sleeve, and a number of design refinements were infused into the Jazzmaster when it was introduced as an upscale alternative to the Strat and Tele in 1958. The Jazzmaster featured a radical-for-the-time (but incredibly comfortable) contoured offset-waist body, dual lead and rhythm circuits, and single-coil pickups that produced richer, warmer sound than its stablemates. The Jazzmaster was originally aimed at, you guessed it, jazz guitarists, but it found a home in the burgeoning Surf Music scene of the early '60s. Today, the Jazzmaster is celebrated as one of the two "alternative" Fenders (the short-scale Jaguar being the other) and is making music in the hands of artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, J. Mascis, and Thurston Moore.

Duncan Designed pickups give this axe a range of tasty tones

Squier's Vintage Modified Jazzmaster is packin' heat in the form of two Duncan Designed JM-101 single-coil Jazzmaster pickups that serve up everything from glassy cleans to jangly crunch. These pups are armed with with Alnico V magnets (same as classic vintage pickups), which give them the warmth, clarity, and punch to compete with your drummer. (If you're in a band, you know exactly what we're talking about!) This pair is voiced in accordance with your tonal needs: a vintage-toned neck pickup and a higher-output bridge pickup. When you crank your amp, you get a gamut of tasty tones, from chimey jangle to aggressive crunch. And thanks to the Jazzmaster's dual-circuit switching, you can preset your lead and rhythm tones and select them at the flick of a switch.

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

Squier'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 Squier subsidiary free to create hot-rodded and affordable versions of the classics.

Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • Lightweight basswood offset body, slightly reduced scale length and nut width enhance playability

  • Comfortable vintage-modified, C-profile maple neck with 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets, 25.5" scale length, 1.65" nut width
  • Chrome hardware, vintage-style tuning keys
  • Adjustable chrome bridge; vintage-style, non-locking floating vibrato
The Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster: 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 Jazzmaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish Urethane
Color Sonic Blue
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 21 (Medium Jumbo)
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.65"
Nut Material PPS
Bridge/Tailpiece Non-locking floating vibrato
Tuners Vintage-style
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Duncan Designed JM-101N single-coil
Bridge Pickup Duncan Designed JM-101B single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-way Switch, Lead Channel with Volume and Tone, Rhythm Channel with Volume and Tone
Strings Fender, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0302100572

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

AAAAABsolutely!

Even with 9's and an awful setup out of the box, this thing still sounds incredible. After a quick twiddle here and there, dab some beeswax on saddles, a little nut finishing for 10's....and it's heavenly. I wish I would have tried a JazzMaster 30 years ago! It is exactly what I have been looking for the whole time! Sweetwater sent it fast and safe at a competitive price, with much personal attention....
5/5

GREAT GUITAR

After Reading The Reviews On This Squier VM Jazzmaster I Bought One And I'm Glad I Did. It Will Be My Go To Guitar For Solos. All I Did Was Adjust The truss Rod And Lowered The Saddles At The Bridge And It's Good To Go. It Plays And Sounds Great. And Takes Me Baek To The 60's With That Surf Sound And The Days Of The 1960's Solos Like The Ventures And Beach Boys. I Got The Sonic Blue Color And I Luv The Two Chunky Looking Pickups They Sound Fantastic. I Luv Everything About This Guitar And Will Be Keeping It. Way To Go Squier!
Music background: Been Playing Guitar Over 50 Years
5/5

Absolutely Amazing!

I've been playing for over fifty years. Still have a large collection of guitars -- Gibsons and Fenders mostly -- but my daily player is this one. How odd is that?There is nothing substandard about the Squier VM Jazzmaster that reveals its lowly price. The fit, the finish, the feel -- everything is tops.It does require heavier gauge strings than the .09s that come on it. That is true for all classic-style Jazzmasters. And it requires some setup -- although from what I'm reading on the web this is no more so for the Squier VM than from some with "Fender" standing out on the headstock.Basically its a Jazzmaster. Pretty much like those that came out in the late `50s. A gorgeous, fun to play, great sounding guitar that also happens o be pretty inexpensive. Absolutely amazing!
4.5/5

Squier with another Winner!

This guitar is rock solid for what I wanted. Great price, good looks, nice color, its the complete package. Pros-Very well built guitar, nothing is cheap about itGreat sounds out of the not-quite-Seymour DuncansFloating vibrato stays in tune- mostlyElectronics are very precise- everything works, and works wellCons-Bridge is noisy (some humming on A and D strings)Nut is usual Squier- not greatOverall, this Jazzmaster is worth it.
4/5

Candy Apple Christmas present!

I must first complement Sweetwater for their excellent customer service. The guitar arrived in perfect condition, well packaged, and had been given a good basic set-up. I played it for a while to ensure everything was working properly, then decided to set the guitar up to my liking.The frets were nice and level, so I took some relief out of the neck, and lowered the bridge a little...this guitar dialed in perfectly, with no adjustments needed to the nut, no high frets, no problems whatsoever!I build guitars, and must admit that in this price range, I cannot compete! If you are looking for a good guitar for a starting player, or a gigging guitar that you don't have to fuss over...here it is!Why not a "5"? Electronics...the switches are not top of the line, some scratchiness, and a tendency not to connect sometimes...I'll investigate during the first string change.Tone and sonic versatility are adequate in this design...it takes premium wood, and high-quality electronics to go beyond what Fender has done with this guitar, which is an amazing value in this price range.
Music background: 45 year hobbyist
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Squier, Squier Solidbody Guitars