The Fender Jaguar is a legendary guitar. Early models fetch large sums of money and new models run a grand or more. Fortunately, for those of us who either don’t want to fork out that kind on money, Squire has come to the rescue with the Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar. Critics are pretty much unanimous. It’s a great, affordable guitar with one easily remedied flaw, the bridge. Below you’ll find three reviews on this wonderful Squire guitar. They are all worth watching and they’ll give you a great idea about what this Jaguar is all about before you go out and buy one.
Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar – True to the Past
Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar – Affordable and Playable
Hi! Welcome to our review of the Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar.
The Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar, as the name suggests, is essentially a vintage reissue guitar which has been subtly tweaked in order to make it slightly more palatable for the modern guitarist. In this instance, we have Fenders 9.5 inch radius fingerboard, which is their modern standard and in this instance, it really does help to improve the Jaguars playability. In all other respects, the Vintage Reissue integrity remains completely intact.
The solid body is made of basswood and it features the lovely contouring that makes the Jaguar and the Jazzmaster such lovely, comfortable guitars to play. The contouring is a little bit more Strat like on the Jaguar, whereas the Jazzmaster tends to be more of a kind of a rounded globe, but we have a rib-cage contour and a subtle forum contour here on the Jaguars body. It’s very, very, very comfortable and very nice to play.
Versatility Plus in a Fun Guitar
The Jaguar, like the Jazzmaster has two separate circuits; lead and rhythm. This again harks back to the early days of Fender guitars or the early days of rock and roll where the electric guitar was still viewed mainly as an instrument for country music, Western Swing, and jazz. Loud, over driven blues rock hadn’t was still yet to be born really in the early 1960s so this is where the design is coming from and they’re thinking more of a jazz player or a country player. The lead circuit features on and off switches for the two pickups instead of a toggle switch. You simply select the pickup you want by turning either both of them all together or turning the one off that you don’t want. This switch here is a choke switch. That’s what it’s normally called by Jaguar aficionados and it’s a treble filter. It boosts the high end for little bit more of a twangy, biting, trebley sound. Flick this switch into the up position and we bypass the lead circuit. Now we’ve got the rhythm circuit only. That just uses the neck pickup. So here we’ve bypassed the master tone master volume controls, we’ve bypassed the pickup selector, all we’re dealing with now is the neck pickup on its own and we have a roll of volume and a roll of tone. The idea is you can have two preset sounds. You can have your lead sound preset to whatever pickup you wish and with the choke switch on or off, then you can flick up to preset rhythm sound. It’s quite ingenious really, even though today does seem perhaps a little bit old-fashioned.
Well let’s see how she sounds. The rhythm circuit disengages the lead circuit and it’s the neck pickup on its own.
Hey, you the Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar gives you all of the right vibe for a very competitive price plus you get improved playability thanks to the 9.5 inch radius fingerboard. It sounds, I would say in a modern context, they’re ideal for country music funk any styles where you need that spiky cutting bright tone. Despite the 24 inch scale, I wouldn’t really say that blues rock is this guitars natural suit.
Squire Jaguar – What a Bargain
But there you go. Rules are made to be broken and you can use this guitar in whatever context you see fit. It’s still very much an indie guitarists icon and deservedly so I think. Squire really nailed it with this guitar. They’ve got the price right, they’ve got the specs right, and it really does hark back to the quality days of the old Squires from the 80s.
Squire Vintage Jag – Memories of Kurt
Hey guys, how’s it going today? I’m gonna be giving you a review of the Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar and this is gonna be aimed mostly at Nirvana fans and grunge fans, mainly because I know a lot of people actually get this guitar for that kind of thing, the punk rock scene, although it is a really nice guitar for other genres such as blues, classic rock, that kind of stuff. So to begin with, this guitar is really awesome. I got the three tone burst and it’s beautiful as you can see. I really, really like the way it feels. It’s got great playability, it’s amazing the tuners also seem pretty solid. I haven’t really had any problems with them. The bridge it sucks. I’ll be honest, the bridge is not that great. If you get some Loctite and you put it on the screws it’s fine. The only reason it sucks is because the individual saddles, to adjust the height, they buzz a lot if you don’t Locktite it. Locktite is like five dollars, so that it really wasn’t that big of a deal.
Great Specs, Build Quality, and Price
So yeah, this guitar has been really, really awesome. I’m basically gonna give you guys a demo of it and I’m gonna go right now talk about the actual specs of the guitar. It is made out of base wood which is really cool – solid body and it’s got it’s a short scale. It’s got a 24-inch neck, 22 frets, medium jumbo. So the tuners, as I said, they’re vintage tuners. They’re pretty, they’re pretty solid. I like them a lot. They’re actually, I prefer vintage tuners over regular tuners actually. It’s got a dual circuit trick thing going on. So here you can see you have the neck pickup and it’s got its own volume and tone. Over here you can, if you don’t have the neck on, you can have three different switches. You can have neck and bridge, which are the top and bottom. You can have those on and off, or a bass cut, on and off, which is the third one It’s got Seymour Duncan pickups, or Duncan design rather. I believe it’s the JG101 and they’re pretty cool. They sound great. And here is the vintage style bridge, which like I said, isn’t that great. And here is the non-locking vibrato, which is floating now for this demo. I’m going to be using Boss DS-1 distortion to get that kind of Curt grungy sound you know. So you can see how the Jaguar sounds with that. And for the chorus, I’m going to be using this Blakks chorus pedal which is pretty awesome. It was super cheap. It was like $30 and it sounds pretty great, in my opinion. So I would recommend getting this if you’re looking for a chorus pedal.
So without further ado, let’s get into the demo guys. Hey guys, so there’s one thing I forgot to mention and that’s that I have Guitar Rig 5 and that’s what I’m going to be running my recording through. And I’m using a Mesa Boogie dual rectifier through a Marshall cabinet which is actually what Kurt did. So these are the settings I’m using. If you’d like to get this kind of sound, go ahead and follow these settings. And it’s also got a tiny bit of reverb on it just to add some stereo sound. My strings are light top, heavy bottom. So .10 to .52. I would recommend changing out these strings as the standard strings it comes with are point 9s. And without further ado, let’s go. I’m also a half-step down.
Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar – What’s Not to Like
Hey gang! Well, I’ve had a lot of requests to review this Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar. It retails for about $299 and it’s a really unique guitar that has some unique sounds that you can’t get, or that I haven’t seen, in other guitars and so I thought what I’d do is I’d give you a general review of it and then take you through all the different sounds that you can get on it, or some of the different sounds, and so we’ll go from there.
Modified Jag – Not a Strat, Not a Tele
Full disclosure, I have loved playing this guitar. It is definitely a unique look, and a unique feel, and unique sound to the, compared to the rest of my collection. So, well everybody’s out there with a Strat, and I like Strats. I like Teles. But this is definitely different, alright, and you know with the 80s music coming back, you can pretend you’re Johnny Marr as well if you want to play some Smith’s songs or whatever. I know he actually used the Jag, well he used the real Jaguar. There’s a Johnny Marr signature and if you want to put out about four times the number of bones, you can own one of those as opposed to this. But this is a relative bargain at 299.
Now first of all, this guitar feels great. It’s about, it’s on a light side. It’s about seven pounds and it’s got a great balance and body feels really well. The fit and the finish on this thing is just fantastic. It just feels like a really solid guitar. It’s a glossy neck, 24 inch scale, so it’s a little bit different, a little bit smaller. That allows you to finger some chords a little bit differently, which by the way, makes it actually, believe it or not, a great choice for playing some jazz, too and I’ll demonstrate that a little bit later because there’s one of its circuits has a very mellow tone, and one of its circuits has a very mellow tone and because of the 24 inch scale, you can do some stretch cords a little bit easier. So it’s kind of cool that way. Alright. Let’s see. It’s got a modern, and I’m sorry, not a modern C, but it’s got an old C shape, so it’s a little bit thicker than Standard, say, Mexican Tele or Mexican Strat. But it’s still not anywhere near as thick as say a Les Paul. So it’s a it’s a very comfortable neck. I think you’d get used to it really quickly, gloss. It’s got these way cool pickups which have the teeth on them. You see? That Duncan design and they sound great. It’s got a floating trem which actually I think, I’m not an expert on trems, I can guarantee you that, because I don’t use them that much, but stays in tune reasonably well as long as you’re not doing any Eddy VanHalen dive-bombs, it’s pretty good. And I don’t know, to me, it’s just really good. It’s got the old Kluson style tuners. So the vintage style tuners and it’s really good.
The Unfatal Flaw – The Bridge
Now if there’s any weakness in it, I guess maybe some people have said the trem. I wouldn’t know, seems okay to me. But the bridge, I’m going to put it really close there, it’s got the old style bridge and a problem with that is it does seem to go out of tune when you change your strings. Quite often it’s hard to get it in. After a while it settles and it’s not so bad. Now a number of people have substituted these with a Mustang bridge that you can, is supposedly just a drop in. I haven’t done it yet. I do have one on order, so I’ll let you know how that goes, but this fills the bill for $299. It would have been good if they put in, if they didn’t put in this old kind of, actually kind of crappy bridge. Would have been nice if they didn’t do that, so four and a half stars out of five for that. But other than that, great guitar.
Well let’s hear how it sounds. So I’m going to roll off the, had a lot of reverb on it. I’m going to take the reverb off and we’ll go through it. Now it’s got this circuitry, it’s got this as a the selector of the rhythm and down is kind of the lead circuit and that’s these toggle switches right here. They toggle, respectively, this one right here toggles the neck pickup, this one right here toggles bridge, and of course, both of them on would do both. And then this is kind of like a treble increase. So you’ll hear, you’ll hear some of that. So let’s start out with, let’s start out with, the let’s start out with the neck pickup on. Now this is just the neck. Nice. Right? Nice kind of nice sound there. Alright, now let’s go with both of them on. I’ve got the neck and, the neck and the bridge on. You can see it’s got that nice sort of mix. It’s really a great jangle sort of guitar. Here again is the just the neck. Here’s the neck and the bridge. Definitely a big difference. And now here’s just the bridge. So nice stuff there. Alright, and here now I’m going to put on the, the trouble boost so you can really get, you can really get a big trouble boost on that. Now the trouble boost works with both of them on, or whatever. It just gives you a little bit of a treble boost on, even with just the neck. Now for much mellower tones, you’ll switch on the rhythm. Definitely hear a big difference there. All right, so the really amazing thing, I think, with this is if you roll off the tone, roll off the tone just a bit, get some real jazzy sounds and it makes chords like this, like I said before, where you really have the strech, where you really have to stretch, makes it pretty easy to play.
But alright, here’s a walking bass line type of thing. Oh well, I’m not much of a jazz player, but to my ears, that sounds pretty good. Alright now, let’s check out some of the more over driven sounds. Alright, I’ve got it on back on the lead channel. I’ve got, I’m playing out of the bridge pickup. I’ve got a Marshall type sound on here now, a classic Marshall type sound, not a ton of overdrive. Just figure out sounds. Let’s check it out. So kind of nice little, kind of a nice little sounds, not very sustaining. It doesn’t have a lot of sustain. Maybe that’s because it’s got the string through bridge and there’s not a lot of metal on this trem. Let’s, just for the heck of it, I’ll put on a tube screamer and you hear the difference. This is really heavy overdrive.
Try Out One Out – You Might Fall in Love
Alright. Well anyway, I, like I said, I love this guitar. I think it’s an absolute bargain for $299 and if you see it in your local store, check it out. Play it through a number of different amps and see what you think. If you want to bring back the 80s with your playing or with your guitar, and you’re looking for something maybe a little bit different, this might be the guitar that speaks to you. All right. Till later, we’ll see on down the road.