The Jazzmaster is all about great tone, playability - and individuality
The Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster has an 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 pickups that produced richer, warmer sound than its stablemates. The Jazzmaster was originally aimed at - you guessed it - jazz guitarists, but 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 tone
Squier's Vintage Modified Jazzmaster is packin' heat in the form of two Duncan Designed JM-101 single-coil Jazzmaster pickup that serve up everything from glassy cleans to jangly crunch. These pups are armed with with Alnico 5 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!) These pair is voiced in accordance with your tonal needs: a vintage-toned neck pickup and a higher-output bridge pickup. When you crank you amp, you get a gamut of tasty tone, 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