I’m going to go ahead and do a review of this Fender Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass:
ITS AWESOME! ?????
Oh... you want details?
I’ve mentioned before my attraction to getting a short scale bass has been due to my reoccurring rotator cuff problems which limits my arm movement. “Short scale” = less lateral arm movement = less pain = ?
The neck is smallish. Think Jazz neck at the nut that doesn’t get much wider. Or if you’ve played a Hofner: similar. It’s a little beefier feeling than that. Which also means accessing strings on your picking hand will be narrower.
In my later years combined with not regularly playing I’m experiencing cramping in either hand when I play “hard” and for longer periods of time so the smaller neck helps ALOT.
Basically, VERY playable and fun.
Tone controls are Volume - Volume - Bass boost - Overall tone. And it’s active so the boost, BOOSTS. I tend to roll that WAY back. Tone about 3/4 both volumes all the way up and I’ll back off Pbass pick up to give me more of a Jazz (Jaco) tone. I expected this to AT LEAST do this or this bass would end up on the trade bait wall. But this Jag surprisingly does a bit more. This one will get the growl tone of my 80’s Japanese Squire Jazz I love so much.
And the harder I play it the better the growl. (Think Entwhistle or Geddy or Chris Squire solo tones) Yeah, this crazy little Squire Bass will DO IT.
I haven’t bothered to open up the volume pot cavity to inspect... I’m sure it won’t be too impressive. Maybe it is. Too scared and don’t want to be disappointed so I won’t until I need to.
Probably the worst thing about the bass is the actual neck finish. I suppose it’s a “satin finish” but on most Squire guitars I compare it to “accidentally getting an overspray or clear coat and then wiping it off.” Wood it ok but I don’t like the way these necks with this kind of finish ages. Eh... it’s Squire, right? You’re not SUPPOSED to worry about how a SQUIRE guitar “ages”.
That IS the Squire thing: You get components that will last enough long enough on a guitar to learn that you need to spend “American Made” money in your NEXT bass. Translation: not built to last.
At this point ( roughly 330 days away from my 60th birthday ) I’m not worried about “guitar aging”. It’s all eventually becoming grandkid hand me downs anyways ?
Final say: If you can find one of these basses at a decent price (new on Amazon around $220) and WORKS (truss rod MUST work...I put a solid full turn and a half in this one to straighten it) GRAB IT! You won’t be disappointed. And if you are, lemme know. If it’s not red I’ll want it ?
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