Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass

Vintage Modified Jazz Bass, 4-string bass guitar from Squier in the Jazz Bass series.

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Audiofanzine FR12/30/2010

Audiofanzine FR's review

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
I'm disappointed by the finish.
1 - There is a big knot on the body. It looks like a big knob on top of the instrument. It looks awful.
2 - There was too much varnish under the 2nd fret and I had to polish it. I find such faults are not acceptable.
3 - The back of the neck has ditches and it looks like corrugated iron. The difference is almost 1mm deep!! I had never seen this before, even with very cheap bass guitars.

There are a lot of small other faults: the pickups seem to be too wide compared to the space between the strings, the binding is not varnished everywhere, the 1/4" connector is not tight, etc.


Once I set the instrument, the ergonomics are perfect and the sound is really good. But the faults on the neck are a pity!


Good sound for funk. I don't use my effect pedals anymore: they are not required. I plug it directly into the amp with flat EQ settings and the sound is nice. I didn't change the strings.


Compared with another Jazz bass copy (an old Session), the Squier VM sounds better and I don't regret having bought it. Maybe I was unlucky and got a faulty one. It's a pity and I cannot forgive this. My next instrument won't be a Squier but a Fender.
P'tit Ju10/13/2013

P'tit Ju's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good development potential. Excellent as a first purchase."

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
See other reviews for specific characteristics. I have since 2008 and this is what I personally think of the features:

The wood is ... >> real wood, not straw, and it is quite ok. This is not a body in one piece but it does the job. In this price range it's great.
The >> duncan design pickups are not really exceptional (I have ultimately replaced with real seymour duncan and there it sounds!)
>> The look is very nice, however the finish is a bit awkward (the edging a little beyond, the pickguard has a sort of "lump" ...)
>> The bridge is a weak point: the grooving of one of my bridges messed up (I took the opportunity to ask a Babicz, it gave me the excuse I expected :) )
>> I have a band in the upper which can be seen in one day on one side of the handle, not great but you can live with.

For the price, it's honest, it was wood, it has style.


Ergonomics is that of a jazz bass. The satin finish of the handle is nice. The body vibrates well.

The handle was too high at the beginning, after an adjustment is much better, but I think some frets are not super well placed and it is a shame if this handle is really not bad.

The sound controls are very traditional with Volume volume tone. I would have preferred as qqchose Blend / Volume / Tone but it is personal.

For the price, same is correct!


With my seymour duncan (SJB1 in SJB2 in neck and bridge) it sounds very good. I have this setup since 2008 and it's a sound that I like for my jazz bass, I'm not tired and I have no discomfort to record live.
Of course I also like the different sounds (at warwick, musicman, Rickenbaker ...) but this bass type of sound, I do not feel that it could "be better."

That said with the original pickups was the opposite ... I had to change them.

To roughly a comparison, I had the same seymour duncan on a low Cort (at about the same rate): the sound was different of course, but mostly it did not sound much, it was less alive, less direct ... difficult to describe. The pickups are not everything, I think that Squier violin gives it a great potential for great sound.

Originally: sound a little sad, no concern for most concerts rock / pop / etc but it is only correct, no more!

I note "good" because after 5 years of use I think it has potential to make a great sound (see perfect for a jazz bass but perfection ...). It is not found "stuck" with, it can evolve and it is worth it.


For its price it is a very interesting bass in a standard format and a very nice finish: you can not crash.
Given its direct competitors it has the advantage of being carved out a decent wood, not the agathis, not Nato, etc..
We can do something!

However unlike other enthusiastic reviews I put a big caveat: it is far from perfect. At 300 euros it is normal, the value for money is excellent, but in absolute terms it is correct.

Will I do it again this choice? In the context yes, I do not regret it! I still live with ;)
But today no I do not redeem this low I am no longer a student, I have a real job, so I will order my parts from Warmoth or I will consider perhaps a low sandberg. I have a perfect violin, but it is not at all the same price ...

patvmax's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" almost a fender"

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
Asia but very good, and ALL IN MAPLE. " black mark very 70's ..


handle very fine at the nut, and very large after the 12th fret, to love! I have the same full-fender usa (like marcus miller inactive) crate ash, and this is not the same race. .. Rican is the least heavy. the pickups are far superior to su-mounted Chinese Squier, but it is not the same price!


at head, the neck was bent like a bow, a huge hollow to the 5 to the 9th fret. very high and the strings .. I therefore fitted extra light strings, adjusted the truss rod for hours, changed the bridge, tighten the Mecas, and finally I have a nice bass. but it remains a squier indonesia! the pickups are very weak people and treble.


a good deal anyway, but rather for beginners, because if you leave home, or improperly adjusted, it is a good low "school"! and of course far removed from old squier japan. and of course USA. his look is really good, between rock and sixties. a timeless look, and how beautiful everything maple at this price!

fperrenoud's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" S finish"

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass
I'll temprer some rave Other owners of this low because I am very trsdu the finish.
1 - I have a big knot on the body (alas). By far, made a sort of knob and more on top of the bass. I find it a lousy but it is not the worst.
2 - There was a small packet of varnish in the 2nd case, we felt under the thumb and I had to sand it. I can not find a normal.
3 - The handle back presents 5 big waves, it is like tthe waves. There is a difference of almost 1mm hollow ridge, it is standard. I had never seen, even on low first prize.

In addition to these three problems, there are lots of small defects such as microphones that seem too large for the Bay distance strings, the binding is not painted everywhere, jack socket that d screwed, the original rglage which was entirely re ...


Well, aprsrglage, ergonomics is perfect, it's true, and the sound is really good, well-typed. Too bad I have small defects in the handle, agche all.


Good sound for funk. I dbranch all my pedals and effects, most. Direct in the amp, equalizer and flat rings. I have not even changed the strings.


Compared to my other copy Jazzbass (an old session), the Squier VM is Suprieure, I do not regret my purchase but I regret having bought without looking trusting the opinions posts here. May be that there are better guitars finished than others and I fell on a bad copy. It's a shame and I do not forgive. This will be my next purchase Fender Squier not.