Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Jazz Bass 4-String Bass Guitar (Discontinued)
The original Fender Jazz bass first appeared in 1960 and is the second electric bass guitar to come out from Fender's production line. With its distinct two pole piece per string single-coil pickup design, it emphasized the midrange and upper-mids for a cutting tone that allows bassists to stand out in a mix.
The highly rated Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass is an affordable take on this timeless classic, featuring a more comfortable modern "C" shape profile, 34" scale length, 1.5" nut width and rosewood fingerboard.
- Body: Basswood
- Neck: Maple
- Neck Profile: "C" Shape
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 34"
- Nut Width: 1.5"
- Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
- Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo
- Middle Pickup: Fender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass
- Bridge Pickup: Fender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass
- Controls: Master Tone, Volume 1 and Volume 2
- Bridge: 4-Saddle Vintage-Style
- Tuners: Standard Open-Gear
- Weight: 12.6 lbs.
Almost everything about this bass guitar receives positive mentions from users, from the finish to overall build quality. Even experienced players find the sound to be very close to more expensive Fender Jazz Basses. Some are even surprised by the build quality and the fretwork, while others report that the string action out of the box to be on par to more expensive models.
There are a few who complain about tuning problems when changing to drop D and other low tunings. There are also others who gave this bass low ratings because of out-of-the-box damage, which maybe due to shipping and handling.
If you're into brighter sounding bass tones like Jaco Pastorius, Geddy Lee, Sting, Rick Danko and other virtuoso bassists, then this affordable Jazz bass is definitely worth looking at. It was previously on our recommended list and only just missed out making the list again in February 2019 - you can see our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Bass Guitars Under $300.