Fender Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass SS 4-String Bass Guitar (Discontinued)
Squier is a sub-brand of guitar manufacturer giant Fender, they make affordable versions of Fender's popular instruments, including bass guitars.
The Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass SS was their most popular bass in the sub $200 price range, thanks to it being easy on the eyes, ears and more importantly easy on your wallet.
This bass is essentially a more compact version of their popular Jaguar bass, carrying over the same styling offset body and old school playability via its curved 9.5" radius fingerboard - while having a shorter scale length of 30" that makes overall playability easier.
- Body: Agathis
- Neck: Maple
- Neck Profile: "C" shape
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 30"
- Nut Width: 1.5"
- Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
- Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo
- Neck Pickup: Split Single-Coil Precision
- Bridge Pickup: Single-Coil Jazz Bass pickup
- Controls: Master Tone, Volume 1 and Volume 2
- Bridge: Standard
- Tuners: Standard Open-Gear
- Weight: 11.1 lbs.
The most common theme in reviews is that this bass gives you exceptional value for your money, be it as a gift to inspire upstart players or for personal use even by experienced players. The guitar's exceptional offset shape got a lot of thumbs up, with many stating that it makes it stand out and look more expensive than it actually is. Having both a split-single coil and single coil bass were also appreciated by many, with some even stating that this bass has a surprisingly versatile sound, not too far off from their more expensive and bulky main instruments.
Some more experienced players are not too keen on its finish quality, but they still rate it highly considering the price. There are also some that had to adjust the action out of the box, thankfully, this is easy to do with the adjustable bridge.
With its combination of quality looks, sound and performance, this stylish looking short scale bass guitar is highly recommended. Unfortunately it's hard to find available new from stores these days so if you're looking for a new bass then take a look at our guide to The Best Bass Guitars Under $300.