There is a whole lot of homogeneity in the world of electric bass guitars. So many of them look the same, especially the affordable ones, that it is sometimes hard to tell some of the instruments apart. It is a horrible situation to be living in, since nobody is able to get that one unique instrument without too much research. Thankfully I have been doing too much research most of my life, and can now offer you an instrument that you might be interested in. Let us take a look at the Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special and see what makes it so special.
I am going to start off the review of this bass guitar with high praise of the way it looks and the way it feels when you hold it. The guitar has an interesting, vintage inspired design, that looks unique. The jaguar style has been lifted straight from the golden age of jazz, with the funky design having a lovely shape that looks pretty and feels comfortable. The sunburst color scheme that the guitar comes in works well with the rest of the design.
The body of the guitar is built out of basswood, which is a popular tonewood choice among the more affordable guitars. It provides the instrument with a whole lot lovely features, the cheapness being the primary favored feature. The second favorite feature of the bass is the resonance with the lower tones, which provides the guitar with a thick, full bass tone, comparable to that of mahogany. The lightness of the tonewood results in the guitar being a comfortable one to play and hold for long periods of time.
The neck of the guitar is built out of maple, which is a traditional choice among guitars no matter whether they are expensive or cheap. This hardwood provides the instrument with a good level of sturdiness, with the maple’s durability resulting in a long lifespan for the bass guitar. The neck is bolted onto the body of the guitar, yet this does not create any problems for the stability and alignment of the neck. The fretboard of the guitar is built out of rosewood.
The guitar comes with a standard, fixed bridge. This provides the instrument with some nice string stability and an enjoyable level of action for the player.
The nut of the guitar is made of a mid level synthetic material. This means the guitar is free of most string hum and has a nice harmony.
The tuning machine of the guitar is made to look well with the rest of the vintage design. The tuning stability provided by the tuning machine is adequate, though retuning the guitar as often as you have to for this one is not as much fun as it sounds like it would be.
The guitar comes with two pickups, one located at the middle and the other located at the bridge of the instrument. The middle pickups is a split coil precision bass pickups, while the bridge pickup is a single coil precision bass pickup. This results in the guitar having a nice flexibility in terms of the sound it produces, giving the player the option to alternate between full single coil and a humbucker single coil pickup configuration.
The guitar comes with a comprehensive control system. You get two knobs for individual volumes of the pickups, as well as a master boost knob and a master tone knob.
The sound of the guitar is one of the best on the market. The electric bass guitar was designed for versatility, one that jazzmasters need and demand from their bass guitars. Whether you want something heavy, deep and moody, or something more bright and energetic, you can get it out of this instrument, thanks to the interesting pickup configuration. The tone is full and the output of the sound is rather powerful. Lovely sound fitting for jazz, rock and metal alike.
This is a marvelous bass guitar, one of my favorite on the market currently. It has a whole lot of versatility in terms of sound, capable of playing all kinds of genres at any level of output you want. Highly recommended for anyone.