Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass: The MJ Review
The Fender Jazz bass is one of the most enduring instruments ever made. Massively popular since its introduction, the Jazz has been seen on stage and heard in all kinds of music.
The Squier Vintage Modified series focuses on taking these classic Fender instruments and asking "what if", leading to some of the coolest instruments we've seen.
Squier have taken this particular bass back to the era of classic rock, funk and punk with the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass 70s. Featuring a natural gloss body with black block inlays and binding on a maple neck, the looks of this guitar are stunning and sure to capture the attention of an audience immediately.
The first thing that most people ask when I recommend a Squier guitar is what the quality is like, and I have to say that the Vintage Modified series are incredible for the money that you pay. They're on a par with the Squier Classic Vibe series, which I personally would say come very close to the level of quality that you would expect from a Mexican Fender.
So, what is it about this particular bass that I like so much? Well, firstly, it's a Jazz! The Jazz bass is incredibly comfortable to play, with the famously thin neck making even the trickiest basslines nice and easy on your wrists and fingers, and the two volume controls allow you to get the perfect blend of the two pickups to ensure that you get the best possible sound for you.
Talking of the sound of the pickups, the Vintage Modified Jazz features Duncan Designed versions of the standard Jazz pickups, and this is where the "what if" comes in - the Fender Jazz never featured Seymour Duncan pickups, but the pickups in this Squier really sound incredible. The Jazz is famous for bright, punchy tone which suits a huge range of musical styles, and these pickups really enhance that by giving you a superbly clear, crisp tone without sacrificing any of the warmth that the standard Jazz pickups provide.
All in all, I'd be hard pressed to suggest a better bass in the price range - I recommend anybody interested in getting a new bass coming down to our flagship music store in Leicester and giving it a try!