Squier’s Vintage Modified Series lives up to its name by updating and increasing the appeal of two more old Fender favourites – the Jaguar and the Jazzmaster
In recent years Fender has offered appropriately altered official alternatives to the stock models, usually by incorporating decidedly Gibson-orientated features.
Individual saddles offer independent intonation and action adjustments, but the securing screws are awkwardly sited directly under the strings. The Strat-style output jack looks a little out of place.
The neck pickup combines depth with clean-toned clarity, while the bridge packs plenty of punch to produce an upper mid-dominated slam that begs for equal helpings of gain-driven grit. The centre selection is a butch blend of both humbuckers and the rotary controls further expand sonic potential.
The Jaguar enjoys the same operational benefits and also has humbucker-powered muscle that makes it much more suited to modern playing styles. It's a versatile six-string that punch well above it's price weight; build, finish quality and playability are all very impressive, while criticisms are comparatively minor. It's an attractive and very affordable proposition to any player who fancies an offset-waisted Fender.