Price paid: $ 275
Purchased from: Sam Ash
Sound — 9
I play in a prog-rock band with only one guitarist, so I was looking for a bass that would jump out of the mix rather than sit back in the deeper end and this bass does just that. I play the bass through a Fender Rumble 60 bass amplifier, and by tweaking the controls on the amplifier I can go from a heavy and deep bass sound to something much higher with a few adjustments to the high and low end settings. The pickups are an upgrade over the usual Squier bass pickups, but they aren't as great as the Fender pickups on the American series of basses. Overall, the bass provides a wide range of sounds that would fit with a lot of different types of music.
Overall Impression — 8
The Squier Modified Jazz Bass would make a good fit for anyone playing any kind of music. The range of tones you can get from it is wide ranging and allows for some creativity with your bass sound that some basses don't really allow. I've only been playing bass for a few months but I've played guitar for 8 years. This is definitely a great bass to start with or a great bass for someone Who doesn't want to spend a fortune on a decent instrument. Don't be afraid of the Squier name with this bass because if you replaced the decal on the headstock with a Fender decal, no one would ever know the difference. I would definitely buy this bass again if it were lost or stolen and absolutely recommend this bass to anyone Who asked.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I've used the bass at a few shows since I bought it, and it held up well. Any sweat that I got on the finish wiped right off and the hardware still looks alright after the guitar took a tumble to the ground once or twice. I replaced the strap-buttons with Schaller strap locks immediately after I got the bass home, which I'd recommend for anyone playing any gigs with any guitar. The one little thing I've noticed about it is that the neck will ding very easily since it is a softer wood, but that's not really a huge problem in my opinion. Just keep it safe and this bass should last you a long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
When I purchased the bass, I had one of the techs at Sam Ash set it up for me at the store, which took about 15 minutes. He lowered the action a bit and spent a few minutes adjusting the bridge and neck. As I mentioned before, the body on one of the models at the store had some knots in it, and the associate at Sam Ash mentioned that a few of those basses that also had knots in the body, but otherwise the finish looked nice on mine. Beyond that everything seemed very good out of the box.
Features — 8
The Modified Jazz Bass I purchased was new, and made in Indonesia in 2009. The bass features a bolt on maple neck and c-shape fret board complete with the Geddy Lee-esque black box inlays. The body of the guitar is made of maple and has a simple lacquer finish over the natural maple look. The pickups are 2 Duncan Designed JB101 pickups, and there are 2 tone knobs and 1 volume knob as is standard on Jazz basses. The hardware is also all chrome. The body of my bass didn't contain any noticeable knots in the wood, but there was one on the floor at Sam Ash with a big knot on the front and back of it, which is a blemish that you may or may not chose to overlook, so if you want to make sure your bass doesn't have a knot in it it's probably best for you to check out the bass in person. There are many upgrades and differences between the Modified Jazz Bass and its cheaper Squier counterparts, and I think the extra price you pay is worth it. The upgraded pickups and the unique maple neck with black inlays make this a decent buy at a still affordable price.