Vintage Modified Jaguar 2012 Review

manufacturer: Squier date: 07/09/2014 category: Electric Guitars
Squier: Vintage Modified Jaguar 2012
This is a brand new model. First range of the VM Jaguar that looks exactly like a Fender Jaguar.
 Sound: 8.3
 Overall Impression: 7.5
 Reliability & Durability: 7.3
 Action, Fit & Finish: 6.3
 Features: 8.3
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overall: 9.8
Vintage Modified Jaguar 2012 Reviewed by: unregistered, on october 04, 2012
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: £ 255

Purchased from: Andersons

Features: Crafted in Indonesia 2012. This model is Surf Green - the coolest of the colors available. It has a maple neck with vintage-tint gloss finish, 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard (feels more like 12" to me though) with 22 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays, 24 inch scale length, white-black-white pick-guard, Jaguar (Duncan Designed) single-coil pickups, circuit selector and tone circuit switches, pickup on/off switches, skirted black control knobs (lead circuit) and black disc knobs (rhythm circuit), vintage-style bridge and non-locking floating vibrato with vintage-style tremolo arm, vintage-style chrome tuners and chrome hardware. Body basswood - although it feels heavier than other basswood guitars I've had. Not too heavy though about normal Fender weight. It looks the business - just like the real Fender Jag. // 10

Sound: The pickups are great as far as I am concerned and I can get a good variety of sounds out of them - there is no noise from them which I expected there would be. I have a Squier Jagmaster with Humbuckers and this Jag is just as noiseless as that. I have only played it through a Roland Cube which has a good selection of effects and amp models built in. All the knobs and switches do as they should - lead circuit etc. I've never played a Jag before but the way you can set it all up to switch from neck to bridge or neck to bridge/neck with appropriate tone settings is quite easy to get used to. I only play for my own enjoyment but I think these Squier Duncan Designed pickups are very good. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: This Jag comes strung with 9s which are no good at all for short scale guitars. I don't know why Squier ship them with these as it seems everyone changes them for at least 11s. Anyway I always take strings off new guitars and give the frets a polish before restringing - I have had a good look at the finish and apart from a tiny little spot of polish that has hit the fret board it is very well made - Better than a Mexican Strat I owned. (by tiny spot of polish I mean pin point, I only noticed it because the strings were off and it caught the light. The only problem is the bridge (well known on all Jags) but with 11s on and I don't tend to hit it hard, the bridge is fine. I may try some tape wound 11s or 12s with wound 3rd to see what it would have been like in the sixties. Tuning stays stable (after a bit of a stretch of the new strings) and returns to tuning when the vibrato is used. The tuning pegs seems OK too. I am giving this 9 because I reckon Squier could have gone a bit un-authentic and put a Mustang type bridge on and heavier strings as standard. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I don't and probably wont gig this but it certainly would stand up to gigging. The hardwear seems solid enough and I wouldn't expect it to fall off the strap, any knobs or switches to come off in my hands or the vibrato arm to drop out. In fact the vibrato arm stays just where its put and doesn't Swing down after use. All that said if it was treated roughly and thrown in and out of a van over a period of time it may suffer - but that goes for any guitar! // 10

Overall Impression: As I said It only has home use and I play lots of different styles I even burst into heavy rock when the spirit moves me (not too often though!) I have a few acoustics, a Martin, a Crafter Jumbo, a Loar Archtop and a Godin Archtop. I also have an Italia 12 string electric, a Tele I made from bits of other Tele type guitars, a cheap bass guitar and a Tascam 4 track recorder. I basically play about with music when I'm in the mood. Keeps off the dementia they say! I've tried Jazz, folk, pop, country etc and this guitar plays 'em all. I have wanted a Jag for some time now and I bought the Squier Jagmaster about a year ago. That was my first Squier and I was so impressed with that I just had to have the Squier Jaguar when it came out. I am not at all disappointed with either of my Squiers. I reckon they are really good value for money and if like me the real thing is beyond your pocket, they are a terrific alternative. The Jagmaster has a fantastic neck and plays like butter so I was a bit unsure whether this Jaguar would have as good a neck and I was prepared to swap them if need be. In the event the Jaguar has a neck that is almost identical to the Jagmaster. So that has convinced me that Squier guitars can be consistently good. Next item on the bucket list is a Mustang 'cos I really like short scale guitars. // 10

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overall: 9
Vintage Modified Jaguar 2012 Reviewed by: maxpowweer, on november 15, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Features: My Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar 2012 in surf green was "Crafted" in Indonesia, in 2012. It has 22 frets on a rosewood fingerboard, but they are a little bit tight for my stubby fingers, but since I usually play bass it is a bit of a leap. The finish on the body is flawless, and is a Vintage surf green, which is a bit of a marmite love it or hate it colour. I love it. The neck and headstock are laminated which gives it a nice, smooth finish. The neck is a short scale at 24 as apposed to the usual 25.5 of a Strat or Tele. This does mean that if you're the kind of player to detune, then look elsewhere, as I find tuning lower than half a step the strings are a bit too slack. Drop D is okay. The Jag has a Vintage style bridge with a non locking floating vibrato. With this you can bend the strings to make a lower note such as with a Strat tremolo, but also you can pull it back to make a higher note. Don't think for a moment that this is some kind of poor mans Floyd Rose mind. I did get a couple of cheeky metal sounding squeals with a lot of distortion, but this was at the cost of an E string. The tremolo arm also doesn't screw in, and is held in because it goes in about 2, but it can just drop out, as I found out at the shop. The Vintage style bridge is the main downfall. The saddles have loads of ridges in them, and so the strings are able to pop out and about now and then. They just aren't held in place very securely. Perhaps this can be changed, and maybe one day I will. The controls are indeed the Jags party piece. It has two circuits in the guitar, lead and rhythm. Starting with the top controls, there is a 2 way switch and two rollers. With the 2 way switch in the up position it is in the rhythm circuit, and is just the neck pick up and the bottom controls are switched off. One roller is for the volume and the other for the tone. In the down position it is in the lead circuit. This activates the bottom three switches and the main knobs. The far left switch turns the neck pickup on or off and middle switch does the same with the bridge. The far right switch is a high pass filter, and simply cuts out some of the lows when on. Then the knobs act as the master volume and tone as you'd expect. // 8

Sound: With the rhythm circuit on, it produces a thick warm tone that can be useful in rock, especially with a bit of distortion. Using the lead circuit, with just the bridge, it's not as thick as the rhythm and has a bit of a clearer sound. With just the bridge pick up, it's a very thin crisp tone, which sounds very beach boys like. Listen to Fun Fun Fun or Surfin' USA and that's exactly the tone you're gonna get. With both on it still has that beach boy's sound, but the thickness of the neck pick up takes away some of the sharpness and balances it out. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: When I got it home the action did need a bit of tweaking, as there was a deal of fret buzz. On every string. Though I can't say if that'll be with every Jag, and it is just a bit of fiddling with an Alan wrench. Overall for the price you pay, there aren't any complaints in this area. In fact because this is a top end Squier, the only difference between this and a MIM Fender is the logo on the head stock. And about 300! The finish is very nice, and feels like it'll last forever. So if you're going to want that road worn look, then it's going to take a long time, playing in lots of hot sweaty pubs! The frets are ever so slightly a bit rough when running your hand along the neck. // 10

Reliability & Durability: I haven't gigged with this, however it is built like a brick sh*t house. I think the bridge and string issue might be a bit problematic gigging though. Can be a nuisance putting the strings back in place and it can knock them out of tune when they do, although they tend to find a position they like after a bit or trial and error. Playing small gigs with this is fine without a back up. However playing larger venues in front of a couple of hundred people, possibly drunk and usually unappreciative of your fine art, would be unwise without a back up no matter what instrument you're playing! // 9

Overall Impression: I play all sorts of styles, and this suits most of them. It is at home best in the rock, indie, pop styles though I think it sounds cracking playing Iron Maidens stuff. It doesn't really do heavier metals, mainly because of the drop tuning issue to be honest. I use an EQ pedal with it so with that, a play with my amp knobs and add some distortion I can actually get a decent heavy tone out of it. Overall I think this is a really well put together instrument, with cool Vintage looks, though it would have been better if Squier had included modern style bridges instead. This is the only downside, but the upside is the large array of tones and the fact it looks the sex. If you are thinking of getting this, definitely go to you local guitar shop and play with one. Properly. The qwerky bridge may put you off, and the shorter scale neck may not be best for you. Think about if you'll want to use drop tunings. I'd also compare it to its big brother the Jazzmaster if you can, side by side. Looks similar, but is a different animal, so it might be more suited to you but with the same look.

// 9

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overall: 4.2
Vintage Modified Jaguar 2012 Reviewed by: unregistered, on august 02, 2012
0 of 10 people found this review helpful

Price paid: £ 255

Purchased from: Andertons

Features: This is a brand new model. First range of the VM Jaguar that looks exactly like a Fender Jaguar. It is essentially a Fender Jaguar except where it says Squier instead of Fender. It is a short scale 22 fret neck. The usual lead/rhythm circuit controls with volume and tone for each circuit. 3 switch control plate which allows for the turning on/off of pickups, as well as the third switch which is some kind of filter which knocks the bass off of the sound and ups the treble. It comes with a whammy bar into a well-known Jaguar bridge with what looks like a modified Mustang bridge. // 7

Sound: I run the VM Jaguar through a Vox 15R. It sounds pretty good. It's a very bright guitar. This is my first venture into single coil pickup guitars after starting with a Stratocaster. I use a Epiphone Les Paul as my main electric guitar and also own a SG, as well having a Epiphone Dot in the past. The sound seems like a suitable replacement to a Fender Jaguar. It's maybe 6/10's of a Fender Jaguar. // 6

Action, Fit & Finish: The set-up is terrible. It somewhat weirdly comes fitted with 9's. Despite the fact that nearly all Jaguar players and enthusiasts state that a thicker string is better. I fitted 10's on it but it's still not good enough. It looks great but badly done Squier. // 1

Reliability & Durability: At the moment, this guitar wouldn't stand being played live. It needs a new set of strings (as I am going to move up to 11's) and a professional set up. I think the guitar will last for a few years, it seems like it has been produced well but hugely let down by the finishing touches (the strings and etc.) // 3

Overall Impression: My overall impression of this guitar would be that it looks great, but needs work, I bought it for 255 but will have spent another 50 to make it up to my standard. It will be good but sadly will take too much work. Go and buy a Marauder from the Fender Modern Player range. That is twice the guitar for only an extra 100. // 4

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overall: 7
Vintage Modified Jaguar 2012 Reviewed by: stefke250, on july 09, 2014
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Price paid: € 320

Purchased from: Bax

Features: 2013 Indonesia made VM Jaguar Sunburst. Basswood body, maple neck. 2 "Duncan Designed" Single coils as stock. As the name indicates: it's an almost complete replica of the '60s Fender Jaguar. As I can see it, the "modified" indicates the 9.5 radius neck (originals had 7.25) and truss rod adjustment in the headstock. For me: this last item is an important mod since I certainly had to adjust the neck (see later). The pups seem to be "overwound" compared to Standard Jaguar or Strat pus. I like the sound of them and not planning to replace them any time soon. // 8

Sound: I mostly play garage, alternative, grunge but also some blues and classic rock. As you can expect with a vintage(isch) Jaguar: this guitar and it's circuitry make it a very versatile guitar soundwise. From sharp and clear in the lead circuit to dark an muddy in the rhythm circuit. Not very suited for fat high gain settings, but this can be expected from single coil pups. I'm not complaining here. With the standard setup of the bridge and neck, I got some rattles but got rid of them when I adjusted them. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: This is where the fun kinda ends: as delivered the neck on my jaguar needed adjustment badly (almost half a turn on the truss rod!), the bridge setup wasn't as it should be on and the action was very high, even for me as I don't like super low actions. I'm not complaining about the bridge design as this is a trademark of the jaguar and this is a genuine vintage bridge design. All the above items can rapidly be fixed with the supplied hex wrenches, some locktite and basic setup knowledge though. 

What was worse is the cheap plastic nut that is way to high (I'm certainly going to replace it in the future) and the matching of the wood grain of the body planks. This last thing isn't an item if you choose the SG, CAR of OW versions, but on my guitar the complete mismatch of the bottom 2 pieces of wood in the body kinda ruins the sunburst look. Now I know you can't expect this to be perfect on a 300isch $ guitar, but on my guitar the bottom piece of wood is many shades darker as the piece above it, resulting in a very distinct line and ruining the SB look. In comparison: My SQ Jagmaster SB has an almost perfect grain match. The body seems to be made out of 5 pieces of wood, where the Jagmaster has only 3 (and these are perfectly matched and alder, not basswood). The finish of the neck is good and it's very playable.  

One last thing: What was Squier thinking in putting. 09 string sets on a jaguar with a vintage bridge! Replaced them with. 11 after 3 minutes of playing. So when you order this guitar, order a heavier string set with it. // 5

Reliability & Durability: Don't have it long enough to judge but I bought it as a "take anywhere guitar without breaking my heart when I damage or dent it." Seems solid enough for normal use. The tuners look a bit on the cheap side but they'll to the job I guess. Neck looks as solid as any other Fender or Squier guitar. I haven't got any experience with basswood bodies (the other guitars I have/had all had Alder bodies) So I'll have to wait and see if basswood is usually more prone to denting. The bridge certainly will be a lot more solid after applying some locktite on all the screws. // 7

Overall Impression: My other guitars are a Fender KC Signature Mustang and a modified SQ Jagmaster played through Fender Mustang and Marsghall DSL amps. As stated: bought the VM Jaguar as a guitar I could take everywhere without breaking my heart if I dent or damage it during transport or use. It requires some setting and adjustment and since this guitar is mostly intended for beginning players on a tight budget, this could be a problem for them. But bang for the buck: this is a nice guitar (hey: it's 300$). 

The thing that bums me the most is the mismatch of the body grain because this isn't something I can fix, but the low price certainly makes up for this. I mostly play garage, alternative, grunge but also some blues and classic rock. This jaguar can play most but I wouldn't recommend it for high gain riffs, as you can expect from a single coil only guitar. Although this is a nice guitar considering the price, I would certainly take a look at the Squire Jagmaster, which I consider the best guitar Squire make. For only about 70$ more, fit & finish are of a considerably higher standard. // 7

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