Squier Jaguar Bass Special Vintage Modified: our hands-on review

If you’re torn between a Jazz Bass or a Precision Bass, maybe you need to step back and take a look around… Hmmm, what’s that there? Could it be the best of both worlds? It just might you know, it’s the Squier Jaguar Bass Special from their excellent Vintage Modified series! We thought it was about time we spent some proper time with it and gave it a bit of a review.

The Fender Squier Jaguar Bass

With the comfort of the offset waist body you’ll know from the Jazz Bass, but with the combination of a Precision Bass pickup and the growl of a Jazz Bass pickup at the bridge, this is one versatile instrument. All in a package that has enough of a classic look to not raise too many eyebrows -particularly in the sunburst finish- but with those characteristic Jaguar lines that should guarantee a few second glances.

The polyurethane finish is nice and even, and the satin finish on the neck means it doesn’t feel too sticky in the hand. The sunburst finish complemented by the three-ply pickguard makes this a classy-looking instrument, but you’ve still got the Jaguar lines of those horns…

If you’ve been put off active electronics in the past from seeing rows of complicated dual concentric control knobs, the Squier Jaguar Bass makes things a bit more user friendly, with an active bass-boost control on its own knob. The other controls are for the individual pickup volumes and a master tone, so it’s straightforward to get a good sound dialed in without going through hours of various combinations and permutations.

The sound of the Squier Jaguar Bass

So, we’ve established that the Squier Jaguar Bass looks good, feels good, and is well specified, but how does it sound? In a word: great. From deep P-Bass lows to proper J-Bass growl, you can call up a lot of tones on this one, and then you’ve still got that active bass-boost circuit as well. Anyway, take a listen and make up your own mind. The bass was recorded direct into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and recorded in Ableton Live 9 at 24 bit/44.1 kHz. There has been no additional processing, this is just the pure bass signal:

And there you go, our wee review of the Squier Jaguar Bass Special from the Vintage Modified series. To sum it up in a natty soundbite, then I suppose we’d have to say that we can’t believe how much tone this bass offers at this price; impressive.

 

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Fynn Callum

producer, guitarist, engineer & dj
From indie guitarist to deep house producer via Northern Soul dj; mix engineer, producer and gear enthusiast. Jaffa Cake aficionado.

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