Dude...this guitar is magic
I played it...and was instantly hooked by the vintage neck and shorter scale...played like a dream....frets all dressed nice...perfect setup and superb neck.
Did a check on internet for opinions and found tons of folks dissing this guitar....waited a few days..she kept haunting me...and so I went and bought it....$300 bones...not like it was the end of the earth.
Played for the entire weekend...guitar nervana....so have to post a review and discuss this amazing deal from squier and dispel some of the nonsense critics have posted. I own 15 guitars (right now)...play alot and like to modify and hotrod my rigs (if they are not collectable that is!!!)....hense I have an affection for squiers...not afraid to dink around with it.
First...this is not a jaguar......I love the vintage jag's and if I were to get one now (oh if I only had all the guitars I have ever owned...sigh)....I would never modify it...that would be a sin....I get tradition, and the funky jag setup was super cool in its own funky way...but dude...the tremelo/bridge setup on those vintage jags was bunk...always drifting out of setup...buzzing and want to tune your guitar....hammer the wammy...and uh, time to tune bro........but nevermind...the vintage jags are the bomb.
This guitar has the cool vibe of the jag, the shorter scale and a nice retro, pre aged varnish....it channels all the coolness of the 60's jag, with modern setup.
Pickups......squier upgraded this guitar to S-dunkens (humbuckers)....and let me tell you, they are excellent, no need to change pickups like can be the case on many squiers....leave them alone baby, they are top notch......would I tarnish a vintage jag to put in humbuckers...hell no.....but squier did it for you with no karma hit
The bridge......is excellent...lots of folks saying it is like a danalectro and junk....well, it is sorta like a danalectro..but only the nicer high end ones that have intonation adjustment and not the wooden bridge type...and the squier is very beefy, no bending like the thin dano version...and in the end it allows the bridge to tork down onto the guitar body, like a gibson tunomantic does.....very good for tone....and this guitar has tone, tone , tone.....is the intonation setup a pain..yes...but you can shove the string over with a small screw driver and then slide string saddle around to intonate.....tighten up and your done.....I dont know about you...but I do not adjust my intonation all that often...no big deal.
The guitar has amazing tone and is very resonant, even with not hooked up to an amp...why.....I think it is because the design uses a big chunk of wood and they routed the body for the original jag setup...meaning there is a cavety above the strings for the toggle switch, which is the size for the mutli switch of the original jag...and a cavety bellow the strings for the additional switches a vintage jag has......cut outs for both pickups and the tone pot section....end result is a nice chamber that adds to the sound of the guitar in a positive way.
Ok...now under the hood.....quality stuff, forget the typical cheap electronics found on some squiers.......the pickups are great as I mentioned.....and they are suprise, suprise, 4 wire untis (more on that later)...with the middle wire fused near the tone pots to give a normal humbucker setup........the concentric tone pots are cool and look to be well done units...no plastic chip board junk........now the selector switch was a bit crackley for me..and others have noticed this too...but a shot of electrical component cleaner and throw switch back and forth a bunch...and no problem to date.
Get this...the body is actually shielded with shielding paint......that is cool...additional quality touch and most would never notice....hint of the effort to make this a dam good guitar by the manufacture (indonesia by the way and not china)
Guitar stock is superb....but get this............it can be moded in a very cool way with little to no effort. Because the pickups are 4 wire and the leads are easy to get at for the middle wire (wire joining the two single coils in the humbucker)...it is siting accessable next to each tone/volume pot, just waiting to be modified baby!!!.......you can simply tap into this...and run it through a simple on/off switch to ground (the wire going into the guitar body to ground to the shielded paint works fine)...and use the pre-routed cavety bellow the strings.....and add two switches for each pickup and wala...you have single coil taps on both pickups............works great....the dunkens are hot pickups...so when you tap out one coil and make it a single coil...it still sounds great and when you hit the switch you have instant stratocaster sounds on neck and tele sounds on bridge...and if you mix both...you have have a blended humbucker and single coil sound...which is turning out to be my fav right now.
this is a 20 minutue mod and costs less than $10.....all the wiring is there already and exposed (no need to perform surgery on the humbucker to get at the coil tap)...and the body routing is already there under the pick gaurd...all you need is two switches and a bit of additional wire.....easy.
Just dont make the mistake I did and use toggle switches...I kept hitting my hand on them when playing....had to go back and use low profile simple rocker switch and now works like a charm.
You would never be allowed by the quitar Gods to screw around like this with a vintage jag ....but a killer guitar that cost only $300......no worries.
The guitar has all the vibe of the vintage Jaguar...without the high maintenance pain in the butt bridge and wammy set up and uses a simple but effective bridge, resonant and easy to mod.....what else do we want folks...........go get one, they rock