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Post subject: NGD! Squier VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:42 pm
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Actually I received the guitar from Guitar Center on July 26th. Haven't had time to get around to pictures until now.

I bought a J. Mascus Jazzmaster on July 7th and ended up not caring for the guitar and returned it. You can read about it in this post:

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This guitar is a nice guitar for the price. I like the medium jumbo frets better than the jumbo frets and the bridge is the same style as a vintage Jazzmaster. The only disappointment I have in the guitar is the pick-guard. It is NOT a real tort pick-guard. After I peeled off the protective plastic covering the pick-guard, it looked like there was another plastic cover on there. If you look close at the pictures you can see what looks like bubbles at the pick-guard screws. I took the screws out and the tort is actually a decal of some sort. I removed all the pick-guard screws and pressed down on the tort cover to make them flat. Whenever Spitfire 7 (over at OSG Forum) gets his tort guards finished, I will be one of his first customers.

Otherwise, I am satisfied with the guitar. I did replace the strings with .10s, it came with .9's. It needs setting up (which I am no expert) because I have a little string buzz on the low E and A strings.

Note: The bridge cover is from my 62 Jazzmaster.

In the end, I think I will be keeping this guitar. For a Squire, it ain't too bad.

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Thought I'd throw in a shot of my newly finished Super Reverb amp.

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squire VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:53 pm
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jmallard wrote:
The only disappointment I have in the guitar is the pick-guard. It is NOT a real tort pick-guard. After I peeled off the protective plastic covering the pick-guard, it looked like there was another plastic cover on there. If you look close at the pictures you can see what looks like bubbles at the pick-guard screws. I took the screws out and the tort is actually a decal of some sort.


I noticed this some time back when I examined three different Squier Jazz Basses side by side at the same store on the same day -- all three instruments had that tortoise-shell pickguard and upon closer inspection, every one of them had the same "random" color and swirl pattern. Very tacky for an otherwise nice guitar.

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squire VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:28 pm
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Congratulations Jerry, that is one nice looking axe, and a nice looking amp too. As for pickguards, have you checked out Greasy Groove? http://www.greasygroove.com/products.php?cat=742

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squire VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:33 pm
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Congratulations Jerry, that is one nice looking axe, and a nice looking amp too. As for pickguards, have you checked out Greasy Groove? http://www.greasygroove.com/products.php?cat=742


Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squire VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:07 pm
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Jerry...Sweet guitar! I used to be ambivalent about white, but it has grown on me over the years...and it looks so good on a Jazzmaster!

So how is the quality of the Squier? Pickguard mentioned above not withstanding. I have seen one that I wouldn't mind having...the Jaguar with P90s and the knobs rear mounted (no pickguard). I miss having a guitar with P90s.

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squire VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:25 pm
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T2Stratman wrote:
Jerry...Sweet guitar! I used to be ambivalent about white, but it has grown on me over the years...and it looks so good on a Jazzmaster!

So how is the quality of the Squier? Pickguard mentioned above not withstanding. I have seen one that I wouldn't mind having...the Jaguar with P90s and the knobs rear mounted (no pickguard). I miss having a guitar with P90s.

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Well, not that I'm any great judge of the quality of guitars, the Squier (just noticed that I have been misspelling Squier) is a nice guitar. The only thing I can compare it to is my 62 Jazzmaster.

It doesn't feel any heaver, but I haven't weighed either one of them. Of course the medium jumbo frets are different but I like them better than the jumbo frets on the other Squier I had. The neck on this guitar feels smoother than the other Squier and the neck relief seems to be proper. The paint and finish is very nice and the rosewood is darker on this one that the last one (which I like).

I'm not familiar with P90 pick-ups except that I know they are popular. The pick-ups on this Squier state, "Duncan Designed", whatever that means. The guitar sounds nice but I really don't have much playing time on it yet. I definitely like the bridge better than the first Squier. I just wish I knew a good luthier.

For the money and considering that it is not a true "Fender", I think I'm going to be o.k. with it. Like you, I was not much of a fan of white guitars but oddly enough I remember mentioning to Arjay at one point that I might get my 62 refinished and he commented that it would look nice in Olympic White. Well, I got one in Olympic White and I think it looks nice. It will look even better when I get a proper tort pick-guard, but I'm in no hurry.

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squire VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:42 am
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jmallard wrote:
It will look even better when I get a proper tort pick-guard, but I'm in no hurry.


+1

Just bear in mind, a real tortoise-shell guard from Fender is 4-ply......tortoise, white, black, white. On vintage examples, the white is actually mint green celluloid.

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squire VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:54 am
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Retroverbial wrote:
jmallard wrote:
It will look even better when I get a proper tort pick-guard, but I'm in no hurry.


+1

Just bear in mind, a real tortoise-shell guard from Fender is 4-ply......tortoise, white, black, white. On vintage examples, the white is actually mint green celluloid.

Arjay


Yes, I am aware of that fact.

The problem, when the time comes, will be finding one that will fit properly. Many sellers specifically state that their guards will not fit a Squier. The link that spacewolf provided above has that statement for their Jazzmaster guard.

This guitar is advertised as "Vintage Modified", but only a test fit in the end will determine if it is "vintage" or not. :)

From a distance, this pick-guard does not look too bad. It isn't like I'm going on stage or anything like that :lol:

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Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:35 am
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Conceivably you could pick up a sheet of proper 4-ply tortoise stock, use your existing pickguard as a template, then cut your own.

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squier VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:05 pm
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Retroverbial wrote:
Conceivably you could pick up a sheet of proper 4-ply tortoise stock, use your existing pickguard as a template, then cut your own.

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Conceivable, yes, but with my lack of skills in that area plus a lack of the proper tools, I doubt that will be happening. :)

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Post subject: Re: NGD! Squire VM Jazzmaster
Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:31 pm
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jmallard wrote:
T2Stratman wrote:
Jerry...Sweet guitar! I used to be ambivalent about white, but it has grown on me over the years...and it looks so good on a Jazzmaster!

So how is the quality of the Squier? Pickguard mentioned above not withstanding. I have seen one that I wouldn't mind having...the Jaguar with P90s and the knobs rear mounted (no pickguard). I miss having a guitar with P90s.

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Well, not that I'm any great judge of the quality of guitars, the Squier (just noticed that I have been misspelling Squier) is a nice guitar. The only thing I can compare it to is my 62 Jazzmaster.

It doesn't feel any heaver, but I haven't weighed either one of them. Of course the medium jumbo frets are different but I like them better than the jumbo frets on the other Squier I had. The neck on this guitar feels smoother than the other Squier and the neck relief seems to be proper. The paint and finish is very nice and the rosewood is darker on this one that the last one (which I like).

I'm not familiar with P90 pick-ups except that I know they are popular. The pick-ups on this Squier state, "Duncan Designed", whatever that means. The guitar sounds nice but I really don't have much playing time on it yet. I definitely like the bridge better than the first Squier. I just wish I knew a good luthier.

For the money and considering that it is not a true "Fender", I think I'm going to be o.k. with it. Like you, I was not much of a fan of white guitars but oddly enough I remember mentioning to Arjay at one point that I might get my 62 refinished and he commented that it would look nice in Olympic White. Well, I got one in Olympic White and I think it looks nice. It will look even better when I get a proper tort pick-guard, but I'm in no hurry.

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Jerry...Thanks for the info. Sounds like it plays well and seems the hardware and frets are good and it came set up well. I may have to check out that P90 equipped Jaguar now.

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Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:40 pm
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T2Stratman wrote:
Jerry...Thanks for the info. Sounds like it plays well and seems the hardware and frets are good and it came set up well. I may have to check out that P90 equipped Jaguar now.

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You've Very Welcome !

The guitar could stand a set-up but it is o.k. for now.

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jmallard wrote:
The link that spacewolf provided above has that statement for their Jazzmaster guard.
Oops, sorry about that, I didn't mean to send you on a wild goose chase.

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Oops, sorry about that, I didn't mean to send you on a wild goose chase.


No problem at all. You didn't know.

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Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:49 pm
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jmallard wrote:
T2Stratman wrote:
Jerry...Thanks for the info. Sounds like it plays well and seems the hardware and frets are good and it came set up well. I may have to check out that P90 equipped Jaguar now.

T2


T2,

You've Very Welcome !

The guitar could stand a set-up but it is o.k. for now.

Jerry


That is no problem...I don't mind setting up my guitars and to be honest I would rather, it is easier just to do it myself!

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