[Gia plays guitar]
Josh: Hey, what’s up? Josh here for BassBuzz and in this video, we’re continuing our series
where we’re bringing you clarity about what beginner basses suck and which ones are awesome,
so that you know which one to buy, so you can start rockin’. In this video, we’re checking
out the Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Special. We’re gonna see if it lives up to the Fender
name and if it’s got those classic Fender tones.
[Background Music] Gia: [Plays guitar] Feels good. It’s definitely
a little smaller than expected. [Plays guitar] The action is nice. Let’s say, string tension
is very tight. Josh: Hmm.
Gia: [Plays guitar] Not certain the festive bass or the string.
Josh: Mm-hm. Gia: But I like it. I like the nice tight
string tension. Josh: Mm-hm.
Gia: But as far as fret work, you know, it feels good. Don’t feel any sharp frets or
anything strange. Ben: Very playable. Feels great. Feels great
all the way up, but there’s an — I just can’t stand these big fat blocks. The neck block
on here stops my hand. Josh: Yeah. So, where the neck attaches to
the body, there’s just this big hunk of wood back there.
Ben: Yeah. And a lot of other basses will either smooth it out or make it more gradual
or allow the thumb to kind of travel up the back here, but this one just stops and so,
I mean I’m not gonna do a lot up here, but if you give me the frets, at least let me,
like get up to play em’. I think that’s more my argument.
Josh: Yeah. Ben: [Plays guitar] Otherwise, it plays really
nicely all the way across. String spacing feels really good. String height is really
good. I mean the setup is still really good and yeah, no uncomfortable bits.
Gia: [Plays guitar] Very dark. Not a lot of articulation.
Ben: [Plays guitar] This has a very — much more of a classic — much more the classic
electric bass sounds. Josh: Mm-hm.
[Ben plays guitar] Josh: All right. So, what do you think of
these tones you got here? Ben: I like the tones that we got here. Neck
pickup with the bass boost and very little tone give me like that nice warm finger style
sound that I wanted. Josh: Mm-hm.
Ben: Kept all the bass in there which is sweet and this bass feels really good up in that
seventh fret to 12th fret range where I like it to feel, like soft and R&B spongy.
Josh: Uh-huh. Ben: And it got bright for that quacky funky
finger style thing; the tone. Josh: With the bridge pickup?
Ben: Yeah. Josh: Yeah.
Ben: I like it, but it needed that bass boost in there the whole time. If you took that
out, then it was, like dead. Josh: Yeah.
Ben: So, as long as you keep that in, feels sweet.
Josh: All right. So, if you had to take this bass on a gig, what kind of styles do you
feel like you could get the sound you needed having heard some of the options?
Gia: You know, I’m not extremely happy with the tone in general, to be honest.
Josh: So, no gig. Gia: [Plays guitar] I would say don’t take
this to the gig — Josh: [Laughs]
Gia: — but if you need to get a compressor pedal and some kind of an EQ boost.
Josh: Okay. Comfort. How does it feel the whole-body shape, weight, like balance?
Ben: Okay. This one — the neck feels good. There’s no, like sharp edges. I mean I can
play around on it, but I don’t like the heaviness of the head stuff.
Josh: Comfort wise, this bass is alright. I’d say it’s a pretty perfect weight. I always
assume a Fender is gonna be too heavy, but this actually feels great. What is too heavy
is this huge headstock. This is a typical Fender issue. This is what happens when the
headstock is too heavy. When you’re wearing a strap, it just kind of naturally, like works
its way down as you’re playing which is really annoying. You have to keep doing this thing
that I keep doing. So, lost some points there on the comfort scale.
Gia: [Plays guitar] Not a bad sound. Josh: Yeah.
Gia: Definitely, I think in general it tends to balance the rest of it out. Good slap tone.
[Plays guitar] You know, not bad. I’d say the pick adds so much articulation. I was
expecting a little more punch to it, but much more well-rounded sound. I’d say not bad for,
you know, rocking and things of that nature. Josh: Mm-hm. So, overall the pick and slap
tone, seems like you like those better than the finger style tone.
Gia: Absolutely. Ben: [Plays guitar] I’m a big fan. It’s very
versatile. I feel like the squirrely factor is that bass boost, but if you get that set
right, it feels like it handles each technique very very well.
Josh: I think the best thing about this bass; besides that it just looks cool, is the versatility
of techniques that will work on it. We got some good slap sounds. Some good pick sounds
and some good finger style sounds out of it and it feels really comfortable to slap and
pick on this. There’s a nice wide area to fit your pick or your thumb into, for those
techniques. So, a nice versatile bass in terms of how you can attack it. All right. That
means it’s time to remove the blindfold. Ben: Wooho. It is — oh sweet, PJ?
Josh: Yeah. Ben: A Jaguar.
Josh: Yeah. Ben: [Plays guitar]
Josh: You have one of the Fender Jags, right? Ben: I do and I had the exact same problem.
The act of pickups that it came with, I hated because it did the same thing. There was no,
like — I didn’t have a — I didn’t feel like I had control. It was, like — so, I scuttled
all the electronics and I put in different pickups.
Gia: Oh man. Josh: Jaguar bass.
Gia: Yes. Well, style points, it looks super cool.
Josh: Yeah. Gia: I’m not gonna lie.
Josh: Yeah. Gia: I’d be happy to show up with something
like this. I wouldn’t be happy once I put it through my amplifier.
Josh: [Laughs] So, like a karaoke kind of Super Bowl guest.
Gia: Yes. Absolutely. Ben: I love everything that it can do. Everything
like really — very playable. Sounds great. But it also has a knob that could be — it
could be your doom. Josh: Yeah.
Ben: It’s a good doom knob and not like, in a cool, like doom metal way.
Josh: Yeah. Ben: You could totally mix things up.
Josh: Like an actually bad doom. Ben: Yeah. So, just because of that, it does
— it’s too powerful. Josh: Yeah. It’s kind of dangerous as a beginner
bass because of that, like especially if you’re on your first gig.
Ben: Yeah. Josh: The sound guys taking a direct out of
your RAM for the first time — Ben: [Laughs]
Josh: — and you’re like; “Okay. I want some extra bass” and then that venue never wants
your band back. Ben: Yeah. And then you’re in debt, like two
grant to fix their PA. Josh: [Laughs] Yeah.
Ben: So, I say bass boost knob is the culprit here, but otherwise it’s a really really great
bass and I like it. Josh: Yeah. Solid. There was not a consensus
between the three of us on a rating for this bass which I thought was pretty interesting.
It was a pretty widespread. Ben gave it a two. I gave it a three. Gio gave it a four.
So, we’re already seeing at bass two out of seven in the series that a lot of this comes
down to subjective intuitive preferences of what you’re used to and what you like and
what sounds are more important to you than others, but we’re gonna keep soldiering on
and hopefully you’ll learn a lot about all these basses in this series. So, the Squire
Jag, I’d say it’s worth considering. Stick with the rest of the series, see what your
other options are and see how it does in the final shootout where we pick our favorites
and pick a winner. If you’re watching this on YouTube, head over to BassBuzz where you
can get the full scoop on all the tech details, some construction quality notes from a professional
repairman and some more info on our reviewing methodology. Thanks for watching and I’ll
see you in the next review. [Background Music]