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Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar

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Squier honors alt-rock godfather and Dinosaur Jr. leader J Mascis with the striking Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar. This amazing signature Jazzmaster delivers as much massive sound and performance as its namesake. The pickups, hardware and finish of the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster are all specified by Mascis himself for tremendous tone and value.

Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Features

  • Adjusto-Matic bridge with vintage-style floating tremolo tailpiece
  • Two single-coil Jazzmaster pickups with three-position switching and dual tone circuits
  • Aged white plastic knobs, switch tip, pickup covers
  • J Mascis signature on the back of the large ’60s-style headstock
  • Gold anodized aluminum pickguard
The J Mascis Jazzmaster features a basswood body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with 9.5 inch radius and 21 jumbo frets. Two single-coil Jazzmaster pickups with three-position switching and dual tone circuits give this guitar that classic Jazzmaster tone.

Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Basswood
  • Body Shape: Jazzmaster
  • Neck Shape: C Shape
  • Frets: 21 Jumbo Frets
  • Position Inlays: Aged White Dots
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5 inches (24.1 cm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Nut Width: 1.675 inches (42.5 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5 inches (64.8 cm)
  • Headstock: Standard Jazzmaster Headstock
  • Neck Plate: Chrome Squier Logo
  • Truss Rods: Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Truss Rod Nut: 5 mm Hex
  • Pickup Configuration: S/S
    • Bridge Pickup: Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
    • Neck Pickup: Jazzmaster Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle:
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, (Lead Circuit), 2-Position Slide: Up: Lead Tone Circuit, Down: Rhythm Tone Circuit
  • Special Electronics: Upper and Lower Volume/Tone Control Circuits
  • Controls: ‘Lead’ Circuit: Volume, Tone. ‘Rhythm’ Circuit: Volume, Tone
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Vintage Style Floating Tremolo Tailpiece
  • String Nut: White PPS
  • Switch Tip: Aged White Switch Tip
  • Tremolo Arm/Handle: Chrome Handle, Aged White Cover
  • Auxiliary Switching: Upper and Lower Volume/Tone Control Circuits
  • Truss Rod Wrench: Yes
  • Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench: Yes
  • Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic and Black Knurled Knobs
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  480-596-7195 Warranty:  1 Year
Cousin Larry from AZ
Overall Rating
Exceeded Expectations Greatly!!
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I haven't owned a Squier product since my second guitar 23 years ago and since then, unfortunately, Squier has been synonymous with that of GMC products from the 90's, just about worthless. That being said, I didn't have very high expectations when purchasing this as a backup and as something with a tremolo; but, due to the cost, J. Mascis is an idol, and the other reviews, I decided to go for it.... And boy was I happy I did!!
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The quality far exceeded my expectations. This is constructed just as well as any MIM Fender, if not better! The paint is unblemished and the frets are trimmed perfectly (no need to file any down). The only problem I had, right of the box, was the 3 way toggle was a bit loose and was popping when switching pickups. I fiddled around with it for awhile and fixed that problem.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The feel of this guitar is great. My main guitar is a Bonamassa Les Paul and I love the thickness of that neck. This one is a bit thinner of course, but still has decent girth to it. The controls seem fine. The tremolo is great and the guitar stays in tune really well.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The tone is awesome on this!! There are so many tones you can create with it. The pickups are surprisingly hot (J. Mascis did oversee the creation of them), almost as hot as the burstbuckers in my Les Paul. The bridge pickup is nice and bright, both pickups together are surprisingly thick and a bit dark, and the neck pickup is almost in between the two other settings. When using the slider, the tone gets really jazzy and smooth, almost compressed sounding. I totally dig the sound!
How did the stain or paint job look?
The paint looks fine to me. I personally like the gold and aged white look. The satin neck is also a nice touch!
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I think the value of this guitar is way under! I would expect to pay the MSRP of around $600 or more for this. It's built really well and seeing how I didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on an American made J. Mascis Jazzmaster, this is a great backup that will probably be used for more than just that.
How was the action out of the box?
Action was good out of the box. I like my action a little high and this was just about right. I installed a set of heavier strings (it comes with 10s, I use 11s) and it handled it very well. I thought I would have to adjust the action, but nope!!
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