Bass Frontiers Staff Writer
The Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass by Fender is a sweet singing bass with the looks to match. A body of agathis. which is a medium weight wood which I felt holds a tone close to that of mahogany. The neck is constructed of maple with ebonol for the fingerboard. For those of us that like to use roundwounds on our fretless basses, ebonol is more resistant to forming grooves than an ebony fingerboard. For those of you that have never played a fretless, but are interested, the fretboard also has fret lines to help you get acquainted.
Both pickups are Duncan Designed JB101 Single Coil pickups and there is one volume control for each pickup and one master tone control for both pickups. Strings are Fender USA Super Bass 7250ML (.045-.100) which are a nickel plated medium-light string.
While some may shy away from Squier instruments, don’t discount the fact that these are quality instruments made at an affordable price. I’m starting to see more and more bass players using the squier basses. and this one definitely impresses very much.
My first time playing the Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass was sans amp. The tone from the bass was warm and rich, yet had that certain growl to it. Once plugged in, I had that classic Jaco and Tony Franklin growl that so many bass players admire. I did like the fact that having separate volume controls as opposed to a volume blend seems to give more control over the variety of tones you can get from the bass. The master tone comes in quite handy, but a separate tone control for each pickup would make the tones achievable almost endless.
Overall, I really couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about this bass and I think it would be a welcome addition to any collection. If you are in the market for a fretless, the Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass is well worth a look, from everyone just starting out, to those of us who have been playing them for quite some time.
Pros: quality workmanship and playability, great for those that are budget conscious.
Check out the Squier Vintage Modified Fretless Jazz Bass at a music retailer near you.
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