"The first Squier for a 50-year old Fender fanatic!"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
This is an easy guitar to own: Its sound can be a bit thin, not as beefy as a Strat or Tele. Mine came with light strings -they were changed right away. Playability is great: nice setup, short scale neck, fingerboard and neck feel smooth, although I need to work a little on the fret ends, they're too sharp. It really depends what you hook up to: A nice amp will do the wimpy humbuckers justice, overdrive pedals are a must, if you have a clean amp only. I don't think I want to record with the guitar, but tonight I just played my first live gig with it -it's a welcome addition to my Strats and Teles.
Hardware is not bad, I've seen (and bought) worse. The toggle switch is the best I've ever seen: sturdy and a very welcome surprise. Saddles are bare-bones, plastic nut will certainly be replaced. I must warn you: for $250 you just cannot get a vintage Jaguar, or Jazzmaster. This guitar can make a beginner very happy, but even an oldtimer like me can see some potential here: I'm planning to invest a little in better hardware, p-ups, but that's it. The body and the neck are truly outstanding. Years ago, I put a similar guitar together from parts -they cost me $750, plus my own labor. It didn't sound nearly as good as this one. I'm now planning to soup up this beauty.
I was floored by the quality of the paintjob and the neck. No flaws whatsoever, and a gorgeous sunburst. The only negative thing I could find are the fret-ends. They are a little sharp -I will file them smooth. I actually bought the guitar, wanting to upgrade and fiddle with it -I like working on guitars.
Fender is a very well connected company, and I expect Squier to be be just like that -although for a $250 guitar, you really can't expect much service. The built quality speaks for itself: it's flawless, sturdy and looks like a quality instrument. Got a problem? You can easily fix it yourself!
Great buy, if you're in love with Fenders. I am very happy with it.
The Wow Factor:
I already own several Strats, Teles, and hollow body electrics. The Jagmaster is a welcome addition, and fits right in with my sixties favorites. It's got vintage appeal, even though it's a relatively new model.
I'm not planning on replacing it, but will keep it probably forever. It's like a real nice puppy: you can't marry it, but it will be forever grateful that you picked it out in the music store.