Squier Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster

Fender Squier introduces the Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster guitar, featuring a longer 30" scale length.

Squier Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster

This new addition to the Vintage Modified line comes with Fender's classic looking "Antigua" finish, providing a classic contrast to an instrument built for modern music styles.

Out of the box, the Squier Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster is tuned A to A, a non-conventional tuning made possible by the guitar's longer scale length of 30", which is similar to a short-scale bass. The company says that the guitar has a "rumbling baritone sonic character all its own."

More importantly, since this new baritone guitar is part of Squier, the affordable price tag will make this guitar accessible to more players

The body is made of basswood carved into the classic offset Jazzmaster shape. It is then wrapped in Fender's rarely seen Antigua finish, including the pickguard that covers a big portion of the top of the body.

The label "baritone" means that this guitar can handle lower tunings better, thanks to its maple neck and maple fretboard that is longer than the usual 25.5" scale length of other Fender guitar models.

Although it has a longer scale length, other specs of the guitar remains true to classic standards, including the guitar's 21 medium jumbo frets, 9.5" fretboard radius and 1.650" nut width. Aesthetic additions to the neck include fingerboard binding and white pearloid block inlays.

As for the guitar's electronics, Fender teamed up with Seymour Duncan to give this guitar two Duncan Designed JM-101 single-coil Jazzmaster pickups. These pickups feature Alnico V, and according to the company has a "deep one-of-a-kind twang" that "rocks loud and clear. The pickups are routed to a 3-way pickup selector switch with two knobs for controlling the master volume and master tone settings.

All the metal hardware on the guitar are finished in chrome, including the Fixed "Top Loader" bridge and vintage style tuning machines.

Check out the Squier Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster in action:

What makes this guitar even more interesting is how competitive its pricing is, you will probably find it hard to find another baritone electric guitar in its price range. It has an MSRP of $549.99, but it is currently retailing online for just above $482. For more information on the Squier Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster, head over to Fender.

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