Squier's quite accurate repro of the Jazzmaster, with the practical idiosyncrasies that entails. Mine's a 4 piece body with main hardware mounted on a central piece of flamed(!) basswood. No veneers, it's honest wood showing through the finish. Nice neck, good & tight neck pocket - feels solid. Reasonable fret job - smooth but very minor unevenness in a couple of places (not enough to significantly adversely affect playability) - very acceptable for the money. Decent quality rosewood (no binding) with no major tooling marks, very playable. Wiggle stick not incredibly sensitive but functional and holds tuning quite well after minor set up tweaks. Occasional spring noise with extreme use, maybe needs some lubrication at some point. Bridge saddles have not required Loctite and no strings popping out even with fairly heavy playing with hybrid technique (currently using 10s). 'Duncan Designed' pickups faithful to originals' design. Clear, dynamic, lively & bright and moderately powerful with slight upper frequency harshness perhaps (could be described as 'cutting' well) but definitely captures the classic JM sonic flavour and work great into darker amps and with 60s style fuzzboxes. Has that wonderful sympathetic ring from the strings behind the bridge that (for me) is quite characteristic of JMs/Jags. Hardware all works as it should, again faithful to an original. No loose jacks/crackly pots or misaligned hardware mounting which I have frequently encountered on other 'budget' instruments. Overall I like it and am pretty happy with it. If you want a 'proper' spec JM on a limited budget this fits the bill nicely. If you can live with very minor imperfections and want a JM for playing/gigging/modding/good fun I reckon most musicians would be quite content. Good build, good sound, good feel and excellent value.
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