Japanese made Squier Jagmaster in black, 1997. If you like the 24" scale and super comfy shape of a Jag, but want a no-fuss Strat style bridge and simple three-way-switch-only electronics, this is the rare-bird you need to meet. These really aren't common; they were only made in Japan 96-98 before disappearing and then popping back up as a less-good Chinese reissue years later. The 90s MIJ Squires are renowned for exceptional quality, and this one is a perfect example: amazing neck, perfect frets, great rosewood board, Fender stamped saddle bridge... it all feels solid, reassuring and super tidy. The pair of humbuckers have a nice moderate output, perfect for big rhythm parts and creamy leads. This body is perfectly balanced and extremely comfortable, and to cap it off, it looks awesome from every angle. This reflects the decade from which it came; it's a no-nonsense rock-machine with attitude to burn.
Model: Squier Vista Series Jagmaster, second run
Made: 1997, Japan (serial A015646)
Finish: gloss black, 3-ply tort guard, cream pickups/knobs
Neck: maple with rosewood board, dot inlays
Neck & bridge pickup: Duncan Designed humbucker, moderate output
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: Mild finish wear. There's a handful of minor ding and scratches around the body, nothing nasty. Chrome parts have discoloured but they're all working fine, the stamped saddle bridge is looking good. Some normal play-wear, but for 20 years old, very clean. Overall condition: very good (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. Minor fret wear but heaps of life left, maybe 8/10. All electrics tested and working properly, truss rod also works. The neck is exceptional, the body is comfy and light; plays like a boss!