Even if you don't know who the guitar is named after, the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster can still be considered one of the best guitars under $400 by virtue of its quality construction and design. With specs chosen by Mascis himself, it won't leave anyone feeling like they are playing a budget guitar. If you're looking for an entry point into the world of electric guitars, this is a solidly built instrument that plays well, sounds good and has been blessed by one of the patron saints of the Jazzmaster.
Who is J Mascis?
Baby boomers may still be tied to the rock icons of their glory days, but for Gen X players, a different crop of guitar heroes emerged. On one hand you had Malmsteen, Van Halen, Satriani and Vai, distilled products of '80s shred mania. On the other hand, you had the rebellious pioneers of alt-rock, including acts like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr., creating music that responded to the excesses and self-glorification of the time with
A Stealth Beginner Guitar
This guitar does not come with a pack, or its own amp and cables, or an instructional DVD. It is not priced so low that it's a prize behind the ticket counter at Chuck E.
How is the Squier version different from the Fender J Mascis Jazzmaster?
The Fender version is a made-in-Japan model, and the main differences are the paint job and (maybe) the electronics. The Fender J Mascis Jazzmaster has a purple-sparkle finish and uses Fender Vintage Reissue pickups rather than the standard Squier pickups. It also costs nearly four times as much. In other ways, it is the same - same Basswood body, same neck profile.