Squier 40th Anniversary Jazzmaster Gold Edition review

The classic Fender offset gets the gold treatment for Squier's big birthday

Squier 40th Anniversary Jazzmaster Gold Edition
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

This classy Jazzmaster is not far off from a full-fat Fender, but it comes with the classic offset quirks very much intact.


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    Looks stunning.

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    Versatile set of tones.

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    Pleasant vintage feel and playability.


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    Vibrato is not the most stable.

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    Pots taper quite sharply.

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We could start with some spiel about how much guitar players get for their money with a Squier compared to 40 years ago, but the brand started out very strong with Japanese-made instruments, and this is one with a price tag of $599, so is not exactly entry-level.

Instead we should focus on the more interesting Squier narrative that’s been unfolding in more recent history: the brand is becoming increasingly distinct in its own right. 

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.