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Squier Expands Contemporary Series with New Jazz Basses

Squier’s Contemporary Series got a little bigger at the Summer NAMM Show this year with the introduction of three new Jazz Basses: the Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH, the Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V, and the Contemporary Jazz Bass. Notably, the four and five-string active models offer a more modern take on the Jazz Bass with a set of humbuckers and a 9-volt preamp. The Squier SQR ceramic humbucking pickups produce a “high fidelity tone,” Fender says, while the preamp offers stacked boost controls for bass and treble.

The passive model’s single-coil pickups also feature ceramic magnets and come in a standard Jazz Bass control layout. All of the new Contemporary Jazz basses are setup for “speed-demon bass runs” with a slim “C”-shaped neck profile and a 12-inch fingerboard radius. Where the active models have a maple fingerboard, the passive is built with one of Indian Laurel.

The new Squier Contemporary Series Jazz basses will be available in August with prices of $349 for the Contemporary Jazz Bass, $399 for the Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH, and $429 for the five-string Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V.

Squier Contemporary Jazz Bass Features:

Body Material:Poplar
Body Finish:Gloss Polyurethane
Body Shape:Jazz Bass
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Natural Satin with Gloss Matching Headstock
Neck Shape:“C” Shape
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard:Indian Laurel
Fingerboard Radius:12″ (305 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Narrow Tall
String Nut:Synthetic Bone
Nut Width:1.5″ (38.1 mm)
Neck Plate:4-Bolt Squier
Pickups:Ceramic Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Controls:Volume/Volume/Tone
Bridge:4-Saddle Standard
Hardware Finish:Chrome
Tuning Machines:Standard Open-Gear
Pickguard:3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs:Black Plastic
Colors:Dark Metallic Red, Ocean Blue Metallic

Squier Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH Features:

Body Material:Ash
Body Finish:Matte Polyurethane
Body Shape:Jazz Bass
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Natural Satin with Gloss Matching Headstock
Neck Shape:“C” Shape
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard:Maple
Fingerboard Radius:12″ (305 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Narrow Tall
String Nut:Synthetic Bone
Nut Width:1.5″ (38.1 mm)
Neck Plate:4-Bolt Squier
Pickups:Squier SQR Ceramic Humbucker
Controls:Master Volume, Blend, Master Tone, Bass/Treble Boost
Bridge:4-Saddle Standard
Hardware Finish:Chrome
Tuning Machines:Standard Open-Gear
Pickguard:3-Ply Black or White
Control Knobs:Metal Dome
Colors:Flat White, Flat Black

Squier Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V Features:

Strings:5
Body Material:Ash
Body Finish:Matte Polyurethane
Body Shape:Jazz Bass
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Natural Satin with Gloss Matching Headstock
Neck Shape:“C” Shape
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard:Maple
Fingerboard Radius:12″ (305 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Narrow Tall
String Nut:Synthetic Bone
Nut Width:1.875″ (47.6 mm)
Neck Plate:4-Bolt Squier
Pickups:Squier SQR Ceramic Humbucker
Controls:Master Volume, Blend, Master Tone, Bass/Treble Boost
Bridge:5-Saddle Standard
Hardware Finish:Chrome
Tuning Machines:Standard Open-Gear
Pickguard:3-Ply Black or White
Control Knobs:Metal Dome
Colors:Flat White, Flat Black

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