Guys and Gals, I'm very curious if anyone has recently played the newest Squier Fender Jazz? I know I said Squier, but stay with me here. I'm a 20 year plus bassist and always considered Squier an entry level bass that is far below my dignity, however......I was in a music store last night and played every American Fender Jazz he had on the wall (3-4) and then just so happened to decide to grab a blonde Squier jazz with a maple fret board and those beautiful rectangular fret markers as you would see on a Marcus Miller. I could not believe the tone and feel. It completely blew me away. Now mind you I have 3 other basses of quality so I was highly amazed when it was easily out-toning my Ernie Ball Musicman HH and my American Peavey Cirrus. So get this, I contacted Fender on the spot and asked them what about that bass that sounded so good. The gentleman asked for the serial number and then stated that I was playing one of their new Fender Modified 70's Jazz Squiers. He went on to say that Fender just updated them and are now providing them with a more classic pickup style called "Fender Designed" that is supposed to mimick a '62 with AINiCo magnets. Anyway I've rambled long enough but I gladly bought that $500 dollar blonde and I'm almost convinced I won't be playing any of my other girls for a while. If you haven't tried one you should!!!!