So, after a decade of being with my wife, and encouraging her to learn to play guitar or bass, I finally managed to demonstrate to her that it is fun to make music. Basically, I had her pluck a root note progression of the pre-chorus of a song I like on bass, and I played the guitar progression over the top of her playing the roots, and the joy of playing clicked in her brain.
Now, she's a fairly short lass, at 5' even, with kinda small hands, so my full scale basses are a bit big for her, so we needed to get her a shortscale. Luckily, Squier has a couple shortscales at good prices available now: the Bronco, Mustang and Jaguar SS. I showed her what they looked like on the net and we went in a couple days later to the local music store and she tried out the Jaguar SS in candy apple red, and she liked it. At $200 (after taxes), I'm really quite impressed with the bass. It plays incredibly well, with a comfortable satin neck. The agathis body helps keep the price and weight down; it's a super light instrument, but doesn't feel cheap. The pickups are pretty standard Squier fare; they do the job, but the tone isn't anything special.
At $200 it's a great value, and it really annoys me that the Fender Jaguar Bass was never offered in shortscale, given the guitar model, after which it is designed, is shortscale. It seems like an intense oversight on Fender's part.
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