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Squier adds four offset instruments to Contemporary Series

Three Jazz Basses and an active humbucking Jazzmaster join the fray.

Squier Contemporary Active Jazzmaster HH ST, Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH, Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V, and Contemporary Jazz Bass

From left to right: Contemporary Active Jazzmaster HH ST, Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH, Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V, and Contemporary Jazz Bass

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Launched only a few months ago, Squier’s Contemporary Series has received another shot in the arm this Summer NAMM. Squier has added three new active instruments and another passive bass to the line-up: the Contemporary Active Jazzmaster HH ST, Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH, Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V and Contemporary Jazz Bass.

Contemporary Active Jazzmaster HH ST

This isn’t your period-correct Jazzmaster. In honor of the model’s 60th anniversary this year, Squier has transformed the surf and indie favorite into a sleek and powerful instrument.

This poplar-bodied Jazzmaster comes with a pair of active Squier SQR ceramic humbuckers that the brand claims “produce high-output, modern tone perfect for crunchy rhythms and soaring solos.” It also has a flatter 12-inch-radius laurel fingerboard, a slim “C”-shaped maple neck, black chrome hardware, and a matching headstock for that consummate ‘modern’ look.

The Contemporary Active Jazzmaster is available in two finishes: Surf Pearl and Graphite Metallic. It lists for $399.99.

Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH and Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V

The first batch of Contemporary Series instruments, curiously, didn’t feature basses. Well, Squier’s gone ahead and fixed that with this run. And the Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH (four- and five-string versions) are emblematic of the range’s modish design.

Two active Squier SQR ceramic humbuckers—not your regular single-coils, mind you—make these J Basses suitable for today’s high-gain rock. The pickups “produce high-output, modern tone with punchy lows and clear highs,” according to Squier, and offer bass/treble boost EQ controls for even more tone-tweaking fun.

A slim “C”-shaped maple neck, 12-inch-radius maple fretboard, and an upgraded bridge that enhances resonance are the other contemporary features on these ash-bodied instruments.

Both J Basses are available in Flat White and Flat Black. The four-string J Bass lists for $399.99, while the five-string lists for $429.99.

Contemporary Jazz Bass

The Contemporary Jazz Bass is for those who don’t want to fiddle around with preamps and batteries. It’s everything you love about the J Bass, but with a few tweaks to its construction and features. Like the pickups.

Squier dropped in a pair of ceramic single-coils that have been voiced to crank out hot, punchy and articulate tones. Elsewhere, you’ll find similarly ‘modern’ appointments, which include: a 12-inch-radius Indian laurel fretboard, fast “C”-shaped maple neck, a matching headstock, and the upgraded bridge found on the active basses.

The Contemporary Jazz Bass is available in Ocean Blue Metallic and Dark Metallic Red, and lists for $349.99.

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