Wanting something that's not an 8 string with dual humbuckers and a hardtail. Been in a rut, started listening to post hardcore/math rock/indie/pop/dreampop, jazzmaster would better fit those sounds. I'm torn between the Vintage Modified, J Mascis Sig, or shelling out the dough for a 60's Lacquer. I'd really rather not drop $800-$1000 on a guitar that potentially could become a novelty to me (or I'll love it and embrace the offset), but people seem to invest hundreds in upgrades for the Squiers. Mastery/Staytrem Bridges, AMVI tremolos, new electronics, good quality SD/Novak/Lollar pickups, etc. so I'm afraid the cost would come out to that of a 60's Lacquer. The J Mascis has some pretty unique features that make it standout compared to other Jazzmasters, including a thinner(?) neck with a satin finish, (basically) P90 pickups, and a short distance between the trem and bridge. However, that also takes away from the traditional Jazzmaster sound which is something I'd like to experience. So, what do you guys think? Are upgrades for Squiers necessary? Is the J Mascis sig too different to be considered a *true* Jazzmaster? Is the quality/stability difference between the Squiers and MIMs worth it considering the great rep higher end Squiers have?