84-87 Squire "E"series Jazz Bass
I have the opportunity to pick one of these up for $360. I haven't had the chance to play it yet, but I've been told its in good condition. Is that price a little high?
MIJ Squiers have the best necks of any Fenders I have played. Feels like an old pair of jeans.
Are the bodies on the "E" series made of basswood?
I have an E series Precision (yes, the oddball 32" scale version) that I paid $325 for, but only because it had been refinished. I've seen E series instruments (Fender and Squier) go for $600 before, depending on condition.
Anyone else have any comments or input on these basses? Anything I should lookout for when I test the bass?
Basses are nice...I have the 83 Squier and it is better than some of the USA Fenders I have played....the bodies varied those years. If it is a sunburst finish then "most" were made of Ash, painted ones were either alder, ash or basswood.....it all depends. they have some nice necks and pickups are quite good. Not a bad price. does it include case or bag?
Well, I have 2 SQ basses , and used to have an E series Strat, so, I guess I'll chime in...
The body probably is basswood. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Different models/finishes seemed to dictate, but most I have seen seem to be basswood.
The electronics may be of a "cheaper" type, but that doesn't mean they'll sound bad. Easily replaceable regardless.
Be sure the truss rod is functional, and that all parts are working/present. If not, haggle. I got my SQ J bass for cheap this way. Just be confident you can fix what's wrong, or have it done, for a reasonable cost.
If it's anything like my SQ J bass, and most MIJ Fender/Squier J basses, it'll likely have a grounding strip between the bridge and the bridge pickup. This is easily done away with if it bothers you. I left mine alone.
FWIW, bases on the many E series j basses I have seen, and the very small number of SQ J basses I have seen, I think the two are really pretty similar.
In that spirit, I will say that the neck on my J bass is lovely but thin (but not Geddy thin), the electronics are effective, capable, and sound good, and the body is a J bass. I put a vintage threaded saddle bridge on mine, and a Hipshot tuner is next. ;)
That's a million! I hope it all works out. Ill be trying the bass on Saturday!
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