Been considering a 5'er for some time, and after having my Lakland strung B-E-A-D for a while, I was sold... I needed a 5. I previously
had a Schecter Stiletto Deluxe 5 briefly, but the 16mm spacing killed me. It actually put me off 5's for quite a while. So, this time around,
I had some strict criteria that had to be met:
1. 18 - 19 mm string spacing.
2. 34" scale
4. 4 over / 1 under OR 3 over / 2 under tuner configuration.
5. Strings must run straight through the nut to the tuning post. No sideways break angle past the nut (like Warwick, Spector, Rick, Gibson, etc).
Having a Classic Vibe Jazz, I know the quality of the newer, higher-end Squiers, so I've been scoping out the new crop of VM 5's. This one
popped up on the 'bay for a good price and was local to me, so I snagged it. It's a VM Jazz V in natural, with a bound & blocked maple neck
and 2 piece maple body. It looks like it's never been played, and is basic basically brand new. The seller had installed a tort guard and the
"proper" black jazz knobs, to replace the stock chrome domed ones.
I would have done these mods myself, anyway. So, a bonus, right there. It also has Dunlop strap-locks installed.
As soon as I picked it up, it felt heavier than my Classic Vibe or Lakland 44-01, not by a huge amount, but noticeable. Upon closer inspection, the neck
looked a little skewed. The B was much closer to the edge than the G at the fat end of the neck. I let off most of the tension from the strings, loosened the
neck screws and pulled the neck over a fraction. Tightened up the screws and retuned to pitch, and hey presto, it was perfect. Once this was sorted, the fit
and finish can't be faulted. The feel, the tone, this VM has it all. Even with the stock rounds, the tone is great. I only play flats, so shortly it will
get a set of GHS Precision flatwounds. Once she has flats and I'm comfortable on a 5 again, I'll introduce her to the band.
Anyway enough with the talk and as per TB rules, on to the pics (last one next to it's CV sibling)....