Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass vs Fender '51 Precision Bass
I registered on the forum, in hope of getting some advice.
I'm a 48 year old professional pianist/drummer/vocalist/ guitarist.
Guitar is my 4th instrument, so I'm proficient but not great on fretboard instruments.
Went pro wen I was 16 and 32 years later I'm still at it!
Before I retire, or the industry retires me, I thought I'd like to finish of my rock'n'roll multi-intrumental skills and start playing bass, which ironically is probably my favourite instrument!
I only have average size hands, so I was wondering which would be best between these two basses for me.
I know the Squire costs £300 and the 51 re-issue is about £850, it would be nice not to have to spend £850 but I'm not put off as a great instrument can be a life long friend.
I wouldn't bother asking on a forum, but the problem is I can't get to try out the Fender 51 re-issue as they are not currently in stock and I would probably have to find on on eBay.
So .... which will be the easiest instrument to play for a bass beginner like me, easiest on the hands and fingers so to speak.
I love Sting and his bass sound, so I thought I'd go for a bass like he uses, it seems a good starting point. I like the look of the Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass, but I don't want to spend £300 and end up with a plank of wood with strings on it!! (so to speak)
Is the Fender '51 Precision Bass really a bass for a player of some years. I'm worried about the profile of the neck being to chunky for my relatively small hands? In that respect the Squire looks easier to play for a newbie like me, maybe I'm wrong?
Anyway any advice would be warmly appreciated, sorry if I rambled on.
Last edited by themarqueeyears : 03-30-2012 at 09:40 AM.