Squier II Precision basses
wondered if anyone else here is into these. i got mine a few years back, and used it as my guinea pig towards learning how to do my own adjustments and setups. since then, it's become my main gigging bass. i've played it through several amps (a cheap Fender combo, a nice Ampeg combo, and my old Kustom head/cab), and it just roars.
you've got your basic flat black poly finish, no pickguard, a super nice 20-fret maple neck, and a simple P pickup that sings loud and clear...does particularly well handling big chords, but it also sits well in a recording mix (i've used it for this several times). the tuners are licensed Schallers. one of them got banged up during a disastrous show, but it holds tune well, and they look the part.
it's also got a '51-style slab body (no contour), with just slightly rounded edges. for me, this kind of a poor-man's version of the extremely rare 1966 slab Precisions (as seen in the hands of a young John Entwistle). the pickup certainly has a real growl and bite when pushed. i suspect the body is plywood, but it could also be a heavier alder. doesn't matter though...built like a tank.
i ask if anyone's into these, because they almost universally go for anywhere between $50 to $200. but from what i've seen on the web, those who've played them agree that they're fine basses in any regard, but especially for the price. quality-wise, it's at least up there with the Classic Vibes, or a really good MIM. i can't even quite figure out who they were aiming for with these, with the slab body and general no-frills vibe. but i love it, and i'd happily pick up a couple more if i had some extra bucks laying around.
Last edited by overdrivethree : 02-19-2010 at 11:11 PM.