Here's my current "Squier Family".
In left-to-right order we have; Squier Standard Precision Bass Special (2008)
This one is my baby, the first bass I wanted to own. I really dig the P/J configuration, not to mention the awesome pewter satin finish with matching headstock. However, it was not the first I bought. It was two years out-of-print when I decided to get it, but I eventually found a beautiful refurbished one online. Whatever was wrong with it at the factory level, I'll never know, but it looks like it had just come off the factory showroom and the setup was perfect. Tip 'o the hat to fretjoe! Great work!
No modifications yet, other than new strings. (By the way, Mad Love for the Ernie Ball Cobalts 45-100's! Very bright, toothy sound. Almost no "breaking-in" time needed.) I might invest in some Seymour Duncan pickups in the future to really crank out some sound. Squier Standard Jazz Bass (2008)
The "sister" to my P-Bass Special. I saw this on C.L. and had to have it. Again, luv dat pewter and matching headstock.
I got a little experimental with this one. The black pearl pickguard is obvious (which needed a little grinding down to fit this model…minor size variations from Fender to Squier, I guess). I replaced the neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder. I tried to replace both, but the slot for the bridge pickup was a little too small and I didn't feel like attacking the body wood. Maybe someday?
To balance out the strength of the Quarter Pounders and bring out a richer tone, I added some D'Addario Super Light Flatwounds 40-95's. It makes for a very smooth sound. Squier Deluxe Jazz Active V (2009)
My newest addition…my BASS CANNON! I saw a good price for this on GC's used list and my birthday was coming up so I decided to go for it. It represents a series of firsts for me; first five-stringer, first with active pickups, first ebonol fretboard and my first white bass (a nice contrast to all my black and/or pewter basses, and I'm a sucker for out-of-print color schemes). It was a great buy, too. Great shape, no obvious damage to the finish, everything worked just fine, all it needed was a little adjustment to the neck to get the string height to my liking.
No mods yet, just some new strings; yet again, Ernie Ball Cobalts 45-130's. Until I get more comfortable with it, and get a deeper appreciation of the sound/tone it's capable of, I'm leaving it stock.
On the subject of the ebonol fretboard, I cringe when I hear people ignorantly call it "rubber" or "plastic". It only took a little research to find that there actually is wood content in it, albeit heavily processed. I guess you could call it the Velveeta of fretboards (pasteurized wood product?)…it may not be the "real deal" but it sure is tasty!
Besides, it looks, sounds and feels just fine. I also love how it resists humidity, a bonus when you travel a lot with your bass.
Sadly, I have no photos of my previous Squier. It was an Affinity Jazz Bass with a sunburst finish. I bought it as a "practice on-the-go" bass; if it gets scratched or dinged, no stress…if it gets broken, lost or stolen, some stress, but not the End of the World.
I'd put the matte-black pickguard from the Standard Jazz on it and slapped on some DR Black Beauties. It looked and sounded great for what I paid for it ($115 used, still had the plastic on the pickups, only a small ding in the underside of the body). But I couldn't justify having FIVE BASSES in the limited amount of space I have so I sold it at GC to finance the Jazz Active. When I went back to GC to get some adjustments to the Jazz Active, I noticed it wasn't on display. I asked about it and was told it'd sold to a mother who's son wanted to learn bass…just a couple of hours after I'd sold it!
And that, to me, is a very happy ending.
I'd like to humbly ask for a number in this club. Thank you for your time.
And to those who would call our babies "cheap junk"…