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Fender Blacktop vs Squier VM?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lancimouspitt, Mar 20, 2014.


Which would you choose,Fender Blacktop or Squier VM?

Poll closed Mar 30, 2014.
  1. Fender Blacktop all the way

    80 vote(s)
    41.0%
  2. Squier VM hands down

    87 vote(s)
    44.6%
  3. other

    28 vote(s)
    14.4%
  1. lancimouspitt

    lancimouspitt

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    So I have around 3-5 to spend on a new bass. I'm pretty sold on the vintage modified squiers (jazz in particular) but I haven't heard a lot of feedback on the Fender Blacktops.
    No style of music in particular either would be used for.
    Playing through an ampeg 112 and a Boss GT6B pedal. I'm slightly leaning towards the Squier just because the Blacktops have rosewood fretboards and I want Maple but the Blacktops seem pretty beastly.

    What would be your choice and why?
     
  2. wild4oldcars

    wild4oldcars

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    VM. I could probably snag a j and a p for under 500.
     
  3. maverick49

    maverick49 Gold Supporting Member

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    FWIW - The Blacktop is nice for the money but does not sound like a stereotypical Jazz bass. If you are going for the Jazz growl, the VM is the better route. If you just want a Jazz profile bass with two humbuckers, then go BT.

    I have played both and owned the VM at one time. I prefer the punchy single coils. The BT has more of beefier tone I would say. Probably why I have 3 jazzes and am always selling anything that is not them (like MusicMans, Carvins, etc.) LOL.

    Also don't forget to keep searching here in the Classifieds. Lot's of great TBers selling axes all of the time and you might find your dream. Folks like to mod the VMs and you can still get a sweet deal and know the kinks might already be worked out. ;)
     
  4. Funkdified

    Funkdified

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    My vote is other. If you like the VM go check out the Classic Vibe line from squire. It is their best product line out now, IMHO. I think you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least try it. they sell for $379 or less.
     
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  6. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

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    This ^
     
  7. lancimouspitt

    lancimouspitt

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    thanks for the input guys.
     
  8. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

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    I'd go with the Blacktop for those double humbuckers.
     
  9. awilkie84

    awilkie84

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    Don't rule out the Modern Player Satin series.

    Double humbuckers, with single/dual coil modes & the option of a 1 piece maple neck!
     
  10. lancimouspitt

    lancimouspitt

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    I'm drooling now.:bassist:

    Unless I can find it used though that's a bit too much money for me to part with right now.
     
  11. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

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    You should spend the $ on a better amp. It would do a lot more for you than another bass.
     
  12. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

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    But if I had to choose, I'd definitely get the Fender.
     
  13. lancimouspitt

    lancimouspitt

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    Danger,A new amp is on my list too,but as of right now i'm in an apartment so my gas for a new amp hasn't set in. I also have a bassman 200 but it's a bit too loud at times.
    I'm looking at one of the Carvin Micro bass amps right now for the near future.
     
  14. PortlandBass77

    PortlandBass77

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    The concept and the looks of the Blacktops are amazing, though at least in the Portland area they are impossible to find in stores. I've played a lot of Squires at GC and they seem to be really hit or miss.
     
  15. pastorjamesc

    pastorjamesc Cheap Ability, Expensive Taste Supporting Member

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    +1 on adding classic vibe to the list. I have the '51 p Squire and LOVE it. I also have a blacktop P and love it. (my favorite player is my Roger Water's P) So I guess it's like picking between your children.
     
  16. rstellar13

    rstellar13 Sarcastic Panda

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    I have blacktop for sale in the classifieds it's one of the links below
     
  17. maverick49

    maverick49 Gold Supporting Member

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  18. lancimouspitt

    lancimouspitt

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    Going with the blacktop via the one Exaltbass had for sell.:bassist:
     
  19. VanillaThundah

    VanillaThundah Straight out a donkey's mouth Supporting Member

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    Play the Squier first and make sure it seems comfy and up to snuff. If so, grab that one and have fun. Also consider the CV basses from Squier too. If it feels like the Squier jazz doesn't have enough Oomph, go get yourself some DiMarzio Model J's and wire em in series...thump city.
     
  20. Rickenmonster

    Rickenmonster

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    I put Model Js in my new Squier Jazz and I luvitt.
     
  21. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

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    I would almost always choose a Fender over a Squier.
     

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