NBD: Squier Cabronita!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lowbrow, Oct 6, 2013.


  1. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

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    Received from Sweetwater on Friday, came to rehearsal last nite - Ay Caramba! Very nice, indeed - arrived perfectly set up as I've come to expect from the seller very full sounding and IMO the Fidele-Tron is a nice alternative to my usual P while not venturing into the mud zone. Was a bit freaked at first as the pole pieces on the G are a noticeable way off, D-ward in alignment, but after repeated close listening I can detect no way in which the sound is affected. So, big deal.
    I will switch out the pots for CTS ($26 from Stratosphere on ebay, maybe $30 install from my local tech) so I count myself ahead vs. the Fender version by nearly $240. Digging it!

    EDIT: Weighs 8 lbs. 6oz. - perfect and thanks to Derek at Sweetwater for calling me when a bass that met my make/weight specs arrived.
    I credit the belly contour as saving some weight as opposed to the Fender version slab back.

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  2. mellowinman

    mellowinman Fun at Really Naughty Parties Supporting Member

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  3. BassmanM

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    Congratulations! How is the neck? Chunky?
  4. Grissle

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    I notice your E is way off the edge of the fretboard and the G is in the opposite way. This may have something to do withe your pup alignment problem too. Might be able to fix it by adjusting the neck in the pocket.
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  6. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

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    +1

    That's the first thing I look for when bass shopping...the string alignment at the high end of the neck (near the body). I like to see the distance between the edges of the fretboard and the E and G strings to be identical.

    Grissle is correct. The owner needs to slightly loosen the bolts that attach the neck to the body, and slightly change the alignment of the neck/body so that the strings are centered over the fretboard.
  7. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

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    ^ I honestly think that's unnecessary. I am a tinkerer, but only if I feel there is a problem. Aside from the pup alignment, which I credit to the slight difference bridge-ward in placement vs. the Fender, this bass is as tight as a drum build-wise. I'm only switching the pots out because it's a cheap upgrade and I might as well.

    As for neck profile, I'd call it medium C and in my hands identical to modern Precision.
  8. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

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    On second thought, I will do that. Easy, and as it might help it will certainly not harm :). It would be aesthetically pleasing to have the G pole in line.

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