NBD Wife's Xmas gift - Squier Katana bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TolerancEJ, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. My wife's Christmas gift arrived today. I didn't know what the item would be, only that it would be "pointy". She got me a Squier Katana bass. I've looked it over. For a 1985 bass, it looks good but it's not fully original. The original bridge was replaced at some point and it looks as though the body was sanded down to stain & varnish. It looks ok from the front, but one dried varnish drip shows on the back, near the cavity panel. Overall, it just needs to be wiped down, cleaned up & new strings.

    Play-wise, it's basically a "V" shaped P-Bass. It's got a real sweet slapping spot just ahead of the pickup. The strings are dead but slapping that sweet spot still brings out some nice harmonics. I bet it'll sound killer when I put a set of new strings on it.


  2. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Nice, now you have to learn some Def Leopard to go with it. :bassist:
  3. Rocket! Yeah! Satellite of love! lol
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Very cool congrats
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  6. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    oh that's cute :)

    ooops I meant cool. :bag:
  7. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
  8. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    They are getting rare.
    Nice find.

    I always think of that bass when people say, Why doesn't Fender ever come out with something different?
  9. And at that, Fender Japan made it. I suppose I'll have to track down a Fender Performer now, but they're usually on the slight expensive side.
  10. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    TOTALLY cool, congrats :]
  11. Hahahaha. This made me laugh.

    Never knew such a Squier existed. Nice to know its as old as I am and has a few touch ups too. :D Sweet gift!
  12. lol @ "as old as I am" - Other TB'ers, including myself are older than '85. Haha!

    I will reserve this bass for a Def Leppard tune. lol
  13. Noodling around with this bass a little longer. It's becoming apparent the neck is much heavier than the body. I already have the strap up high. I'll have to find a way to counter the weight somehow. For the time being, I've taken to resting the elbow of my plucking arm on the top body wing. That's working a bit, but I will have to come up with something more useful in the long run.
  14. So you "old timers" really know how cool things were in '85. ;) I know, I know I am a youngin, I get warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings for the mid 90s. Haha :D Its a cool thing that Squiers were good and unique back then. I am happy they have come around now. If it was like it was in my high school days I wouldnt have the signature I do. :bag:
  15. Haha that is very cool! Really unique instrument. Wives who buy basses are awesome :-D
  16. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    my Takamine pointy was made in 85. ( and ended in 85 ) :cool:
  17. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    you'll put your eye out with that one
  18. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper The G&L L5000 man. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Wow. Hard to believe that's a product of Fender. Congrats on the find, your wife is really cool.
    Another bass that no one talks about is the Squier HM5 - there are two on eBay now for under $200.
  19. Yes, as an added bonus wives that allow us to continue playing bass and letting us buy one here and there are also awesome!
  20. Thanks! Wow, until reading your post, I was unaware of the HM5. Very interesting.

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