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NBD Wife's Xmas gift - Squier Katana bass

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


  1. TolerancEJ

    TolerancEJ

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    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.

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  2. smogg

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    Nice, now you have to learn some Def Leopard to go with it. :bassist:
     
  3. TolerancEJ

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    Rocket! Yeah! Satellite of love! lol
     
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Very cool congrats
     
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  6. amimbari

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    oh that's cute :)

    ooops I meant cool. :bag:
     
  7. mellowinman

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  8. TolerancEJ

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  9. hdracer

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    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?
     
  10. TolerancEJ

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    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.
     
  11. poomwah

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    TOTALLY cool, congrats :]
     
  12. Diesel Kilgore

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    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!
     
  13. TolerancEJ

    TolerancEJ

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    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
     
  14. TolerancEJ

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    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.
     
  15. Diesel Kilgore

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    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:
     
  16. bassist4dalord

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    Haha that is very cool! Really unique instrument. Wives who buy basses are awesome :-D
     
  17. amimbari

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    my Takamine pointy was made in 85. ( and ended in 85 ) :cool:
     
  18. bootsox

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    you'll put your eye out with that one
     
  19. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  20. TolerancEJ

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    Yes, as an added bonus wives that allow us to continue playing bass and letting us buy one here and there are also awesome!
     
  21. TolerancEJ

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    Thanks! Wow, until reading your post, I was unaware of the HM5. Very interesting.
     

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