NCBD. New Cheap Bass Day.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FloridaSam, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. I picked up this Squier P Bass Special 5 for $80. It plays really well! I'm impressed with the neck. Even with old strings and the tons of dirt it had on it it played so easy. I set it up, polished the frets and everything else and it's a keeper. I'm on the hunt now for new pickups, the weak link.

    The color is actually a metallic black and looks quite nice.

  2. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Congrats. I love a cheap bass day.
    Let the modding begin!
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Congrats nice five banger
  4. FunkyZeit


    Oct 20, 2012
    Awesome. Planning on any mods?
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  6. I am pretty forgiving of cheap instruments but holy balls these are without a doubt the WORST pickups I've ever heard. Thankfully the neck is superb, the bridge is more than serviceable, the body is nice. I think I'm gonna carve it up and drop a proper p bass pickup and find a decent jazz for the bridge area. New pots too, they are quite noisy. That said I got the action super low with nary a buzz. Quite impressive for a cheap Squier.
  7. Is it supposed to have Jazz pickups with that Precision body?
  8. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    $16 per string is not bad at all.
  9. Yes this is a Squier "Precision" Special 5. It came stick with 2 horrendous J pickups.
  10. Doodaddy


    Jan 11, 2005
    West Monroe, LA
    I'm no Squier expert, but I think the Squier Standard Precision 5 had those pickups. There's a few out on eBay like it now.
  11. The big challenge with these pickups is that they're sized for a 4 string (hence the black covers). I can't imagine that having the strings so far out from the pole pieces on the ends is going to give good resonance.
  12. Muckaluck


    Oct 11, 2005
    Whitby, Ontario
    That's screaming for 2 Bill Lawrence J 45s!
  13. rolandm

    rolandm In search of the lowest note.

    Aug 8, 2010
    Peoria, IL
    Are you sure it's not inviting the wrath of the bass gods to put $128 or so worth of pickups in an $80 bass?
  14. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    if I were you, id find some good soapbars, fit them in, and have some kinda modern-vintage deal goin on. sounds pretty cool to me. does gfs make soapbars???
  15. I hope not, I did the same thing! :D