Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass PJ

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GregT, Mar 8, 2014.


  1. GregT

    GregT

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    I was hoping some of you had bought one of these and could give me your firsthand opinions of them. I am considering getting one. I know the Vintage Modified gets great reviews, but this is the one model that I think looks best for me. It is the one with the PJ configuration. And it comes in red which is what all my best guitars are.

    Yes, I did search for threads on this exact model and have read all I could find. If you want to list all the threads on this I couldn't find, please feel free to do so and I will read those.
  2. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

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    Definitely a good buy. Any classic vibe squier or vintage modified.
  3. GregT

    GregT

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    I really do want to try the Vintage Modified PJ. I was just hoping someone had one and could give their impression. It seems like most go for the Jazz in the Vintage Modified.
  4. jasonbraatz

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    I got a sunburst one a while ago and love it. The only things I've done to it so far are a 60's reissue tort pickguard and a set of DR flatwounds. The pickups are good enough to use in a studio (which I have done with compliments from the engineer) but not good enough that I don't want to replace them anyways. The neck pickup soloed sounds like you'd expect a P to sound, the J bridge sounds like what you'd expect that to sound like. Can't complain about that!

    It's a more modern Precision neck profile, not the old baseball bat, which I appreciate. Setup was decent out of the box and I only had to do some truss rod tweaking and bridge settings - no fretwork! The body is quite light and the tuners are a little heavy, so as far as Fenders go it's a little more neck divey than most but still not bad.
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  6. GregT

    GregT

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    Thank you. That sounds like about what I am looking for.
  7. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant Supporting Member

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    I just bought a VM Precision. Frets did not need leveling, but the ends were not finished well - they were long and sharp. Less than an hour with a Stewmac fret file fixed that. The Duncan Designed P pickup seems to be hotter than the pickup on my '08 Am Std P. No big deal, I just set it a little farther from the strings. I put on a set of Sadowsky flats (the .040 - .100 ones) and did a setup. The neck profile is nearly identical to the modern Am Std P and the overall sound and playability is also nearly identical. I am mega-pleased with my new backup bass!
  8. geeza

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    Huh?
    For $299, you get a lot for your money.
  9. Hank Scorpio

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    I like the neck on mine - it's very thin front to back, yet quite comfortable, and the gloss hasn't gotten 'sticky' or slowed my playing. Had the fretboard rolled and fret finish tidied up a little, but it was pretty good out the box. The P pup sounds much better than the J to my ears; I changed it to a 3 way switch with one vol & one tone, and find myself still mostly soloing the P. May stick a different J pup in, or swap both to a matched set.

    As mentioned above, the body is very light, and the tuners are the standard Squier weight, so it has a tendency to dive slightly, this was easily sorted with a good strap.

    It's a nice instrument, all in all. Ideal backup for me at the moment, and if they made a model with a maple board, I'd own two of these basses right now.

    EDIT: Incidentally, it's the CAR finish, and it really does look nice.
  10. GregT

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  11. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    Lots of folks with opinions in this thread: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/new-squier-vm-series-part-2-a-1023147/

    I have the sunburst p/j and love it, it's my main gigging bass. I put on new strings out of the box and it was good to go. My only issue with it was that touch of neck dive mentioned above. I installed a set of Hipshot ultra light tuners (including an xtender on the E string), and it hangs perfectly now, but a strap with texture on the inside would probably be fine.
  12. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    I bought the lake placid blue one for a bass to keep at work. I have a big vintage/USA collection of basses. The VM Precision is a great bass regardless of price.
  13. SteveV74

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    Squier makes good basses, some are beginner cheapo models, and I mentioned this in some threads before, I had the PetebWentz p bass and it played like a dream and sounded vicious, go for it.
  14. elBandito

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    Had some bill lawrence pick ups lying around, so I bought one of these to play with. Seems like it's not very popular around here yet?
  15. bass71

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    Just bought one in LPB.
    It really does seem a heck of a lot of bass for the money.....but. Had to shim the neck to get a playable action, no real biggy, and one of the bridge screw holes was stripped which I fixed with a few wood slivers. Anyway it's light weight and sounds fantastic, especially the bridge pickup which is wonderfully burby.
    All it needs now is a mint green pick guard....mmm
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  16. Hank Scorpio

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    Seems strange to me, mine is a great bass - probably the best Squier I've owned, and I've had a few pass through.

    Enjoy, bass71! Post some pics if possible, would like to see the LPB in the wild, as it were.
  17. bass71

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    Working on some pics will post as soon as there done. Reckon its a bit darker than the Fender lpb but still nice tho..
  18. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    I didn't have to shim my neck, I got the action set super low. Every time I pull this bass out it amazes me.
  19. Tunaman

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    My carvin pj is going to cost a lot more and the crowd probably won't know the difference, that's being real
  20. Hank Scorpio

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    Mine had low action out the box, no buzzing, and took a setup well.

    Then I switched out another Squier VM neck, strung it up, and the action was even lower than when I got it.

    I'm starting to believe the body may be a little bit magic, cause that second part has NEVER happened to me before.
  21. bass71

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    Here's a pic for anyone interested in the colour. I fitted a ratty old vintage bridge as the string spacing is narrower on the HM bridge.

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