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Squier VM Jazz Bass 5 String Dilemma

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DHeath, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. DHeath


    Dec 18, 2011
    I bought a used a Squier VM Jazz Bass 5 String with the high C. I plan on changing the strings on it and I'm just wondering what would have to be done to accommodate a Low B string.
  2. El-Bob


    Oct 22, 2006
    Somewhere in the maritimes.
    It would already accommodate one, as that is what they are designed for. You will just have to do a setup after you restring. This includes truss rod, action, and intonation. There are plenty of helpful guides to be found if you do a google or TB search. They will help you far better than I could explain it myself. Best of luck, and I hope you enjoy having the low B! (I know I can't live without mine :D ).

    Btw, I would recommend a .135 gauge for that bass, as you may find a lighter one to be a bit 'floppy'.

    Edit: Here is a detailed guide that should help. http://www.jerzydrozdbasses.com/akcndfr54jdhrei567/Ultimate_Guide_ver100.pdf
  3. kurosawa

    kurosawa Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    York County, Virginia
    I bought a 5 that has a humongous B and it's the best B I ever played! Must be a Circle K balanced set, nice, even tension.
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    If the previous owner wanted it to be properly set up for being E-C it will need a new nut cut in order to accommodate the strings properly. If he just strung it E-C it should be fine, the nut will still accommodate bigger strings.

    I would say you will find most B strings sloppy on that bass, a .135 might help a little but I wouldn't expect it to be tight.
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  6. DHeath


    Dec 18, 2011
    Thanks, I've been going crazy without the B don't get me wrong that C is cool but its not for me.

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