Used Korean Squier Bass or something else?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by svtown, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. svtown


    Jan 10, 2014
    Hi - I'm a guitar player looking to get a bass and a shop near me has a used 1989 Squier II Korean P-Bass for ~$275 (

    Does anyone know how this used P-Bass might compare to a new Squier Affinity or something like a Squier Vintage Modified / Classic Vibe?

  2. amosjones


    Dec 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I have a 1991 Made in Korea Squire by Fender I purchased used and it is an awesome guitar. I can't say how it would compare to the others mentioned.
  3. KeddyLee


    Nov 12, 2013
    Squier VM would be much nicer IMO. Those tuners are bottom of the barrel and the Squier VM are actually pretty nice basses.
  4. A new VM/CV would be a better built instrument.

    But the MiK Squier II has a definite 'cool points' factor, and tuners/pickups/electronics can always be replaced.
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  6. Doctor_K


    Dec 30, 2013
    Western NY
    That is not a $275 dollar bass. I have a MIK Squier II from somewhere around 89. The necks on those are usually really good, those typically have a laminated or plywood body. The one pictured looks well preserved, but not for that price.
  7. svtown


    Jan 10, 2014
    Thanks, I'll probably pass on it for now. Maybe I'll try and see what a new Squier is like vs. a Fender MIM Standard.
  8. nolageek


    Jan 5, 2011
    Washington, DC
    I have a MIK Squier Jazz from '93 and it has a large fender logo and small Squier logo. I was under the impression that they didn't swap the sizes until at least later than '93ish.

  9. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Pennsylvania
    I paid about $150 for a 1997 Korean Squier P-bass a few years ago. The tuners weren't great, so I replaced them. It's a good sounding bass, and the only thing I don't like about it now is that the body is made of heavy plywood.
  10. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    My thoughts exactly. Why would you pay $275.00 for a used Squier when you can get a brand spanking new one for about $250.00, and it's an awesome bass?!