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Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass

  • No. of Frets:
    20
    Scale Length:
    34
    Construction:
    Bolt-On
    No. of Strings:
    4
    Body Material:
    Basswood
    Neck Material:
    Maple
    Body Finish:
    Olympic White
    Nut Width:
    1.5"
    Fingerboard Material:
    Rosewood
    Pickups:
    Jazz Pickups, 60's position
    Other Hardware:
    Fender Original Vintage Bass Bridge
    EQ / Controls:
    Passive V/V/T
    Price:
    $399
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  1. flame
    I am glad to hear and read your comment about your Squire J, I did the same thing. I had a Fender P Bass but wanted a J, I kept going to the guitar stores and trying out different bass'. For some reason I found myself going back to the Squire but I couldn't get past the name. "I was trading in a Fender for a Squire"! But I felt at the stage of my bass playing which is only 3 years, I should go with what feels right. There will be time to upgrade or buy another or 3 soon enough. By the way I put new Seymour Duncan Qtr. pounds on it and it rocks!
  2. faceless_master
  3. faceless_master
    Before you read any further, just know that I sold an actual Fender to get this Squier. You read that correctly, so just cast aside any preconceptions you may have had about Squier right now.

    This is one of the best basses you can buy at this price point. Period. Seriously, you can't go wrong.

    I'll start with this instrument's strongest point: the neck. It's is one of the most comfortable I've tried, standard C shape, 9.5" radius. Not the 7.25" I prefer, but still not a super modern fingerboard. You'll find this is a theme in my review, and that means the bass designers hit their mark, as this instrument was intended to split the difference between vintage and modern (hence, Classic "Vibe") I prefer a very thick neck, but this is still doable. It also has a heavy gloss finish on the neck, which I love, and very small vintage frets. Basically, if you like a scalloped feel, or satin finished toothpick necks, look elsewhere.. or give this a try anyway, it might just surprise you.

    The basswood body is solid in construction, and finished well, and the stock pickups are on par with anything in Fender's standard line. Controls are passive, and behave like you expect from Jazz Bass controls (Neck pickup on mine seems to really open up around 80%). Really nails the vintage Jazz Bass tone. Pots have a smooth taper, no crazy jumps as you turn them up and down. Stock tuners are solid, and I haven't had a moment's trouble with them in the 5 years I've owned the bass.

    The only real weak point on this bass is the bridge. It comes stock with a high mass bridge with brass saddles, and the bridge functions perfectly, but really sucks the life out of the tone. With the stock bridge, the bass sounded fine, tone was solid, but nothing to write home about. It sounded scooped, sterile and lifeless. I swapped the stoc bridge out for a threaded saddle Fender Vintage bridge, and this bass came to life. The mids came back, and the overall tone warmed up... It also lost a bit of the stiffness in the strings, but that may just be my perception. Keep in mind that if you want to do this mod, it does require a bit of drilling, as the High Mass Vintage bridge that comes stock on this bass has a slightly wider screw spacing than a standard Fender bridge.

    TL;DR: If you're thinking of buying a Classic Vibe bass, DO IT. You won't be disappointed!
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