Hmmmm...how to answer this Ok, knowing your general situation with limited availability and high demand, I say get the Squier. I have a 98 MIM Fender P. I have a 17 MII Squier Vintage Modified 70’s J. They’re both great bass’s and I play each equally. Consider that you’re going to save a little bit of money buying the Squier and you’ll be protected to return/exchange if it’s not what you expected. (Someone else raised the same point) Also consider the difference between Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe. The VM 70’s does not have period correct placing of the bridge pickup. It’s actually slightly further from the bridge and in line with 60’s specs. This may not matter to you but it’s something I wish i’d have known before buying my VM 70’s Jazz. At any rate, ignore the negative stigma attached to Squier. There’re false impressions that it’s not a very good bass, and that’s pure ignorance and/or pure elitism. They’re great instruments (usually in need of a good initial set-up). Good luck and post picks when you get it. Edit: the CV 70’s does have period correct placement of the bridge pickup slightly closer to the bridge giving it a slightly different timbre.