Are Squire Matt Freeman sig really any good

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Grey9968, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Grey9968


    May 16, 2007
    Struggling to get top end to cut through with my Marcus Miller. Bottom end is amazing. Play in a punk band & Love Matts sound and apparently he does use the squire at times. Any suggestion would be appreciated for a replacement for my MM. Many thanks
  2. EnviroMetal


    Feb 16, 2013
    I have one and it cuts through pretty well. I am in drop tuning with Rotosound 66 strings 45-105 gauge. I have to compete with two guitars that run heavy distortion at times yet it'll cut through pretty clear.
    that and its played through my Hartke LH500 head paired with a Fender Rumble 410.

    I love playing this pass. For me its a perfect weight, great sound and just plays very well. I have thought about getting the white model as well.
    I bought the MF sig even though I never played it before but I have played the Squier CV series basses and a lot of Fenders and I preferred the Squier CV series over the Fender basses. So I took a chance and got the Matt Freeman Sig. No complaints and no regrets.
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  3. Are they actually any different from any other Precision apart from the bridge and his name on the headstock?
  4. "Struggling to get top end to cut through with my Marcus Miller"

    The Matt Freeman won't cut any better "top end". Quiet the contrary... a P-Bass has nowhere the treble that a J-Bass puts out. It will do its job, but you won't hear more articulation if that is what you are after. Please clarify what you mean by "top end cut through"

    ZombieSpacebat they have a basswood body, standard for Fender P-Basses is alder.
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  5. +1 Agreed
  6. The pickups seem like standard Squire - a little dark with fingers, but just like most Ps they're plenty bright with a pick; definitely darker than the MIM pickups.

    The neck is where it's at with these guys. The gloss finish can be a bit sticky, but it has flatter back and edges that are rolled just a little bit more than VM Squiers. The one I checked out also had a bit of a dip in the neck, so might be worth seeing in person before you buy. Otherwise seemed very solid.
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  7. Grey9968


    May 16, 2007
    Got loads of bottom end but i play a fair bit high up the neck on D and G strings and when both guitarists are playing it just seems a little quiet up there. If i turn up to compensate the bottom end ends up blowing the roof off!! Just cant seem to get a happy medium
  8. Sounds like an eq issue rather than an axe issue. Try boosting mids. Or, cut the bass a bit and boost the overall volume.
  9. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    What he said. Apart from that, I have no reason to complain about my MF P-bass.
  10. benji1138


    Mar 1, 2011
    Amherst N.S
    Endorsing Artist: Greasy Groove Custom Parts
    I'd say its an eq issue as well, if you're scooping your tone too much you'll get lost without the mid presence.
    My answer for punk is a p-bass and Seymour Duncan qp. Run trough a tube amp or tube pre and let er rip.
    My tone. Excuse my engineering.
  11. This is like... A whole new type of contradiction...

    Seriously, how is your preamp EQ set? What amp? What EQ settings on amp?

    If you say Smiley-EQ I'll burn your house (J/K).
  12. Grey9968


    May 16, 2007
    Thanks folks. Have the eq relatively flat to be honest but have to have my tone almost off on the bass otherwise i get a horrible clicky sound when i play hard which i do most of the time
  13. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    That would be why you have no top end then. If the click is coming from playing with a pick, change to a softer pick material. But turning the tone off would kill all the top end.
  14. Strings hitting the pickup?
  15. IntrepidCellist


    Sep 10, 2009
    Also, picking closer to the neck will give you more punch and less "clank."

    If you're rolling the tone knob almost all the way off to avoid "clank" you might do well with a P-bass, as they're inherently less toppy and have a lot more of the midrange/upper-midrange grind that is all over punk recordings.
  16. Try running your front pickup at 20% and your back pup at 80% set your amp B/M/T at noon and then roll back your bass a little.... use a pick.

    You will cut through.
  17. PawleeP


    Oct 8, 2012
    East Coast
    What value pots are in the MF? 250K or 500K
  18. SiSoldier

    SiSoldier Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    San Pedro, CA
    I own a white Matt Freeman sig bass and play in a Punk/Oi band with a Gk 1001rb and get a really good tone. I tried to play with a Fender Geddy Lee jazz but prefer the overall sound of the p bass. For extra clank i use a B7k! Really great value bass.
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  19. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
    The Matt Freeman and the original run of the Classic Vibe 60’s are some of the best Precision basses ever made.
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  20. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno

    Oct 20, 2017
    Had one briefly, the neck was killer! The pickups, as others have said, were Squier pickups. Now, get one and throw some Dimarzio PUs in there, you'd really have something. But maybe not more zing than your Marcus Miller.