Classic Vibe '51 Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by doc540, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    Just in case you haven't seen it by now, Ed Friedland's review of this series says more than anything I can type:

    - that's a Jay Turser in the pic which I've dumped since then

    I will swap the headstock decal to a vintage '51 Fender, but apart from the TI strings, I think I'm just gonna thump it.

    Here it is in livin' color:

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  2. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I'm curious about you dumping the Jay Turser for this. Is it that much better? I have a Jay Turser single coil P copy that I'm thrilled with but I have to admit that if this Squier had been available when I got the Turser, I wouldn't have considered the Turser.
  3. Third Rock

    Third Rock

    Jun 7, 2004
    Nice bass! I'm thinking about getting one myself.
    I had read Ed Friedland's article on the Classic Vibe basses in Guitar World, and just watched the video review a few hours ago.

    The price is right for me, and it looks and sounds great! :bassist:
  4. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    Yes, the fit and finish is that much better.

    And the neck seems to be shaped more to my liking.
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I really like that blue color. Personally, I'd leave the headstock decal alone rather than trying to proclaim it as something it is not.

    I have the Turser and I'm very happy with it. Among the reasons is that it's one of the lightest solid bodies I've ever owned. It also sounds great - especially with the Labella Deep Talkin' flats I put on it. Excellent bass.
  6. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    I wouldn't be trying to proclaim anything.

    I'm an inveterate mod'er and rather attached to the classic Fender logo.

    No tellin' what I'll do to it before it's all over.:oops:
  7. Rugaar


    Apr 11, 2007
    It's actually more like a '54 since it's got the body contours. I oughta know...


    And there's nothing wrong with the Squier logo. Leave it where it is.
  8. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008

    I love that pickguard.
  9. Hey Doc, I just acquired one of these for a song myself. Without a doubt, the easiest setup of any off-the-rack bass I've ever owned, plays like butter, sounds great with the stock pickup but I have an aftermarket lined up, just a lot of vintage vibe bass for the buck. Enjoy!
  10. Yea I love mine. Put a quarter pounder in it with some chromes. Sounds awesome, and very easy to play. I'm not changing anything else.

  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Right! The '51 was a slab body, but in 1954 Leo added contours. Your bass and the Turser are both copies of the '54, not the '51.
  12. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    I am friggin gassing for a scpb. Have you tried it against the MIJ bass? I saw the video of it, and I thought the fender had nothing over the squier. Its on youtube on my laptop, of course..
  13. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    That's Lake Placid Blue. ;)

    Sonic Blue is that pastel blue on the 60s Classic Vibe.

    I love my 50s Classic Vibe. :)
    I was just in the store today and tried a 60s again.
    Although I like the 60s CV also... just something I don't want to bring home.
    I'm actually thinking of buying a second 50s Classic Vibe.
    One to leave original, and the other to modify.

    On mine I have Steve Harris flatwounds and it sounds amazing.
    I'm going to put a SCPB-3 in, as soon as I find the time.

    I said it before in another thread, get one of these Squiers while they're hot. :)
    I have a feeling when they discontinue the Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified series these basses will be sought after.
    Much like the MIJ 80s Squiers these days.
  14. I have a SCPB-3 sitting here ready to put in my 50s CV P as well. It's the hottest of the three, I just hope it still has some high-end to it, I don't want the mids to dominate.
  15. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    struggling with tone now

    Added TI flats

    It has an aftermarket Rio Grande pup, the "Muy Grande" with the big, honkin' pole pieces.

    Of course, since I've been playing a couple of vintage Jbasses all my life, it's going to be a challenge to make the tone change, and I knew that.

    Low mid's to high's are what I want, but the low E is just kind'a puffy.

    I'll keep messing with the Tech21 and the guitar's tone knob.

    And, of course, honkabilly bass tone isn't critical to the overall sound anyway.
  16. Rugaar


    Apr 11, 2007
    Try adjusting the pickup height. It probably needs to come down a bit, particularly on the E string side.
  17. on1ne


    Dec 21, 2004
    51 or 54, it's still not accurate with the 4 saddle bridge, but I prefer that over the historically correct 2 saddle. It's got the classic "vibe" IMO.

    I've been GASSING for a SCPB for years but as a lefty the only option has been to reverse a righty since Fender has never made any left handed SCPB reissues (to my knowledge).

    The CV Squier was cheap enough that I took the gamble that it might work out OK reversed for lefty play. It has!!!:hyper:

    I love the way the low E growls on mine. Leaving the pup stock.

    I only had to reverse the nut which was easy. I also removed the thumbrest/tugbar which I found awkward and installed my own. You can just make it out in this photo, a white disk under the strings just in front of the pup. TI Flats, Straplocks and a mute and now this bass rocks.

    Hate to admit it but my beautiful split coil Fender P's have been staying at home while the Squier goes with me to gigs and jams!

  18. Meyatch

    Meyatch Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Is that red one a Squier '51 set up as a bass VI?
  19. Greyvagabond


    Aug 17, 2007
    If only the '54 was Sonic blue...
  20. Except that the MIJ Fender has the one piece maple neck with the 7.25" radius and the thin vintage fretwire.

    Makes a huge difference in the feel. Tone is only part of the equation.