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Fender Squire Pro Tone 5 string

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by aluminumbassguy, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. I have recently purchased a Squire Pro Tone 5 string. It has that maroon see thru finish with gold hardware. I believe it is about 10 years old. Somebody installed some Bart's in it. I believe these to be dual-coil. They were a pretty close replacement. So I picked this up for $400 and decided to have a Bart preamp from another bass i had installed into this one. I absolutey love this neck and the bart pick ups sound fantastic for cutting thru the mids. The problem that I have know is that the B string is a little weak. I am assuming that is an inherit design flaw with this particular instrument. But, I have found the spacing that I really like and the electronics are great. So, do I have any options out there. Buy a new bass with a wide neck and mediocre p/u's and pre and install mine? Or, buy a new body and neck and use the parts that I have to build one? I am sure this has happened to alot of guys. Anybody?
  2. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    try putt a string tree/retainer on the b at the head. Also, a string-through bridge might help. before you start putting holes in it, just try a bigger string gauge, first. Bigger strings hold better tension, other than that, to major factors are the string break angle at the nut/bridge (solutions string tree and string-through), and scale length (which would be the hardest thing to change). Like I said, first, try a bigger string gauge, because it is an easy possible fix that doesn't involve putting holes in the instrument without knowing how effective it will be.
  3. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I picked up the same bass Friday! Great bass for the money. Someone made a few changes that made it great. Installed a Bada$$ V, string retainers and Gotoh tuners. Plays great.

    How do the barts fit?? Are they direct dropins??
  4. Try a set of Clearsound strings, I was pleasantly surprised.....
  5. Hey Jordan, I am already using a 130 B string. D'addario nickel xl's. I will try putting some tension on the B above the nut . And Pickebass the barts are very close. I have no idea how different they are from the original. I mean they are not a perfect fit. But this is a player bass, When I got it the guy had it set up V-V-T-T. I told the shop to rip the bart pre out of my other bass and make it a passive set up and put the pre in the this one . I really like the tone.
  6. blackandwhite


    Jun 15, 2008
    Here's mine, I just posted it to the Squier owners club:

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