Help me decide: Squier 60's CV P or American Special P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Major Dude, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Major Dude

    Major Dude

    Sep 15, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    This might be a no brainer but I need a nudge. I have opportunity to buy a used American Special P for $500, which seems like a great deal. Only problem is I don't love the color (candy apple red) and I was originally wanting a rosewood fretboard, not the maple. Before I saw this one I was considering a 60's Squier CV P in the fiesta red, which looks cool. Both play and sound great. The Squier I can get for $330which is more in line with my budget.

    With the Squier I save money and have better looks. With the American Special I get an American Fender with better resale value, but not fond of the looks. Again, both play great to me.

    I'm leaning American because of the great deal and the name. But I've heard such great reviews of the CV's quality for the price. What to do? Help a brother out.
  2. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    That's no great deal on the American Special in that color.

    Pass, wait for a great deal on a bass you actually want.

    There's always another deal.
  3. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    As the owner of that Squier, I can tell you it's a great bass. However, I haven't played an MIA Fender P that was setup right or had fresh strings, just shoddy store floor models, so I don't have a good basis of comparison
  4. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Given the choices, I would go with the US.

    That said, I agree w/ the following:

    I think that's about going rate or so for a used US Special. If it's not the color you prefer, wait for another. You can also find a used Squier CV P if you're patient. And if that's what you really want and is more in line with what you want to spend, is what I would do.