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Help with Squier Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shocktone, Jul 3, 2001.


  1. shocktone

    shocktone

    Jul 1, 2001
    I heard the Squier basses made in Japan were really good instruments.
    I can get one which is made in 1984 I guess. The serial number is:
    E 615512

    Does anybody know if this is good one ?
    It looks like a standard Jazz Bass, with a big Squier Logo.

    When did Fender introduce the cheap, crappy squier basses ?



    Thanks alot.
     
  2. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Hi,
    If it's a genuine Japanese and a good price - Go for it!
    People are just waking up to how good they are (were)...
     
  3. shocktone

    shocktone

    Jul 1, 2001
    How can I identify if its a good one ?

    Rock On!
     
  4. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Hi,
    Well, The serial number is right anyway, that dates it to between 1984 and 1987.
    As for it being "a good one" the only way you're going to find out is by playing it!
    Seriously though, early MIJ models were assembled from U.S. parts - look at the thickness of the metal used on the bridge, is it fairly substantial? or about the same as a Mexican?
    That's usually a pretty good guide along with the overall build quality,good frets,well fitting neck,no dreaded dead note around the fifth fret on the G string.
     
  5. shocktone

    shocktone

    Jul 1, 2001
    Would you think those basses are better than the current Mexico Basses ?
    Do you know which wood they were using ?
    I played some Mexico Basses and compared to the USA models they sucked.
    Ive got a spare set of Seymour Duncan JB PUs I could install in the Squire Bass.

    What do you think ?


    Greetings Jens.
     
  6. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Hi again,
    Lets put it this way.
    I have a '63 reissue P which is Japanese, it's far and away better than anything MIM.
    I believe the wood on early squeirs was the same as U.S. models AND the hardware (someone put me right here if I'm wrong).
    The current pickups are probably o.k. so I wouldn't bother changing them, bear in mind that EARLY squeirs are now fetching good prices - leave it as it is!

    As I said before PLAY IT!... If it's good for you,...great!