I'm in a P-ickle

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CamiloDíaz, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. CamiloDíaz

    CamiloDíaz Guest

    May 5, 2008
    Santiago, Chile
    So. Last week, I played a MIM P-Bass, standard. I fell absolutely in love with it and now, go figure, I want a Precision. I really do, but there's one giant dilemma: I've never played it extensively and I don't have the dollar for a MIA standard, nor a MIM either. Is a Squier VM a good starting point to my P-bass journey, understanding, of course, it has it's limitations? Does it give, nor the tone, but the fell of a P-bass?

    Let's hear those "go use the search".:bag:
  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Actually, I haven't heard much of the Squier VM p-basses.
    Most of the hype I've heard about has been about the Jazz basses.
  3. It's a darn good bass for the money.The pickups on it are actually better than most MIM precisions, mine was grounded well and was pretty great unmodified. My one complaint would be the satin feel neck, but that's just my preference.
  4. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    The one I played felt great, personally better than any MIM I played at GC, and that was w/o a setup. Im a fan.
  5. WyrdoBass


    May 31, 2008
    Everett, WA
    I played the VM P. and thought it was good, but I've also played the Classic Vibe '60s P and it blew away all the other basses in it's price range.
  6. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    +1 the blue Classic Vibe 60s P blows away the white/black pick guard VM Squire. Great bass at a great price.
  7. bassflyer19


    Nov 18, 2008
    go for the VM squier P. i played one in GC the other day, and now i want it to go along with my HWY 1 P. if i had any money right now, that baby would be mine. they have Duncan Designed pickups, and it sounds and feels like real-deal pure Fender P-Bass.
  8. Okay. Go to YouTube and search for Ed Friedland Classic Vibe.


  9. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    I played the VM P the other day...the Squire boys seem to have kicked it up a notch or two.
  10. 6Steve6Harris6

    6Steve6Harris6 Guest

    Sep 12, 2008
    Blacklick, OH
    The CV and VM basses are easily better than the large majority of MIM Fenders. Go for it, man.
  11. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I am different i guess i owned a VM jazz it was pretty good , heavy thou. I tried the fretless jazz nice but the VM P i didnt like at all and love my MIMS much better.
  12. Jimmyplaysabass

    Jimmyplaysabass Guest

    Aug 10, 2007
    you could try and get some steady work and save for it.

    plus it'll give you time to decide
  13. Used MIM P on craigslist.

  14. I have the classic vibe 60's P. I love it. I stuck some labella jamerson flats on it and it is just ridiculously awesome.

    Probably the main thing feel-wise is the glossy neck finish, not the satin finish like the MIAs. The headstock on the bass is pretty thin, though it seems to take those monster jamerson strings without problem. Another downside is that it is only available in the baby blue color..

    Those things aside, it is a solid instrument. The craftsmanship and quality of the parts isn't quite like on an MIA, but for 1/4th the cost, it gets pretty darn close.

    I thought about dropping a couple hundred on some vintage hand wound pickups, but I honestly don't think the difference in tone is going to be that considerable. This thing sound pretty awesome right now.

    FLEABASS Guest

    Dec 16, 2008
    England, West Sussex
  16. chiplexic


    Apr 21, 2004
    Here's Ed's tone comparison of the Squiers to his other Fenders. Definately better audio in his more recent videos. Guess he's using new method. Nice job!

  17. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Listening to Ed's video comparison, I'd say the Squiers don't sound quite as rich as the Fenders. But they are pretty close, all right. If I had more money and really needed another bass, I'd get the '60s Precision and leave it as is.
  18. CamiloDíaz

    CamiloDíaz Guest

    May 5, 2008
    Santiago, Chile
    Thank's a lot for all the answers, guys, and the very interesting youtube material. Seems to me that it's a "fight" between VM P and CV 60's P. Would the TB worth a try?

    To Jimmyplaysbass: my job is pretty steady, alright, but I have a main bass and I really won't spend a grand in a second bass guitar. Thanks, anyways.