NBD: Squier Cabronita Precision Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassstrangler, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    I had the intent of selling my 2015 Squier candy apple red VM 70's Jazz Bass on CL. I've got too many Jazzes so wanted to thin the heard to three. Then I got a message from a nice fellow wanting to know if I wanted to trade for a 2013 Cabronita. Did my checking and jumped on it. It is in 99% condition and my J was basically brand new. I wanted a black Precision with a maple neck and white guard and this was not a traditional P so it was perfect. I'm really happy with it and it plays and sounds great. I switched out the pickguard screws for black and put proper P bass knobs on it. I hate the slide on knobs. Polished it up and put a fresh coat of carnauba on it and it's awesome! DSCN1381.JPG DSCN1382.JPG DSCN1383.JPG DSCN1384.JPG DSCN1385.JPG DSCN1386.JPG
  2. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    I did swap out the bridge for a Fender Standard after I took the pictures. It seemed to not only seem more vintage it just looks more appropriate.
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  3. Looks killer. What does it sound like compared to a regular P? How's the neck?
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  4. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    It sounds a bit thumpier, and the neck is wonderful. Overall, I'm impressed with the build and quality. It was a fluke that this trade happened as I wasn't looking for another bass as I really need to thin the herd. But, hey it's a kick butt bass and it looks awesome with the vintage style bridge.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2016
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  5. Great bass! I've played a couple fenders like this and they both sounded good. Also like that Gretsch style pickup. Kinda laughed when I heard they weren't Gretsch filtertron pickups, but fender fidelitron pickups! Anyways, nice bass.
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  6. Ninevolt


    Nov 26, 2015
    Cool bass!

    more gas...
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  7. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    My local GC never bring in the Cabronita bass guitar. I licking with the look.
    Some player mention the stock pup is unbalance E,A Vs D,G sound, is it true ??
  8. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    The stock pup seems pretty well balanced to my ears.
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  9. J.D. Detroit

    J.D. Detroit

    Nov 12, 2015
    Nice score congrats! :bassist:

    I just played one of these (same year) on Saturday. I was impressed with the quality/finishing, especially the neck and fret work.
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  10. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    Itsw a great bass, too bad they are no longer available. I blindly lucked into mine.
  11. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    When MF had a Stupid Deal Of The Day on them last March, I ordered one. At the identical time, one showed up on CL. It was brand new in every way, so I cancelled the MF DOD and bought the one locally. For $125 and getting to play it first, a definite no brainer. Tweaked the set-up just a little for my tastes and made myself very happy. A great bass. Hope you enjoy yours.
  12. JimHouchin


    Mar 19, 2016
    Yep... BUMP.... just ordered one for $280 delivered.... a TV Jones Thunder'Blade is on the way! Along with a vintage brass bridge! Now I need to find some tuning keys and figure out what guts to put under that REAL DEAL pickup. Wish me luck... pictures to come.
  13. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Congrats. Love my MIM Cabronita and also did the ThunderBlade mod as well as a vintage string thru bridge.

    Make sure to post pics!
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  14. John Murray

    John Murray

    Jun 7, 2021
    I recently bought a Squire Cabronita bass. At £400, I know I overpaid (even though the seller reduced it from £450), but it wouldn’t be easy to find another. I really didn’t know I wanted it until I picked it up. I love the look and feel of jazz basses. I’m not a big spender when it comes to instruments, as I don’t play enough to justify the indulgence. A Fender Vintera 70s jazz is my main bass. I’ve never really liked the feel and aesthetic of P basses, but the sound is hard to beat in some contexts and I felt I should have one to be able to call myself a ‘proper’ bassist. The Cabronita fills the gap and, to my mind, it’s a much cooler looking instrument than your average, standard P bass (the piano black with small white pick guard is beautifully minimalist). The pickup output is low, but when I use my MXR EQ pedal, there’s plenty of punch. I bought the bass with some fairly old, light gauge, but dull round would strings, but I’ve ordered some black tape would Galli strings. That may seem like an odd choice, but I want to maximise the difference from my jazz bass, otherwise I doubt whether I’d ever choose to play the Cabronita; I’d just admire it on the stand. Also, I love the feel of tape wounds, having used them on my Fender Modern Player Telecaster for a while. I’m rambling now, but thought I’d post this comment to see if it prompted any more input about what seems to be a pretty rare bass.
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  15. Tele295


    Jan 8, 2002
    Ventura, CA
    I love mine. I wish they still made them, or if I could find another at a reasonable price.

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