NBD - Squier Classic Vibe 2019 Jazz Bass 70's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dave CALEYRON, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. Dave CALEYRON


    Jul 23, 2014
    Hi everybody ! Just got this new bass from Thomann 2 days ago, and I wanted to report about it.

    First, the finish is flawless, nice shiny paint, the vintage amber tint of the neck is nice, no fingerprints when I unboxed it, etc....

    The weight : 3.957 kg, and well balanced, no neck dive.

    The tuners are on the cheap side, one is not as smooth as the others, and the bridge got replaced with the one on the pic, for I like brass saddles better, visually. the original one is the classic and functionnal one, nothing special to say ...

    The electronic cavity is tidy, the solders are clean, and there you can find alpha pots (250k). It is shieldied with conductive paint.

    The pick-ups have vintage cloth wiring, and I moved a little the A and D magnets to improve the string to string balance.

    The neck : While unboxing, I noticed it was bowed, with a relief like 2mm. Nothing that the trussrod couldn t adjust. Then I realized it was buzzing....badly, from fret 5 to 8 (with a 0.5 mm relief), and at the upper frets (slight ski jump...).
    The tone and feel (resonant, with a bouncy feel while playing) was however great for me, so I decided to keep it, instead of sending it back. Two hours later after spending a quality time with my straightedge, my tools to file and recrown and a lot of patience, it is now really playable with a low action (YMMV) 2.5 mm at the 12th fret for the E string, then 2.2, 2 and 1.8 mm. The kind of action that allows me to play cleanly if needed, and to add some nice fret buzz while digging a bit more.

    You can listen to a short sample with the following settings : Both pickups, tone full, half, and cut, 70/30 for neck pickup, same tonality decrease, 70/30 for the bridge pickup, etc....


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  2. Tommy V

    Tommy V

    Feb 19, 2019
    congrats on the new bass!
  3. Congratulations!! Sounds great! Any pics of her??
  4. Dave CALEYRON


    Jul 23, 2014
    IMG_20190607_091440.jpg IMG_20190607_091455.jpg IMG_20190607_091430.jpg IMG_20190607_091514.jpg Here are some pics !
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  5. Interspace Station

    Interspace Station Director at THE SPACEPORT Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    New York
    Congrats, very nice!
  6. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Looks great , I kind of want one the same color only a 5 string .
  7. OP, how is the string height at the first fret? Is the nut slotted deep enough?
  8. Dave CALEYRON


    Jul 23, 2014
    Decent, I mean, could be just a little bit better, but ok. But a bit too large for the oem strings (that look like 7250 by the way)
  9. Dave CALEYRON


    Jul 23, 2014
    Or maybe D addario xl, according to the ball ends colors
  10. Ya I heard the strings might be made by Daddario but I don’t know. The nut slot spacing is fine on mine but not cut deep enough for me. Not anymore!!:thumbsup:
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  11. Sands

    Sands Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2016
    How is the bass holding up? Still have and like it? Any mods? Do you know if fender pickups and / or a fender neck or bridge would fit?