NBD: Squier Matt Freeman bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassman74, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. bassman74


    Jan 2, 2007
    Yesterday morning i picked up my Squier Matt Freeman after a 1 month long wait.

    At first, i found the white body to be a little too yellowish but in the end, it fits with the tinted neck.

    From a few feet it looks like a real 70's precision bass.

    The bass is a hair over 9 lbs. It sounds and feels amazing.

    I had the chance to play last night with two loud guitars and the MF sounded GREAT!

    Overall, I am really impressed by the bass.

    I don't think it needs to be upgraded but since i want a 70'S precision so hard, I might order a set of goth fb-3 tuners and fender's 70s bridge. But it does not need it, the bass is already exceptional.

    thanks for watching! MF.jpg
  2. wizard65


    Sep 1, 2014
    Congrat's, I love mine!
  3. That looks awesome, enjoy!
  4. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
    ^^^ Like the bridge cover.

    I received mine a couple weeks back and love it. Same color too. Looks great, plays great, sounds great. I honestly can't find a thing wrong with it. The brass saddles class it up a bit. They should ship it in a better box however. My box was damaged but the bass was fine.
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  5. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
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  6. Yeah, that's pretty much my impression of trying out CV Jazzes in the stores the past year or two. The things slay all other jazz basses, period.
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  7. bassman74


    Jan 2, 2007
    I tried one Squier James Johnston a couple of months ago and it was awesome both in look and tone. If i was into jazz basses, i would not hesitate to get one.

    BTW, the MF tone is spectacular.
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  8. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I really want one of these. And a Roger Waters sig. If I had both those I would be more than happy for years. But the MF would probably come first. What a sexy looking bass.
  9. This being a bass made off shore.. ( I have off shore basses too) is the build quality (materials/workmanship) up to MIM basses or in your opinion beyond...
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  10. bassman74


    Jan 2, 2007
    IMHO, the fit and finish is on par with the MIM.
    Tone wise, the Matt Freeman sounds better, the MIM pickup too nasal for me.
    Feel wise, of the three MF bass I tried I was good and two were awesome.
    With the MIM, it's not even 50\50 for me, many of the one i have tried last year, were sub par.
    I would buy a MF bass without trying it first, but not a MIM
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  11. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Inactive

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    IMO it's up there in quality,workmanship,sound ,feel and tone,I've tried a lot of MIMs and never found one that I would buy,I have 2 Vintage modifieds and the Freeman and all 3 basses IMO are way better than any MIM I have played...it's all in what you like and want from a BASS...
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  12. bassrich


    Nov 20, 2011
    Sarasota, FL
    Nice, love the color combo. The bridge on my 50's P (Same one) is rock solid don't know if a 70's switch would be a plus
  13. The 2 VM's I have ..(70's Jazz and a Precision) are great basses IMHO. I might at some point purchase Matt Freeman in the future.
  14. The Chuck

    The Chuck

    Dec 11, 2013
    Wilmington, NC
    I just picked up a VM Jazz- out the door for less that 270. I am very impressed with the quality and the sound.
  15. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Congrats! Yes, the Freeman P is a force to be reckoned with. While I dislike the gloss on the neck, it wasn't too thick, so it's still comfy.

    Your bass, your money...but I would personally leave the bridge the way it is. The hi-mass ones are great, especially for a stock bridge. If it bothers you, might be better to buy a bridge cover! Just a suggestion, I had intentions to change both that and the tuners and left them as-is after playing with them a bit.
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  16. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    congrats! best bass i've ever owned or played for sure.
  17. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
    If the MF said FENDER instead of SQUIRE, it would sell for 600 bucks, maybe more. I like it better the the MIMs.
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  18. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
    I love the bridge. Originally I was going to buy the VM P-Bass in Amber/Maple and upgrade the bridge to this one. Well everybody ran out of that bass (discontinued) and that's when I discovered the MF bass, which already had the bridge and costs the same as the VM + the bridge. No brainer. Traded in two basses for it and got exactly what I wanted, a kick ass P-Bass!
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  19. Originally I was going to buy the VM P-Bass in Amber/Maple and upgrade the bridge to this one. Well everybody ran out of that bass (discontinued) jeff7bass

    I was lucky enough to get the last VMP Amber avaliable in Canada at Long & McQuade last week. I don't know how it sounds compared to the M.F. Bass but to me it sounds pretty good. NewP 005.JPG
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  20. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Not sure what bridge the 70's one is, but I just put a fender vintage threaded saddles bridge on my warmoth body, which was an upgrade for my MF, and the holes don't line up with the bridge on the MF. The MF's holes spacing is just a hair larger, which prompted me to buy the vintage one. I was planning on using the MF one, but i would have had to plug and redrill the holes in my warmoth body, and i wasn't doing that!

    Good Luck!