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NBD - Squire Vintage Modified Fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pish, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Pish


    Aug 29, 2010
    Walked into GC yesterday and saw this on the wall for an absolutely unbeatable price. I took it down and started noodling on it and was immediately impressed; the quality was not something I would have expected from a Squire. The neck is different, but really comfortable (I'm making a transition from a 2000 Fender Precision Standard ).

    Its going to take me a while to get used to the fretless aspect of it; but I can tell I'm going to like it. The slide and vibrato options are really cool.

    Some pics!





  2. Sure is pretty, and your cat seems pretty impressed by it as well.

    Brace yourself for the incoming "Arrrgh, I hate the control plate without a pickguard" comments, though.
  3. Jippy

    Jippy Guest

    Jun 29, 2010
    its gorgeous! I just ordered one, really excited about it
    also I thought it looked a little odd without the pickguard too but it doesnt really bother me at all

    beautiful cat too! he/she looks thrilled with the bass! :D
  4. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Congrats... they are super. I'm still thinking of getting one as a passive backup. I'd have to mod it though... I'm thinking vintage style tuners, tort guard, jazz knobs. Maybe one day.
  5. Joospocks


    Jul 1, 2010
    ;) I bought one the other day, and I am not fond of the control plate without a pickguard. I'm torn between getting a white or tort 'guard... Other than that detail, I really like it. After only having a precision for a while, it's really fun to dial in different pickup blend tones.
  6. Personally I love the no-pickguard look. I think it's cool. :) Not a fan of plastic on a bass. :D
  7. I got one of those used but in like new condition a few weeks ago from Mike_v_s here on TB. Remarkable quality and fit-and-finish for the price. I liked it so well I bought a J-retro from BFISHER1970 for it.
  8. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Hey Smokin'... I put a J-Retro in my 62 fretless... absolute monster tone... I get an almost sub bass response through my Ashdown. Have fun!
  9. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    +1... Plastic is for tub surrounds, not basses/guitars.

    OP, good-looking bass, and I love the no-dots fingerboard. :)
  10. Congrats, good luck and Happy NBD!

    I've been using one of these as my main bass for over a year now and I'm STILL in love with it! Strung it up with flats, a pro setup and it is a SWEET player! :bassist:
  11. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Looks just like mine! Great basses, IMO.

    I'm not really a fretless player, but it sure is fun to mess around with and record stuff. I've played much worse feeling fretless basses that cost a lot more. Great bass for the money.
  12. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    I just picked up one of these yesterday using GC's 15% off Black Friday coupon. Brought the price down to $255. It will be a Christmas present for my youngest son.

    He has his own P-Bass, but of all my basses, he keeps trying to sneak my Roscoe fretless. I finally let him use it for a middle school instrumental performance and he did very well. And it's 35" scale with black strings on an unlined ebony board! I figured if he can handle that, he can handle a 34" scale lined fretless.
  13. If ya put a pickguard in one of these, don't you kinda mess up the deim-Jaco-esque vibe?
  14. Batmensch


    Jul 4, 2010
    Media, PA.
    Certainly, if that's what you're interested in. But, f you're not, and you prefer a PG, why not go for it?
  15. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ
    This photo needs to be cross-posted to http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=579949

    Congrats on your first fretless. My first fretless was a SMVF, and it was way nice. I agree with Eagle (again!), the pickguard-free look is nice...especially with the control plate.

    I have 2 Jazzes, a 70's Classic and a V...if not for the screw holes, neither would have a pickguard. That said, black with three-tone burst looks great!
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