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Question on a used purchase-Squier MB5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Maxdusty, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Just bought a Squier MB5 from Craigslist relatively inexpensively- in good condition physically in the cherry red sunburst color.
    I have a quick question to those that have or have tried this bass - I know it's a passive bass but the one I have seems a tad bit underpowered. I have other passive basses but this particular one, I seem to need to boost the amplifier volume from about 4 to 7 in order to be at the same volume level as let's say with my Tobias Toby (a 4 string passive with similar style pickups).
    Are these basses by nature underpowered, or could the pickups be defective? (no distortion, no other signs of problems other than the volume). I know the easiest solution is to just turn up the amp, but would just like to know if my pickups aren't working up to snuff- would the standard J style pickup be the replacement? ( I don't have a bass with one to compare the size accurately).

    Another question to ask, far less technical and applicable to any Craigslist purchase of a used instrument...
    How the heck do you remove the smell from a bass??? It smells like, well....pot, I've tried to clean the body with the lemon scented guitar cleaner, wiped the strings but the smell is so strong and I get quite a bit dizzy playing the bass (lol). I'm trying to air it out so to speak, but would like to hasten the process a little bit- the person I bought the bass from must have smoked a lot in order to have the bass absolutely reeking in it- not against it mind you, but what if I play the bass in front of a cop or someone from the DEA? ha ha....

    Thanks for reading and any help on the questions would be much appreciated.
  2. JPBourdier


    Jan 2, 2011
    Texas - DFW
    I owned (briefly) a beautiful blue Squier MB5. The neck was great and the body was light. The pickups, however, were noticeably weak. It made a good practice bass for the office but I never used because of the pickups. Good luck on a replacement set - potentially a very good instrument.
  3. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    The pickups on those Squier MB5s are the Achilles heel of the instrument. If you really like the bass get a decent replacement set and you should be good to go. Otherwise keep it as a practice bass.
  4. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I like the feel of the bass, neck is thin (basically a five string in a 4.5 string width )- not slap/pop friendly -possible but just hard to go full bore. Perfect for practice I fully agree, I think that will be it's main purpose. I guess then, the pickups work as they're supposed to, just weaker than what I'm used to. I've read somewhere that someone put a preamp in it to boost the power a bit, don't know if I'll go that route.
    Thank you for the answers.

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