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Should I trade my Squier VM Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by evanpaul, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. evanpaul


    Jul 23, 2015
    Hey people,

    I've been playing for the past 7 years and I recently got me one of those Squier Vintage Modified Jazz basses. Since then I've been getting more into jazzy, more mellow-y stuff like Badbadnotgood, Medeski, Martin & Wood, etc. and I'm really digging that thumpy, up-right kinda sound of the Hofner Violin Basses.

    Should I trade my VM Jazz for a Hofner Ignition?

    Share your thought

    (Also share any similar artists you may have heard of!)
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2016
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  2. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    In my opinion, no. I have that same Jazz you do and if you know how to use it, you can get a decent thump.
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  3. evanpaul


    Jul 23, 2015
    I find find It kinda "harsh" to be honest, probably due to the finished maple neck.
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  4. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Flats :)
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  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Beat me to it.
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  6. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Find a used set in the classifieds and have at it.
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  7. I'd say no. The Jazz is super-versatile and if throw some flats on it and play up by the neck you'll get thump for days.
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  8. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I'd keep your jazz. Far more versatile instrument.

    Yep! GHS Precision Flats. (Try the long lights!) or Chromes (45-100 set).

    If you're feeling really adventurous, Labella Copper White Nylons. Jazzy purr to last for days if you want that.
  9. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    These just arrived in the mail today.
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  10. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    Keep the J. Go to flats. Experiment with the tone knob and right hand placement. Save up for the Hofner.
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  11. rujulian

    rujulian Guest

    Apr 24, 2014
    No, keep that bass. Roll the tone off a bit
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  12. I'm joining the "NO" camp too - You can change your plucking position to over the end of the fingerboard to get a softer sound - roll off the treble and just use the neck pickup. As others have said, flatwound strings will also give you that smoother, fatter sound you seek. :)
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  13. evanpaul


    Jul 23, 2015
    Been thinking about flats for a while now, I should give them a try...
    I just feel that the Hofner pickup and neck combo would give out a more "natural" sound if you will.
    But maybe it's just me.
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  14. FerruleCat


    Mar 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    I have the Rogue VB 100 with LaBella flats and have absolutely no complaints. It does thumpy/woody in spades and is a well-built little axe. There's some orange peel in the clear coat, but it's not terrible.
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  15. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Trade it for a P Bass, all the thump you need...:bassist:
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  16. evanpaul


    Jul 23, 2015
    Sounds delicious :D
    That thing is, I'm not really into any sort of overly trebley, slap tones anyway that's why I've been looking towards the violin bass, or as @og61pbass said a rosewood precision (with flats of course ;))
  17. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
  18. I tend to lose when I trade or sell, so that would be a concern.

    It wouldn't hurt to try some flats on your current bass first. I have a finished maple neck on my Squier VM P5, which is strung with La Bella 760FS-Bs, and it's the opposite of harsh.

    A Höfner would be cool, though. Nothing wrong with a Jazz, of course. Aston Barrett made his mark on a Jazz.
  19. Bourbongangster


    Nov 5, 2015
    I got one of those cheap Hofner Club basses a few years ago, partly because I'm a big fan of that MMW vibe as well. I think you should save up a few bucks and get one of those. You could probably find one for around three bills, maybe less.
  20. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

    May 20, 2002
    Provided content for Genzler Amplification
    Toss some flats on your Jazz. Learn to palm mute. Thump away.
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