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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 4stringfarley, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. 0606201534.jpg 0606201534a.jpg Getting ready for everything to finish opening up around here, I went out and finally found a new group of people to play with. I've been going over songs to work on and realized my normal go to is just too heavy for extended periods standing. I packed up a disliked bass and headed down to the nearest big box retail store to see what was in stock. First thought was the MiM Mustang short scale. Nothing about that bass did it for me, not the sound or the feel. I was playing a gorgeous dark green and tort player series P Bass and kept glancing at at Jazz on the wall. I had gone through all the fenders on the wall at that time, decided to give it a go and was shocked at how much better it felt and played. Not to mention $350 less in price. Had them throw in a set of strings, got a check for the remainder of my trade in value, and came home with this gal.

    70's vibe Jazz.
  2. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
    Wicked pretty!
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  3. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    What’s not to like about that? You got a great looking bass that suits your needs and you save a few bucks. Congratulations.
  4. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

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  5. Pick ups and tuners are the weak point. Found a set of over wound Lindy's I'm going to be dropping into the gal.
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  6. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie Guest

    Mar 24, 2006
    I have played a bunch of those at different stores and each of them was superb.
    The tuners could be hit-or-miss... I have a 2014 VM that has great tuners, and then bought a 2016 VM neck and the tuners are ‘meh’ in feel, but still hold tune even while in a gig-bag.
    I removed the OE pickups from the 2014 long ago and stuck them in a zip-lock bag. I actually pulled them out last week and installed them into the bass that has the 2016 VM neck - they actually sound really good. More bite, grind, and output than my Fender USA Marcus Miller pickups...
    if you’re going to replace them with a brand-name set, I think an actual upgrade would be Hum-Cancelling pickups, but not necessarily another single coil.
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  7. I've played some where the tuners where horribly loose. These are tight, but feel cheap. I'm thinking hip shots and bridge (bridge on this really isn't too bad).

    Pick-up direction. I'm really thinking a set of over wound Lindy Fralins or DiMarzios.
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  8. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie Guest

    Mar 24, 2006
    Yeah, the bridge is, in my opinion, a “need to” replacement. I like the Hipshot Kickass Style-2 for its drop in capability and versatility. I put one on my VM when it became my fretless (vis Warmoth neck) 12A17255-66D8-4115-83DD-851CDAA8061A.jpeg

    then put one on my “mo-mo-mo-mo-monster Jazz” (which happens to sport the VM neck off the now-fretless)
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  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Hm, OK. Your blocks are spreading happiness. Thanks. That’s awesome.
    Drop the Lindys in and you’ll achieve nirvana.
  10. Ive wanted one for ages! Very nice man!
  11. Rezdog

    Rezdog Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada/Motown
    Greetings from the North,

    The Lindy Fralins will make the difference. I dropped them into my Squier Jazz 5 and they're outstanding.

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  12. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central New Jersey
    I had a VM Jazz Squier.

    Regret selling that one
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  13. Normally I hate Maple fretboards. But the blocks and binding just did it for me.
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  14. 707GK


    Jun 13, 2013
    Very cool! I've been eyeing these, they look quite nice. And they're very affordable.
  15. Play one. Thats 70s neck with the tall thin frets is what sold it for me. This one was a wall hanger and had a ding in the side so they knocked the price down. Walked out with it for $350.
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  16. I’ve had one for 6 years now and I’m still stunned with the quality of it. I have to look very hard for any faults, although it is a little heavy. The clear coat on mine is darkening nicely.
  17. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist In Memoriam

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Awesome bass!:thumbsup:
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  18. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    Good buy! A buddy of mine got one of these for something stupid like a hundred bucks with a TINY crack in the headstock and wanted me to fix it up. Fixed the crack and honestly could've probably left it alone and he would've been okay with it, I was very surprised by its playability. I did a half-unnecessary (he hasn't played long and wanted super-low action, I wouldn't have needed it) fret level/dress/polish, fixed exactly two fret ends that were too sharp for me but probably wouldn't have been for a normal person, shielded it, put EMGs, a Fender Hi-Mass bridge from another friend's Geddy Jazz, a black pearloid pickguard, a set of straplocks, and a set of Hipshot UltraLites on it, and it's just about as good a Jazz as I've played. Again, that thing was IMPRESSIVELY good just the way it was.

    I have to ask, though, if it was light weight you were after, did it deliver? My friend's had to have weighed 10 pounds. Lower-priced usually equals less-consistent lumber selections, so they might vary wildly, I don't know.
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  19. Nice, I have that same bass. Threw a gold badass II bridge on it, brass nut, Bartollini
    Extended high range p-ups, gold Schaller tuners, gold mirrored p-guard
    and some Smith slapmasters. It’s my pimptacular Cadillac bass.
    Slap tone for days.
  20. Ryno1330


    Jan 14, 2020
    70s style jazzes are just perfect - nice find!