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Squier by Fender 5-string Precision bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by progrmr, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. progrmr


    Sep 3, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    I've got my eye on one of these for a local sale but I've read a lot of comments about the B-string being very floppy.

    Also I'm kind of surprised at the pickups - why would a precision bass have 2 single coil Jazz pickups? haha, probably a newb question but I figure this would be the best place to ask it :)

    guy wants $175 for it - I'm going to play it tomorrow night but was wondering what the consensus on this bass is, and if there is anything specific I should be aware of. Seems like an inexpensive way to dive into a 5'er.
  2. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Actually I prefer the simpler P-body shape to the more curvatious Jazz shape. If I bought one I'd have to route it and drop in a 5-string P-pickup. :)
  3. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch.

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    good basses...the pickups are the weak point. they are the same size a 4 string pickup. If you replace them with a set of EMGs or Barts or something, it makes a world of difference. The necks on these are very comfy and playable. I had one for a bit, but the truss rod was geeked on it so I couldn't tweek it. someone over cranked it and broke it I think. Had a serious back bow to it. Sold it off in parts. I think this was the exception and not the rule. If I needed a budget 5er, I would def. snag one of these or the Deluxe Actvie 5 by Squier. (which suffers from the same pickup problem).
  4. progrmr


    Sep 3, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    Cool - a couple of positive comments. I expect to have to replace the pickups, but figure if it needs it maybe I'll just make a project bass and replace the pots, shield the cavity and upgrade the pickups. Thing is, I'm not a fantastic electrician so I have to be careful. Hate to make a playable bass un-playable! haha.
  5. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    I had this bass, the B string is no better or worse than any other 34" fiver. I put D'Addario flats on it and it had a nice tight feel. Tone with the neck pickup was nice and woody, but the bridge pickup was pretty thin, I never used it. About a month ago I gave it to a kid at my church after getting a Fender American Standard P-5, didn't need the Squier anymore. But nothing wrong with the bass, you'll enjoy it, especially if you put stronger pickups in.
  6. PauliePower


    Dec 9, 2008
    Reading, UK
    I had one of those for a year or so, sold it a couple of months back. Nice playing bass, if a little heavy. As pointed out, the pickups are rather weak. The tone wasn't bad though, more J than P, just had the crank the amp a bit more to get it. I'd recommend one, just make sure it plays fine to start with.
  7. therex


    Jun 24, 2007
    a very good bass IME, very comfy neck with nice string spacing
    the pups or decent, not really bad. but not very good IMO

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