Squier Paranormal Jazz Bass '54 - I like it!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stratovani, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. I'm really thinking of picking up one. The price is reasonable, the build quality of Squiers are way above their price range, and I dig the looks of them. To me they look like what a Jazz Bass would have looked like had Leo designed and built them in 1954 instead of 1960. 1954 also happens to be my birth year as well. I like the butterscotch blonde, looks more authentic.

    Squier Paranormal Jazz Bass '54 Electric Bass - Butterscotch Blonde
  2. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    It look like Mikedirnt P in Jazz bass configuration.

    I believe the bass has more paranormal selling points if FMIC make it in 3 jazz pups configuration. The weird of the weird.....
    Ghastly, rufus.K and Naviiin like this.
  3. I like it! Wish they'd used a Tele headstock. Also two tone 'burst with a white guard would have been nice and period correct.
  4. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    NOW I'VE DONE IT . . . . . clicked on that link, and now I will be buried in Sweetwater popups, ads, what was I thinking ?!?!?!?!? Sheesh . . . . . .
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Nothing to get excited about for me. It's just a stack knob J with a different shaped pickguard and control plate.

    Very into the Cyclone II, though. I've wanted one since the 90's. Would have already ordered one if they had it in red with the white stripe like the OG ones.
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I like it. I won’t buy it, but I like it because I think stack knob Jazzes are cool.
  7. Naviiin


    Jun 2, 2019
    I agree! They're calling it Paranormal Series already, so just go all out with the weirdness. Gimme a Meteora bass with EMGs, 3 pickup Jazz Bass, Stanley Clarke's Short Scale Strat bass...And those aren't even that weird. ;)
    Randy Ward, FantasticFour and Yahboy like this.
  8. Bajo Clarkko

    Bajo Clarkko

    Aug 9, 2015
    Paranormal Jazz Bass- I misunderstood the premise.

    I thought that if the Bass didn’t like the music that you were playing on it, it would throw itself across the room and smash itself to pieces.

    No, actually, I kinda like it. A nice mashup if you ever find yourself gigging in a Rush/Conway Twitty Tribute Band.
  9. FantasticFour


    Dec 14, 2013
    Leave your jazz pups outta my Ps!! :mad:

  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Looks fun. Why not? :thumbsup:
    TonyP- likes this.
  11. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    The Cyclone was one cool guitar. :thumbsup:

    Of the new ones it was the offset Tele in natural that caught my eye. I’d probably mod it for a Bill Lawrence 5-way switching scheme. Lots of fun things you can do with a Tele. But that’s me. ;)
  12. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
    MTD basses endorsed artist Bartolini pickups emerging artist TECAMP bass players gear endorsed
    Once again- fender's innovation is using a couple of stock pieces (pickguard & control plate this time) from another model and labeling with a new name.
    No thanks.
    funkinbottom and lz4005 like this.
  13. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    Fender made that at one point I had the 5 string version of it. It was called the HM5!
  14. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    The HMV is more like J /MM like configuration.

    The trio pup I mention are kind like Ibanez Jet bass JTK B300 type.
  15. S.F.Sorrow


    Dec 6, 2014
    I'm not sure what to think to be honest. I can't help feeling that FMIC just took the butterscotch Jackson X Series Concert Bass and made some minor J-bass related tweaks to it (or to an old P-bass for that matter). I would probably have like the Squier more if this one didn't already exist in another Fender owned brand. I just get the feeling that they designed all these, quirky cool Paranormal series guitars and then threw in a Jackson/old P-bass lookalike as an afterthough, just to have a bass in the series. I'm sure it's a really nice bass for the money but it's just not quite "paranormal" enough for me. I had expected something a bit more original and much, MUCH quirkier. Old P-bass looks with J-pickups... Hardly the Twilight Zone.

    As always YMMV.

  16. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I like it.:woot:
  17. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    This thing prove that FMIC is a great copy cat company.
    S.F.Sorrow likes this.
  18. P Cheen

    P Cheen Alembics and parametric mid knobs scare me.

    Apr 4, 2015
    Southern Oregon
    Taco Bell does that on the daily, so why not? LOL
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I want it with 5 strings and block inlays
    kerrycares, SMG and Vinny_G like this.