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Squier Precision Bass 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Soulbanana, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. Soulbanana


    May 7, 2004
    I'm considering buying a Squier Precision Bass V as a working bass that I can bring to clubs and not worry about getting stolen etc.

    The new run of this model looks pretty good, espesh the Walnut Stain and 'Burst with tortie pickguard.

    I'm considering some upgrades on the hardware to make it a little more gig worthy. I've played a few and feel that better tuners and electronics are in order.

    1: Are the pickups just standard 4-string sized blade-magnet jazz pickups (equal length bridge and neck) and what pickups will fit? Does anybody here own one I can bum measurements off?

    2: Are the tuners the standard size clover-leaf mountings i.e. direct replacement on Hipshot / Schaller BML?

    3: What aftermarket bridges will fit?

    I've gone around trying as many of these basses as I can, being aware of quality control issues, and while some have been pretty tragic, one or two boasted pretty good fit and finish, and had good tone both unplugged and plugged in.

    This bass will be strung with flats, so what pickup (and preamp combi, if any) would you guys suggest?

    Thanks heaps in advance!
  2. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I can't answer any of your questions, I would just like to say that I wish someone would make a reasonably priced 5 string with a P pickup. This one may look like a P, but it is really a J.
  3. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
  4. Soulbanana


    May 7, 2004
    Are both pickups the same length, or are they like the MIM Jazzes?
  5. pc


    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
    kinda like it... Wouldn't mind having a fretless/defretted one...

  6. emor


    May 16, 2004
    agathis body?

    I am unfamiliar with this species. I did a quick search and found that it is a coniferous softwood (like pine).

    I am curious about its properties as a musical instrument wood. :confused:

    Any info?
  7. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    Agathis is really cheap kinda dead tone wood.... put it this way i have agathis in my back garden but i wouldnt see a bass outta it

    similar to bass wood in tone
  8. emor


    May 16, 2004

    That's kind of what I expected.
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I think that the Squier Precision Bass Special is a great sounding and great playing low-end bass. Mine had noisy pickups, but a great Marcus type of tone. It can be had for around $200 if you look. Even for $250 it's a great deal IMO.
  10. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I've got one.
    Pickups are crap.
    Replaced mine with Bartolini soapbars.
    Huge change in sound.
    Neck is great.
    Nice bass except for original pickups.
  11. Soulbanana


    May 7, 2004
    Hi Mojo-man. By soapbars, do you mean that you routed the body out to fit them in? What model did you get?

    I'd prefer to get direct Bart drop-in replacements as that would be heaps less work.
  12. Soulbanana


    May 7, 2004
    I was also considering the Peavey Millenium 5 BXP off Music123. Again, twin Jazz pickups, but what size? These look wider than the ones on the Squier, but it could be because of the string spacing. Help?
  13. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    My 100$ SX nails the marcus miller tone.