Squier quality control?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bluesy_92, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. bluesy_92

    bluesy_92 Guest

    Aug 25, 2008
    Ok, so my Squier Vintage Modified P-Bass, with an agathis body, came with stripped screws (may have also been the setup I had done on it....)

    I think it may be a one-off, bad-luck situation, so I'm planning on getting another P-Bass.

    Has anyone else had similar quality problems? Is a Squier worth it? I know stripped screws are more likely to be on a P-Bass, since agathis (Squier) and alder (Fender) are both soft woods, but HOW common are they? I don't want another stripped-screw Squire.
  2. Stripped screwholes, maybe? Which ones?

    I'd be surprised to learn a setup stripped screws, let alone returned the setup bass with same.
  3. bluesy_92

    bluesy_92 Guest

    Aug 25, 2008
    Yeah, I meant the holes, not the screws. A few bridge/ pickguard screws. nothing major.....not like the strap button or neckplate screws.
  4. I managed to strip one of mine near the control plate. Still plays and sounds fine, just have to be careful when removing the cord from the jack. *shrug* Definitely doesn't warrant getting a new bass IMHO.
  5. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Plug 'em with toothpics and re screw them, I have to do this to instrumens often.
  6. Zoidberg523

    Zoidberg523 Guest

    May 26, 2008
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    +1 Certainly doesn't warrant a new bass, unless you happen to have OCD or something. I've done it before; no problem. Put a drop of wood glue on the end of a toothpick, insert toothpick into said stripped hole, break off toothpick level with bass, and insert screw again. Voila, tighter screw hole than when it was brand new..... wait.... this is starting to sound like an innuendo.... :eek:
  7. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Not yet it isn't.........

    "It slips in easy, and all you have to do is screw it tight"

    Now it does.:D
  8. Zoidberg523

    Zoidberg523 Guest

    May 26, 2008
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    I thought maybe one more reference would do it.... and you, sir, are sick! :p
  9. axpro

    axpro Guest

    As a tech at a store that sells quite a bit of squire...

    Their QC was slipping a bit early last year, but has picked up in the past few months especially. As for stripped screw holes, that is not really a "replacement instrument" issue, it is common enough with any many manufacturers overseas. Instruments get put together as fast as possible, and sometimes screws get overtorqued.. chewing up the wood. (this is about pickguards/jackplates,bridges, not necks)

    Usually, the quick repair is to fill the hole with hardwood a hardwood toothpick, cut off the excess with a single sided razorblade, and add a drop of hot stuff Cyanoacrilate. takes a second to harden and boom... though if you don't have a steady hadn withthe hot stuff, you can make a helluva mess.

    Its something i fix on MANY MANY import instruments, guitars and bases from all manufacturers, and even a few usa manufacturers.... simple enough fix. If the store you got it from has a tech on site, they shouldn't have an issue doing a quick fix. (I do it all the time)
  10. Rat Blitz

    Rat Blitz

    Jan 6, 2009
    I purchased a Squier Jazz bass 3 months ago and within the first week the volume knob fell off and the input jack was very loose which caused a lot of static. Both minor fixes I know but you wouldn't expect it to happen so soon on a "quality instrument". That said the bass sounds great and i'm very happy with it.
  11. SpamBot

    SpamBot Guest

    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    +1 to the toothpicks, I once tried to pull out my cord and the control panel came with it (J). Toothpicks, or in my case matchsticks, did the job right. You don't need Cyanoacrilate, you can just break the toothpick, drop it in and re-screw.
  12. I have the squire vm P, and I also had stripped screws. It's the extremely light weight ones. I accept that as the price of a 6-7lb P bass. Think balsa wood.

    So I filled every screw hole with toothpicks just in case. My back thanks me every gig. I like how the lighter wood resonates and feeds back. I am sure it has a little less natural sustain, but it has infinite sustain created by feedback when I want. But I mostly play with flat wounds, and sometimes foam. That soft wood also gives it a soft and woolly tone with lots of punch.

    I don't think you can have a plank that big and that light with out having soft wood.
  13. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Sick like a fox!:D
  14. bluesy_92

    bluesy_92 Guest

    Aug 25, 2008
    I was already planning on getting a new bass, anyway.

    And honestly, I am slightly overprotective of my gear.....:ninja:

    Wait? Are you looking at my gear? MY GEAR? BANZAI!
  15. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I recently got a Squier Classic Vibe 50's P-Bass. I can't say one bad thing about it! The setup was pretty good out of the box, the fretwork was very well done and the neck pocket is super tight. What more can you ask for!
  16. bluesy_92

    bluesy_92 Guest

    Aug 25, 2008
    Same here......Vintage Modified P-bass:)
  17. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    I agree with the toothpick and woodglue. It works wonders, even in neck screws. As a Squire you're not really looking to resell anyway. I haven't had a single bone to pick with my Squire I bought a few years ago, only praise. If I stripped a single screw, I chalk it up to me over torquing.

    What's the screw in question? From that we can focus blame from Fender to the guy who did the setup and visa versa.
  18. I've been GASing for another bass and checked out a few Squiers and decided to stay away. Picked up a new one at the local music store, started to play it and there was a terrible buzz on the G and D strings. I looked it over and saw the nut was broke in half, on a new bass. Tried to get a few $$ off on it but they're sending it back. The ones I play buzz and a few cosmetic things that I just didn't like.
  19. mothmonsterman

    mothmonsterman Guest

    Feb 8, 2006
    It's Squire....

    My VM Jazz has a high fret and I had to buy a metric allen set for one screw on one saddle, and I did notice a few of the screw on my pick guard are either not screwed down all the way or slightly stripped. lol

    adds character I guess
  20. bluesy_92

    bluesy_92 Guest

    Aug 25, 2008

    Couple bridge, few pickguard screws. Luckily, not the strap button screws.......imagine the pain.....