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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Open E, Mar 24, 2021.
What do you guys think is the best upgrade to make to a Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jazz Bass 2020?
I honestly think the CV basses are pretty great as is. I would try some new strings before any other mods.
Exactly: new strings. That's about it.
Yep. Strings would be my first change.
I got a great deal on a Classic Vibe 70s Jazzy. Thought it was great as is, but it was a bit heavy and I didn't love the look of the natural finish body so I bought a replacement Shell Pink body.
I moved everything over except I went for a cheaper high mass bridge. I think they sound great with the stock pickups and electronics.
I did throw down some copper shielding tape.
Just strings. You chose well.
I'm not familiar with CVs, but I had a couple of VM Jazz basses that upgraded this way. Not that they really needed them, as they were (and still are with their current owners, I'm sure) great basses for the price.
Order is by impact for me and not chronological.
Hipshot XTender / Series-parallel pick-up mod / Chrome Flatwounds
Hipshot KickAss Bridge
Molded Fender hardcase
Here's what the VM70s looked like. Still does, sold it to a friend who's using it as is.
A good set of strings and maybe a few swipes of a green scotch brite pad on the back of the neck.
I have a set of Lace Sensor Man O' War pickups collecting dust. They were supposed to go in an Inca Silver Jazz bass I had five years ago, but the bass was too good to mod.
The CVs aren't quite the same now, are they?
Sad but true.
If you're looking for something to make yours special, you might want to find some Fender Super 55s...the pickups that were so good Fender discontinued them.
Mods, to me, serve one of three purposes:
Change an aesthetic
Fix a problem
So, my question to you:
Do you like the way it looks? If yes, move to #2. If no, replace what you don’t like and move to #2.
Are there any problems you want/need to resolve? If yes, what’s the problem? Focus on that (i.e. a tuner replacement probably won’t fix a loose volume knob).
If you’re looking to mod for the sake of modding, or just to make it different, what’s your budget and what are your goals? I’m sure talkbass can collectively point you in the direction to making that a $1500 super J if that’s what you wanted to do...
I have been a Squier user and proponent for a long time, and aside from something easy, like the strings, the first, most noticeable upgrade I always make, regardless of the model, is the tuners. The best stock tuners on a Squier have always been 'meh' in terms of quality.
I'm with Kirkham. Strings and, if necessary, tuners should do the trick.
In my limited experience, the less expensive Squiers need more work. CVs are generally pretty solid.
None. I left my CV60 JB completely stock except for putting on different strings.
‘Need’ vs ‘Want’ is, often, the question
I’m a chronic modder (see dictionary for my pic / bio) I mod (not necessarily ‘upgrade’) all my basses (Fenders & Squiers)!
I would, however, suggest that Hipshot tuners are a def upgrade- as Squier tuners, and some Fenders, can be iffy. If drop-ins aren’t available- it’s easy enough to (toothpick) plug & drill.
I also put Fender Amer. Dlx. or Vintage Hi-mass bridges on all my modders (have 2 of each on my curremt stable of 4) - as they have 3-groove saddles... makes for a nice adjustment for string spacing. These are 3-hole mount - so ya need to ‘plug & drill’ (5/23 dowel I do believe).
The 50’s is my only Squier (body), ATM, but have modded quite a few - over the past several years - w/Hipshots & bridges, etc. All 4 of these have Hipshot tuners... my ‘de rigueur‘
I did 2 mods to my P5.
New tuners—-made a difference-smoother to tune.
New Nordstrand pickup—- I love Norstrands, but on this case, I would leave the stock pickup because it sounded fine.
None. Now keep practicing!
tried a jaguar cv the other day, think the pots are rubbish
This, though from personal experience most squiers are fine, even the affinities. That doesn't mean that you CAN'T (or shouldn't, it's your bass, do what makes you happy) improve them, it's just a good bass as is, exceptions excluded.
The correct answer is easy. The bass is garbage because the pickups are both '70s style - which adds up to carry the one and make 2040. This is a 2020 bass, do you need to swap one pickup out with a 1950s Jazz pickup (which is very expensive) or get a pair of '60s ones so that 60+60 puts you into 2020. This gives you even mathematical response from 20hz to 20khz. Hence the 2020.
Or not tbh if you have to ask the internet what's wrong with your bass without being able to play it in person, and you can't describe any symptoms the bass has, it's probably fine.
Billy Joel would sing, I like the bass...... "Just The Way You Are"
electronics (pots and cap)
strings (your preference)
Input jack, strings, pickups, pots, bridge, tuners, sheilding, fret leveling. In that order. Then knobs to add some custom flare.
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