Squier VM Jazz vs. CV Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Surly, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Surly


    Feb 2, 2007
    South Florida
    These Squier jazzes pop up on MF scratch n' dent quite often and I was wondering what anybody thought about their differences. I own the CV Precision which is also basswood, the quality isn't outstanding; but definitely a good value for the money. These cheap Squiers record quite well so a new jazz gives me some GAS...
  2. BB75

    BB75 Guest

    Aug 4, 2008
    near Pittsburgh, PA
    I actually played both the VM and CV at Guitar Center this past weekend. For my taste the Classic Vibe was superior in sound and feel. I also thought it stacked up well against a MIA 75 RI, MIA Standard, and MIM Standard. Especially for the price tag. I miss having a Jazz bass around so I thought for sure that I would pick up a VM but now I'm thinking I'll go CV instead.
  3. mothmonsterman

    mothmonsterman Guest

    Feb 8, 2006
    I love my VM Jazz,
    and I've looked down my nose at squire for 15 years.
    Only problem is it has a high fret.
    sounds and plays good.

    the Duncan pickups work well and everything about them is solid.

    Mine had a crack in the finish so I got it for 150$
    Definitely worth the GAS.

    I have no Exp of CV so I can;t help you there.
  4. Low Main

    Low Main Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    I would say that the VM Jazz sounds better than the CV out of the box. I like the Duncan designed pups on the VM better than the pups that come with the CV.

    But the CV is better built, has a better bridge and tuners, and better fretwork (nice small frets, but not as small as Lakland).

    My choice would be to get a CV and upgrade the pickups. If spending extra money after buying the bass is not an issue.

    With both the CV and VM it pays to try before you buy. The quality is fairly uneven on these from bass to bass. More so with the VM.
  5. i have both....the cv beats the vm in all areas, fit, finish and tone, i dare say it plays and sounds better than most american jazz basses.....i work in a music store so i can ab the heck out of them.....i also have several american, cij, and mexican fenders....for the money you can not beat the classic vibe, maybe a little on the bright side but nothing a change in tone caps won't rectify...i always change out the pots for cts 250k's and use vintage .047 ceramic caps....
  6. Surly


    Feb 2, 2007
    South Florida
    Yeah the CV's are really a great value, at least my P-bass is. I wouldn't say it sounds like an American Standard though.
  7. Beyer160


    Dec 20, 2008
    I was all set to buy a CV Jazz when I found out about the $499 Blizzard Pearl MIA Standard blowouts. I bought a BP MIA, and after playing both I'd say the MIA has better quality components, but as for playability and sound they're about the same. The gloss neck on the CV has a different feel than the satin MIA neck, but neither's "better". I'm happy with my purchase, but the MIA certainly isn't $850 better than the CV.
  8. Surly


    Feb 2, 2007
    South Florida
    Yeah well $499, that's a steal for an MIA Standard!