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Squire Delux Jazz Bass. Little help?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bovino, Dec 9, 2017.

  1. Bovino


    Dec 9, 2017
    I have an oportunity to pick up a used IV. I remember A/B the V string version back in 2009 against a Ibenez SG 5 active and having major second thoughts when I left the store with the latter. Seems I wasn't confident in the squire name or something? Any comments that would change my mind on pulling the trigger on one now and what is a good price for one used in prisine shape? This ones a IV and black.
  2. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie Supporting Member

    I never heard anything bad about these, except for the pickups. Finding replacements can be a pain as they aren’t exactly standard size. There are one or two exact replacements on the martlet, though, probably from DiMarzio and Duncan...

    As far as the bass staying together, it’s fine. It’s one of the better Squier’s, so hardware replacement is not necessary for functionality.
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  3. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    My only gripe about them is the oh-so-flat fretboard radius. If it weren't for that build-spec, I'd have stuck with one for my first parts-bass build. However, if you're used to Ibanez's more modern-style necks, this one might suit you well.

    Personally, I dig the ebonol fretboard…tough as hell and should be resistant to mild changes in temperature and humidity. One thing though…if you get one, don't use oil to polish the fretboard. I've asked around and people agree you should use the same polish you'd use on the body…go fig! :confused:
  4. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Given their price, they don't sound bad. Give it a good test drive, and a thorough inspection. Make sure the bass holds tune, the neck joint is solid, the tuners aren't slipping, no stripped screw holes anywhere, no cracks in the headstock, etc. Then if the price is right, and you like the way it sounds, and plays, buy it. If over time, you don't like it's tone, you can always swap out the preamp, and pickups. Worst case scenario is, if you buy it, and for whatever reason find out it's not for you, then you can always turn around and sell it for what you paid for it.
  5. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    I like my deluxe active V:


    On the left.
  6. Bovino


    Dec 9, 2017
  7. Bovino


    Dec 9, 2017
    Thanks for rhe input
  8. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    I have one as my number one. Pickups are meh, as is the pre amp. A pair of SJ Emg jazz and Aguilar obp3 and I couldn’t be happier now.
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