The Squier Mini Precision Bass Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sabre79, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. Shorty3


    Dec 25, 2015
    I had the pickguard custom made by a local luthier, however there is a UK pickguard maker on Ebay who ships internationally that makes custom pickguards, they are based in Glasgow, Scotland. If I were to just mod the pickguard without shaping it for the humbucker I would give them a try.
    I don't think I can properly copy-paste the web page, just trying:

    Squier Bronco BASS Battipenna/Battipenna: VARI colori: 1 3 & 4 Strati | eBay

    I also had to redrill the holes for the tuners and drill new holes for the bridge. The Schaller bridge needed about half centimeter more distance and I used as reference the thin line track left by the original bridge:

    2020-05-15 21.20.14.jpg

    As for the pickup I had to enlarge the cavity which is already made to fit a EMG 35HZ type of humbucker. If I were to do it again I would go with a EMG 35HZ. I went with TBHZ because Thomann sell it with all the pots and cables made by EMG while the 35HZ is sold only with two screws and no pots. I wrote to EMG and they confirmed the magnets on the 35HZ and the TBHZ are the same ceramic bar magnets, only in different housings. Anyway, if one is going to install the EMG 35HZ, or any 35HZ sized soapbar for the matter, the cavity is already there under the Bronco pickguard, possibly requiring only a little adjustment.
  2. S.F.Sorrow


    Dec 6, 2014
    It looks like a couple of dealers have gotten this Mini P sooner than expected. It's currently in stock at Musik Produktiv in Germany and guitarguitar in the UK. Everywhere else they seem to be at least 2 months away.

    If this is basically a mini-Affinity it should be a decent instrument and decent value, unlike the Bronco which needs a ton of mods to lift it out of the cheap toy category.

    Personally I have no interest in a mini-Affinity in black or dakota red. If they had gone a bit more crazy with the finishes I might have considered one as a mod object but black and dakota? Not for me. It's not like it would cost them any more to spray them sonic blue, is it?

    But as an entry level for a beginner these look WAY better than a Bronco. With the skills needed to make a Bronco into a decent instrument it is actually one of the worst choices for a beginner IMO. The Bronco does have more potential for unique quirkyness (with the right owner) but the Squier line was sorely missing a proper entry level instrument for kids (and others too of course) and this looks a lot more promising.
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  3. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    This does indeed appear to be the case! The page says "in stock!" I'll be ordering mine next weekend, if all goes to plan!
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  4. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    The MIM Fender P-Bass Jr is 28.6 inch scale, with a strung-through bridge. It uses most short scale length strings. Short scale Chromes fit mine very well. The Squier Mini-Precision is 28.6 inch scale, with a top-load bridge. It needs shorter strings, probably similar to what the Ibanez Mikro can use.

    Fender P-Bass Jr -


    Squier Mini-P -


    Also, the Squier Mini-P has a tone control, which the Fender P-Bass Jr lacks. The Squier will be considerably less expensive than the Fender, which was about $450 new.
    Last edited: May 23, 2020
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  5. Shorty3


    Dec 25, 2015
    I totally agree with you. That is why I wouldn't be surprised if they are going to discontinue the Bronco.
    All in all Fender has covered all the price levels for short scale basses, they have the MIA and MIM Mustangs, then the Squier Mustang and now this Mini P bass. So no need to keep the Bronco in production.
  6. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Fender rotates this stuff in and out over time.

    I wish they had put just a Little effort into different colors or finishes. I would have picked one up for sure, even though I'm not even playing that scale these days.
  7. FinialBassist


    Apr 7, 2019
    The Mini Precision is back on Guitar Center's website, listed for preorder at $149.99. At price I'm very, very tempted.
  8. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    Oh, hey! Lookie what showed up today!
    This thread was what originally turned me on to this bass, and I just had to get my hands on one. €169 from Musik Produtiv.
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  9. Shorty3


    Dec 25, 2015
    Very nice! Congrats!
    How is the general feel and sound?
    How is the fretwork? Any neck dive?
    I am really curious, still couldn't find one to try in any shop where I live.
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  10. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    I played Li'l Red last night, and she plays just fine! My fingers overshot a few times, because my brain kept telling my fingers it's a 30" scale, rather than 28.5". But that went away after a few minutes, and was very comfortable to play.

    Soundwise, the factory strings are brightish, but do have some good fundamental. With the tone rolled all the way, it sounds almost slappy, with lots of frap.

    I was unable to find a dead spot, per se, although G# through C on the 4th string are a little thumpy/weak. This is probably string related.

    The frets are a little rough on the edges, and some buzzing occurs at the very end of the fretboard. For example, the bass break in All Right Now... the 19th fret buzzes.

    All in all, tho, despite the scratch in the finish, we are well pleased.
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  11. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
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  12. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Check out the back of the headstock and the tuners. Those are nice looking tuners. I like the smaller closed backs, not the giant traditional open backs. Nice.

    Squier Mini P Tuners.png
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  13. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    The tuners on mine are persnickety, and required many micro-adjustments before I got a stable tuning. Which didn't last. I plan on replacing them ASAP.
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  14. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Interesting. There will probably be several easy drop in replacements without creating new holes.

    I have replaced tuners on low end basses with Gotoh GB707s. Affordable and very nice tuners.
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  15. Shorty3


    Dec 25, 2015
    Thanks for your review!
    Did you experience any neck dive? Sorry if I ask but sometimes with short scales neck dive can be an issue.
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  16. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    :roflmao: Dunno. I've only played it sitting at this point. If/when I do, and have issues, you can rest assured that I'll post it.
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  17. Jared Houseman

    Jared Houseman

    Jul 5, 2018
    I'd hate to see the bronco go. Crappy bass for beginners but a fun project for those that like modding. It was basically a blank canvas and wasn't a plain p or j shape. I might grab one soon as a quarantine project. Maybe we will see a squire cv musicmaster in the near future.
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  18. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Just ordered a black one through Music Zoo on Reverb. I’m hoping it’s actually in stock, as it doesn’t say that it’s just a preorder.
  19. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    don't know if it changed, but at music zoo, both black and red say pre-order...
  20. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    It didn’t say anything on the Reverb listing about preorder. If I have to wait I guess that’s OK, more time to find new tuners and a pickup for it. I’m waiting for a body and neck from Warmoth at the moment, think it’s been about a month, getting antsy for a project to work on already.
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