Thoughts on Squire C-Vibe Mustang as First Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mrtunes, Jun 26, 2020.

  1. mrtunes


    Jun 26, 2020
    The preface is I'm mostly a guitarist, and i'm mainly playing bass for tracks that are kind of Latin and Flamenco. The focus is on recording for now. I go direct into the computer and run Guitar Rig.

    During the lockdown I bought a Squire Affinity Jazz Bass and didn't really like the bright sound it produces. I also found it to be huge. Thankfully I was in the return window and have a Classic Vibe P-Bass on order (maple colour).

    When I did the return though, there was a C-Vibe Mustang Bass on rent (mint green). It seems fairly new, still has the round Fender sticker on it. I thought i'd give it a shot, and had a fantastic first jam with it. I use the app Drum Jam to put on some percussion and off I go. I guess the smaller size works for someone used to playing guitar. The sound reminds me of an old Ashbory bass I used to have. Almost like a Hoffner or dare I say some quality of an upright. Now i'm considering just buying this one.

    Yet it feels weird that I would get this as my first real bass compared to a P-Bass.
    Some of the pros in favour of this would be the playability, the unique sound, the ability to upgrade the pickups to a pair that has a P-Bass style tone.
    Cons against would be no solid place to rest fingers when plucking. Not the standard recording sound of the P-Bass. Possibly doesn't work well with flatwounds. Has a few buzzing on some frets but i'm sure that can be fixed over time.
  2. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Squier mini precision has thick ,huge and fat bass tone you looking for....​
  3. mrtunes


    Jun 26, 2020
    yeah i saw that is coming out soon, but judging by the price it looks like it will be of similar quality to the Affinity Jazz Bass that I really did not like.
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  4. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I've owned a Mustang since 2012. It has a thumb rest and flats. I like D'Addario Chromes, but I know a lot of Mustang owners like LaBellas. I always thought it sounds like a P-Bass only more thumpy, but I can't judge tone for you. Also, I don't play your style of music.

    My Mustang has worked well for me in a rock setting, and IMHO all your cons have an easy solution.
  5. Nothing wrong with it as a first bass, no. There's a lot more choice with short/medium scale strings these days, and if you feel the neck is more comfortable & the body is a better size for you, then why not? If you're worried about thumb rest, maybe check out Zero Mod and see if their rest would work for you.

    There's also the option of a used Fender PJ Mustang, maybe a used model for not much more cash - but you can get that classic Precision tone in a more compact package.