I just bought a new Squier VM Telcaster Bass Special in blonde. 299 at Guitar Center online I have owned about 15 basses in my lifetime. Playing off and on since late 70's. This is my first impressions and I will update this later and add some pics if anybody wants to see it. I love the look of this bass and was intrigued with the pickups and how it would sound. It arrived needing the truss rod tightened and the bridge pickup looked like someone went on break in the middle of installation. After a few minor adjustment tweaks it was ready to go. There are also sections on the body that the darker wood is bleeding thru. I kind of like this flaw? The sound: I took it to practice and I turned the mids on my amp all the way down, bass and treble all the way up. Sounded fat and creamy sort of like a Gibson SG ( I owned one for a short time). The only setting I liked it on was the 2 pickup selection. Neck pickup too muddy by itself. If it didn't have the single coil bridge pickup this bass would be going back. It brings the tone alive combined with the neck pickup. The sound really cut thru the mix as good as any bass I have ever played. Playability and balance: This dude is heavy. Probably 10-11 pounds. Balance though is excellent. No lean or neck dive at all. This is the first time I have played a maple fretboard in 30 years and I really liked it. Neck felt very easy to play and did not feel like a short scale bass. Body shape works on this bass. Thanks if anybody has questions or comments please post.