Wait what? That's a Fender Squire??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dmas81, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. dmas81

    dmas81 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Guys and Gals, I'm very curious if anyone has recently played the newest Squier Fender Jazz? I know I said Squier, but stay with me here.

    I'm a 20 year plus bassist and always considered Squier an entry level bass that is far below my dignity, however......I was in a music store last night and played every American Fender Jazz he had on the wall (3-4) and then just so happened to decide to grab a blonde Squier jazz with a maple fret board and those beautiful rectangular fret markers as you would see on a Marcus Miller. I could not believe the tone and feel. It completely blew me away. Now mind you I have 3 other basses of quality so I was highly amazed when it was easily out-toning my Ernie Ball Musicman HH and my American Peavey Cirrus.

    So get this, I contacted Fender on the spot and asked them what about that bass that sounded so good. The gentleman asked for the serial number and then stated that I was playing one of their new Fender Modified 70's Jazz Squiers. He went on to say that Fender just updated them and are now providing them with a more classic pickup style called "Fender Designed" that is supposed to mimick a '62 with AINiCo magnets.

    Anyway I've rambled long enough but I gladly bought that $500 dollar blonde and I'm almost convinced I won't be playing any of my other girls for a while. If you haven't tried one you should!!!!
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2015
  2. Malak the Mad

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

    There have been some recent, game-changing years for Squier. In 2008, they unveiled the Classic Vibe series who's level of quality has been enough to make some think twice about overseas-produced instruments, not to mention sparking many a vicious debate on those fronts. Then, in 2013, they dropped the "Duncan Designed" pickups for "Fender Designed" ones, created a few new models and started adding a glossy neck finishes to some.

    To be a bit more specific, it sounds like you grabbed a "Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass". But for $500? Are you in the U.S. or elsewhere? Here in "The States" they go for $300 and $330 for a five-stringer.
  3. Squier.......not Squire!!!!!!

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  4. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Squier VM is the shiznit of the Squier line IMHO.
    I wouldn't be ashamed of having one as my main bass.
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  5. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    You've been on TB since 2006 and only just heard about VM Squiers?
  6. SpasticTastic


    Dec 22, 2012
    A lot of people here, myself included, are actually pretty big Squier fans. They picked up their game quite a few years ago and are some of the best basses for the money.
  7. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    One of these things is not like the other.
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  8. I had a similar experience with a Modern Player Jaguar. It was used $240.00- in very good condition. But I was very impressed with the way it played and the sound. It good to see that a company like Fender is putting out good quality instruments at very affordable prices.
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  9. leonard


    Jul 31, 2001
    They can sound and play great. The hardware is often of lesser quality. It might not stand up to constant gigging. A broken truss rod is a problem. Been there.
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  10. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    There are real differences in quality between Squire and MIA, maybe less so with MIA. The real question for buyers these days, is what makes an MIA worth twice the price of a Squier? Is the construction, electronics, and fit/finish really twice as good? That's a tough one to argue, I don't see it, but obviously others do. Since many of the parts are made in the same Indonesian factories, you have to decide how much that pretty headstock decal is worth to you.
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  11. felis


    Jul 31, 2013
    Midwest, USA
    Yep - I'm wondering too. Just did a quick search for that and every place in the US is selling the 4 strings for $299 - before any discounts.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2015
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  12. StraffordMike


    Apr 25, 2015
    I bought a JAZZ VM-V about a month ago and my G&L is getting really dusty.
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  13. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    I'm late to the Squier party. And I'm at that stage of life where I can afford to buy pretty much anything I want. And I already own (or have owned) most of the big name majors. But I've bought three (2 CVs plus 1 VM) Squires this year, and I will probaby get a Matt Freeman Precision before I'm finished.

    I think they're unbeatable for what they are - Fender style basses. Which is to say they're not just good basses "for the price." They're very good basses period.

    Like Bill Shatner said in that old TV commercial: "You could pay a lot more. But why?"
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2015
  14. Rickengeezer


    Feb 25, 2005
    Central Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Steve Clayton Accessories
    Here is a Squire Fender:

  15. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    There's a lot of love for the new Squiers around here. Quiet a few arguments, too, because there's no way they can possibly compare to their Fender cousins, right?
    I tried quite a few Vintage Modified Jazz basses (I really like the one you chose) before I decided on the Classic Vibe Jazz. Everyone who tries mine can't believe the playability and the sound!
    By the way, the board "rule" demands you post a pic.
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  16. AdamK


    Jan 24, 2015
    Yeah man. I've got a Squier VM P-bass with Lindy Fralins and it looks and sounds amazing. White body w/ tort pick guard. I have a picture but I don't like the resolution so I'll try to take another one soon and post it.
  17. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    That're both blonde. I don't see the difference. Prince Valliant there might need a wider strap; he looks pretty heavy, but otherwise they seem pretty similar to me, Squire.
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  18. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006

    Is it just me or does Chris look like he's in pain? :smug:

    Note: I'd also bet he sounded just like he usually does despite playing a Fender.
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  19. Do we always have to have these freaking comments? don't put people down for their choices. There is more to it then a pretty decal
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  20. yeah the VM squiers are absolutely fantastic played a friends tonight a fretless Pbass it was awesome!!
    does anybody know if the jazzes use Alnicos?