1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

What's the general consensus on the Squier Artist series?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sgroh87, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I'm in the market for a cheap-ish split coil P bass, but the current Classic Vibe seems to only be in stock at MF in Fiesta Red which doesn't do anything for me. There seem to be a lot of cool basses in the Artist Series, though, especially the upcoming Eva Gardner P (which comes in my favorite color combination). So are these artist series basses similar in quality to the VM basses? The CV? Hopefully they're better than the Affinity series, right?
  2. Malak the Mad

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

    I briefly had a Mikey Way Mustang. There was nothing wrong with the quality that I could notice. My problems with it were the sound (too monochromatic for me) and the feel of the body (too ass-heavy), which is a shame since I really liked how the neck felt. Ah well…live and learn.

    I would hope the Artist series would be better than the Affinities. One thing for sure, the James Johnston Jazz is pretty much a CV Jazz with a different paint job and pickguard, and there is no shortage of love for the CV's 'round these parts.

    If it's the color of the CV-P that bothers you (I know it would me…I'm not a Fiesta Red guy either) you might be in luck; there are new colors for the CV's right around the corner.


    The CV-P says "GOLD", but some of us here think it's going to be more of a BRONZE-GOLD. We'll all know more details when Fender decides to put a proper write-up on their website. I'm actually surprised they haven't by now, what with the new ones hitting the shelves in two or so weeks.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The Matt Freeman is a CV and is amazing.
  4. I was told this was the same bass as the 60's CV in every way but the neck.

    I own a 60's CV and it is a great bass. I wanted another but not another red one so I looked into the Matt bass, I couldn't deal with the neck BUT still a great bass for the right hands.

    I believe all the Squier artist series basses are VM and CV quality.

    I don't own a VM P but I own a VM Jag P/J and it is awesome. I have seen a couple VM P's on the inter-webz as well as P/J P's.

    Artist, CV and VM are all worth checking out. Stay away from the Pete Wentz bass as you will be made fun of. LOL.

    Happy hunting.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The Matt Freeman neck is personally my favorite part. Its thicker than the 60s P, and maple fingerboard of course.
  6. Octavio


    Sep 15, 2011
    Hawaii Kai
    I have a FrankenFreeman, that is, a Matt Freeman body with an '80s Squier Japan rosewood neck. It sounds fantastic. I bought the body on ebay so I don't have any experience with the necks that come with these basses. I had an extra neck lying around so I bought the body and stuck it on. With flatwounds it sounds very Motown thumpy. Lots of low end when called upon. I also own a white VM P Bass. It's nice but doesn't have near the balls that the Freeman does.
  7. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I'd spend a few hundred dollars more and buy a Fender.
  8. Fernando Costa

    Fernando Costa

    Aug 4, 2013
    CV series is better than the Affinities and VM series (IMO). I own a J Johnston CV, is a very impressive bass, better than cheapest Fenders.
  9. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Chris Aiken P is excellent, lightweight, easy to play w that smaller neck, however you may want to change out that mirror pg, & add a tone know--both are not show stoppers. The pickup is hot--I believe it's a SD quarter pounder or very similar. I regret selling it. Handsome w chrome 12762887333_d165abf82a.
  10. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I didn't care for the fret work. Sloppy on more than just a few frets
  11. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    VM all the way.
  12. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    If I didn't have much money to spend I would consider buying one. I think they are decent beginner instruments but I find the tone, craftsmanship and feel of MIA Fenders to be much better. Still good bass for the money though.
  13. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    No, you don't say!:)