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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
An amazing value. Great sounding bass
By L.A. Sancho
An amazing value. Great sounding bass, I am glad Squier are really a different thing from the awful instruments we had back in the nineties. Really solid construction, this bass looks like it can withstand any kind of treatment. Great sound also, and it gets better when you change the original strings, the swap really brings the character in it. Any presentation is awesome but I especially like this natural color, you can see the 3 pieced body, but doesn't look bad at all. Only thing I don't like is that the position markers are painted on, but no problem whatsoever, I understand having real inlays would make this one more expensive. Similar string spacing with other basses, but this one has a very wide neck which makes it feel like a "man's instrument", unlike Ibanez basses, which have their 5 strings into a more tight space. I really enjoy this string disposition, lets you work between strings in a comfortable way. Take into account this one is HEAVY (maple neck and soft maple body), so get a good comfortable strap, because after a while, even if you are used to heavy basses, you WILL feel it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent guitar, but lacking QC big time!
By H B
Squier Basses are known to be nearly identical sounding than the much more expensive Fender basses!
However, there are plenty of Quality Control issues with these basses!
Out of the 3 basses I ordered online, (2 from Amazon), 3 of them were not in a perfect condition.
The first one had a broken hardware tuner. This was a PJ Jaguar bass. I know, different bass, but Squier nonetheless.
They ship their basses in a cardboard box from the factory, that's sealed, so the seller more than likely doesn't get to see the bass he ships to you.
But the hardware tuner of the D-string, closest to the edge, is often under a lot of stress from shipping, especially when shipping companies freight the bass upside down. The protection of the headstock and tuners is INSUFFICIENT for decent shipping.
ALL 3 of my basses had this problem!!!
MAJOR ISSUE that squier URGENTLY needs to fix on ALL BASSES it ships in this fashion!!!!
The other 2 were the modified Jazz Bass V.
One the tone pot was broken, and the neck adjustment screw was wasted after a simple, low force (2 finger) twist with the provided allen wrench.
The last bass had a HUGE chip of paint missing on the body of about 1 square inch!!!
Aside from these errors, when looking at the squiers under the loop, all of them have unprofessional defects.
Like the neck being off axis by 1 mm (1 mm too low or high mounted on the body, or too much forward).
It doesn't seem to be made by luthiers or even professional woodworkers, but rather by kids just coming out of school earning some pocket change, rather than professionals!!!
The protection guard is sometimes mounted uneven to the body; able to fit a nail between it and the body; the protection guard either slightly overlapping the metal tone and volume plate, or the neck...
You can see it's handmade with cheaper labor, when you have an eye for detail.
One bass had a tone knob falling off.
In instances of a broken tone pot, and tone knob falling off, these are issues that should have been seen by the factory QC guy!
The instance of the chipped paint, I could say was a transportation issue.
Considering this all, I would say to DEFINITELY buy this bass in the store, where you can visually SEE the bass.
My experience with purchasing Squier bass guitars online has been less than positive, and for that reason (MAJOR QUALITY CONTROL ISSUES!!!).
The bass guitar receives a 4.9/5 on sound quality, a 4.2/5 on looks, a 3.7/5 on finish. But the quality control issues mentioned above take off 2 stars from the total!
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Can't beat it
By Gary Eckman
I bought this bass in November of last year, I don't like reviews of items people haven't used much, how do they know if it's any good? Anyway, here goes. First, I am really impressed with the finish and the feel of quality with this bass, I honestly can't tell the difference in this or any other Fender. The finish is flawless. I did have to loosen 2 screws on the pickguard to release 1 small piece of sawdust that was trapped under it.The setup was good, stock Fender setup, I like the action a little lower (5/64ths) so I changed it, no big deal. The truss rod was set correctly, so that was it. The tone is classic Jazz Bass, you can probably find any tone you want with the controls. If you like the smaller neck of a Jazz, I don't think you can find a better guitar for this money.