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Squier Standard P-Bass Special - Reviews Squier Black and Chrome Standard Precision Bass

I ordered it through Musician's Friend. It was about $220. I got it because this was when I was just starting out and didn't want to pay way too much.

This is a somewhat decent bass gutar. The neck isn't too chunky, but not too narrow either. I definitly like the way it looks. Also, I like the P/J pickup combination. This lets you play with lots of variation in the music you play. That's really it though. This a good bass for beginners, and only beginers. When I first got it, it was great, but after I got to be more experienced, it started to hold me back from reaching my full potential.

There's plenty I don't like about it now. When I first aquired it, I didn't care and just wanted something to play on. The frets were buzzing a lot. I fixed this for the most part with a little adjusting. Another thing is with the volume and tone knobs. They are always coming loose and falling off. Same with the strap locks. Every time I had my strap on they came loose, and eventually stripped the hole. Even though I like the P/J pickup configuration, you can get that on a lot of other basses. I was just got unhappy overtime with the sound that was being produced. Or maybe that was my amp. Whatever. Oh yeah, there's only 20 frets. I don't know about you, but i'm not a sit there, and follow the guitar around kind of guy. I need those extra 4 frets to work with.

The construction is very nice, I think. It's very durable, and believe me, I did give it quite a beating. I did drop it once pretty hard, and that took a little chunk out the side. But nothing that a little black electrical tape couldn't fix. The bolt on neck is of good quality.

The bottom line, well? Like I said before, it's a good bass for a beginer, and nothing more. If you just want something to play, this could be for you. If your looking to get a bass, and keep it for a while, then maybe not. And don't let my poor rating detour you if you are a beginner. You could buy it and keep it for a long time and be satisfied with it. That's up to you. But if you don't mind spending a little extra cash, you can get something that's still newbie friendly, yet allows you to become a bass monster at the same time.

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