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It's an ok bass. (Squier - MB-4 Bass)

By heads on fire, 30/12/2011
Made in China
Agathis body
C-shaped maple neck
Rosewood Fingerboard with 22 frets
P Bass split single coil
J Bass single coil
Pickup blend pot
1/4" output jack

UTILIZATION

Aimed at the budget or first time market, this MB4 bass from Squier is of decent quality. It gets a good sound for the price point, but the bass I owned had some minor neck problems out of the box. There were a couple of high frets, and this caused buzzing in some inconvenient locations. I made sure the bass was setup from a professional, but the buzzing didn't go away without some fret hammering work. That's not really a terribly big deal, but most people wouldn't know what to do to correct the problem. And it shouldn't have done that out of the box. Other than that issue, there were no problems. The neck played well after the setup and fretwork.

SOUNDS

The bass sounds good. It doesn't get a ton of different tones, but it does make some good ones. There is a good variety of timbres with use of the pickup blend pot. The P-Bass neck pickup had some good growl and warmth, and the J-Bass bridge pickup allowed me to get some good bright Jaco tones. Slapping especially sounded good on this bass, so it would be a nice funk riff bass.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, it's ok. It would have garnered better reviews from me if the bass had come with a good fretjob from the factory, but I understand that the company is making a very low-cost instrument here, and fretwork labor is one of the first areas that many manufacturers cut. My bass might have just been a fluke on the fretwork, to be honest, but to anyone seriously interested in this bass, I'd recommend playing the actual instrument as opposed to just ordering online.
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Squier MB-4 (Squier - MB-4 Bass)

By MGR/Ben Bourgeois, 01/02/2002
I recently purchased this bass through the Musician's Friend website. I was looking for a good beginner bass and this one had all the features i was looking for. I paid $179.99 for it, and shipping was only about $15.

The MB-4 is a great starter bass. It has both a P-pickup and a J-pickup, making it good for different styles of play. It is extremely light--lighter than most of my friends' electric guitars. The neck is fairly slim and is easy to play on. It has 2 tone knobs and 1 volume knob. The paint job looks pretty good, mine is cobalt blue metallic, but it is also available in pewter and black.

The pickups don't offer much tonal range. No matter how much adjusting you do you usually end up with a dull thud, which is not unbearable but annoying. That is my only real complaint about the bass, but it's understandable at the price.

The bass seems to be solidly built. The neck bolts on with 4 bolts but it still seems sturdy. The springs under the pickups are pretty weak--I tried to raise the pickups and only succeeded in taking out the screws. The strings rattled a bit but I raised them and it's fine now. Overall, it's a well made bass for the price.

The MB-4 is an excellent beginner bass. The price is great for what you get.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Squier MB-4 (Squier - MB-4 Bass)

By MGR/Anonymous, 30/09/2003
I traded my Ibanez gutir to my brother for his Squier MB-4 Bass. He got it at a local music store for $199.99. Which is a little more than he should have paid.

Nice slim neck and light agathis body.

Goes out of tune way to fast and strings have too much buzz. The pick-ups don't give you as much range as you would think but it is only a starter bass.

Constuction doesn't seem too bad. We have had it for 1 year and 7 months. Nothing has broken or came apart. No strings have broken either.

Ok starter bass. Pretty good for price. You will grow out of this bass quite quickly though.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Squier MB-4 (Squier - MB-4 Bass)

By MGR/Jeremy Read, 21/01/2004
My dad bought it for me from a local music store called Pecknel. I think it cost $180-200.

I really like the finish. It is called Pewter Grey Metallic with a Rosewood fretboard. It is unique and I was totally suprised at how nice it was. It has a P/J pickup configuration that produces nice tone. The neck is nice because it isn't really thick or thin, i find it good because i have small hands.

I really love this guitar. Call me biased because its my first but i love it. Its not the best bass in the world but i love it. I dont dislike anything about it.

The bass is really sturdy. I've crashed the neck against the wall a couple times and it hasn't done anything, it hurt the wall more than the bass. The guitar didn't even go out of tune. The neck is connected to the body by 4 screws and it is rock solid.

This is a good bass with overall great tone for any beginner. Its probably one of the best starters in my opinion.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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