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User reviews on Squier Jazz Bass products

Nice tone and well made but a little heavy bass. (Squier - Vintage Modified Jazz Bass)

By fredolee16, 17/02/2015
I bought my first one back in 2006 with the Duncan Design pickups. After a heavy use in my band and in Church, I sold it for whatever reason. I made setups for some friends in my country and I already worked with couple of this one again and of course after my setups, I play them to check them. This bass is well made and very versatile for every kind of music but are strong in the slap and pop. In the couple of this basses that I had fix, I find a common problem. First, the factory setup was horrible and very high action. It's a little hard to set up a low action without have fret buzz especially down the 12 fret or above. This could be a problem for those who has a very hard touch when they play. Not a problem if you light your touch or use a proper technique but they buzz a little bit. Third, they are heavy. First and second issues can be fixed with some setups. Third reason could be an issue especially if you play several hours or have back problems like me. Overall is a nice funky bass.
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Fender sound without broke my wallet (Squier - Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '77)

By fredolee16, 02/02/2015
I use to fix, buy, sell or trade instruments basses and some bass equipment for hobbie. But off course, I always have my personal arsenal. I really love two sounds. One is the percussive Musicman Stingray sound and the other is the classic Fender Jazz bass sound. For my hands passed four MIM jazz basses, two USA jazz basses, theree MIJ jazz basses and off course, lot of Squiers. Yes, I write a lot but when you have the opportunity to own or try many basses, then you can compare fair. I start telling you that this is not a USA bass. You will find some cosmetics details in some of this basses that you should not find in a USA bass but this is not the rule. I saw many high end basses with tons of terrible details. In terms of paint my bass was OK but not perfect. About the settings, factory action was OK but I love low action so I made my personal setup at home. I can have the low action that I want and have no fret buzz at all. This bass is very light but not feel like a toy so I can play two hours without hurt my back. (I have back spasm). Body is light but doesn't have neck dive witch is great. The most beautiful part of this bass is the neck. Great feel and excellent fret job. Sound is fantastic. I change the strings to my preference too. I put the pickups a little closer to the strings and have a great output sound. I add a baddass bridge to it, but don't get me wrong, stock bridge works find and has good sustain. It was just my personal preference. IF you like the sound and feel of a fender jazz classic sound, and don't have problems like some friends of mine with the "Squier" name on the headstock (the sound is in your hands anyway), you should try this one before broke your wallet with a USA model.
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Very good for the price (Squier - Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V)

By tonikil, 23/07/2014
Made in China but it is not seen ...

Channel and maple fingerboard 20 frets.
Maple body.
The color is a matter of taste.

Single coil Duncan Designed Jazz Bass good.
1 volume for each pickup and a general tone of standard quality.

UTILIZATION

Channel Lumberjack 5 strings but requires no gene in the comfort of game
Heavy enough to play standing but not insurmountable.

Access to the latest proper frets as on all Fender Jazz Bass like.

One branch is closed nickel tone. You must love the high mids intermediate tone. If you have the misfortune (or happiness) to turn the tone background we get a sound to Marcus Miller or Pastorius: love it or do not like, it is still necessary to have 1/10th of their talent to start enjoy.
To slap it's ideal.
If severe rope sounds good and can address all styles and different thanks to its extended range.

SOUNDS

Suitable for all styles but more comfortable on the Pop, Funk, Jazz Funk fusion and even reggae.

Its very basic medium tone and closed mid-high open with the maple fingerboard, very incisive slap tone.

Whatever the amp sounds good from a 100 w.
Closed very nice tone. The sound of the string If serious.
I almost never use the tone fully open because too steep for me.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a year, 5 very honest strings bought € 365 new.

Many other models of the same price and even more expensive ones have a rope If serious rotten.
Count double or triple the price for nine more.

The 5th string is really a plus for some styles and avoids disjointed and change tunings.

The quality is there for the price no problem.

I remake this choice without hesitation because I think this is the only 5-string bass that sounds in this price range.
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Buy it! (Squier - Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s)

By YuriW, 21/07/2014
My one has a basswood body with a very well made polyester finish, C shaped maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays. It has two single coil pick-ups, one volume knob for each of them and one tone knob for both. Chrome hardware and that cool tortoiseshell pickguard. It looks exactly like the american model, if it wasn’t for the name on the headstock no one could tell the diference by looking.

I am not really a bass player, haven’t used it in any serious gig. I use it mostly to produce videogame soundtracks at my home studio (because there I can always fix stuff later :) , so have played some diferent styles with it. Needed a versatile bass for that and bought one from a friend when he wanted to upgrade his setup.

UTILIZATION

This bass is very ‘easy’ to play: its light enough so you can play it for some hours before feeling it’s weight (get a good strap, it makes a huge diference!). It is also very ergonomic, no weird corners bothering your forearms or belly while playing. If you use your strap in a reasonable height it is very easy to reach the high notes. I also like the neck, it is a bit thinner than the precision basses, if you also play guitar I think it’s easier to adapt to this one, but if you like to play those superfast slap lines a thicker neck might be better.

The vintage style tuning machines do their job well and the whole instrument is very well built and finished.

SOUNDS

I think it sounds really good and close to its original american cousin. You can go from funky lines to walking bass to sabbath with the same instrument, adjusting only the pickup volumes and the settings on your amp. More of the bridge and you get those nice high-mids that can make you be heard in a loud rock band, more of the neck and it gets fuller and smooth for some jazzy lines. Its pretty cool to explore how many possibilites you can have with only three knobs - and maybe a pick if you like them to play bass.

OVERALL OPINION

This combination of versatility and price is absolutely perfect if you're looking for a first instrument (or a first bass if you already play something else) and don't really understand what you want from one. It is also absolutely worth it to invest in an instrument like this: change its pickups, for example, and you’ll have a bass that you can probably keep and get great sounds of for the rest of your life.

But even if keeping an instrument for the rest of your life is not your plan, you can still learn and do a lot with one of these Squier Basses. I really wish that the cheaper instruments where this good when I started playing.
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