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Item Reviews for: Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V 5 String  -  FEN 0326760 LIST

AMAZING
By: Hector      Submitted: 9/6/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? I ended up picking up this bass at a local music store in upstate NY. After seeing how beautiful it was and how it was so close to the Fender Jazz bass, I figured let me see how this baby sounds. I plugged it up and immediately fell in love. This is my first Fender/Squire bass in a long time (25 years) that I got to try out. Well I bought the thing and haven't been able to but it down. Sounds is amazing and worth every penny I've invested. Not matter if you play Jazz, Rock, Funk, OR SALSA, this is the only bass you'll ever need. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? Bass is built nicely. Sound is amazing right out the box regardless of what amp you have. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? Bass is ready to gig with. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? At first the bass felt a bit heavy but you don't realize the weight after a few minutes of playing it. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? The tone is perfect for whatever style of music you play. If you're a bassist that connects every style of music to make your own style, this is a must. You'll probably not want to use any other bass that you may own. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Paint job looks good. I personally look for sounds more so than appearance. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? This is a steal. If you were to buy the original Fender Jazz Bass, you'll be paying over $1K. This is worth the investment without breaking your wallet. Playability How was the action out of the box? This bass sounds so awesome that you may never want to buy another bass ever. I'm loving mine.
Great bass
By: Chris P from New York, NY      Submitted: 6/5/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? Great bass for the money, not a perfect 10 by any means but more than you'd expect for the price. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? So far the bass has been solid, I've gigged with it a few times now and it's still in one piece! Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? The neck is pretty solid, the body is good enough. The pickups are "Duncan Designed" they sound pretty similar to the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders, only a little thinner and they distort a little more when you run them full open. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? It's comfortable, definitely not a light guitar by any means. The neck is really comfortable for a five string. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? The tone is there, it's got decent woods to work with; the pickups need to be upgraded and it will probably be a 10 for 10. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I'm not crazy about the blank wood look and there's not really wrong with it, I'd just prefer a solid paint job. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? For the price it's way better than I was expecting, it's definitely on par with the MIM Fender jazz bass. Playability How was the action out of the box? Out of the box there was a horrible hump in the neck and I had to adjust it to even hear it; I've never had that experience before so I'm just going to chalk it up to being a fluke. A few turns on the truss rod and it was good to go.
Probably Squier's Best Bass
By: Jerry Thurston from Katy, Texas      Submitted: 5/10/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? This is the best bass Squier offers. I've been using it as my primary gigging bass for almost a year now, and other bass players have been commenting on it as well. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? I'd put this thing up against any of Fender's Jazz Basses of any era, any country. I mean, MIA basses have an edge over it in the quality department, but I've played all of them, and the differences are miniscule. For a bass that wasn't hand-made in an American shop, this is as good as it gets. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? I especially love the maple fretboard, which isn't all that easy to find at this price point, and the black neck binding with white position markers. And by the way, a previous reviewer said the block inlays are painted on - well, they're NOT. At least, not on my bass. The "Duncan Designed" pickups are a little hot, which I thought was awesome when compared against other Squier models. But I never did swap them out, and they're working just fine. A pickup upgrade wouldn't have hurt, but one I practiced with these a few times I was happy with their sound, so I kept them. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Overall it's a bit on the heavy side, as it's a 5-string Jazz Bass. If that's a problem, you can also get the 4-string one and swap them out onstage. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? This bass has a bright and precise sound that you have to hear to appreciate. The way the brights and lows accentuate each other is better than on most Fender Jazz Basses, in my opinion. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The only thing I'm not absolutely in love with on this bass is the yellowish tint of the finish. On the Fender American Deluxe, which looks a lot like this bass but costs semething like $1700, they used a clearcoat finish to bring out the natural wood grain. On the Squier, it's some kind of vaguely yellow or orange color that still looks good, but but as good as the much more expensive Fender American. Of course, at this price point, this is probably the best finish available. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? Got wayyy more than I expected for a sub-$400 bass. It's an unbeatable value. Playability How was the action out of the box? Low and perfect. I took it to my tech anyway and had him check it out. Your mileage may vary when it comes to out-of-the-box playability, but I got really lucky with this one.
Good value for the money but needs aftermarket mods
By: ptp from NYC      Submitted: 11/30/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Overall I'd say, at this price point, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? It is exactly what it sells itself as - a proper jazz bass. General Your general opinion of this product. Overall, this bass offers value. I'd buy it again. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Tone is as noted previously. Jazz tone, the expected single-coil hum, but not spectacular. A pickup upgrade will definitely be in order. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Quality; even and attractive with no flaws or errors appreciated. The blocks and binding are painted on, rather than inlaid however, the look is good.
Impressive
By: Christopher Downey from Baton Rouge, LA, USA      Submitted: 1/16/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Seems to be well put together. Time will tell. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Well built and not thrown together. The maple fretboard and the block inlays make it look really high end. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The tone is not quite as bright and pristine as the american, but I think a pickup change out may fix that. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Looks great! The only noticeable difference between this and the American is the clear coat on the neck and fretboard.
Very Good Bass for a Squire.....
By: Vince from Southeastern MI, USA      Submitted: 1/5/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It appears to be on par, if not better, than my MIM Fender. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The Duncan designed pickups are not bad at all. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Tone is good. Good body and sustain. Nice lows. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Finish is great. Nice grain pattern, no flaws in the wood.
AWESOME bass, for the price :-)
By: Josh from Greensboro, NC, USA      Submitted: 9/30/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Good construction. ...decent components. I think the pickups sound OK. When I have the opportunity, I'm going to change them out for some Bartolini 59J1 noise canceling jazz pickups for 5-string J-bass. The bridge is fine, though I prefer more mass than this "industry standard" 5-string bridge. I may change it; I haven't decided. The electronics cavity is clean, with good soldering on the pots, jack, and other joints. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Very nice features for the price of this bass. It is virtually identical to the Fender Standard Jazz 5, with the exception of the body wood and pickups. Pickups are easy enough to change if I decide to, and I happen to really like the sound of a soft maple body on a bass guitar. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Great finish. Flawless clear coat finish on soft maple body. Sweet binding and blocks on fingerboard.
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