What a NICE P Bass. I had to return the first one, however.
By: Matthew G. from Chilton, Wisconsin USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Quality on my second Squier Vintage Modified P Bass Amber is excellent, however I had to return the first bass received due to a chip at lower neck pocket. I've only had the bass for a few days, but playing the heck out of it and I do not anticipate any quality issues. My only comment, because this is a review, is that the tuners and knurled chrome knobs feel a bit cheap, and the wood body on the Squier is lighter than my 1991 USA P, you can slightly hear the warmth difference... but still a real value here, everything works as it should.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Features are exactly what I want in my P Bass...few to none. The Seymour Duncan split coil pick up's sound like my Fender USA P. No bs. I live for the sound of a P Bass thru my full stack Ampeg running thru my old trusty Yamaha PB-1 preamp. Tone, tone, tone.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
P Bass tone. Wonderful tone, tone, tone. This bass will rock, country, blues, punk, Indie, heavy metal, reggae...it's an all around "fit's in the mix" bass.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The amber coat over soft wood body is gorgeous. Nicely matched two piece wood body...happy to show off it's wood grain. Clean tight neck pockets and the pickguard is nice and flat. All the hardware was tight, did not have to tighten any screws, plug in feels solid. The satin maple neck is smooth, no rough spots. The headstock arrived with a very slight nick in the edge, but nothing I can't live with and I'm picky when purchasing a new bass. Note: I returned the first P Bass I purchased as it arrived with a small chip at the lower bout neck pocket. American Musical Supply made it right and still a pleasant experience. Overall a 9.9 out of 10 on the finish, only due to the nick in the headstock. I'm going to add more nicks to the headstock 'cause this bass is going to get played.