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    Squier Classic Vibe '60s Jazz Bass Guitar

    Web Item #SQU0303075

    Blemished, Olympic White
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    $299.95

    Overall User Ratings

    Overall:
    ********** 8.9 out of 10
    Quality:
    ********.** 8.1 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    *********.* 9.1 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    ********.** 8.2 out of 10
    Features:
    ********.** 8.2 out of 10
    Value:
    ********** 10 out of 10
    Sound:
    ********** 8.9 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    ********** 10 out of 10

     

    User Reviews for Squier Classic Vibe '60s Jazz Electric Bass


    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********8 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********7 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********9 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********9 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********8 out of 10

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    By a customer from msn.com

    Submitted: 2/19/2010

    Style of Music: Rock, Jazz, and Blues

    Experience: Player and Teacher

    "Yes, it's a Squier. But it made a believer out of me!"

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    Good Jazz Bass sound. The pickups (at least on mine) were pretty quiet, though. I played it back-to-back with my MIM Precision without changing any amp settings, and the P bass was way louder. So to play this bass I have to crank my amp up a bit. Not a big deal, but just so you know. Bridge pickup is a little weak, too. But good sound overall.
    Feature:
    The thumbrest is there out of authenticity, keeping with the "Classic Vibe" thing. It's cool to have on there, but not real functional. The bridge is actually pretty good--lots of metal and way better than the "bent steel" bridge on my MIM P bass. Did have a bit of tarnish on the bridge when I got it, but nothing a little metal polish couldn't fix. Standard Vol-Vol-Tone knobs. Basswood body has good sustain. Hope you like Olympic White, cuz that's the only color choice. Actually, with the tortoise-shell pickguard, I think it looks kinda sharp. And I'm not sure if the brass bridge saddles are better than the regular chrome ones, but they aren't worse, and do look cool.
    Ease of Use:
    This bass plays pretty easy. I like the lacquered neck--that vintage yellow is nice. Some people think it slows them down, but I haven't found that to be true. Mine needed only minimal setup out of the box: some minor truss rod and bridge saddle tweaks is all. The frets are "vintage" style--that means "smaller than you're used to." I had to adjust my playing a bit so that I didn't end up buzzing every note, but it didn't take long to get used to it. I actually kind of like the smaller gauge frets, because sliding up the strings doesn't give you that "dugga-dugga-dugga-dugga" sound quite as much. It's smoother.
    Quality:
    Good news: no major issues. The neck was seated properly, and the paint was fine. (Maybe not "awesome," but fine.) The electronics all work, and the output jack was screwed in securely, unlike some of the reviews of Squiers I've read. The tuners are decent, too. Mine all turned smoothly and have held their tune just fine. The stock strings are crap, but that's easy to fix, right? Bad news: minor finish flaws. There is a small spot in the lacquer right at the nut on mine. Looks like a drop of glue was there and didn't allow the neck lacquer to adhere properly. There was the aforementioned tarnish on the bridge metal. The stock strap buttons were installed with really small screws, too. I swapped them out for Marvel straplocks and had to enlarge the pilot holes for the larger Marvel screws, but I'm glad I did.
    Manufacturer Support:
    Haven't dealt with Squier.
    Value:
    Here's where this bass shines. I played lots of basses back-to-back at my local music store, and I found that this Squier sounds and plays just as well as the Fender MIM basses. Okay, so it's not better than the American Deluxes, but it is just as good as the Standard ones, and at just over half the price. Some things do need changing, like the strap buttons and pickups, but the important parts like the neck and body are just fine. For what you get, it's a bargain. (But no gig bag is included, so plan accordingly.)
    The Wow Factor:
    I used to be a huge Squier snob. Wouldn't even pick up one of the blasted things. But, on a whim, I played this one (and the Vintage Modified Jazz, also good) back-to-back with El Fendero basses, and I liked the feel and sound of this one more. I couldn't believe it. Was I actually liking a *Squier* better than a genuine Fender?
    Overall:
    This is not a $1000 bass, make no mistake. But if you are a beginner and want to get started right, or if you're a pro and need a good backup, or if (like me) you have a Precision and want to also have a Jazz Bass, this is a really good choice. I guarantee you it plays/sounds just as good as a Fender Standard (except the pickups are quieter, but those are swappable, right?). The neck is finished well, it's comfortable to play, and has that classic, bright, snappy Jazz Bass sound. You can thump and pop all day on this thing. Bottom line: It made a convert out of me, and I'm pretty darn picky. Minor cosmetic flaws aside, this is a nice musical instrument that I will be proud to gig with.
    Overall:
    **********9 out of 10
    Features:
    **********8 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********9 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********9 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********9 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********8 out of 10

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    By a customer from gmail.com

    Submitted: 2/1/2011

    Style of Music: rock/pop/soul

    Experience: active musician

    "Love it...but..."

    This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.

    Sound:
    I picked up alot of Jazz basses while shopping for a new bass. Loved the look (and price) of the Classic Vibe. When compared to a MIM Jazz, I thought the CV sounded just as good. When I picked up an American, I said to myself, "Oh OK...this is the real deal." Picked up the CV again, and it sounded just a bit thinner, as these are not the same pups as the American. Still sounds sweet,though!
    Feature:
    Bridge is so much nicer than the MIM. Tuners are fine.
    Ease of Use:
    I like the variety of sounds the pups can produce,solo or mixed. What I don't like is the soloed pup noise. It is bad and annoying, regardless of where you plug it in. Wish they had shielded the pups/cavity.
    Quality:
    Well put together. Fit and finish was great. Setup was not great,as expected. No big deal.
    Value:
    Great value for the money. So much better than the Affinity's I played. Worth the extra dough for the build quality and bridge. Wish they had shielded!
    Overall:
    I hope to keep this as long as I keep playing. Will definitely want to address the pickup noise issue. It's totally quiet with volume of each pickup the same, but I want to explore the possibilities of tone. Can't do it with this much noise when pup volumes and tone are less than equal. I know single-coil pups are noisy by design when not noise-cancelled. Could they have done the shielding and still offered it at this price? I don't know.
    Overall:
    **********8 out of 10
    Features:
    **********10 out of 10
    Quality:
    **********10 out of 10
    Value:
    **********10 out of 10
    The Wow Factor:
    **********10 out of 10
    Sound:
    **********8 out of 10
    Ease of Use:
    **********10 out of 10
    Manufacturer Support:
    **********10 out of 10

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    Submitted: 5/6/2009

    Style of Music: Anything but new music. Bleh.

    Experience: Active Musician

    "Vintage feel of a $1000+ jazz bass with an excellent sound"

    Sound:
    The sound on this beauty is great! The reason I give an 8 is because: the blended pickups together just sound good, not great. AND because when I use the pickups individually, they have an annoying buzzing noise. Overall, great for fingerstyle and slap and anything!
    Feature:
    Normal jazz bass wiring...tone pot not needed, as on all instruments...Glossy neck feels sooooo good, but gets sticky when sweat gets on it.
    Ease of Use:
    Easy to play, I guess.
    Quality:
    Feels handmade JUST for me. I will have this bass for awhile.
    Manufacturer Support:
    Haven't needed it.
    Value:
    A great bass from newbies to pros. Great value for only 300 smackers!
    The Wow Factor:
    VERY SEXY BASS
    Overall:
    Awesome product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best bass in the price range.
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