#1
The Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Fretless, or the Ibanez SR300 Fretless Bass, both retail at 300 bucks, but overall, which do you think is the better value?

The Squire- bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Vintage-Modified-Fretless-Jazz-Bass?sku=519637

The Ibanez- bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR300-Fretless-Bass-Guitar?sku=580521
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#2
Depends what you want. The Ibanez has active EQ and 'buckers whereas the Squier is passive and has single coils. Both are good quality basses but I would go for the Squier because it looks superb and I like single coils. It all depends on what sound you want.
#4
I've heard that the new squiers are much better than the old squiers. I stArted out on a squier and i thought it was alright, so if its better than that,, i'd go for the squier.
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#5
This is like flippng a coin.

I own the SR300 FM (Its a P/J) and I love it.

But I have played the Squire frequently at the guitar store I work next to.

The Ibanez obv has different pickups then the squire but I like the ibanez more because it has a thinner neck and is a little lighter.

Both are great though
#7
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Depends what you want. The Ibanez has active EQ and 'buckers whereas the Squier is passive and has single coils. Both are good quality basses but I would go for the Squier because it looks superb and I like single coils. It all depends on what sound you want.

i think the ibanez has a passive eq and those are soapbars, not humbuckers.

to ts, i would go with the squier, they makes good instruments
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#8
I'm not sure if I'm right but doesn't the Squier have the plastic fingerboard?
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#9
^ they both have ebonol fingerboards

But I still stand by the ibanez. It's a fiver, and the neck feels great. They have less of a hit-or-miss in terms of quality, where as Squiers tend to be finnicky. Some play like an MiM, some play like a squier. But again, just that slapping issue with the string spacing. You can do it, it's just trickier
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#10
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Fretless pears.
#11
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I bet the Ibanez sounds and feels better.


I wouldn't just assume that Ibanez is automatically better than Squier. Both have Agathis bodies, Ebanol fingerboards, maple necks (OK maple and rosewood for the Ibanez but close enough), and similar neck profiles. The only thing better about the Ibanez is the 24 fret fingerboard and somewhat better bridge. They're practically neck and neck. I'd go try out both and decide. BTW, I've never used the Ibanez, but most guitar stores have that squire, so I've played it a bunch of times. They're quite good for the price actually.
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#12
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Fretless pears.

apples foo.

depends on your own taste, if you want to sound like Jaco, however, the VM is the way. no wanna be Jaco? the Ibanez.
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#13
I have played both of these, though, they were out of completely different rigs so i can't give you an oppinion on sound. All I can tell you about is how they feel. The Ibanez neck is a little slimmer, at least, that's how it felt to me. And it was also ALOT lighter. The squire is smooth and plays good as well, and though it's a little heavier, it's not enough to change my mind. Both are very balanced in my oppinion. Like it has been said before, it comes down to what you want. Both are solid. Whichever sound it is you want, or whichever look, you should go for.
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#14
Ibanez all the way! I just bought a Ibanez SRX and you can tell a huge quality difference between Ibanez and squier. I compared the two at guitar center before I bought and they are worlds apart.
#15
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i think the ibanez has a passive eq and those are soapbars, not humbuckers.

to ts, i would go with the squier, they makes good instruments


OK, Humbucker refers to a style of pickup with two coils. A soapbar is simply a specific type of humbucker, like a P90 is a type of single coil. Also, most Ibanez basses are active. A passive EQ is a very rare thing. About the only bass Ive seen one on is a G&L
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#16
both companies suck get over it maybe squier has some nice models near the 350 400 dollar range
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#17
I personally prefer single coils with a fretless bass but everyone is different. try them both and decide. they're both good basses for the money.
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both companies suck get over it maybe squier has some nice models near the 350 400 dollar range


I don't think you really know what you are talking about. Ibanez have some of the best starter basses around and lower model squiers are also fairly good.
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I don't think you really know what you are talking about. Ibanez have some of the best starter basses around and lower model squiers are also fairly good.

Amen to this
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#21
Having played them both (clearly most of you haven't) there's no clear winner. You really have to try them yourself and see which one grabs you. They're both great basses for the price.