#1
Hello there I have a question for you guys I'm looking to get another bass right now I only have a Washburn T24. I'm saving up money for a new bass and I'm wondering if I should get the Squier Vintage Modified P Bass the amber one or if I should save up my money for a real Fender.
#2
It depends on how much you want a Fender. If you mean a MIM Fender, you shouldn't have to wait very long; especially if you go used.
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#3
Real Fender = Mexican or American?
To be honest if it's the Mexican you want personally I would go for a Squier and mod the hell out of it (also because I just think that's way cooler ) but for an American you might want to save some pennies.
#4
The Squier VM P's and J's aren't far off the standard of the MIM Fenders and cost a damn sight less, leaving you some dollar left to invest in a bowel-looseningly good amp. And we all know that the amp is more important, right? Right.
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Last edited by Caustic at May 30, 2011,
#5
Definitely get the Squier or else you'll be waiting a long time to get a better bass. MIM Fenders are "meh" at best, solid construction but crappy pickups and hardware.

Get a Squier and mod it as you go along, if you care about what it says on the headstock then change that too.
#6
And another thing I noticed was that the colors on the Squiers look so much better then the MIM. Thank you guys for your input.
#7
Depends on the VM P you're after. I'd take a used MiM fender over the agathis ones, but I'd take a new maple one over a new MiM any day, and, depending on the individual bass's playability would probably take it over a lot of boring used ash MiMs.

All VM basses I've tried have had a nice fit and had good hardware/electronics. I just find the agathis and basswood onesl too light and toy-like compared to ash body basses.
The original maple jazz and P-bass are the heavy exceptions: I love my maple Jazz and it's a solid, weighty monster.


You can find used Mexican P-basses for $250 very easily anywhere stateside, so there's no real reason to save up more if you already have enough for a new squier bass. A few years of use isn't going to be detrimental to the bass.
#8
I sat in GC yesterday playing USA, MIM,
Squires, and so on.

I never played the Squier VM because
I thought I didn't want a maple body
and preferred a rosewood fretboard.

I finally picked up the VM. End of story.
Maple body is like honey.

None, I mean no way did any of the
MIN's even come close,







I am a happy camper,

Tabdog
Last edited by tabdog at May 31, 2011,
#9
Quote by tabdog

*porn pics*


Maple powers activate!!!!

I still stand by my assertion that the non-maple vms and cvs feel too light and wimpy. I was soooo excited about the vm jaguar when it came out, but could not find one anywhere that actually felt like a solid working tool, same experience more or less for the various CV basses.
#11
tabdog is that a new colour for squier, never seen one like that before
#12
Quote by cac1389
tabdog is that a new colour for squier, never seen one like that before


Answering for him, yeah its one of their newest models. a maple and transparent version of the olympic white and rosewood vintage modified P-bass. One of their best models, often on par with MIM fenders.
#14
Quote by cac1389
tabdog is that a new colour for squier, never seen one like that before


They call "it retro-styled custom amber finish". It's looks
like glossy varnish.

I think it is kind of new. I'm not sure when it came out.
It is a two piece soft maple body, Duncan pups and it
sounds as good as it looks.

Here's a link to the bass at GC where I bought it,

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-Vintage-Modified-P-Bass-105951990-i1535382.gc

Tabdog
Last edited by tabdog at May 31, 2011,
#15
That maple looks amazing way better then it looks on the GC website. If I get enough money I might just get a P and Jazz Squire just because I can't decide what one I would want more. I would also like to know if the pickups are Seymour Duncans or just designed by?
#16
Quote by Radtastic89
That maple looks amazing way better then it looks on the GC website. If I get enough money I might just get a P and Jazz Squire just because I can't decide what one I would want more. I would also like to know if the pickups are Seymour Duncans or just designed by?


The VM Squiers have Duncan Designed pick-ups.
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#18
They're Duncan designed, not actual after-market Seymour Duncans, but for the price range they sound very nice, better than the MIM stocks in my opinion. Much fuller, more defined tone.

My VM J is in the same colour scheme as tabdogs P and looks, feels and sounds all kinds of sexy. Pretty weighty mind, you'll want a good strap for gigs.
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Last edited by Caustic at May 31, 2011,
#19
Quote by Spaz91
Why the hate against agathis? Its just pale mahogany.



Where do you get that info? There are many species of mahogany and many of agathis, but the two don't ever overlap, they're two separate genus of tree as far as I know.

There's nothing wrong with agathis or, I just don't personally like them because they're both pretty darn light (very different from mahogany in that respect) and, therefore, don't feel very sturdy with a lot of classic bass body shapes. I think the issue is more noticeable for bass players who "hunker down" like most of those who prefer a bass, like the P, with a chunkier neck.
#20
Quote by cac1389
what are those pickups like tabdog?


Hay Cac,

That pickup simply over powers anything that the
stock MIM's had at GC. Like night and day.

I didn't even notice it had a Duncan Designed
PB-105 pup.

I was instantly blown away. Then I realized that
this pup is similar to the three quarter pounder.

It has the Dunkan thunder. It has a really cool
increase in treble. It turns a P into a bass that
has a cool slap and pop capability.

It has a nice bottom.

The mid is not as pronounced as a stock US
Fender split pole pup compared to rest of
the output of the PB-105 .

If you like the three quarter pounder, you will
probably like the PB-105's in the VM.

Tabdog