#1
I've been trying to sell my Squier VM P for awhile now. I had a garage sale today and sold my old crate combo (which sounds very nice outdoors btw). While this kid was playing my VM P I was thinking about how happy I was to take it out of the box and hold a bass for the first time.

It's no longer for sale. I was going to sell it for $150 but for $150 I think I'll keep it.

So I think I'm going to give it some upgrades. New pots, new pickups, new bridge, new tuners and a set up. I'm pretty excited. Out of all my basses the VM P is the only bass I have a "connection" with. I'm very glad I didn't let it go.


Thank you for reading my corny wall of text, if you have a suggestion or any tips for changing pickups and pots please reply
#3
If it's your first bass then you definitely need to keep it, just because of sentimental value. For fun I replaced my first bass's knobs with beer bottle caps.
#4
I will never let go of my first bass, even though it's a POS BC Rich. My fingers were red raw after the first day I got it. I don't know about upgrading that Squier so extensively though...
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#5
I once thought about selling my first bass, then I realised how much it really meant to me. Now it hangs on my wall in the exact state it was in when I first got it and it'll stay like that forever, I'm never going to change anything on it because I see it more as a sentimental object rather than a usable instrument, it's probably the wrong way of looking at it though .

I'd splash out on some Lindy Fralin pickups and get some knobs shaped like dice if I were in your position though.
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#6
I've got a bunch of Warwicks and a vintage Stingray, and still I keep my MIM Jazz 4-string. It was my first "real" bass and we've been through too much together for me to say goodbye to it.

As far as upgrades, get a Lindy Fralin pickup, a better bridge, and some fresh strings? New pots and tuners would also be a plus from the weak Squier stock equipment. You may also want a new nut. I lucked out with my MIM Jazz; my dad is a luthier and made me a custom nut from vintage bone. It really makes a difference!
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#7
My first bass was a terrible Harley Benton Jazz. Was absolutely crap. So I sold it.

The knowledge that I was helping another person to learn an instrument and gain joy out of it, then sadness and depression when they discovered how awesome I am, was too good to pass up.
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#8
a store on ebay sell parts and I'm thinking about getting the 08 USA P Bass CTS pots, pickups, tuners, and knobs. It would be fairly inexpensive and a heck of a lot better than the stock parts. Probably a Gotoh bridge. If I can get all of that I will be a happy girl

I'd love to get a Lindy Fralin pickup, if I can't get the ones from the ebay store I'll think about it.

I plan on having them put on a new nut when it gets set up.
#10
^ dude, do not defret it. I did that to a project bass I got from my school for free (the music teacher said that the repairs would cost $300 for the $100 squire p-bass). I tried defretting it. Granted, I'd only been playing for a year, but I a few months ago I realized that I still couldn't play a fretless. Because you already have a deluxe active p, you should try to make this as different as possible to it. Put on a badass bridge, possibly a hipshot D-tuner and either a quarter pounder p-bass pickup or a dimarzio will power middle pickup (I'll admit to having reason for the latter recommendation, as I've always wanter to try one out)
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#11
hey Lady G you should get some badass bridge and some seymour duncans pups

and about the bass I think you made a good choise to keep it because its your first bass simple as that
#12
Get the Quarter Pounders, you won't regret it.

After 16 years, I still have my starter bass, the ol' AccuBass. I think I'd sell the Ibanez before I got rid of it. And its my mod project as well.

It was a Christmas present from Mr. Tam, totally and absolutely unexpected.
#13
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I've been trying to sell my Squier VM P for awhile now. I had a garage sale today and sold my old crate combo (which sounds very nice outdoors btw). While this kid was playing my VM P I was thinking about how happy I was to take it out of the box and hold a bass for the first time.

It's no longer for sale. I was going to sell it for $150 but for $150 I think I'll keep it.

So I think I'm going to give it some upgrades. New pots, new pickups, new bridge, new tuners and a set up. I'm pretty excited. Out of all my basses the VM P is the only bass I have a "connection" with. I'm very glad I didn't let it go.


Thank you for reading my corny wall of text, if you have a suggestion or any tips for changing pickups and pots please reply

It's so easy.

I was 13 when I changed my neck, electronics, shielded the cavity, pickguard, and pickups on my squier.

the knob was smaller than a pot so I tried hammering it lol.

That got messed up, and I fixed it with my pliers.

If a little douchebag can do it, you can.

Good luck.
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Get the Quarter Pounders, you won't regret it.

After 16 years, I still have my starter bass, the ol' AccuBass. I think I'd sell the Ibanez before I got rid of it. And its my mod project as well.

It was a Christmas present from Mr. Tam, totally and absolutely unexpected.

Oh I got quarter pounders, the wire ripped immediately.

No biggy since I had to solder them to the pots anyway, but still, terrible craftsmanship.

The sound ain't too special either, unless it's my strings.
#15
You're the first person I've heard complain about that issue...hmmm.

My bass is all maple and it gave them a huge punchy sound. Mine you, I also replaced all of the pots and wiring at the same time. Fralins are great as well, but a bit more cash than I wanted to throw into a starter bass.
#16
I say De-fret and epoxy the fingerboard. And thus once again prove girls can match it and indeed surpass us guys. You go Girl!!

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#17
I recently rewired my starter bass. Living in Australia, quality pickups are either not available, or more expensive than the bass itself.

I got Fender Original pickups and CTS pots. I sat down a few days ago and soldered all of it up. Trial and error as i was losing my bass rewiring virginity, went off without a hitch though. Plus it sounds like a completely new bass!

Give it some new pups and a good setup and see how you go from there, you may decide that it's good enough and doesn't warrant spending any more cash on.

All the best,

Dave.

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#18
You should definately get the Quarter Pounders.
Also, am I the only one here who no longer has their first bass?
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