Price paid: € 155
Purchased from: Thomann
Sound — 8
Playing the bass through my Laney RB1 amp at the moment. Swapped a Seymour Duncan SPB-3 pup a few months back. As stock the bass didn't sound too bad, and now with the Seymour it's tonally rather nice, yet maybe not 100% as I'd like it. A bit one-sided, you could say, only cos there's just the single pickup and wish I'd have a more versatile/powerful amp to punch in more varied EQ settings. Using Rotosound RS77LD flatwounds and they provide me with needed brightness, yet the flatwound fundamental and way decreased finger noise. Anyway, the P Bass tone is what this bass delivers nicely and that I can't take away. Great sound.
Overall Impression — 8
Had a few choices in the matter when was still deciding on what bass to buy (in '09), but went with the Squier and don't regret it (too much). What a fine beginner bass, and not that awfully expensive either. The Squier surely isn't flawlessly crafted, at times the slight cheapness shows through and make sure you get a good, well-playing individual. Still, at this price range, below 200, can't think of any other choices to win over this sound, this growl and this overall tone. It's such a distinctive tone and I simply love it. Still, some variety couldn't hurt... looking forward to my next bass. :)
Reliability & Durability — 7
Haven't got much experience from this area, but the bass seems well-constructed enough to handle home playing (duh), not sure about live performances, probably not if you go bashing the bass onto... things and throw it around. Seems quite solid for now, probably won't be taking this to any gigs anytime soon.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Decided to choose the Metallic Blue finish, as the other ones were at that moment more expensive at Thomann. Haven't regretted the colour, it looks neat when light hits it and the sheen is certainly something to admire. Have so far changed a black, mirror pickguard and a silver sticker to make the bass look more sechsy. The rosewood fingerboard looks decent, although I'd personally want a maple one for the more flush looks it has. Everythings seems decent enough on the surface, yet the neck seems to have some dead spots or whatnot. Could also be my (shitty?) set-up skills, but sometimes some notes seem to suffocate in an annoying way. Not too audible as long as you stay on the 3-5 first frets, but from above that the notes seem to lose their crispiness if I play in my usual style (low action, strings hitting the frets etc). But, what can you do, I might take the bass to a proper setup in the future to see if there's something truly wrong. Up til then, I'll manage...
Features — 7
This bass was bought from Thomann, brand new in late May, 2009. 20 medium jumbo frets, 34 scale, alder body and such, haven't really owned any basses before so can't compare the neck's playablity to any other basses, seems nicely playable though and not at all as thick as you might guess. Maybe after playing on a Jazz bass this neck probably feels gigantic, but as said, I personally can't compare this to any other basses. So, find out for yourself if the neck suits your playing needs. Personally I'm fine with this neck's profile. For now. Otherwise, the bass isn't spoiled with an awful lot of features; just a passive split-coil pickup system with tone/volume knobs, nothing else. Also got the (crap) Fender strap to begin with, a Laney RB1 amplifier plus other minor items. As so, nothing special here.