MB-5 Modern Bass review by Squier

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (30 votes)
Squier: MB-5 Modern Bass

Sound — 9
I play lots of older Metallica, an Nirvana, and rock oriented music. I'm usely useing a Behringer amp with this and it's a pretty good mix. The bass itself has a very slight hum sound to it (but doesnt't affect the songs sound when playing), but very unnoticeable unless you're picky about that. The lows could be lower but still has a great quality expecially on the 5th string however you wanna tune it. The highs are its best quality expecially if you like bright an rich tones. It does have a distint sound in a good way (expecially if all you bass players wanna stand out).

Overall Impression — 10
This is a great bass for rock in general. It works well for grunge era an some of the older speed metal stuff I've been playing for two years and would take this bass over many other brand name basses for it's value, comfort, looks and overall play ability. This thing is pretty solid for any model or brand at it's price range. If your looking at that bass on the rack an are short a few buck, take this thing, I can almost garente you'll like this bass for it's feel an sound.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is amazing when you pick it up. Its neck is great an very easy to play on. I've been playing mine heavyly an consider it my main bass. The one thing it feel needs is better strap buttons, so don't use any straps with wide gaps or that have been on an previous guitars with larger buttons. This is great for practise or Live playing or even as a starter if you wanna start with a 5-string model. The finish is great an I don't have any chips or major scuffs aside from the back with always gets minor scuffs due to playing.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
It comes factory stock with "Fender Super 7250-5M guaged at .045 to .125. The controls knobs are knurled chrome dome, it has dot position inlays on it's 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, and 22 frets. Everything fits together nicely no looseness to rattles of any kind. But just incase for you picky ones if you wanna tighten your screws feel free.

Features — 8
Made in 2001, this indonesan made 5-string Squier bass has a 22 count medium jumbo frets on a maple, C-Shape neck (polyurethane finish) that all fits nicely with it's agathis, sleek contoured body. For colors, it's your choice of pewter grey metallic, black cherry burst (what I picked), black metallic, cobalt blue metallic, which all are a polyurethane finish. For the pickups you have 2 single coil Squier stock J style pickups. Control wise, you have 1 master volume, 1 pan pot, and 1 master tone located about 1 inch from the rear pickup to 1" from the saddle. The tuners are set up as 3-over 2-under Die-Cast mini tuners set up like some 5 string Fenders basses. When I got mine I dind't get any straps or strings or any kind of case but that's not to say your local music shop wont chip in.

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    Nice review. Have to point out i played one of these though and found it so clunky, though i dont know if that was just the way it was set up. Tbh it just felt like a less than briliant ibanez
    It's a light bass and it has really good balance. Mine has held up to some abuse and it still plays okay. It was first bass I bought and I now have moved up to a Dean Metalman and it isn't the same. I love my new Metalman.