Mike Dirnt Precision Bass review by Squier

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  • Sound: 4
  • Overall Impression: 3
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 2
  • Features: 3
  • Reviewer's score: 3.2 Poor
  • Users' score: 7.7 (34 votes)
Squier: Mike Dirnt Precision Bass
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Price paid: $ 249

Sound — 4
The Precision pickup sounds okay, but this is a one trick pony. If versatility in tone is your game, look elsewhere. It does not sound bad, It just does not possess much character, just your basic P Bass tone. Might be better with a set of upgraded pickups and potentiometers. As you can see from my review, everything from top to bottom on this bass is bottm dollar grade. What did I expect for the price, right? Well, a little more.

Overall Impression — 3
Meh. Don't waste your cash. This might be good for beginner who does not need a great tone, or an instrument that stays in tune all night. A good bass as a platform for many mods, could be better at that if they used at least an alder body, not Agathis, which cannot even hold a screw properly.

Reliability & Durability — 4
The two screws for the front control plate had fallen out, and the control plate had bounced around inside the box, creating a bunch of scratches next to the bridge. The Classic vibe series have better feeling necks, and finish. To get this beyond a bedroom axe, the pickups, tuners, bridge, will need to be upgraded, as it does not stay in tune for long. You get what you pay for. Save your money and buy the Fender version if the Dirnt is what you need.

Action, Fit & Finish — 2
Completely unplayable out of the box. High action, poor intonation, neck slightly misaligned. Had to adjust the truss, bridge, intonation, and loosen the neck bolts, and move the necks slightly to get the strings to line up properly. The two screws for the front control plate had fallen out, and the control plate had bounced around inside the box, creating a bunch of scratches next to the bridge. The fret ends are sharp, and will need to be addressed. It is a very uncomfortable neck for that reason. Wood shrinkage/fret sprout is worse on this than any other I have experienced. Lack of a tummy cut on the back make it somewhat uncomfortable to play.

Features — 3
Like the pickguard. The tuners are cheap, and do not hold a tune for long. The finish looks okay, but mine was scratched as the control plate screws on the front came out during shipment, letting it dangle and scratch the front of the bass up. I asked for a discount, and was allowed a small amount.

3 comments sorted by best / new / date

    FooFloyd
    What I don't understand is that it has Fender Precision Bass pick-ups, (the same exact pick-ups that you would get on a Fender Standard, Mexican or any other non-American) and people are hating the sound! Really, if it's a standard sound you want, this would be a cheap advantage on a Standard.
    sebthegerbil
    Thanks! I have been playing bass for about 4 months now, and i am looking to get this bass. I would just like to know, are the pickups anygood? I haven't heard anything bad about them, but i have the money to fit in a 'Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder P bass' pickup, but am wondering if it will be worth it Thanks man!