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The Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s is an electric bass guitar that has all of the deluxe elements its Fender big brother did when first introduced in the 1960s: groovy offset waist design, narrow ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s is an electric bass guitar that has all of the deluxe elements its Fender big brother did when first introduced in the 1960s: groovy offset waist design, narrow width, fast-action maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 2 custom single-coil pickups with Alnico V magnets, individual volume controls that allow you to solo either pickup's sound or blend them for new sounds, and a master tone control for overall tone shaping.

The look is Fender all the way - Inca Silver over basswood with a traditional tortoiseshell pickguard with thumb rest. Features include a HiMass bridge with brass barrel saddles, rosewood 20-fret vintage tint gloss maple neck with the modern playability of a 9.5" radius, and vintage-style frets. Tonal versatility and an up front sound - quick and punchy with enough clarity and harmonics to slap and pop.

Back in 1982, the very first Squier by Fender guitars and basses came ringing out of Asia. Known for their excellent vintage-quality look, feel, sound and construction, those early Squier instruments and their Fender-branded counterparts are now highly sought-after collector's items revered by guitar enthusiasts as models of getting it right while aiming at value-conscious players.

The Squier Classic Vibe Series reflects that simultaneous commitment to excellence, value and 'vibe'. Mirroring classic Fender designs, the Classic Vibe offering is not intended to be era or vintage correct, but rather imparting the 'vibe' of a classic Fender design. Each with distinctive feature set combinations - all adding up to one classic looking instrument.

FEATURES

  • Body: Basswood
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern C-shaped
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Frets: 20, Vintage Style
  • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.5" (38 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Open gear tuning machines
  • Bridge: HiMass, 4-saddle bridge with brass barrel saddles
  • Pickguard: 3-ply white with thumbrest
  • Middle pickup: Custom Jazz Bass single-coil pickup (Alnico V)
  • Bridge pickup: Custom Jazz Bass single-coil pickup (Alnico V)
  • Controls: Volume, Volume, Tone
  • Strings: (.045, .065, .080, .100) Nickel Plated Steel
  • Unique Features: Inca Silver over basswood; 20-fret vintage tint gloss maple neck; open gear tuning machines; HiMass 4-saddle bridge with brass barrel saddles; Custom Jazz Bass single-coil pickup set with Alnico V magnets
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SquierClassic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 26 reviews)

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(47 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squire is no long the Cheap version of Fenders!

By Boone382

from West Haven,CT

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

The sound is pretty amazing and if you don't look at the headstock you'll forget your even playing a squire. It's pretty much standard jazz bass functions with a nice look to it, added with a HiMass bridge so say goodbye to those old standard squire bridges. I just needed a back up for my Musicman Sterling but this is something I would gig with and i've been using this bass primarily for the last 2 days! If ppl loved squires "Vintage Modified" series lookout and prepare to be blown away by the "Classic Vibe" series. Just one last note, i'm not a big fan of glossy necks but this one feels similar to the jaguar neck and I can see it getting sticky as you gig on for hours but no big deal.

(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bass for the money

By mike faulkner

from bourbon

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

Hi everyone. If you are looking for a great low priced bass, look no further. It truly has that "Classic Vibe" The fit and finish is flawless, I realy like the vintage tint on the neck. The tone is great for any style. It has that classic Larry Graham slap tone. The bridge pickup has a nice growl which I like. You may want to change the pickups if you plan to record with this bass. I swapped mine out with some EMG HZ passive jazz pickups which gives it a whole new range of tonal capabilities and alot more punch, and they are supper quite. When I was checking it out, it only took me 10 minutes of playing it and I knew I was taking it home. It sounded better than the Fender mexican standard that was hanging next to it. I would recommend this bass to anyone no matter what your skill level is. It is truly a great bass.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Classic Vibe has got some Soul!

By Walkin the Groove

from Richmond, Virginia

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

BUY THIS BASS NOW!!! Now that I have your attention I will sum this up nicely with one statement. This is the overseas version of an American Vintage Jazz. The entire fit and finish is top notch and worthy of being considered a higher priced model. I have replaced my Hamer USA custom with the Squire Classic Vibe Jazz as my primary Bass. Everything is great right from the go. All I did was replace the strings with my personal faves and have just rolled on from there. If I do anything it will be a little pickup replacement with some Lindy Fralin's but that is only a wish, not a need. I seriously think that Fender may come to their senses and discontinue this baby so I say jump on one as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Why a deflated rating

By P. J. McK.

from St.Marys, GA

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

Recently, I tried out the Classic Vibe Jazz Bass at a music store, and was truly impressed. In my opinion, the Jazz Bass was always the all-around super bass and the bass-counterpart of the Stratocaster (my favorite guitar). The Jazz Bass has a wider variety of tones than the Precision Bass. The action is great. The controls are nicely responsive and the looks are so sweet. Chrome replacement covers for the bridge and pickup would give this bass a true retro-look. If I didn't already have 10 electric basses (and a wife who is easily displeased whenever I bring home a new musical instrument), the Classic Vibe Jazz Bass (with the additional chrome hardware) would be in my collection. As for the 4 Star rating, I do not give any instrument a 5 Star rating without first subjecting it to a "gig test." As others have noted, the Squire brand is a respectable brand. If you want a Fender guitar or bass and don't want to finance an Ivy league college education for Leo's grandkids, check out the Squire line of instruments!

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Much More Than What You'd Expect

By Jason

from Nashville TN

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

WHAT I WANTED: A decent Fender Jazz Bass but I was convinced with saving money and still getting what I wanted in a Squier. PURPOSE: For small gigs, demo recording studio, jam. WHAT I EXPECTED: A semi decent body and finish, an okay neck with some fret bite but nothing serious, not so great pickups but something I can live with or replace them out of pocket. WHAT I GOT: Awsome neck. NO fret bite at all! Squier logo isn't cheap looking it really has a vintage vibe look. The neck finish has an amazing looking vintage tint to it. The tuners are awsome, the body is light and the white finish is brilliant. The pickups sound great for what I paid and I'll leave them stock. Set up new out of the box in the mail was not so great. It was raspy and buzzed so I raised the action and the buzz is almost gone but I don't like the height of the strings now. I think it just needs a proper set up and it's ready to go. It's an amazing add to my guitar collection and I'll have it for a while. I may never need to replace it. I would highly recommend this bass for beginners and experienced players alike and I would suggest looking at the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass too for a similar price range. But as for the Classic Vibe 60's - Best bang for the buck Jazz Bass I've ever played.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2008 Classic Vibe Jazz Bass

By KDH

from Reading, PA

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

The finish is flawless, no dents, dimples or edge lines. The neck pocket has a nice crisp sharp edge with no chips or dings. The neck finish is also flawless. The frets are just a little sharp on the ends but no more than a lot of more expensive guitars. The PU's are alnico singles and sound very good. The tuners hold tune precisely and the bridge is one hunk of metal. Set up as bought was pretty good, no buzz or rattles. I lessened neck relief just a little bit but otherwise left as is.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice bass and not just "for the money"

By Brad D.

from Northern, Virginia

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

The vintage tint and highly laquered neck is attractive and plays easily. The pickups are well-balanced and are equal in volume with good output, while retaining all the classic Jazz Bass tones you want out of an instrument like this. The paint/finish/workmanship is good, and only at the neck/body joint do you see evidence of an inexpensive instrument. This is to be expected, perhaps. The instrument is weighted nicely and the hardware does not seem cheap or cheezy. I bought this as a "backup bass" of sorts, and I have used it as my main bass on a few gigs since I've had it. New Fender American Standard Jazz Basses are fine, but this instrument really will make you think hard about this question: "Are the Am Std. Jazz Basses REALLY $1,000 (or more) better???" I say no, and I think you will too.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's amazing

By Kevin Myers

from mohnton, PA

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

I got this guitar for my birthday. I was surprised at this bass! It has a clear tone, It is extremely cheap, and for the price it is a steal! I find this squire much better than Schecters ive played, and it has a smooth tone and a new yet worn feel. And again, for the price this is an excellent guitar!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

absolutely amazing!

By david K

from CT

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

I just began playing bass, and i have tested out other electric basses like the T-bird and the Flea bass model 32, but as soon as i plugged this into the amp at Guitar Center, i KNEW this was the one. dont let its brand name get you down-its not its Fender big brother, but its definitely high quality like Fender. This is my first bass and i would absolutely recommend this to other bass beginners.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice price

By John

from mohnton PA

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

eh, its the invincible bass every gigman wants. i got this bass a year ago and at first seemed like it would compare to fender, except i found a few flaws. this bass is not friendly to slap players as the strings have a nasty habit of popping right out of the nut. i alo found myself replacing the strings after a few gigs. it is also hard to keep in tune. The good things about this bass is the neck, ultra smooth and easy to navigate, and the pickups which have a bright tone that is hard to beat. the best thing about this bass is that it is indestructable, i have dropped it many times, without a single scratch. i love this bass!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Its a Squier?

By Tylerr S

from Milford CT

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

After reading tons about it on line i finally decided to stop at Guitar Center and pick one up. While playing it there I couldnt believe how good it sounded. It had great tone, and the sound was very beefy. also the neck felt great if not better than a fender jazz I played a few months back. I instantly bought it and got a 15% off due to one of Guitar Centers great sales and got it home hassle free. When i got it home I noticed its crystal clear sound which really got me happy. You can get many different sounds out of it too. Its currently set to neck- 12 oclock, Bridge- 8 oclock, and tone around 3 oclock. this was a GREAT purchase due to its low price and great sound.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super-surprised

By Dillon

from DFW, TX

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

I went into my local GC to purchase a Hofner Icon. They had sold out in the one day since I had been there last, but I really wanted a new bass to tinker with so I played around with 6-7 basses and saw this one on the wall. At first I was thrown because honestly I detest the olympic white finish, but I gave it a try on a B600 through a B810 and it surprised me enough that I bought it. I've played it for about four hours straight and can't find a fault with it at all. The quality was very good, and the tone is very accurately described in the name. The tapered neck that widens out a bit more than a standard J-bass is nice to. All in all, I must say that i feel I definitely got more than my money's worth from this instrument.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A wake up call to Fender Fans

By Nick

from VA

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

I got my hands on this bass used for $250 in immaculate condition. I originally was just going to use it for my Jazz Band, but I got into playing Crue and Maiden on it after I realized how great it sounded and feeled. If someone blacked out the Squier logo and told me it was a Fender, I'd 100% believe them. This is a truely amazing playing bass perfect for beginners to back up basses for pros. Worth every penny, I'd even have no problem paying $350. Now let's talk specs. The bass is a classy white with the brown pickguard (which is awesome cause it ages to look relic yellowish white) and it's loaded with 20 frets, 3 knobs that are VERY versatile in getting different tones, and a monster beefy sound. Of all the basses i've played: Dean (bleh), Schecter, Epiphone, you name it, I'm always happy to come home to this one. Now stop deciding and place an order, you won't be sorry, trust me.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DELIGHTED

By Bob Gulley

from Topock, az.

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

This is the first time in 45 years I've ever rated an instrument. Tho' I started on bass in the mid sixties, I've been a guitar player first and bass a distant second. I recently took a touring gig on bass and tho' I had a couple bass's in the closet I thought I'd go check out the local guitar center wall. I played several instruments for over an hour and landed on the 60's vibe jazz. The feel & tone knocked me out right away. I also felt it was the best looking bass on the lot. I've owned two 59' Percision's in my life and this little jewel stands right up to them. I'm serious. I havn't changed the strings or had it set up and I LOVE IT! Maybe it was the freak of the liter or maybe there all this great. Judging by the other reviews I think it's just a great bass.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bang for your buck!

By Luke Dortono

from St. Catharines

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

I have been playing bass for years now looking for a good tone. My only problem was that I didn't have the funds to afford some of the higher end equpiment i really wanted, I looked into the squier brand before buying the vintage motified jazz bass and loved it, so I picked up the classic vibe, instantly I knew it was the bass I was looking for, great tone and feel. Nothing about this bass says it is cheap, it plays better then most basses in the high price ranges. I have been using this bass for about a year now, I play in a hardcore/metalcore band and it handles the abuse greatly. I am completely pleased with this buy, I highly recommend this bass to everyone, it has the ability to handle pretty well everything.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Bass

By Justin Williamson

from Chesapeake, VA

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

I have been a guitar player for over 10 years and decided to start recording from home so I built a studio. I had everything I needed except a bass so I headed up to Guitar Center on 05-13-09 (have the receipt right here!) to just browse the bass options. I was originally looking at another bass when a man that works there told me I really needed to check out the new bass from Squier. From a guitar players perspective i've never liked anything Squier had put out but I had no experience with their basses. I tried out this bass and then went and tried the Fender Jazz bass and I'm telling you for the money you aren't missing a thing by going with the Squier. The difference in sound isn't worth getting the name Fender on the headstock. I absolutely love this bass and use it to record every song I do whether it be hard rock or classical. Squier really stepped up to the plate and knocked it out the park with this bass!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A serious bass from China!

By Joseph Senchuk

from Nashville Tennessee

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

Heard about this bass from my roommate who is also a touring pro. He had a classic vibe telecaster and strat and had nothing but good things to say about them. I had been entertaining the idea of buying a four string for some time, as my usual daily use bass is a Lakland Skyline 55 02 five string. I was thinking about a Custom Shop NOS 64 Jazz, but my roommate kept saying, don't do it dude! Sure the Custom Shop basses are great, but with a few minor mods, the new Chinese Classic Vibe instruments would easily stand up to the custom shop basses as far as sound and playability are concerned. So I read a bunch of awesome reviews, listened to a vs. Fender sound test with Ed Friedland on Youtube, then walked into the Nashville Guitar Center and snagged one. Very happy with this bass! I actually feel like this bass has better latent tone in the wood and construction than my Korean Lakland! Yeah, I said it! The Squire CV Jazz seems to be bursting with tone and is fairly light and resonant. I feel that for the price, this is the best J bass on the market. Why buy Mexican, or even pay the premium for an American, when you can get a CV Squire and mod it with American Electronics and pickups ect? Good wood is good wood, and The frets pickups and hardware on this bass are pretty darn good too. I have no issues with the fit and finish, except I had to remove the glossy finish from the neck for playability. All arounf great purchase, just hope it stays in tune and the neck stays true. I plan to replace the somewhat cheesy pickgaurd, replace the electronics with 250k CTS pots wired for master volume, pickup blend, and passive tone with an orangedrop capacitor. Eventually I will switch out the pickups for Lindy Fralins and call it a day. The setup was pretty good out of the box. My only tweaks will be to slightly lower the action via a 1/4 turn on the truss rod and slight lowering of the bridge saddles and have the nut slots cut slightly lower. I have never seen nut slots cut correctly on any Asian production bass. To test for correct nut slot depth, fret any string at the first fret and then, while fretting the note on the 1st fret with one hand,use your other hand to fret the same string at the 2nd fret. The distance the string travels before hitting the second fret with first fret depressed should be uniform to that of the same string from open to first fret. Any higher and you are unable to use uniform pressure to fret all the notes which is a drag and distracts you while you are playing. I Love my new baby! Don't get jealous 5 string LAkland, between the two of you I have it all!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!!!!

By Julie Garnsey

from Deposit, NY

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

I've always been skeptical of Fender basses. I knew everyone always loved them, so I decided to be a hipster and go with an OLP stingray. Unfortunately it just didn't cut it for me, and I was looking for an STB stingray, but but unfortunately it wasn't in my budget. I saw Flea (who is my idol) use a 61 jazz bass on stage and I knew he used it on SA. I loved that sound, so I went out on a limb and brought this quier classic vibe 60's bass. Must I say, I shouldn't of been skeptical. This is one of the best basses I've ever played, the pups are nice and punchy, the neck is flawless, the weight of it is around 8 lbs., and it gives me that awsome slap tone. I had tried a couple of fender mexicans, and they weren't as good as this. This is a really good bass for anyone and I highly recommend for any style.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding bass at a great value

By PDA

from Hartford, Connecticut

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

    I absolutely love the sound of this bass. You would never know you were playing a Squier, it sounds that good! I love the vintage 60's look and feel of this bass. Even the stock Alnico V pickups sound excellent and the controls work flawlessly. I highly recommend this bass to anyone.

    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very nice bass

    By Gretchen

    from Chantilly, VA

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s Bass Guitar:

    I own a 1967 VOX Cougar bass and had been looking for a second bass now that I am in a band. I was too nervous that I would accidentally damage the vintage one (dropping it, banging it around). I LOVE this Squier by Fender because it is very durable (I've already banged it on the wall and dropped it onto my amp), with no marks or anything on it. I also like the look (it's white, and so is a bit more girly for the all girl band) and the size is perfect for my frame. Give this a thumbs up!

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