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Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar

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The Squier Classic Vibe '60s Precision Bass is an electric bass guitar that delivers the true P Bass experience. Big, woody tones jump out from its Custom Split Single-Coil Precision Bass® pickup. The... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Squier Classic Vibe '60s Precision Bass is an electric bass guitar that delivers the true P Bass experience. Big, woody tones jump out from its Custom Split Single-Coil Precision Bass® pickup. The comfort contoured body fits like a glove and looks beautiful. Featuring a 20-fret vintage-style maple neck (rosewood fingerboard) with the modern playability of a 9.5" neck radius and vintage-style frets - you'll have no problem holding down the bottom end and pounding out round thick tones on this bass tone monster!

Classic Vibe!
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 to impart the "vibe" of a classic Fender design. Each model has a distinctive feature set”all adding up to one classic-looking instrument. Great sound, vintage looks, unbeatable value”Classic Vibe!

FEATURES

  • Body: Basswood
  • Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern C-shaped
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" (241mm)
  • Frets: 20, Vintage Style
  • Scale Length: 34" (864mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
  • Position Inlays: White dot
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Open gear tuning machines
  • Bridge: HiMass, 4-saddle bridge
  • Middle pickup: Custom Split Single-Coil Precision Bass®
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Strings: (.045, .065, .080, .100) Nickel Plated Steel
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SquierClassic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

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(42 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Vibe, Retro Price!

By Tom Soli

from Phila, Pa.

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

It don't get no better than this! This bass has all the vibe of a 1962 Precision, with a few modern refinements like, Top adjustable trussrod, beefier bridge, modern neck and fretboard radius, louder more dynamic pickups, modern tuning machines. This bass exceeds the Mexican Fenders and even rivals some American Fenders! Dollar for dollar, this bass can't be beat! Squire has become the New Old School, with quality and prices of yesteryear.

(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A True Classic

By Rickey Ratt

from St. Louis, Missouri

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

I have played for 42 years. I own a 1968 Fender P Bass. I decided to upgrade to a more modern bass. I saw this Squier Classic Vibe Bass in Guitar Center and decided to play it for fun. WOW was I blown away. The feel of the neck was almost perfect. The sound was as good as my 68. The fit and finish was excellant. Squier might have been a joke for a few years, but they are on top of their game now. I would recommend this guitar to anyone.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Vibe 60's P in Fiesta Red

By Bubbalou

from Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas area

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

The day I saw this bass hanging high on the wall at the Arlington Guitar Center I really liked it and the day I came back to play it I fell in love with it and bought it. This is no American Standard bass but what it is equals and in many cases surpasses the MIM in terms of tone, feel, and looks. This is a gorgeous bass whose fit and finish are excellent. It has good sustain, feel, low action and was intonated nicely. Putting DR High Beams Stainless Rounds made it incredible sounding. The electronics (even though it has the smaller alpha pots) is very good and soldering is first rate (unlike some of the lesser expensive models I have had). This is incredible bang for the buck. I agree with others that this bass should have the Fender name on it as it is that good.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1st Rate Instrument at Bargain Prices

By Steve O

from San Francisco CA

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

After playing countless basses (P-bass, Jazz bass, Ibanez, etc.etc.), I came across this beauty. I picked it up because it looked cool, having no real thought of buying it. I mean, I'd been trying out basses in the $800 to $2000 range. How good could a $300 bass be? Answer: Awesome. It has the big, beefy tone you think of when you think P-Bass. Not similar - the same huge sound as a $1200 American P-Bass. both neck and body are perfect - beautiful, straight Maple neck with a fast rosewood fretboard. The bridge is high mass, so the sustain is great. No cosmetic issues on this baby. It plays fast, loud, and sounds really amazing, and not just "for the price". The setup left something to be desired, however. The strings were a bit low, and the pickups needed to be adjusted. I had Tomastik Jazz flats put on, and boom. I am as happy as can be. One quibble- I intend to replace the tuners, as the bass goes out of tune quickly if you play hard like I do (I play w/ a pick). I'm really impressed with the high quality of this whole line of Chinese Squier instruments. I've had a chance to play all 3 basses, and the strats, and have to believe that the Chinese factory is looking for legitimacy in the US. The look, sound, and quality of these instruments just blows me away. For this price, this level of quality seems impossible. If you have even the slightest interest, don't hesitate. This is literally the deal of a lifetime. I'll never let this baby go.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Vibe Precision 60s

By Tony Lloyd

from Seattle, WA

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

I have been playing for 40 years and just bought my third Classic Vibe bass, a Fiesta Red P Bass to go alongside a blue P and white J. The Blue stays in the home studio and the other two do the gigs. I have other basses but these are the ones that get the work. Why? Quite simply, the CV series basses do exactly 'what it says on the tin!' - they are sonically, visually and practically, wonderful recreations of the originals. Fit and finish are good, balance is perfect, the pickups are great but the standout feature is the neck and fret work -excellent! The only caveat is that they are high gloss necks and some players might not care for that. So why are they so inexpensive, where have they shaved costs? Tuners and pots might need changing eventually but that is about it. Squiers from the past suffered from the reputation of being low quality'Beginner Basses'but these Classic Vibe totally destroy that perception. The original Squiers from Japan are now quite collectible and I believe that these Classic Vibes are up there in quality. It's hard to justify paying more. Let's hope that they can maintain their current quality!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bass Indeed!

By Rick Edwards

from New York, NY

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

I used to play bass in many bands in Portland, OR from the late 60's until I left the business in 1983. I played a fantastic 68 Telecaster Bass forever, sorry to say I don't own it anymore. This summer I decided it was time to get a bass. This one blew me away. I don't think that you could come close to anything for twice the money. LOVE IT!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bass, not taking in to account that it costs so little...

By Sean

from Louisville, KY

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

First off, I'm gonna say this is very subjective, as these are my opinions. I'm not a huge fan of the heavily laquered neck, but it hasn't been a problem for me to play. Some people don't like the basswood bodies, I'm not one of those people. Basswood has a bit more mud in the lows, but has more low range than Alder in general. The pickups are hot, although not quite as hot as a set of Duncan 1/4 pound pickups, however, they accomplish the classic "P-Bass thump" that the Duncan's are too hot for. I use D'Addario Half-rounds on this bass. I've been using this a backup to my Jazz Special, and the quality of the bass is on par with the Jazz. Quite impressive for the Squier to have the same quality as an "E" series Japenese Fender. Overall, it's worth the $350 you pay for it.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent!

By Greybeard

from StL, Mo

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

Fit and finish are excellent! It sounds great, plays great..I like it much better than my America standard p-bass...Can't believe it's a Squire, WAY too nice of a bass for the price. I've only been playing 40 years so maybe I don't know much, didn't know a bass this price could be sooo great. Buy it! you will like it..

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

After a setup, it's a Fantastic Bass

By Robert Jennings

from Brookfield, WI

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

I played a Fiesta Red model at Guitar Center and was absolutely blown away. The one they had there had a ding on the bottom so they ordered me another one and shipped it right to my home. I had read so much about the Classic Vibe series and how they come setup perfectly, etc. Well, when mine arrived, it was almost unplayable due to excessive neck relief and 1/2" high action. I contemplated sending it back, but the one in the store was just so amazing, I decided to take matters into my own hands. i got out the tools (allen wrenches, metal ruler, feeler gauges, etc.) and followed the Bass Guitar Setup Guide on the Fender website. Within 20 minutes, I had the neck straight, the saddles adjusted for perfect action, and the pickup height proper. I plugged it in and was blown away. This bass is WAY nicer than my Fender Jazz Bass. I don't know what alchemy the folks at Squier use, but these basses rock--get one while you still can. Mind bogglingly tasty tones emanate from within this beast of a bass. Roll back the tone knob and you are there--all the meat and thump you could want. And, it is super quiet. I often call my Jazz Bass the Buzz Bass, but none of that pesky hum is present on my precious CV P-Bass. I'm having so much fun. The finish is fantastic and, in your hands, it really does feel like a vintage instrument. Great job Squier. I'm now a true believer.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Suprisingly good for a Squire

By Matt Thomas

from Euless, TX

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

I compared this bass against several MIM Fender Standard P-Basses and bought this one instead based on it's high quality setup and vintage looks. I really liked the warm sound I got out of the alnico p-bass pickup versus the modern ceramic pickups that the Fender standard series uses which have a tendancy to be brighter. The action on the bass itself was setup well, didn't need to make any immediate adjustments. The hi-mass bridge is a big improvenet over the standard bridges and the only thing I would have upgraded on this bass was the nut, as it tended to buzz on the open e-string. I sold this bass because as much as I liked it, I have a 1980 G&L L-1000 which it doesn't even hold a candle to and I'm kind of a versitalitist (not sure if that's even a word) in which I prefer each of my basses in my collection to be different both in tone and design. All in all, if you don't have the cash to spend on a vintage re-issue P-Bass of the Fender line but want the vintage sound and look along with a good quality, this is the bass for you.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb craftsmanship in a Chinese made bass!

By Danny Alemania

from Visalia, CA

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

This bass immediately caught my eye at my local Guitar Center. The vintage look and gorgeous deep tint headstock with gold lettering really stood out. The bass feels wonderful--and looks just as great. The fretboard edges feel more comfortable than any other Mexican made Precision that I've played, and rivaled the American Precision with which it shared the wall. You might not be a fan of glossy necks, and I usually prefer a satin finish, but even with my sweaty hands I haven't had a problem playing up and down the neck. Besides, it looks gorgeous--deep, deep golden brown tint. Not a being a fan of white pickguards on any bass, I opted to replace the original. I love tortoiseshell pickguards, and flatwound strings on a P bass, so those are the only mods I made. I love the old-school chrome bridge cover, which sits over the beautiful new Fender high mass vintage bridge. That nice thick new bridge does wonders in terms of clear sustain and solid tuning. You won't need to swap it out for a Leo Quan high mass bridge. The tone is FAT. Deep. Rich. Woody. Classic, classic P-bass tone. Thick, chunky neck is just right for the huge Precision tone without being too wide for my small hands. Overall, I think this bass is an instant classic; it's a steal worth more than twice its price!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Dylan Carrow

from Cleveland, OH

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

I'm a guitar player and had been using a pedal to knock my signal down an octave if I wanted to do some bass. I wanted something good for decent price so that I could properly learn to bass. It turned out to be great. Looks awesome: the 60's styling looks great, even next to my '66 Jazzmaster Relic and my '76 fender Bassman. Also sounds amazing.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Poor customer service but a nice bass.

By Richard Eller

from Albertville, AL

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

I purchased a new one from the Birmingham store. It looked great sounded good, even better than the MIM. I also played the 50's version. It was equally impressive. When I was carrying it to the counter I noticed the neck wasn't screwed into the neck pocket well and I ask him to tighten it up. They were semi busy but this salesman was aggressive. He was waiting on about 3 other people. He said instead of tightening the neck screws he would go to the back and get me one in a box. They didn't have one in a box but he went anyway and got another customer one in a box and waited on someone else while doing that. When he got back he asked the other salesman to help him tighten the neck while he helped another customer. He did tighten the neck and all was well. I asked him to change the strings to flats and he said it would be tomorrow before they could change the strings. I said never mind I would do it. He did give me $4.00 off for that though. Back to the bass now. Very good finish neck was dry but I oiled it when I got it home. Setup was off a bit but most Fenders are. No biggee I could play it after tuning enough to here the tone which I liked a lot. After my personal setup it plays wonderful. No need to change the pups unless you are looking for a different sound these are perfectly fine. Neck was fine no adjustment necessary with the truss. As I said the neck screws were not tight and the pickguard screws were loose as well. The pickguard fits really tight on the pickups so you might want to give it some relief to avoid buzz at that point. I had a little bit there so I filed it off a bit. The bridge screws were also a little loose for me so I tightened. The color is Fiesta red, (PINK) I didn't like that but Pino liked it evidently. Candy Apple would be much better. This is as good and better than some of the higher ones. I like to buy and sell. I will keep this for a while.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass!

By KRIS RANDALL

from Austin, Tx

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

I love this bass. Great fit and finish. Out of the box setup was great. Even the Fender strings it comes with aren't bad. For the price, it is worth every penny. I have a much more expensive signature series Fender Jazz (MIJ) and this one is nicer than it for $500 dollars cheaper. The only draw back is I wish it had more options for colors, because I would like to buy a 2nd one!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent quality for the price

By RONALD DENHAAN

from Trabuco Cenyon, CA

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

Guitar center had these on sale one day and I couldn't resist. Love the fiesta red color with the tort pick guard and vintage tinted neck! I was really blown away by how well this bass plays. I had my tech swap out the pots for larger CTS pots but other than that, this is a great value and great playing bass. I play out with this bass regularly, along with my Fenders. Highly recommend this bass!!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Bass

By Ima Bassplayer

from NY, NJ

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

Really a very good instrument. Couple of minor issues: Vintage frets are too narrow for roundwounds, making some string/fret noise; The body's wood is kinda 'soft' - the screws holding the 'ashtray' down will strip out the soft wood. Pickups/covers are loosely suspended in the cavity - stuff in some foam - it works wonders. Otherwise, it's a really good instrument. Really. I've been using it on gigs and am very happy with it. Good sound, good feel, great finish! BTW, execllent setup instructions on fender.com and - THE GUYS @ GUITAR CENTER East Brunswick, NJ ARE THE BEST!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic vibe 60s P Bass

By A.J

from Salina KS

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

I love this bass for several reasons.reason #1 its pretty light weight I play it standing up alot and it doesnt hurt my shoulders or back at all. Reason #2 its an aweasom powder blue color that just looks increadible in person the pictures dont do it justice. Reason #3 its very simple tone and volume thats it turn it up and play and its got fairly quiet pickups wich is always good. And the final reason is the way it sounds and its got that great p bass sound nice and wooly works for just about any music unless you want something with more trebble then you might try the Classic Vibe jazz bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal

By Frank

from Jersey Shore, NJ

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

If your looking for a great playing & feeling bass... look no further. For the price you can't lose. The fit & finish of the neck & body is perfect... you may want to adjust the action to fit your needs. I also own a Squire Jazz bass & it gets the same rating as this P. bass. The bass sounds fine out of the box but some of you may want to change the pick ups. it stays in tune & has nice smooth frets. I put a set of EMG's in the jazz & it sounds awesome. the only thing I did to the P bass was put a set of La Bella flat wounds on it & put on a black pick guard. With a little tweaking they look & feel & sound just as good as an American made model & you stll have a lot of $$ left over.

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