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The Classic Vibe Precision Bass '70s delivers the true Precision Bass experience. Huge tone roars from its traditional split-single-coil pickup. The contoured basswood body, is familiar and comfortable, and the vintage-tint gloss-maple neck has 20 vintage-style frets with block inlays and a modern 9.5" radius.It is a powerful '70s-style model that ...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Classic Vibe Precision Bass '70s delivers the true Precision Bass experience. Huge tone roars from its traditional split-single-coil pickup. The contoured basswood body, is familiar and comfortable, and the vintage-tint gloss-maple neck has 20 vintage-style frets with block inlays and a modern 9.5" radius.

It is a powerful '70s-style model that evokes the instrument's look and vibe from that musically adventurous era. The smartly alluring all-black look of the Classic Vibe Precision Bass '70s extends to the pickguard, the finger rest and, in a stylish touch, the binding and block inlays on the maple fingerboard. The split-single-coil pickup delivers classic Precision muscle, and the Hi-Mass bridge with brass "barrel" saddles keeps intonation rock solid-all with terrific Squier value.

Features

Neck
  • Shape: C
  • Wood: Maple
  • Neck joint: 4-Bolt
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Truss rod: Yes
  • Finish: Gloss polyester
Pickups
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Configuration: Split single-coil
  • Neck: Not applicable
  • Middle: Split single coil
  • Bridge: Not applicable
  • Brand: Fender
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Active preamp: Not applicable
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Vintage style
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Inlays: Block
  • Nut material: Synthetic bone
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret:
Body
  • Style: Double cutaway
  • Construction: Solidbody
  • Body wood: Basswood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body finish: Gloss polyester
  • Orientation: Right-handed
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: No
  • Coil tap or split: Not applicable
  • Tone switching: No
  • Special switching: No
  • EQ on/off: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 4-Saddle Hi-Mass
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Paddle
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickguard: Yes
  • Special features: Not applicable
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: User kit
  • Country of origin: China
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SquierClassic Vibe '70s Precision Bass
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
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    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Midtone MONSTER

I am really impressed with this instrument. The neck is heavily lacquered, which may or may not be your thing, but it's extremely well-made and easy to play with a good set-up. I...Read complete review

I am really impressed with this instrument. The neck is heavily lacquered, which may or may not be your thing, but it's extremely well-made and easy to play with a good set-up. I replaced the pickup with a Dimarzio Model P, and the thing is a midtone monster! The basswood body accentuates low mids in a way that only basswood can, and the upgraded pickups give me massive lows and mids like my precision bass can eat other precision basses. Don't get me wrong--the stock pickup is probably as good as any Mexican-made Fender. I'm just not crazy about it. That was the only upgrade this thing needed--on some of my other guitars, I've replaced the pickups, bridge, and tuners, but those are fine with this one. I get compliments on the bass and its tone all the time from musicians who have spent several hundred dollars more on their instruments. Excellent buy!

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Great bass with a rattling problem

This bass plays great and sounds great. It has a wonderful vintage 70's feel going on that is killer. But the way it feels when you play it is even better. Everything...Read complete review

This bass plays great and sounds great. It has a wonderful vintage 70's feel going on that is killer. But the way it feels when you play it is even better. Everything feels solidly put together, and it would honestly be hard to tell that this bass was made by Squier.

That being said, there is a pretty big flaw in every single CV 70's p bass I have tried. And I have tried multiple basses to see if it was just my own model. Nope....every one that I have played has a rattling tuning machine, that cannot be fixed without either (a) putting a bunch of tape around the head or (b) buying a completely new tuning machine for the "E" string. I researched this extensively and thoroughly. The actual construction of the clover itself is what is loose. It has nothing to do with the actual machine itself. That is why it would have to be replaced. The people at Guitar Center were baffled. I returned the guitar and they actually put it right back up on the shelf. When I saw that I couldn't believe it. I picked it up, plucked the "E" string and there was the rattle, worse than ever. They had the exact same model and everything sitting right next to the one I returned, and I was curious if that bass would also do it. So I picked it up, plucked the "E" string...and bam! Rattling tuning head just like the other one. So that's two strikes for this tuning machine problem in my book as far as Squier is concerned. Needless to say, I will not be buying a Squier again. This whole thing was a nightmare. And I know there are other people out there who gone through this as well.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Midtone MONSTER

By Brandon

from Olathe

Pros

  • Cuts Through Mix
  • Plays Well

Cons

  • Stock Electronics

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Rock

Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

I am really impressed with this instrument. The neck is heavily lacquered, which may or may not be your thing, but it's extremely well-made and easy to play with a good set-up. I replaced the pickup with a Dimarzio Model P, and the thing is a midtone monster! The basswood body accentuates low mids in a way that only basswood can, and the upgraded pickups give me massive lows and mids like my precision bass can eat other precision basses. Don't get me wrong--the stock pickup is probably as good as any Mexican-made Fender. I'm just not crazy about it. That was the only upgrade this thing needed--on some of my other guitars, I've replaced the pickups, bridge, and tuners, but those are fine with this one. I get compliments on the bass and its tone all the time from musicians who have spent several hundred dollars more on their instruments. Excellent buy!

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  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bass for beginners and tour musicians!

By Switchblade McKickass

from Nebraska

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

    I did some mods to my bass, first was replacing the pick ups. I have some Model P's put in it. Then I also sanded the neck (Personal preference nothing wrong with how it was originally). But when I used to teach music parents would ask me what bass they should get their kids and I honestly recommend this one. It's cheap and good. I also take it out on tour. I might not use it in the studio but It's perfect for live shows.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer bass

    By Ray

    from Waterloo, Or.

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Great feel

    Cons

    • Pickups

    Best Uses

    • Everything

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

    This bass is one of the best Squires, imo.
    I put quarter pounders in it and it roars. It's all good now.
    It's a no brainer, hello.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A working mans bass

    By Barry p

    from Aliso viejo

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

      What more could you want? A slick maple neck thats easy to play with awesome block inlays, massive punchy pick ups, a volume and a tone. I have played everything you could think of: Jazz, finger funk, pick metal, finger metal, rock , anything really, and it dials in a wonderfull tone. The pick up goes from slicky smooth with no tone, to being a rock/ metal machine when you roll it all the way up. There is a reason 90% of recording musicans end up using a p bass: super punchy tone that works for any mix, universal reliability . 3 years of constant abuse and usage, with nothing other than a 20$ action set up from my guitar dude... buy it now

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great feel and playability

      By Dale

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

      If it was any better they would have to put the Fender name in big letters on the headstock and not call it a Squier at all. I may yet upgrade the pickup but I'm amazed how good it sounds and it's hard to find a single thing that would get lower marks than my "real Fenders".

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sweet Bass With a Flaw

      By MusicMan4891

      from El Cerrito, CA

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

          I love this bass, but right when I took it out of the box and started to play, I noticed the worse rattle I have ever heard coming from the first Tuning Machine head. When I hold the tuner as if I am going to tune the bass, it stops. So, I know for a fact it is the problem. It is so annoying, and such a bummer, because the bass is so great. Now, I'm giving this review 4 stars because the bass deserves it, and this could have happened somehow in transit. However, I have heard this same complaint from other Squier users as well. I'm going to try and fix it, but if worse comes to worse, I will probably have to get new tuners, which can cost anywhere from 70 to 90. I really wanted to upgrade the pickups, and now that money may be going towards this fix....or even if I have a pro take a look, that will still cost money. Anyways, this is a problem for me.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing and Great Looking Bass

          By DJ

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

              I love buying Vintage Modified Squiers and when I saw this bass I had to have it. I replaced the pickups with Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders and it sounds better and more robust than my American P-Bass with the same pickups. This bass is beautiful and has become my go to bass ahead of my Schecter Riot 4 and my American P-Bass. Squier has found its niche and if you hunt you can certainly find a diamond that won't break the bank - of course you can always save your pennies and spend more but - why!!!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A bass designed to work. Id give it a 3.5 if I could

              By Jon

              from Louisiana

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Recording

                Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                This is a bass designed to work, and it does the job. I use this bass mostly for solo recording. It sounds good, and is heavy in the low mids. I use it for everything. It is a true musical chameleon. I record rock,metal,blues and jazz. I perform mostly 90s R&B. This bass is at home in every single one of those genres, and I could probably get away with using the same amp settings for all of them. Live you won't be able to tell this bass from any other precision bass I guarantee it. Still sounds good being recorded though

                It's not without its flaws, second week I owned it the input jack fell in and I had to almost take off the pick guard to screw it back on. Strap buttons repeatedly come loose. My action is almost completely on the bridge and still a bit high, so it needs a truss rod tweak, but I'm OK with the action and haven't seen any big issues so I'm waiting to do that change. It also has a weird pot issue that can make it nearly unplayable if I add a lot of gain because it makes strange sounds and doesn't stop till I forcefully hit the tone knob. I have to repeatedly tap the knob to get it to stop. I dont use a lot of gain all the time so this isnt really a big problem, but these issues matter. Also this is personal, but I can't stand knobs without an indicator of what the tone or volume setting is.

                Bottomline. This is a good bass and it fits a recording, and performing college student find. I get complements on the tone all the time. i would give it a 3.5 if I was able and don't think a 3 is fair.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Definitley Would Buy this Product Again

                By Jim

                from Albuquerque

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                  I am basically a guitar player but wanted a decent Bass to tool around on and become a better musician without spending an arm and a leg. This Bass fits the bill perfectly. Don't let the Squire name or the "made in China" label deter you. I had my doubts too, until I got it in my hands. Fit and Finish are excellent. I changed out the strings to D'Addario medium flatwound strings and did some minor set up and it plays very smoothly. If you are a player that does not like a heavy varnish finish on the neck you may not like this bass. Also if you will be recording or playing Gigs with it, you may also consider changing out the pickups, otherwise this is a great bass for the price! My only other complaint is that I wish Fender made this in other colors, other than Black. The Black version is fine looking, but I already own numerous black guitars. Some color options, like white and/or sunburst would be a nice choice.

                  (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  It's all good!!!!!!

                  By Silk

                  from New Orleans, La

                  Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                  It's all good, in the hood

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great bass for the money

                  By PDA

                  from Hartford, Connecticut

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  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 '70s Precision Bass:

                    I use this bass for practicing, gigging and recording. I started practicing with this bass straight out of the box with the stock strings and all. I set it up to my preference and brought it to practice and I was just amazed at the feel and sound of this bass. Whether I played finger, pick or slap style it just sounded great all around. The 70's style maple neck is so smooth and the quality of the wood gives the bass a unique sound that I really like. I also really like the style of this bass with the black body and chrome hardware with the bridge cover plate. The electronics are solid and the stock pick up is not that bad (although I plan to replace with some Lindy Fralin's). The vintage style high mass bridge keeps the instrument in tune and is very easy to adjust. The best part is you get all of these great features for less than $400.

                     
                    5.0

                    Undoubtedly the best value in basses right now....

                    By Shizzean

                    from TX/LA

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Lightweight
                    • Tone For Days
                    • Visually Stunning

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Noodling
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                      Up front admission;
                      Upon receipt of this bass, I immediately swapped out the pickups for EMG Geezer Butler signature p/u's.
                      This was my intent upon purchase, and I have no idea what the bass would have sounded like with stock p/u's.
                      That being said, the playability, fit, and finish of this bass is impeccable. I had to do a very minimal setup, and even after throwing on an Omega bridge, the intonation adjustment was easy peasey. It has not wavered.
                      This bass is seriously my #1 out of 14 basses that I own...

                       
                      3.0

                      Great bass with a rattling problem

                      By HapyGoLucky776

                      from Sacramento, CA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                      • Rattling Tuning Machines

                      Best Uses

                      • Gigs
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                      This bass plays great and sounds great. It has a wonderful vintage 70's feel going on that is killer. But the way it feels when you play it is even better. Everything feels solidly put together, and it would honestly be hard to tell that this bass was made by Squier.

                      That being said, there is a pretty big flaw in every single CV 70's p bass I have tried. And I have tried multiple basses to see if it was just my own model. Nope....every one that I have played has a rattling tuning machine, that cannot be fixed without either (a) putting a bunch of tape around the head or (b) buying a completely new tuning machine for the "E" string. I researched this extensively and thoroughly. The actual construction of the clover itself is what is loose. It has nothing to do with the actual machine itself. That is why it would have to be replaced. The people at Guitar Center were baffled. I returned the guitar and they actually put it right back up on the shelf. When I saw that I couldn't believe it. I picked it up, plucked the "E" string and there was the rattle, worse than ever. They had the exact same model and everything sitting right next to the one I returned, and I was curious if that bass would also do it. So I picked it up, plucked the "E" string...and bam! Rattling tuning head just like the other one. So that's two strikes for this tuning machine problem in my book as far as Squier is concerned. Needless to say, I will not be buying a Squier again. This whole thing was a nightmare. And I know there are other people out there who gone through this as well.

                       
                      5.0

                      great bass and great staff in ocean nj

                      By Dave the bass player

                      from Keansburg NJ

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • really well built better than mim
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • no cons at all

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • play in bars with duo and band and have no issue
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                      play in bars with 2 separate bands with 2 diff amps and this bass is a killer ! do not worry about name on headstock ! this bass plays great and gets lots of comments on tone etc. very well made

                       
                      5.0

                      Definitely would buy again

                      By Westport bassist

                      from Anahiem, California.

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                        I've used this bass to play gigs, recorded with it once, and my favorite is to jam out with it. Honestly messed with it first at GC and realized how comfortable and punchy it is.

                        I changed out the pickups to Seymour Duncan qtr pounders, got it set up, and added rotosound 66 swing bass strings and it plays like a monster. The tone is great and so is the feel. I don't see myself replacing it with fender p-bass, it just sounds too good. Highly recommend it to anyone on a budget, first (to be only) bass, or anyone trying to build a bass up.

                         
                        4.0

                        No more epiphone!

                        By gct.jr

                        from Mineral Ridge,OH

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Tone
                        • String Action

                        Cons

                        • Poor Pick Up

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • School Bands
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                        Ive owned this guitar for less than a day now, and I can already tell you its amazing! I own 2 epiphone thunderbirds, one is a pro, and this bass blows them out of the water. What has impressed me the most is the string action! Pickups are a little weak,although Im used to playing humbuckers. The tone is awesome. It is made in china also, which Im not crazy about, even though you can't tell, the quality is great!

                         
                        5.0

                        Great buy

                        By Paco the Large

                        from Chattanooga TN

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                          Setup was great, that being said, this is my first bass but 35 years of guitar helps a bit. Slight buzz on the E string but no fault of the instrument, fat base of the string was rubbing the spring on the bridge, easy fix. No idea on pickups yet, but a great buy if I need to change later

                           
                          5.0

                          I never leave reviews

                          By Gster

                          from London

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing
                            • Recording
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                            I bought this after a friend recommended the range and I was looking to replace a 2003 U.S Precision that I'd never been happy with (resonance and reliability). In all honesty I've found my dream bass in the Squier. It's solid, looks fantastic and sounds awesome. I was interested to read that others have replaced the pickup as in my opinion even that's great. I've recorded and done live shows with this beauty and the CV smashes it. My 'other' bass is a beautiful 1999 U.S Jazz Bass and the CV stands up well next to it. In summary, don't be put off by the Squier name, this is a wolf in very reasonable priced sheep's clothing.

                             
                            5.0

                            SQUIER CLASSIC VIBE BASS

                            By Mitchell

                            from Indiana

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision Bass:

                            Great bass for the money,well built,lighter then what I expected..going to change the strings,to bright for me,going to flats..but I would recommend this bass,can't be beat for the bright.

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