19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2010
I've had this bass for a few months now, and all I can say is that it's probably one of the best basses I've ever played and/or owned. Right out of the box I could tell it was a quality instrument. Fit and finish were flawless, the action and setup were good, only requiring very minimal tweaking to get it to where I like it. The neck with the satin finish feels great, the fretwork was excellent. And the tone, with the Duncan designed pickups , has a definite vintage Fender vibe. On top of all that, with the natural finish along with the maple fretboard and the Block inlays and binding (don't let anyone tell you they're painted on, they are the real thing) this bass looks simply gorgeous. I would not hesitate to use this at a gig.
If you're looking for a viable alternative to a "real" Fender Jazz bass at a reasonable cost, this is the bass you're looking for. A good bass for beginner OR pro.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2011
I'm a semi-professional bass player with 30 years experience, so I've played a lot of basses in my time. I tend towards using a mellow tone, so my main axe is an American made P-Bass with flatwound strings. I went looking for a back-up bass, and several trusted folks told me to check out the Squier. I'm so glad I did. Not only did I get a nice-looking bass at a great price, but I got a funky, bright-sounding instrument that sounds really different from my mellow P-bass. If the Squier was going to be my main instrument, I might think about changing the bridge to something meatier; I'd probably want to change the tuning pegs, too. I'm a classic rocker, playing Stones and Beatles and Elvis, so I'm not pounding on my bass like some folks do. If I did play that way, I would definitely want to change out the bridge and the tuners. This bass would be great for a student who's just starting out and it will last for years. As for the cosmetics, I really like the natural look, and the old-school fret markers are sweet. Try this bass out, you won't be sorry!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2012
I have the fretless bass version of this bass (the Jaco copy), this bass is a Marcus Miller copy.
They look and sound just like a fender. This bass is better for slapping, and bright tones.
With the right amp, this bass really shines!
Squier has done justice with this bass. This bass sounds better as some more expensive $1200 basses sold today!
If I'd buy any bass today, it would be this one; simply because they sound so good, much better than an Ibanez if you ask me!
Great shape, great handling, and most of all:
The only con is, that this bass does not have as much signal compression on the pickups like real Fenders. Some cheaper basses just pop really loud when you want to slap, this bass is much better, somewhat in the range of $600 Ibanez basses; but the more expensive basses can better handle greater string dynamics than this one.
Apart from that, I will never feel ashamed playing with a Squier live!
They basically make basses that look $500, Feel $600, and sound $1000, all for $300!
Beginner, student, advanced, hobbyist, this is your bass!
I know certain pro's that go live with this bass!
Because it's worth it!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2010
I have played many bass guitars and this one is definitely one of my top favorites. It both looks and sounds great. This bass has a very clean and bright sound. It's hardware and pickups are very good quality, and the 3-piece body is seamless. I love playing this bass and I do so everyday. One of the best features about this bass is the price. For the quality of it, I would be willing to pay twice as much. Compared to a Fender Jazz bass, it is really the same thing, just stamped with Squier. I am expecting this instrument to last me for years to come.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
I bought this bass after reading all these positive reviews and watching some guys playing it in Youtube. The only fear I had if it was maybe too "funky" for me (a rock head), specially after watching all those videos with guys playing slap. But it also sounds amazing for rock! It's got a very deep sound. With such a versatile instrument, you can turn from heavy to groovy in a second. And it's also beautiful and well-crafted, really classic style.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
I have over 10 years of playing guitar and bass guitar (with at least 8 years of performing), and in that time frame I've owned and played a lot of Basses. My first Bass was a Red Squier Affinity Precision Bass that I bought at the local music store for $150 or so. I completely decked it out (at the time I was into Punk Rock), and played it until it literally could not take it anymore it still sits on it's stand in my bedroom (along with my first guitar next to it), but after a little over a year of playing I decided part ways with the Squier being my main instrument.
From there I decided to jump on the Fender bandwagon, and since then I (like most other Bass/Guitar Players) looked down upon the Squier brand. I thought they were all cheap and poorly made based on my experiences with "The Red Rocket" (My first Bass). I would claim that my Fender's were definitely superior in every way and Squier is only for beginners. For some reason, I began to detatch myself from the brand "Squier" altogether...until I laid my eyes on this beauty.
I remember hearing this kid in the music store jamming out on the Squier VM J-Bass, and I was totally impressed with the beautiful tone. At first I thought that he was playing a Fender, then I almost had a heart attack when I looked at the headstock. I decided to pick it up for myself and test it out. When I did I was in utter disbelief that Squier had made such an amazing sounding/feeling instrument.
For starters, the neck feels great. The fretwork was perfect, very even and nicely spaced. The natural finish was absolutely superb and looks amazing. It's a little heavy for my normal tastes, but with a maple body that's expected. Even then, it's still not so heavy that you it would restrict movement while playing a faster song (like jumping around during a Punk Rock song).
After my experience at the music store, I had to order one for myself (off of Amazon.com of course). The shipping was very fast (received it by Standard Postal Servce in less than a week), and right out of the box it was near perfect. I've had this Bass for a little more than six months and the only thing I've ever changed in it was replacing the stock strings.
This bass works well with almost any style of music. The neck is very thin and fast (which I absolutely love). The neck pickups are very warm and thick, while the bridge pickups give you more of the "growling" low end. With both pickups on full blast, you get a nice definitive "punchy" sound (great for Pop music).
I play almost any kind of music (Anything from Classic Rock to Modern Pop/Rock) and I've never found a style that I couldn't make this Bass shine in.
This instrument alone has revived my faith in the Squier brand. I am really looking forward to seeing what else they can come up with, that sounds this amazing and is VERY affordable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
I bought this guitar for my son for Christmas. The guitar sounds great, but it came with a bent G String tuner, an apparent factory defect. I called Fender, who said I had to take it to their factor authorized repair center to have it replaced. The only problem is the center is in Denver, which is one hour away from us, and is available by appointment only. The other repair center is two hours away from us, and when I called them they said they no longer do a lot of repairs for Fender and it would take several trips as they would have to look at the guitar and have Fender send them the new part.
I called Music 123 who said they would ship us a new guitar immediately and we just put the defective one in the box and return it to them. I thought, "Wow, great service". Then the customer service rep said, "Oh, wait. You bought this through Amazon.com. We can't to that as Amazon won't let us do direct replacements. You will have to send us the guitar back, then we will refund you the money. Then, you can order a new one". This would take a couple of weeks.
I'm still fighting to have just the part replaced, hoping Fender will just send me the new tuner and I'll put it on as it is a simple replacement. I have always bought our guitars through Guitar Center and will do so again in the future. This is the first one I ever bought online (Guitar Center did not have this one in stock at the time) and will never do it again.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2011
I rarely write reviews, but after playing my Squier VMJ bass, I felt the need to tell of what an exceptional instrument it is. I purchased this bass on a whim, having never really played Fender instruments before. I went to a local Guitar Center and tried out both the USA Fenders and and the Mexican Fenders. Both sounded and felt pretty good and I was considering buying a used 2009 USA Fender Jazz bass until I saw the Squier VMJ tucked away into a corner. This model had the natural maple body with a perfect seam joining the separate body pieces together. The neck is a maple neck with the black binding and black block inlays and satin finish. The inlays and binding almost look like they are painted on, but they are the real deal. The pickups are the Duncan designed J pickups with 2 volume controls and 1 tone control. First thing I noticed was the weight of the bass. I have a German made Warwick Corvette 5 string, and they are notoriously heavy. The Squier seemed almost as heavy, due to the solid maple body. I like heavier instruments for a better tone. I plugged this into a 300 watt Mark Bass rig and was floored by how good this bass sounds. Crystal highs and booming lows. There was no loss of the bass or distortion when I cranked it up. It was easy to change tones by adjusting the volume controls and rolling off the tone a bit. The neck is more comfortable than anything I have ever played. The price was set at $275.00...what a steal! I took it home and tweaked the neck by giving it a tad more relief and swapping the bridge for a Leo Quan Bad Ass 2 chrome bridge. The bridge added even more sustain and clarity to an already fantastic bass. I also swapped out the chrome control knobs for vintage style black plastic jazz knobs and put on a Fender gold glass sparkle pickguard for some visual flair. I ended up buying the VMJ over the USA model and haven't regretted it. I have played all types of basses over the last 25 years and was shocked at how good the VMJ is. I play it through a 200 watt Acoustic half stack and pedal board with a Tech 21 Sans Amp bass driver and this thing sings. My band mates and sound guys rave at the tone this thing puts out. Do yourself a favor and check this bass out. Even though it's a Squier, it has become my number 1 bass and would be devastated if something happened to it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
For the ones who have been in the music business for some time the differences that distinguish a good bass from a great one are very evident. With that in mind, I have to say this: I dare all musicians here to find a better sounding/looking bass for the price!
I have had it for some months now and I can tell you that the quality control the factory works perfectly.
And the best thing is that the instrument still has room for improvement because you can later buy the bridge/pick up configuration you prefer. But make no mistake, this bass guitar sounds great right out of the box.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2011
I bought one of these back when they first came out. Mine plays beautiful and sounds like a Fender J-bass. I did have to lower the action and change the strings but that's it. It's been great and my wife, who hates my instruments, even wonders why I didn't buy it before. It's not a classic American Fender Jazz Bass but it plays as well as a MIM Jazz Bass. This is my "goto" bass out of the 3 basses in my arsenal.