Squier gives you the best of both bass worlds—Precision and Jazz—with the Vintage Modified Precision Bass PJ. Its sleek Precision Bass form features the sonically powerful and tonally versatile combination of a punchy Fender-designed split single-coil Precision Bass middle pickup and a growling single-coil Jazz Bass bridge pickup with ceramic magnets.
Other features include a maple neck with “modern C” profile, 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets, three-ply black pickguard, three “dome”-style control knobs (bridge pickup volume, middle pickup volume, master tone), vintage-style bridge with four single-groove saddles, and vintage-style tuners. Available in Candy Apple Red, Lake Placid Blue and Three-color Sunburst.
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Out of the box, this bass was a bit of a dog in terms of playability, but with a correct set up, the bass plays brilliantly and has a fast, comfortable neck which is a joy to navigate. The PJ is super-light, so no need to fear neck or back pain from lengthy sessions with it around your neck. Tonally speaking, ceramic pickups are seldom a good idea, and the neck P pickup is no exception - there's no warmth or depth to this pickup and it's difficult to get a 'nice' sound, although 'workable' sounds are certainly there. The Jazz pickup, on the other hand, is surprisingly pleasant and offers a frankly impressive range of tones, all relatively authentic to the Fender Jazz sound. If you play slap, you'll be happy. On the whole, had Squier put a decent pickup in the neck position, they would have had a cracking bass - a Seymour Duncan collaboration would have been nice here, or even just a better Fender pickup would have done the job. I like this bass, and I wanted this pickup configuration, but ultimately the neck pup comes up short on expectation. You can see Squier closing the gap on Fender, but a little more attention to tone would not go amiss,
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I have owned American P-basses, both fretted and fretless. I'll tell you what, until I am a multi-millionaire, I will ALWAYS buy Squier axes. If they are set up by an experienced luthier, there is no reason to pay the additional grand you are likely to have to pony up to get into a great sounding bass. My modified P-bass (it is stock, with the J-bass bridge pick-up) stacks up against all straight Fender products at my local Guitar Center and Sam Ash.
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|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Precision Bass® PJ, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Shape:||Precision Bass®|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Squier®|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Middle Pickup:||Fender-Designed Split Single-Coil Precision Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle Standard Vintage-Style with Single Groove Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Dome Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045-.100 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Fender-designed Split-Coil Precision Bass® and Single-Coil Jazz Bass® Pickups, Vintage Tint Gloss Neck|
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