Squier’s five-string Vintage Modified Jazz Bass® V has a handsome natural-finish soft maple body and one-piece maple neck with sharp-looking black binding and block inlays on the 20-fret maple fingerboard. Other features include dual Fender-designed single-coil Jazz Bass pickups, vintage-tint gloss neck finish, three-ply pickguard, five-saddle bridge and chrome hardware and tuners. Superior sound and feel for the five-string bassist, with superior Squier performance and value.
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This is a quality bass. At least equal to certain US Fenders I've had the privilege of playing - the fit and finish are very good indeed. I had toyed with the idea of swapping out the pups (because Squier pups are bound to be rubbish, right?) but in fact the stock pups are in no way inferior and sound great. This is not a bass which needs to be modded - at least not immediately. It can be put to very good use straight out of the box. This bass represents exceptional value for money and is something of a bargain, in my humble opinion.
If you DID fit top-of-the-range pups and a spiffy preamp you would have yourself a high-end bass for not very much outlay, as the neck plays superbly and the hardware does its job without fuss or incident. It feels smooth and lovely in your hands. Recommended.
I bought this Vintage Modified five string bass as a used instrument on May 10, 2014 from Music-Go-Round and used it in church services the next day. The sound was like playing an upright bass but with much more sustain and much more concert quality sound. The maple body gave it a lot more bottom and body to every note. I have the Squier Standard P Bass Special V and changed the strings to Labella flatwound strings to give it the upright bass sound I wanted, but it is nothing like this jazz bass. The sound was totally unique compared to any bass on the market. And I did not have to change the roundwound strings out to flatwounds. It played just like my LaBella flatwounds I have on the P-Bass Special V. I would definitely recommend this bass as an instrument to work with professionally.
bradt456 owns this item
I owned this bass for a time, and I was very surprised at how good this bass was! I'm kind of a bass snob, and I needed a 5-string bass fast, so I ordered this Squier Vintage Modified Jazz V thinking, "Well, its just a cheap Squier, but it will work for now." Boy, was my attitude changed when I played this bass! The bass was a bit heavy, but that is understandable with a soft maple body and maple neck/fingerboard; not that big of a deal there. The maple lent to this amazingly clear, concise, snappy tone that blew me away. The passive V/V/T electronics were fine. The pickups were my big issue with the bass. The pickups were noisy. Not "single-coil" noisy like one would expect, but loud and static-y. I shopped for replacement pickups, but could not find any that would fit the bass. After a while, I just became fed up and returned the bass to the store from which I purchased it.
At the end of the day, I liked this bass a lot. This is a great beginner/backup bass, and with proper pickups, could be an inexpensive primary bass for a player on a budget (like myself). :-) I will not underestimate Squier instruments again, though, after having such a positive overall experience with this bass. Well done overall, Squier. Just beef up the pickups a little for future runs.
I have never really been drawn to the 5 string bass, although when I do play one I have enjoyed the low tones, but never enough to want to buy one. Over time, I thought that I should have one for my collection just because. The Jazz Bass is one of my all time fav basses. I simply love Fender basses overall. When I went to the Guitar Center in Syracuse, I saw one and played it for over an hour. What a beautiful sound and somehow the 5th string started to find its way to my hand. Squier basses and the Squier brand overall has come a long way and is hands down the best value in the biz. I would not hand over this bass for any other 5 string, mainly because the cost was so reasonable, but the sound and feel was equally great. I have owned over 100 basses in my lifetime, and this one will stay with the other 11 I own. Squier is cool, Fender is cool...they are brothers. I wish Squier was around when I started playing. Back in my time, you owned a Fender or a piece of junk. Today its different....you need the desire first, then the talent. These basses will help you get their on a budget. Enjoy.
pauljude owns this item
Every time I read a review I think someone from the company wrote it lol but I'm not. I've been a certain fan boy of a different brand of guitars and this is my first purchase away from that brand and I'am extremely happy with it :). The tone, looks and especially the feel (didn't even go try it before I bought it smh.. It was a vain buy) are amazing. If this bass is sitting on the back burners of your mind do yourself a favor and go for it, you won't be disappointed. On another note, I think this bass is a great foundation for customization WHICH is what I'm doing :). Again, if your thinking about it just do it you'll love it.
Victor2113 owns this item
Just picked one up and it sounds as great or better than basses that i tried upwards of $1500.
This baby sounds great as is. Love it!!!
Absolutely love this bass. It plays lovely, sounds great, looks sweet and doesn't cost the earth. Highly recommended.
Ishfaq.co.uk owns this item
I was looking for a second/backup bass to my customized Fender Deluxe Active Jazz V. After reading a lot of great reviews, I decided to go put my hands on a Squier Vintage Modified Jazz V at the local guitar store. I could tell right away that this bass had potential. I bought the Natural Finish model because I love the look of it (I really love the Marcus Miller signature jazz model that Fender makes, but they're expensive so this is probably as close as I'll get to owning one). After a little bit of setup work (a small tweak of the truss rod, several turns of the saddle screws to get the action lowered to my liking, and setting the intonation) I couldn't stop playing it. It felt great and played nearly as well as my Fender with the custom neck. I did order an aftermarket loaded control plate with an on board 9 volt preamp to replace the stock controls. I prefer a master volume with a blend pot and more tonal options (much like my Fender Deluxe Active Jazz) over the stock volume, volume, tone plate that this guitar comes with, but that's just my preference. This mod really made the Duncan designed pickups come alive! In my opinion, this bass can't be beat in its price range. It's as good or better than basses I've played priced much higher. If you're looking for a great bass for a budget price and you aren't a brand snob and it won't bother you that the head stock says Squier, then you need this bass! You won't be disappointed.
HeavyBassRig owns this item
This is my fourth bass and I have no idea why I waited to buy it. I'm a retired military guy who lives in Saudi Arabia and low and behold I found a Fender shop. This Squier bass plays better than my Washburn, old school Gibson Grabber, and my Peavy. The neck is smooth and the tones are very nice. It sounds great going through an amp or straight through the board. The Duncan Design pickups sound very good as well. I purchased it new from a Saudi store for just under retail so it is well worth the money. Bravo Fender for this bass.
Webbcrew owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Jazz Bass® V, Maple Fingerboard, Olympic White|
|Body Material:||Soft Maple|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.875" (47.6 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Squier®|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Middle Pickup:||Fender-Designed Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone|
|Bridge:||5-String Standard Vintage-Style with Single Groove Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Dome Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7350/5M Stainless Steel (.045, .065, .085, .105, .125 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Black Bound Fingerboard with Black Block Position Inlays, Knurled Chrome Dome Control Knobs, 4-Over/1-Under Tuning Machine Array, Bar String Retainer, Vintage Tint Neck|
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