The James Johnston Jazz Bass® guitar puts James's own personal touch on a Squier® Classic Vibe series instrument. Based on his Fender® USA Jazz Bass®, features include Lake Placid Blue finish on a basswood body, vintage-tint gloss-maple neck with matching painted headcap, James' signature on the back of the headstock as well as the Biffy Clyro band logo on the front, 3-ply mint green pickguard, two custom single-coil Jazz Bass pickups, and a HiMass™ bridge with brass barrel saddles.
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Squier is definitely making great strides to produce quality instruments at affordable prices. I recently bought the J Mascis Jazzmaster, and it's so amazing that I instantly became a Squier lover. That said, when I first laid eyes on this beautiful bass I knew I wanted it.
I love Lake Placid Blue, and the painted headstock makes this bass stand out visually. It's basically an homage to the '66 Fender Jazz Bass that runs over $2000. The mint/off white pick guard looks so good against the blue paint as well. The fretboard is of fine quality with rich dense brown hues, unlike the dry faded cheap looking wood of older Squiers.
When I plugged this bass in, I was thrilled to learn that the pickups are very responsive and the full range of tones are available, and just as you'd find in a MIM or MIA (made in Mexico/made in America) bass--both of which I also own so I know.
Opening my bass straight from the box, there was minor setup needed. I lowered the action and adjusted the saddle heights to be better action. Beyond that, I'll change the strings out and this thing will be ready for serious playing.
All in all, this is an incredible value and definitely comparable to MIM basses, and even some MIA jazz basses. My only real qualm is that the neck is coated in a thick layer of "gloss polyester". I would MUCH prefer the satin urethane neck which is smoother/faster to play on. I guess it's the cheaper option, helping to keep the price low.
This, hands down, has to be the coolest bass in the fleet. Lake Placid Blue with a matching headstock in the CV series. Mine is a factory 2nd, stamped "used". My question is "How???" It's perfect. Mine came with a quarter sawn flame maple neck and perfect action right out of the box. the tone?... You need nothing else. To put this instrument in a class for beginners & amatures is a vast understatement of all time. Fender USA & custom shop has shot themselves in the foot by letting this one out of the bag. This one is a gem.
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|Model Name:||James Johnston Jazz Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue|
|Color:||Lake Placid Blue|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dot|
|Headstock:||Matching Painted Headcap|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone|
|Pickguard:||3-Ply Mint Green|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045-.100 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||James' Signature on the Back of the Headstock, Biffy Clyro Band Logo on the Front of the Headstock, Matching Painted Headcap, Vintage Styling, Tinted Neck, Vintage Style Chrome Control Plate Black Jazz Bass® Control Knobs, Gold Squier Logo, Thumbrest, Synthetic Bone Nut|
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