Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s
Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s

Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s, 4-string bass guitar from Squier in the Jazz Bass series.

heads on fire 11/29/2011

Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass '60s : heads on fire's user review

« Great buy in a bass. »

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Body: Basswood
Finish: Polyester
Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern C-shaped
Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" (241 mm)
Frets: 20, Vintage Style
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Nut Width: 1.5" (38 mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Open gear tuning machines
Bridge: HiMass, 4-saddle bridge with brass barrel saddles
Pickguard: 3-ply tortoise shell with thumbrest
Middle pickup: Custom Jazz Bass single-coil pickup (Alnico V)
Bridge pickup: Custom Jazz Bass single-coil pickup (Alnico V)
Controls: Volume, Volume, Tone
Strings: (.045, .065, .080, .100) Nickel Plated Steel
Unique Features: Olympic White over basswood; 20-fret vintage tint gloss maple neck; 3-ply tortoise shell pickguard with thumbrest; open gear tuning machines; HiMass 4-saddle bridge with brass barrel saddles; Custom Jazz Bass single-coil pickup set with Alnico V magnets.


Here we have yet another winner in the Squier Classic Vibe series. This bass feels just like playing one of the high end Fender Jazz basses! It is every bit at home with fingerstyle as it is with a pick. Slap and pop feel a bit constrained, due to the string spacing, but the techniques are still doable. The weight is solid, not too heavy, and the bass balances well. The finish is spot on, as is the workmanship overall - the fretwork is a lot better than most instruments in its class.


For the money, this bass sounds fantastic. I can pull off different tones like Led Zeppelin, Jaco Pastorius, Red Hot Chili Peppers, all very convincingly with this instrument, so the tonal range is very versatile. I cannot think of a genre that couldn't be played with this bass, except genres demanding extreme extended ranges. For a four string instrument, this can get a wide range of sounds.


For the price, this Classic Vibe bass is a great buy. It looks fantastic, it plays great, and the tones that are achievable are vast. For any musician that wants to spend money and do some modifications to it, it can be improved upon to get it performing with the very high-end instruments. But for the cost, I give this a 9 out of a possible 10.