Monday, February 24, 2014

A Bass

 The Squire Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V actually.
$329 at Sweetwater. I'm still a bit confused, the pictures don't show the words "Duncan Designed" anywhere on the pickups and the copy (below) says the pickups are "Fender Designed". But all the reviews talk about the Duncan-branded pickups. I dunno.
It comes, presumably, with this set of Fender round-wound strings. Nobody really has much positive to say about those strings (see previous post on bass guitar strings.)
So you know. A thing. For $30 less one could get a 4-string Jazz. I just figured... you know.
These are pictures of the actual instrument.
This is all text from the Sweetwater site:

The 5-string Squier® Vintage Modified Jazz Bass® V's offset-waist body and an ultra-slim, fast-action maple neck make this a truly outstanding instrument in its class. Although its soft maple body design and overall appearance are clear nods to the past, the Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V also incorporates some futuristic elements, such as high-end cosmetic touches and sizzling Fender-designed Jazz Bass single-coil pickups. The value-packed 5-string Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V is an excellent entry/intermediate-level instrument for any bassist.

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V at a Glance:
  • Lightweight, "offset-waist" soft maple body
  • Neck designed for fast, comfortable playing
  • Fender quality at a great Squier value

Lightweight, "offset-waist" soft maple body
Bass guitars are big and that can mean heavy, too. Supremely comfortable whether you're seated or standing, the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V comes with the distinctive "offset-waist" body, but it's made from maple, which is resonant, but relatively light, which you'll appreciate after several hours up on stage. And with its classic finish, your Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V will command the eyes - as well as the ears - of your fans!

Neck designed for fast, comfortable playing
Made from solid maple, with a maple fingerboard, the neck on Squier's Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V is designed to deliver a smooth and fluid playing experience. The 20 medium-jumbo frets provide you with added playing comfort, so you can continue for hours without hand fatigue. A fast-playing neck is vital when you're holding down the bass line, and Squier understands that. The Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V features a neck and fretboard that ensure you'll never want to put it down.

Fender quality at a great Squier value
Squier Vintage Modified Series electric guitars and basses provide you with renowned FENDER® quality at an affordable price. The Vintage Modified Series features some of the most time-honored models, including the Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Jazzmaster™, Jaguar®, Mustang®, Jazz Bass®, and the Precision Bass®. These versatile guitars and basses are offered at the very best Squier value to make Fender quality more available to everyone. If you've been looking for a great guitar or bass to complement your playing, Squier Vintage Modified Series electric guitars and basses have an instrument for you.

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V Features:
  • Fender quality at a great Squier value
  • Fat, growling tones from a pair of Fender-designed Jazz Bass pickups
  • Comfortable and lightweight maple body with offset-waist
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck and fingerboard with block inlays
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • Top-load bridge
  • Open-gear tuners

Get amazing modern tone from this classic-style 5-string Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.
Specification Detail
Body Type Jazz
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Natural
Body Material Soft maple
Body Finish Polyurethane
Scale Length 34"
Number of Frets 20 medium jumbo
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black blocks
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape C shape
Nut Width 1.875"
Bridge/Tailpiece 5-String Standard Vintage-Style with Single Groove Saddles
Tuners Knurled chrome dome tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Fender-Designed Jazz Bass single-coil
Middle Pickup No Middle Pickup
Bridge Pickup Fender-Designed Jazz Bass single-coil
Controls 2 x Volume, Master Tone
Strings Fender USA 7350/5M, (.045-.125)
Case Included No case included
Manufacturer Part Number 0306760521

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