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Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar

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The Squier Classic Vibe '60s Precision Bass is an electric bass guitar that delivers the true P Bass experience. Big, woody tones jump out from its C...Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic vibe with modern refinements.

The Squier Classic Vibe '60s Precision Bass is an electric bass guitar that delivers the true P Bass experience. Big, woody tones jump out from its Custom Split Single-Coil Precision Bass® pickup. The comfort contoured body fits like a glove and looks beautiful. Featuring a 20-fret vintage-style maple neck (rosewood fingerboard) with the modern playability of a 9.5" neck radius and vintage-style frets - you'll have no problem holding down the bottom end and pounding out round thick tones on this bass tone monster!

Classic Vibe!
Back in 1982, the very first Squier by Fender guitars and basses came ringing out of Asia. Known for their excellent vintage-quality look, feel, sound and construction, those early Squier instruments and their Fender-branded counterparts are now highly sought-after collector's items revered by guitar enthusiasts as models of "getting it right" while aiming at value-conscious players. The Squier Classic Vibe Series reflects that simultaneous commitment to excellence, value and 'vibe'. Mirroring classic Fender designs, the Classic Vibe offering is not intended to be era or vintage correct ” but rather to impart the "vibe" of a classic Fender design. Each model has a distinctive feature set”all adding up to one classic-looking instrument. Great sound, vintage looks, unbeatable value”Classic Vibe!

FEATURES
  • Body: Basswood
  • Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern C-shaped
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" (241mm)
  • Frets: 20, Vintage Style
  • Scale Length: 34" (864mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
  • Position Inlays: White dot
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Open gear tuning machines
  • Bridge: HiMass, 4-saddle bridge
  • Middle pickup: Custom Split Single-Coil Precision Bass®
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Strings: (.045, .065, .080, .100) Nickel Plated Steel

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SquierClassic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 42 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (8)
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    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

P-Bass

By Robert

from Houston, TX

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    I started playing bass in April 2012 after 6 years of guitar. Now I play bass in a Post-Punk band. I have a very fast punk rock style like Matt Freeman but also really grooving to some Motown or Jazz. I own both the White J Bass and Red Pbass in 2013. This review is for the Red Pbass. For the other review check out the Jbass on Musicians Friend.
    This is a lot of bass for the Price and its worth it for sure. It has all of what you want from a Pbass for much less money. For me, the Squire CV necks are the most comfortable to me of the entire Fender bass product line. There is just something about them that fits me. I was initially skeptical as I could not get the sound I wanted. Then I added some Rotosound Steels and this bass came to LIFE. The bass rumbles and thumps like you want it to and gives you that pop you want. Its stays in tune well and is of a solid construction. I really like it. For some reason the Pbass pickup is much more loud and punchy than its Jbass brother. Some might not like it but I do. Roll of the volume knob just a smidge and you can tame it. But just a slight bump will also push it. Tone is more versatile.
    Overall I prefer the CV Jbass tone and neck better but I can't fault the Pbass for that. It is what it is and as such gets a 4.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    that 'Pino' vibe for much less...

    By Bryan White

    from Western North Carolina

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    The bass I received (a grade 'A' level 'used' (mint condition)) bass was fantastic. Classic Fiesta Red color, extremely low action out of the box, and comfortable vintage/banjo style frets (similar to my Lakland basses). The high-mass bridge is solid and makes setup/intonation a breeze. To those who want the 'Pino Palladino' vibe in a very affordable bass, look no further than this one. Get past the Squier name (no problem for me) and you have a gem of a bass at your disposal. I have owned 4 Mexican-made Fender Standard Jazz/Precision basses in the past and this Squier is a better-constructed, more solid bass than any of those basses were, with a far more stable neck and refined fretwork. The Classic Vibe line has a history of being very consistent in production, so buy with confidence. Highly recommended.
    The high-mass bridge is fantastic, and the pickup is a very old-school, classic, warm sounding pickup.
    Much better construction, fit and finish than any other Fender I've owned in the past. Quite surprised at the quality control.
    You can't beat this bass... the Fender Custom Shop Pino Palladino model costs close to 5k... get the same color bass and overall feel for far less. It's a P-Bass... you can't go wrong. BUT, this one truly captures the 60s sound.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic.

    By Jennifer Webb

    from Georgia (the state)

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    This is the kind of axe that makes a cheap peavey combo sound good. Right now my gigging amp is an Ampeg BA115, which is a decent amp for the money. I might hate it if I weren't so in love with this bass.

    I cannot stress how much I love this bass, even nearly a year after the honeymoon. The plug-n-play simplicity serves a beginner as well as a pro. The only changes I made were to steel wool the finish matte and add Schaller straplocks out of security. Do not shy away from this bass because it's a Squier. Try one, you won't regret it.
    First off, it's a P Bass. It has one pickup, one volume knob, and one master tone. It's a very simple, familiar design electroniclally. It's the physical features that make the difference. The neck is a P-width but thin like a J. Notice I said thin, not flat. It's the single most comfy neck I've ever had the pleasure to play. The frets are tiny, almost banjo- or mandolin-sized. It makes for a great playing experience. The high mass bridge gives it a little added sustain and resonance but still looks, sounds, and feels vintage. The polyester finish is smooth without being sticky, although I had to steel wool it becasue I sweat a lot. The pickups are very unique. they give it a very special, ballsy tone with great clarity and definition. I would not even consider a pickup change, I'm afraid I would destroy it's great sound.
    This is the bass's strong suit. It's not well built for the price, it's well built period. The neck pocket is tight enough that I can't fit a peice of paper into it at any angle. The screws were all mounted dead straight, the bridge was perfectly aligned. The hardware is solid, even the tuners (a common gripe on import basses). I feel no desire to upgrade it in any way. It is easily on par with a USA Fender. I can't stress how top-notch and impressive this bass is. My two gripes are that the basswood body is inherently soft, and mini pots are kind of cheap.
    I wish I had not spent over $1000 on Fenders and Ibanezes before I found this one. It was an impulse buy; a floor model at guitar center that really spoke to me. I did not hesitate to pay full price on it on the spot. Even if money is no object, I cannot reccomend it enough.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a true gem - a steal at twice the price

    By Tape

    from Boston, MA

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    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    I'm a guitarist and drummer who's wanted a bass for a while, could never get enough of playing friends' basses. Went to the local GC and played half the basses in the store, from the cheapest used $99 Squier to the $1600 Music Man to the AmDeluxe Jazz. I've always considered myself to be a Jazz guy, but the three that really just felt right were a sunburst MIM P-bass, the Squier CV 50s P-bass and this Squier CV 60s P-bass. I went with the sweet Fiesta Red Classic Vibe because, well, yeah, it looks awesome, but also because it sounded and felt very comparable to the mid-priced basses, and because the CV 50s sounded just a little bit too gritty for my taste. This one had a cleaner tone that still had that aggressive P-bass tone.The details are great. Nice fretwork, excellent finish. I just had to adjust the action very slightly because the G string had the slightest buzz, but that's part of getting a new instrument.The Classic Vibe series compares VERY favorably with not just the MIMs, but even the next tier of Fenders.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Clasic Vibe Is a Great Bass

    By Wayne2014

    from Cross, SC

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Neck Great Setup

    Cons

    • Only The Color

    Best Uses

    • Great Alround Bass
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    I have been playing bass over 40 years. I have owned all of the Classic Fender Basses, and still play a 1972 Jazz Bass, which has been my main axe for 40+ years.
    I bought the Squier Classic Vibe because I still missed my 1968 PBass. I was not disappointed at all. Right out of the box it was setup to perfection. I have to say it is the first bass I have played that has zero fret buzz regardless of your playing attack. (It is a sweet bass.) I love it. It has become my main axe on stage for the past 6 months.
    Pros:
    GREAT NECK, GREAT ACTION, Great Sound, Light Weight.

    Cons:
    Lack of color selection, which is none.
    Comment:
    The Fender division in Mexico could learn a lot about a neck and setup of a bass guitar. Fender would sell many, many more of their made in Mexico P Basses if they put this neck on the made in Mexico Fender PBass's with the Fender logo on it.
    WAKE UP FENDER!!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    perfect pbass

    By matBASS

    from upstate, ny

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Value
    • Huge Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None
    • Not For Chops-nerds

    Best Uses

    • Large Venues
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    I am blown away by this bass. for this price, I couldn't resist my own Pino-style Pbass. the fit and finish were flawless right out of the factory shipping packaging, the tone of this pickup is deep round and bassy, the feel of the neck is superb. i played it side-by-side with Pbasses that cost 3x as much at the guitar shop when i bought it, and it was on par with all of them, and even exceeded a couple. brought it home, put flatwounds on it, and haven't stopped playing it in 3 weeks. this is not for your victor-types who wanna shred all day, but that's not what Pbasses are for anyway. this is for those of us who live by jamerson, palladino, etc. this is the most solid BASS bass i have ever played for this price, or for less than a grand for that matter. i have gotten over the fact that the headstock says Squier and not Fender, and this will be a main bass of mine for many years to come.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Please can I have another?

    By lowdownbass24

    from Portland, TX

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    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    Got my fiesta red about three weeks ago can't put it down. I own an american jazz, a mim jazz deluxe, and now this Squire classic vibe P. Can do a lot of cool stuff with my mim jazz deluxe, but for old school p bass funk the classic vibe gets the job done. Straight forward P bass without the Fender logo on the headstock.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender Needs a Lesson From Themselves

    By LifelongFenderFan

    from Clarkston, MI

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    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    I have the Sonic Blue version. This bass is the bass the Fender should be putting their own logo on and selling for themselves at this price. Everything is there. Materials, finish, set-up fretwork, playability. My fellow musicians, I have vintage P basses, vintage Jazz basses, Ricks, Musicman and an assortment of others. They hang on my walls as art. This is the bass that has become my workhorse. It is replaceable if need be, When some "dude" wants to sit in, I don't cringe to hand him my bass.I fully intend to get the Fiesta Red version as well.Now the only reason I dinged the quality is that I prefer the Fender 60's pickups. But there is NO reason not to use the bass as it comes out of the box. The tuners are Ok, they get the job done, but I have no intention to replace them.Gentlemen - have no reservations because the classic logo says "Squire". This is a fine bass. Worthy of a "Fender" logo. Aquire and enjoy.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT BASS!!!!!

    By cj fennell

    from Tulsa,OK

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    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    i bought this bass for a replacement while my other on was in the shop and i must say this bass is great. it work with roundwounds for punk and rock or flats for jazz and blues. BUY THIS BASS

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best bang for the buck

    By Run Run Zabatista

    from San Francisco

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    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    not bad quality for the Squier Classic vibe P bass. plays and feels just a nice as my brothers American P bass. the tones are almost comparable out the box. it has the better bridge and pickups than the Sqiuer standard P/J basses. the looks and sounds from this bass are quite exceptional. very happy with this bass. best of the Squier series

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent P-Bass for the price!

    By aggrokragg

    from hartford, CT

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bang For The Buck
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor setup

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

    I had read multiple glowing reviews of the Squier Classic Vibe series. I can honestly say this is one of the best instruments I've ever played at this low price point.

    I had always wanted a P-Bass but the cost of the MIM and MIA Fender's was prohibitive, and I had heard stories about Squier instruments not being the best quality. So when I read about the CV's and the Vintage Modified series being a cut above I jumped on this one.

    I'm glad I did. The build quality and components are all very solid and the tone is great. It's got that excellent "P" sound. A very utilitarian bass that allows your hands to create most of the different tones.

    The only issue I had was that the action was high, but that is pretty much to be expected from any factory built instrument. Pretty much any new bass needs to be taken for a setup by a luthier to play at its best.

    If you're in the market for a much better-than-average instrument at an entry level price then I highly recommend this or the Classic Vibes Jazz bass.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Tone/ Value bass guitar!

    By YahBoy

    from Malaysia

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

      No need to type thousand of sentences, just ONE word ~~ Xcellent !!!
      This stuff has SURPRISE & BRIGHTEN up me...
      I dont know what CLASSIC Tone always u guy told, BUT the tone really CATCH my EAR, PASTE my taste.

      Neck is smooth to play, seem Slimer than normal Pbass.
      Paint job nice,Bridge got lot sustain.
      Tone pot increase the tone smooth, NOT like my previous MIM Jazz, got SUDDENLY-TONE-RASING!

      Tiny fret easy to play,but factory action setting a bit high for me.

      After i string the D'addario Flat & make some lower action adjustment. Hey guy, it really nice to play & sing with tasty TONE.

      Nowaday, Squire China made seem blow out the POOR QC Fender MIM.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      im poor but i feel rich

      By teyo

      from florida

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      Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

      bought it because I was getting a little paranoid about bringing my 79 Peavey T-40 out due to a sentimental value. Tried it out at my local music store and been playing it at every single gig since and 0 complaints. Period

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible value

      By Paul Jude

      from Upstate NY

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

        I have owned many Fender basses. My first bass was bought by my father in 1976. A 76 P Bass. Since then I have become a Leo Fender "freak" I guess. When Squier came on the scene, it was Fenders budget line to compete with all of the manufacturers that were copying them. I thought it was time to add a Squier to my collection just because. They have stuck it out for a long time and have offered people a chance to play without breaking the bank. I was blown away when my Fiesta Red P Bass was taken out of the box. Absolutely beautiful from top to bottom. I love the gloss neck, and I know some don't like them but it has such a smooth warm feel. The sound when plugged in to my rig was that classic old P Bass sound...nothing but pure tone and simplicity. The neck is a bit thinner than the actual Fender ones I own but it plays fantastic and has great fast action. I only wish that these basses were around when I was a kid!!...back in my day you owned a Fender or a piece of junk. None of us could afford a Fender back then. Thank God my Dad bought me one out of pure kindness.
        With out a doubt, this has to be the best value on the market hands down. Total quality and craftsmanship. If you (like I did) are a young person..or older, it doesn't matter...and want a great bass...ask your Dad to buy it for you!!ha!
        You can spend hundreds more and there is no reason. This is a Fender product..Leo Fender designed this bass. It has been copied for a half century. You will love it, and you will make a great choice.........good luck to all of you.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classic vibe, classic tone

        By VintageTweed

        from Augusta, ME

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        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

        I have had alot of people comment on how well this bass sounds, and I would have to agree. I've played many basses since I bought mine and the tone that this bass produces is incredable for the price. I loved the color sonic blue very retro but still very current. The neck on the bass is really what sold me such an excellent fit and finish on this beauty. I walked into the music store with around 3 bills in my pocket looking for a telecaster, I walked out with this bass and never looked back, couldn't be more happy with it. If your looking for an inexpensive bass that looks and plays like a million bucks, this is the bass for you.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great affordable bass

        By Marshan Recordings

        from Hastings, MN

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        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

        just got this bass a couple weeks ago and absolutely love it. besides looking cool as hell, it has nice action and is easy to play. Ruby can't wait for her first gig.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classic Vibe 60's P in Fiesta Red

        By Bubbalou

        from Dallas/Ft. Worth area

        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

        Saw this bass hanging way up high on the wall at Guitar Center and had to try it. This bass had low action, well intonated, excellent tone and playability was very good. The fit and finish in Fiesta Red with a tort guard is awesome. This is not an American Standard but it equals and in many cases surpasses an MIM. The electronics are very nice and excellent soldering unlike many lesser expensive models. In short, I love this bass, it's tone, feel, and looks make it a best buy!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible!

        By therookie

        from Dallas, TX

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        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

        For a while now I have been looking to get a "budget" bass guitar for recording in my home studio. I'm really not a bassist, I mostly play acoustic/electric guitar and keys. I had tried TONS of basses around this price and never found anything I was quite happy with. Finally I picked up this bad bay. WOW! Amazing tone, sounds just as good as any "real" Fender I've heard. The neck feels fantastic. I love the vintage tint! Looks great. AND...the electronics are DEAD quiet (in a good way)! NO hum. This is a huge problem for a lot of the basses in this category. Many have very poor electronics and/or grounding issues which results in a lot of noise you don't want. Which can really be a problem if you're wanting to record. So I'm THRILLED with this bass. It's amazing. I can think of anything I don't love about it. Although I must admit, at first I was not too keen on the red color. But it's really grown on me! Gives it a lot of character. If you're looking for a lower priced bass, do yourself a favor and check out the Classic Vibe series. Awesome job Squier!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good P-bass for the money

        By possessed

        from S. Florida

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        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

        If you're looking for a P-bass in this price range, look no further. Mine came with a terrible setup. The intonation was way out and the strings were terrible. If you pick one up in the store, don't let a bad setup fool you. After a full setup, tweaking, and new strings, it is a nice playing and sounding bass. The neck resembles a newer style Precision and is quite comfortable. Don't expect this to sound and play like an American Precision, however for the price and looks this is a good deal.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        bassman

        By tc-iUdiN

        from Dallas Texas

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        Comments about Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s Guitar:

        this bass is awesome quality and sounds as good as my Mexi and American P basses. the finish is high quality the bridge is better than the Mexi ones for the money there is absolutely nothing wrong with this bass. the fiesta red is great color and the details are there. super lightweight and great balance. great deal.

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