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Punk legend Matt Freeman is known for his monster bass work with Rancid, Operation Ivy and, more recently, Devils Brigade, and Squier now honors the ...Read More

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An affordable tribute to Matt's mid-'70s P Bass!

Punk legend Matt Freeman is known for his monster bass work with Rancid, Operation Ivy and, more recently, Devils Brigade, and Squier now honors the man and his sound with the new Matt Freeman Signature Precision Bass.

Modeled after his beloved and battle-hardened mid-'70s P Bass, Freeman's Squier signature model features a traditional split-single-coil pickup, contoured basswood body in Black or Vintage White, vintage-tint gloss fast-action maple neck, 20-fret maple fingerboard with modern 9.5" radius, HiMass bridge with four brass barrel saddles, and a three-ply black-white-black pickguard.

FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • C-shaped maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • 20 vintage-style frets
  • Custom Precision Bass split single coil pickup
  • 4-saddle HiMass bridge with brass barrel saddles
  • Chrome hardware
  • Matt Freeman signature on front of headstock
  • Lower finger rest

You wanna sound like a legend? You gotta have his bass! Get Matt's signature bass now!

SPECIFICATIONS

Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar

  • 34" scale length
    1.65" nut width
    9-1/2" fretboard radius
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SquierMatt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This bass is an excellent buy.........

It's a great bass period. I've been playing Fender Basses professionally for over 35 years and it's as good as any I've ever owned and much better than some from earlier eras.Read complete review

It's a great bass period. I've been playing Fender Basses professionally for over 35 years and it's as good as any I've ever owned and much better than some from earlier eras.

I did three live gigs and several rehearsals with it right out of the box with the stock strings and no additional set up whatsoever. The tone and playability were first rate. It's a very well built and finished instrument and they take care to ship it right so for those who might be hesitant to buy a bass without playing it first I'd say don't be. You won't be disappointed.

With a set of good flats and a set up for a half step dropped tuning it was even better sounding and playing. You can set a very low action with very little neck relief and still have no fret buzz. How many moderate priced basses can you do that with?

My first experience with a Squier Bass is the CV 60s Jazz Bass I've been playing for a little over a year now. It was because of my experience and overall satisfaction with that bass that I opted for this one. Although it's essentially a similar bass to the CV 60s PBass I picked the Matt Freeman because I wanted a maple neck rather than rosewood and I liked the black/maple look. It's a very sharp looking bass.

It's powerful, punchy, and plays extremely well. There are only small differences in the dimensions and the neck profile between this bass and the CV Jazz so I have no problems at all going back and forth between the two. It's slightly larger than the Jazz neck but still a very comfortable neck to play.

Some players may wish to modify them with their favorite pickup as I did but that's just a matter of personal preference and playing style. There is nothing wrong with the stock pickups. I played them over several gigs and they're fine as are the hardware and electronics. Changing them is not as likely to add much if anything to it's tone as your favorite set of strings will so save yourself the trouble and the cash and put it towards the strings.

The bottom line is that if you're looking for a moderate priced bass that will hold it's own with it's Fender cousins that sell for hundreds of dollars more then buy this bass. It matches up quite well with most anything else they produce.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice bass...if it arrives in good shape, unlike mine..

i use this bass as my primary axe. i play hard rock with it in standard/e flat tuning. it is a great looking and sounding bass, especially for the price.

i use this bass as my primary axe. i play hard rock with it in standard/e flat tuning. it is a great looking and sounding bass, especially for the price.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its a Fender Precision Bass disguised as a Squier

By Ozymandias

from Ether

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Ask me a question

Pros

  • It's a P-bass.

Cons

  • The "con" is paying more

Best Uses

    Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

    Its got everything I was looking for. I wanted a P-bass with JUST the split-coil pick-up. Adding the extra jazz pick-up, which seems rather common these days, is a hindrance for me. I had also looked at that Chris Aiken (dat right?) model, but that doesn't have a tone control. I use the tone control alot. High-mass bridges give more depth of tone than the usual bent-plate standard P-bass style bridge. I know this from upgrading my Squier Affinity P-bass with the Gotoh version. Good stuff. I also wanted a maple fretboard, as I prefer the smoother texture over rosewood.
    The black pickguard with the black body was just a little too much black for me, so I bought one of those D'Addario after-market P-bass pickguards in Aqua Pearl. Now it looks rather unique. Here's the bottom line on these basses... they sound just like P-bass style basses costing three times as much. If you want bragging rights, buy the American made one. If you want a high quality P-bass for bass playing, get one of these.

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    3.0

    nice bass...if it arrives in good shape, unlike mine..

    By Mick

    from Cortland NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • came with defective tuner
    • Poor Customer Service

    Best Uses

      Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

      i use this bass as my primary axe. i play hard rock with it in standard/e flat tuning. it is a great looking and sounding bass, especially for the price.

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      5.0

      Comparable to the Steve Harris Model

      By plangent music

      from manhattan

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      Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

      I'll admit...I almost didn't but this bass because I dislike "signature" models. I was even tempted to paint over the signature (but I let it go). Bottom line: This is a great P bass with outstanding quality all around. The tiger strip maple on the neck is an especially nice touch. I was going for a Steve Harris sound and strung it with flat wounds and low action. IT'S THE SOUND! I have a 62 P so I don't need to have this one emulate that sound but I believe you'd be able to get close to it. Well done Squier!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Solid Workhorse

      By RonnieJamesDevo

      from Kansas City, KS

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Good value

      Cons

      • Cheap tuners
      • Rough Fret Edges

      Best Uses

        Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

        I purchased this bass as a "beater" to use for road gigs about a year ago, and have been pleasantly suprised by its quality. Although its fit and finish are nowhere near MIA and CIJ Fenders, it plays quite nicely for the money after a setup and with a set of my preferred Rotosound Swing Bass strings, and although the pickup is nothing special compared to a Fralin or Duncan, it gets the job done.

        My only complaints are the "cheap" feeling tuners (even by Squier standards), a somewhat sticky gloss finish on the neck, and the fact that the frets needed to be filed and rounded to keep them from protruding from the edge of the neck. However, none of these are major issues given the low price and all are fixable.

        Bottom line: If you're looking for a solid P-Bass and don't want to spend too much I don't see how you could go wrong with this bass. Its construction is rock solid, and it's well worthy of receiving upgraded hardware and a higher-spec pickup when your budget allows.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SUPER FINE !!

        By BFPO 06'

        from Madisonville, KY

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lack Of Truss Rod Tool
        • Lack Of User's Manual

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

        Quality equal of any other MIM Fender product I own.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great bass. Not just for the money

        By J2TH

        from Missouri

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • I Have Played For Over
        • Solid Build

        Cons

        • Says Squier On Headstock

        Best Uses

        • Perfect Back Up Bass

        Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

        I bought this as a back up bass and I've got to say that besides the electronics it feels every bit as solid as my American P Bass.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        really good!

        By momo

        from israel

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

        except the pickup I really love it. graight precision bass.
        changed the pu to delano and it turned in to a monster!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        What a great buy!!!!

        By Rockyhorror1297

        from Anderson, Indiana

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Scratches easily

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

        I've only been playing bass for about a year so I don't know a whole lot. But one thing I do know is that the Matt Freeman Bass is a fantastic work of art! My first bass was a Squier P bass Special, and it wasn't that great. So i was skeptical about getting another squier p bass. However,after I first plugged in the freeman bass I knew that I made the right choice. It has an amazing tone that reminds me of a bass Paul Simonon(The Clash) played on the London Calling record. If you're looking for a super punchy, mean sounding bass, this one kinda lacks on that in my opinion. It's more of a soft, warmer sound. It sounds great with any styles such as Fingers, Slap, Pick, Thumb. The tone on the D and G string kind of remind me of a Jazz Bass, which is pretty awesome! The only problem I seem to have with this bass is that the pick guard does scratch pretty easily, but hey that's what its there for! It's a great bass for an amazing price. If you are looking for a great, inexpensive bass then look no further!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        THAT Precision Bass Tone...

        By Bassique1217

        from Warren, OH

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

          If you are looking to add THAT Fender Precision sound to your bass arsenal, look no further! I've played countless shows/recording sessions and used many high end basses (Fender, Warwick, MusicMan, Peavey, Ibanez, etc.), but this bass beats out most of them. The quality of this bass rivals the American-made Fenders... And at a 1/4 the price! It was set up great right out of the box, but I adjusted it a tiny bit and got that REALLY low action P-Basses are famous for. Get one NOW and THAT tone you've been searching for!

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This bass is an excellent buy.........

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          By soulman

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

            It's a great bass period. I've been playing Fender Basses professionally for over 35 years and it's as good as any I've ever owned and much better than some from earlier eras.

            I did three live gigs and several rehearsals with it right out of the box with the stock strings and no additional set up whatsoever. The tone and playability were first rate. It's a very well built and finished instrument and they take care to ship it right so for those who might be hesitant to buy a bass without playing it first I'd say don't be. You won't be disappointed.

            With a set of good flats and a set up for a half step dropped tuning it was even better sounding and playing. You can set a very low action with very little neck relief and still have no fret buzz. How many moderate priced basses can you do that with?

            My first experience with a Squier Bass is the CV 60s Jazz Bass I've been playing for a little over a year now. It was because of my experience and overall satisfaction with that bass that I opted for this one. Although it's essentially a similar bass to the CV 60s PBass I picked the Matt Freeman because I wanted a maple neck rather than rosewood and I liked the black/maple look. It's a very sharp looking bass.

            It's powerful, punchy, and plays extremely well. There are only small differences in the dimensions and the neck profile between this bass and the CV Jazz so I have no problems at all going back and forth between the two. It's slightly larger than the Jazz neck but still a very comfortable neck to play.

            Some players may wish to modify them with their favorite pickup as I did but that's just a matter of personal preference and playing style. There is nothing wrong with the stock pickups. I played them over several gigs and they're fine as are the hardware and electronics. Changing them is not as likely to add much if anything to it's tone as your favorite set of strings will so save yourself the trouble and the cash and put it towards the strings.

            The bottom line is that if you're looking for a moderate priced bass that will hold it's own with it's Fender cousins that sell for hundreds of dollars more then buy this bass. It matches up quite well with most anything else they produce.

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