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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By soulman

from Colorado

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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
    • 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.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Review.

    By Jorge Hernandez

    from Tecate, California, USA

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    Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

    Wow...It's all I could say.

    Believe me when I say that I was pretty skeptical on buying another Squier again! Since my first bass ever, a Squier Affinity P bass, I had some nice basses, G&L, Fender, Music Man, and never thought I would be buying another Squier. I'm glad I did! Other reviews spoke good about this specific kinda line...The Classic Vibe...Which has the finished (gloss) neck, the brass saddled bridge, etc. and I have to say, It's waaaaaay better than a MIM Fender and equal to those made in Japan.

    Once I tuned the bass...it stayed in tune, even playing slap-style with the new strings. Intonation needed just a little tweak to get it right, although immpressive intonation right out of the box. Truss rod did not need to be touched, and the action is one of the lowest I've played!
    I haven't found any dead spots on the neck (typical p bass peeve) and I don't get any buzz.

    The pickups and electronics are all very solid and very nice sounding. Very boomy, and it has a loooot of output! Surprised me considering it's a passive, one pickup bass. You obviously can lower your pickup and control that.

    Tuners are good...not super good, but they've hold there tune pretty good. I will probably change those to authentic Fender 70's tuners one day.

    The finish is excellent! the pickguard is nice. The neck finish is good too! Just one thing I noticed is the nut wasn't polished when finished. It has a lot of sanding grooves or tooling marks. But the good thing is that is made of some sort of synthetic bone material, not cheap plastic. Hope it holds up as I did break the nut on both my first squier and a Fender Jazz bass I had.

    The neck is STUNNING! It's flame maple all the way! I hope it was 1 piece so the fret board would have that awesome flame as well. The tint is just right up my alley and the frets are all smooth, rolled at the ends and polished. And I like the vintage size as well
    Squier Matt Freeman P Bass In Black.
    Maple Neck with Maple Fingerboard
    Vintage sized frets
    Passive Electronics
    Big Bridge with Brass Saddles
    The Quality is outstanding! For the price you can't beat the quality of the bass! Read whole review in the Overall section.
    What a great deal! For the bass your getting for that amount of money. I wouldn't even consider buying a Fender! For a begginer this bass will hold up for years! Do not sell it! Ever!
    And for a more experienced player, this is a great back up bass to have!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid Workhorse!

    By Michael Ward

    from Bloomington, MN

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    Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

    This Matt Freeman Signature Squier P-Bass (I got the Black on Black one) is a solid workhorse. I've had it for about 8 months now and it is my "go-to" bass. It never lets me down. The neck is by far the best and most beautiful part of this bass. The vintage frets are flatter than your usual Jumbo or medium frets on most modern basses. Makes for a low profile, easy playablility (like butter), and seems to hold up well against fret wear. The thick vintage finish amazingly shines like glass and has a great slick feel. The basswood body gives it a somewhat mahogany sound, a lot like the old japanese basswood fenders from the 80's. I've even knocked it against a table really hard by accident and only got a very small dent the size of the lead tip on a pencil. I thought it would be a huge dent with broken paint, but the basswood held up really well. The only downside was the pickups weren't that great, but very passable. I used the stock pickups for 7 months before installing EMG pickups. With the EMG's, it is more of a force to be wreckoned with now. Definitely a keeper. Great price, solid construction, lightweight, and top notch fit and finish. You won't be disappointed.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Freeman Squier bass

    By Mark Schulz

    from Seattle

    Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

    A lot of people are fans of the Matt Freeman Squier bass. There are also a lot of skeptics... they obviously haven't tried this bass out. Matt, with his punk rawk roots, obviously wanted his true fans, who made him who he is as a musician, to be able to play a great bass.
    easy to play and doesn't feel like a cheap bass. More of an affordable product if you ask me. I just picked the black one up last week and it's just a great sounding Precision bass. You don't even notice the Squier logo since it's more of just a straight up old school P bass. can't argue that!
    Good luck finding anything better in that price range for that quality. Plus they look like vintage P bass. None of that crazy quilt tops or fancy active pickups or anything.
    It's an affordable, good quality precision bass.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    One Hell of a P Bass

    By MickJennings13

    from Land O' Lakes, FL

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    Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

    This is a great Squier Precision Bass, Feels and plays just like a '77 P! The Maple neck is so bright and its light for a standard P Bass. I don't like the gloss that squier uses so I usually use steel wool on it to give it a satin finish. The Passive pickups are great for awhile but i suggest throwing some Seymour Duncan's or EMG's in there to make it sound better. Tuners and bridge are good for a lower to mid level basses, the black finish is beautiful....not a fan of vintage white....but all around its a good bass for punk (Obviously) and some basic rock stuff. If you want to play metal, DONT GET THIS BASS, otherwise you will be replacing alot!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Bass Ever!

    By Matt

    from Pennsylvania

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    Comments about Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Guitar:

    I have played several basses in my lifetime, this one is clearly the best. The sound is great, the look is amazing, just like a 77'. If you want a bass, this is the bass to get. Pros: Great feel, easy to play, cool looks, reasonable price, good sound, and vintage looking maple neck.Cons: Strings could be better.

    (3 of 3 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.

      (3 of 3 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.

      (3 of 3 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!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      THAT Precision Bass Tone...

      By Bassique1217

      from Warren, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

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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 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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