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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)

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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

 

Squier Matt Freeman Precision Bass Review.

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...Read complete review

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!

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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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5.0

Its a Fender Precision Bass disguised as a Squier

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from Underworld

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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 

    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

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      from New York, NY

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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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A Solid Workhorse

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            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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              5.0

              SUPER FINE !!

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              from Madisonville, KY

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              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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great bass. Not just for the money

              By 

              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!

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              from israel

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              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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              What a great buy!!!!

              By 

              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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              5.0

              THAT Precision Bass Tone...

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              from Warren, OH

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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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                5.0

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

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                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.

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