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Squier Standard P Bass Special 4-String Bass Guitar   

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The Squier Standard P Bass Special 4-String Bass Guitar is a "best-of-both-worlds" combo that makes perfect sense to a lot of bass players. It featur...Click To Read More About This Product

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Draws the best from 2 classic basses at an easy-to-afford price.

The Squier Standard P Bass Special 4-String Bass Guitar is a "best-of-both-worlds" combo that makes perfect sense to a lot of bass players. It features the more compact P Bass body, the slimmer J Bass neck, P Bass split-coil pickups in mid position, and a J Bass pickup in the bridge. Other features include rosewood fretboard, traditional butterfly machine heads, one tone and 2 volume controls, and a 3-ply pickguard.

FEATURES
  • P Bass body
  • J Bass neck
  • P Bass split-coil pickups in mid position, J Bass pickup in bridge.
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Traditional butterfly machine heads
  • One tone and 2 volume controls
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4.5

(based on 90 reviews)

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With a few simple upgrades(easy for me to say), this model is a "Must Have" in my arsenal!
This model combines a great neck with a a body...Read complete review

With a few simple upgrades(easy for me to say), this model is a "Must Have" in my arsenal!
This model combines a great neck with a a body weight and sound that are hard to beat. I now own 2 Standard P Bass Specials, and they beat the pants off my old 66 Fender Jazz. Finish is better than expected and always polishes beautifully.
It was really surprising to find the internal wire/pickup cavity was painted with a conductive, shielding paint. I hardly ever see this!
As a bass builder and modifier there are cetain thing I look for right away and address.
The first was to replace the plastic nut which was binding the strings (used brass for sustain and brightness). Next is to replace the cheap output jack and solder it correctly.
The last thing is to replace all mounting screws for the neck and bridge useing stainless screws with a slightly larger diameter.
Necks were straight and setup was minimal, as well as, easy.
The pickups sound as good as any of the high end replacements I've used, and very quiet.
Although the pots are not high end, they work well and do not have any noise. These can be replaced as needed.
Presently own Fenders, Ibanez, Peavey, Spector basses, and have had Hofner, Pedula, Steinberger and many more. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with what is considered an inexpensive starter instrument.

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I received my Squire P Bass Special and it was beautiful, The neck was wonderful and the action was set up just perfect. So far so good. When I plugged it in the...Read complete review

I received my Squire P Bass Special and it was beautiful, The neck was wonderful and the action was set up just perfect. So far so good. When I plugged it in the rear pickup did not work. I checked the solder job and it was good. I rewired the pickup to the front pickup pot, nothing!Finally I just put in a spare J bass pickup and it worked great. So much for Fender/ Squier quality control.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get It!

By Doc Tourville

from New Hampshire

With a few simple upgrades(easy for me to say), this model is a "Must Have" in my arsenal!
This model combines a great neck with a a body weight and sound that are hard to beat. I now own 2 Standard P Bass Specials, and they beat the pants off my old 66 Fender Jazz. Finish is better than expected and always polishes beautifully.
It was really surprising to find the internal wire/pickup cavity was painted with a conductive, shielding paint. I hardly ever see this!
As a bass builder and modifier there are cetain thing I look for right away and address.
The first was to replace the plastic nut which was binding the strings (used brass for sustain and brightness). Next is to replace the cheap output jack and solder it correctly.
The last thing is to replace all mounting screws for the neck and bridge useing stainless screws with a slightly larger diameter.
Necks were straight and setup was minimal, as well as, easy.
The pickups sound as good as any of the high end replacements I've used, and very quiet.
Although the pots are not high end, they work well and do not have any noise. These can be replaced as needed.
Presently own Fenders, Ibanez, Peavey, Spector basses, and have had Hofner, Pedula, Steinberger and many more. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with what is considered an inexpensive starter instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

durable beast

By Gerald Blackburn

from Kentucky

I have only been playing bass for about 8 months now, I am originally a drummer, but a year ago I accepted Jesus Christ into my life and I wanted to learn how to play bass so I could play in churches that do not allow drums. I purchased this guitar from my nephew who had owned it for about 2 years, when I got the guitar it still had the original strings and the back of the body had a 3 inch chunk broken out of it, I thought for sure that this would affect the sound....boy was I wrong, the guitar sounded great, I have replaced the original strings with a set of Ernie Ball flatwound elixirs, but as far as the damage to the body, it still has not been repaired but the guitar still sounds awesome, it holds tune very well and stands tall against other bass guitars I have played. so if you are considering purchasing this guitar, I highly recommend it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass For The Price

By RYTHMSECTION101

from New York, NY

This bass is easily worth the buy. It may not be able to do as much slap as a more expensive, fancier bass, but lets face it for this price perfection is not expected. While it is not perfect, it is as close as possible for the affordability. This bass is definately worth the buy. The only problem I have had is a small amount of buzzing which deducted from the quality, however other than that no major problems with the bass.

 
5.0

A very well-built bass

By MasterBasser5986

from Jackson, MI

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The playability of this bass is the best I've played and I've played an Ibanez GSR 5-string, a Takamine Acoustic bass, and a G&L bass. ROCKS!!!

 
5.0

Not bad

By Bigvanman26-WMRIv

from Winchester, VA

This is one nice little axe for a very reasonable price. I got this as my first bass and I'm still using it now.

 
4.0

Squier Stylin'

By Frobie

from Findlay, Ohio

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I own a Squier Black & Chrome P- Bass special and have played it now for over a year. I have been very pleased with it! The intonation is very good, and the range of tonal adjustment is very good, too. I really like the slim Jazz neck, and the rosewood fingerboard. I'm more comfortable with the P- style than a Jazz style, and I don't regret buying this over a more expensive Fender Mexican bass. It's primarily a starter bass, but the tone is much better than most budget basses that are out there. If you own a "no name" bass and you want to step it up, than Squier is a VERY good choice!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice Tone Bad parts

By Blk Widow Bassist

from Beloit, WI

Okay ive owned mine since be4 christmas and its falling apart. TWICE!! i had the output jack nut, wich feel off, replaced. And the tone knob was VERY loose, i had them tighten it. And lastly The jack nut AGAIN has fallen off. so i put some thread lock on it and shes doin okay, but i really wish i didnt have to go through all this and spent the money to get an ibanes.

 
5.0

Extremely Satisfied

By DudeistMonk

from Lowell, MA

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The best of both worlds, the P Bass body and the Jazz neck. Love the quality of the finish and the sweet looking maple neck and headstock. I am a beginner and saved a lot of money with this one over a "true" fender when the salesperson (a very nice guy) told me this would play just as good as the lower end Fender Mexican Strat Basses. I haven't been disappointed!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

not worth it

By willard

from chico ca

I've had this bass for a long time its what I've learned off of. But when it times to play with otheres doing shows or just being loud THIS NOT FOR YOU. So if ya just wanna learn from this is great. But another bad quality about this bass is you cant do much slap.

 
5.0

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Ok, I was really excited when I got this bass. I unpacked it and I was so nervous I was about to pee my pants. Anyways I plugged it in (i didnt have a bass amp at the time) and it was all i hoped a bass would be. Even though I mainly use the PBass PickUp, which generates a thick, broad rock sound. When using the Bridge PickUp though, it will make a thin, very high and mid tone.This bass is very well cunstructed, and it feels very solid, i cant count the times i have dropped this thing by accident. I also like the fact that the output jack is in the bottom. It also makes me look cool, well.. actually forget about that...What the hell are you reading this? Go buy it!

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