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Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB

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The Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB has the classic '70s-era Tele bass design, complete with thumping low-end tone from the large, Fender-d...Click To Read More About This Product

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The unmistakable vibe of the '70s Precision Tele Bass without the vintage price tag!

The Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB has the classic '70s-era Tele bass design, complete with thumping low-end tone from the large, Fender-designed humbucking pickup in the neck position. Also has the traditional maple neck with distinctive Tele bass headstock and vintage-style open-back tuners. A gorgeous sunburst finish over the ash veneer top on a slab basswood body and accurate pickguard shape complete the vintage vibe. Other features include a string-through design dual brass-saddle bridge and two-knob pickup control circuit with volume and tone pots.

Players from beginner to intermediate and beyond have done it for years”whether installing hotter pickups, alternate pickguards, or just plain personalizing their instruments with fancy paint jobs, modified means adding new twists to a familiar design.

FEATURES
  • Body: Basswood with Ash Veneer on Top and Back
  • Neck: Maple, C-Shape,
  • (Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: 1 Fender Designed TEB 101B Humbucking Pickup
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Pickup Switching: None
  • Bridge: 2-Saddle Vintage Style Precision Bass Bridge with 2 Brass Saddles
  • Machine Heads: Standard Open-Gear Tuners
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black, ('70s Tele Bass Style Pickguard)
  • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.6" (40.5 mm)
  • Unique Features: Ash Veneers,
  • Large Chrome Covered Tele Bass Humbucking Pickup,
  • '51 Headstock Shape,
  • '51 Slab Style Body Top with Sharp Radius,
  • '51 Style Control Plate,
  • '55 Style Front Arm Contour,
  • '55 Style Pickguard Shape,
  • Dot Position Inlays,
  • Knurled Chrome Dome Control Knobs
  • Strings: Super 7350M, NPS, p/n 073-7350-006, Gauges: (.045, .065, .085, .105)

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SquierVintage Modified Precision Bass TB
 
4.2

(based on 37 reviews)

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Great Relic Project

I bought this on a whim. I was looking for a bass that had incredibly fat tone. Think Fat Albert on Thanksgiving tone. During a recording session I had the chance to play...Read complete review

I bought this on a whim. I was looking for a bass that had incredibly fat tone. Think Fat Albert on Thanksgiving tone. During a recording session I had the chance to play one of the original tele basses from 72 and was stunned at how much it sound like the Gibson semi-hollow EB-2's. I didn't honestly think this bass would stand up to the oringal 72, but I bought it anyway thinking i would return it if it was not up to par. To my amazement this bass did a fantasitic job of producing that thick, muddy tone that I was looking for. Frets were also in great shape along with the set up and intonation.
This is the beautiful thing though. If you are a fan of relicing instruments this is a great project for you. The only things that I changed on this instrument during the relicing project were the electronics and the neck plate. From the pics it's obvious that this has been refinished but thats another story.
If you are interested in relicing an instrument have a look online, there are pleanty of Youtube video's to help you out. Really this is a great instrument to start out on because its inexpensive and besides changing out 2 pots and a neck plate you wont need to buy a lot of hardwear. There isnt much need for it. Tuners, bridge, pickup, and knobs are all satisfactory and compareable to the original. I was pleased to see that Fender/Squier engraved "Fender" on the pickup rather than Squier. I did purchase another pickguard along with a bridge cover, and thumb rest just to really capture the aesthetics of the originals. However all of these reproduction parts are easy to come by if you google them.
All in all, I am very happy with this instrument. I am not a fan of poly paints and that is why I changed it to nitro. As far as poly's go this instrument was on par with my American J bass so I can't complain about the workmanship in the factory.

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a true tele bass

Overall, if someone were to steal this bass, I wouldnt buy another, I'd find out who stole it and hunt him down. joke. I'd deffinetly buy another. This bass is high quality...Read complete review

Overall, if someone were to steal this bass, I wouldnt buy another, I'd find out who stole it and hunt him down. joke. I'd deffinetly buy another. This bass is high quality and worth every penny I spent and more.
i dont know where to begin on this bass. The 3 tone sunburst finish was flawless, the ash/basswood body was beautiful. i loved the finish on the neck, not the thick gloss finish on most fenders. i only wish there was a second mudbucker near the bridge.
the quality of the bass was amazing. i never expected this from a squier, maybe a fender but not squier. the tone wood was absolutly superb the grains in the wood showed through the finish in a way that made the bass look retro and some what unique. the maple neck was striaght, fast and thin. it was actually a little thinner than most p bass neck. the wood was also something to behold, the grains in the maple were so visible you'd think it was some fancy maple. the mudbucker on its own is worth the money. talk about THUNDER. that thing is low
this bass could easly go for twice as much. I originally bought the bass thinking I had a project on my hands, but when i opened the package up when it got here I realized.... what else could I do to the bass to make it any better? This price, for a true classic tele bass? Sounds to good to be true right? Wrong... here it is my friend.

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

a true tele bass

By BV

from washington D.C.

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Overall, if someone were to steal this bass, I wouldnt buy another, I'd find out who stole it and hunt him down. joke. I'd deffinetly buy another. This bass is high quality and worth every penny I spent and more.
i dont know where to begin on this bass. The 3 tone sunburst finish was flawless, the ash/basswood body was beautiful. i loved the finish on the neck, not the thick gloss finish on most fenders. i only wish there was a second mudbucker near the bridge.
the quality of the bass was amazing. i never expected this from a squier, maybe a fender but not squier. the tone wood was absolutly superb the grains in the wood showed through the finish in a way that made the bass look retro and some what unique. the maple neck was striaght, fast and thin. it was actually a little thinner than most p bass neck. the wood was also something to behold, the grains in the maple were so visible you'd think it was some fancy maple. the mudbucker on its own is worth the money. talk about THUNDER. that thing is low
this bass could easly go for twice as much. I originally bought the bass thinking I had a project on my hands, but when i opened the package up when it got here I realized.... what else could I do to the bass to make it any better? This price, for a true classic tele bass? Sounds to good to be true right? Wrong... here it is my friend.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST BASS I OWN

By stepphen383

from tucson,az.

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

of course it needed to be set up. as with any bass! had to shim the rear of neck and to get action right. added thumb rest on top at rear of body,got rid of finger noise from resting thumb on pick-up. put good set of flat wounds (remember those?), no string buzz. eq'd amp.(take the low mid down to 2)added bridge cover. this bass can not be beat at any price

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Relic Project

By bassballs

from Indianapolis, IN

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Cheap Electronics

Best Uses

  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I bought this on a whim. I was looking for a bass that had incredibly fat tone. Think Fat Albert on Thanksgiving tone. During a recording session I had the chance to play one of the original tele basses from 72 and was stunned at how much it sound like the Gibson semi-hollow EB-2's. I didn't honestly think this bass would stand up to the oringal 72, but I bought it anyway thinking i would return it if it was not up to par. To my amazement this bass did a fantasitic job of producing that thick, muddy tone that I was looking for. Frets were also in great shape along with the set up and intonation.
This is the beautiful thing though. If you are a fan of relicing instruments this is a great project for you. The only things that I changed on this instrument during the relicing project were the electronics and the neck plate. From the pics it's obvious that this has been refinished but thats another story.
If you are interested in relicing an instrument have a look online, there are pleanty of Youtube video's to help you out. Really this is a great instrument to start out on because its inexpensive and besides changing out 2 pots and a neck plate you wont need to buy a lot of hardwear. There isnt much need for it. Tuners, bridge, pickup, and knobs are all satisfactory and compareable to the original. I was pleased to see that Fender/Squier engraved "Fender" on the pickup rather than Squier. I did purchase another pickguard along with a bridge cover, and thumb rest just to really capture the aesthetics of the originals. However all of these reproduction parts are easy to come by if you google them.
All in all, I am very happy with this instrument. I am not a fan of poly paints and that is why I changed it to nitro. As far as poly's go this instrument was on par with my American J bass so I can't complain about the workmanship in the factory.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Pleased!!!

By Buckeye

from Columbus OH

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I bought this bass without much thought. I was wondering around a music store and was stunned by the beauty of this thing. After i got it down from the wall hanger i noticed it was a Squier. I had never played a Squier anything before. Even though the action was a little high for my liking, I was very impressed by the beautiful tone. For the price, it didn't take me long to decide to spend my tax money right then and there on the Tele bass. After i re-adjusted the action, the bass just got better and better! I have a Ernie Ball MM, Rickenbacker 4003, and a G&L SB-2 Tribute. Sure, this bass may not be like those, but it does have a tone that none of my other basses have. The deep, raw bass tone is so smooth! If your thinking about getting this, do it! Great tone, great playability, and great look! Nice job Squier...You have made a believer out of me!

(3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Total Disappointment

By Strait Lace

from New York

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

Pro bass player, old school rock and roller. I have several Gibson SG basses I normally play out with. I ordered this bass as the reviews talked about the big bottom end. Thought I'd spring for it.Opened the box,pulled it out, and....the neck was severely bowed, the frets were sticking out, past a little filing to correct. It was out of tune. I plugged it in my amp, and it was all overdriven bass sound, and the pick-up, which was loose, was already screwed in as far as it could go! I unplugged it, repacked it in the box, called for a return. I guess I should stick with the higher end basses I'm used to. Lesson learned: Buy cheap, you get what you get.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Haters Gonna Hate

By DirtyDrummer

from St. Louis

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

This bass delivers exactly what is summarized. Its got a fearsome low end. With volume maxed out it provided 1 of two tones depending on the position of the tone knob. There is clear ballsy lows or thick muddy lows. Either way, you are getting a serious thundering bass delivered. My only complaint is the neck. The action is high but can be adjusted and the neck is not as nice as the 70's vintage P bass. Bottom line, if your in the market for a 300 dollar bass that booms, this is it.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VERY HOT!!!!!!

By Bass Player From Another Planet

from Washington,DC

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I give it a 9 only because of the neck(could have a better finish) and the sharp edge frets...other than that , the Bass sounds great and looks great!
this is an excellent bass...sound is deep,fat, and sustains very well!.....for the price, this is a steal
Body is beautiful, however the neck could be better....frets are sharp edge ...pickup is great!...color is FANTASTIC(vintage!)
BUY IT!...BUY IT!...BUY IT!...

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a GREAT bass!

By jsutton1988

from Cleveland, Ohio

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

The action was a bit too low when I first tuned it up. A few twists of the truss rod and it was in business. The neck feels great and there is little to no fret buzz. Overall the sound was very good. I don't think anyone complaining about the tone below has taken the time to properly EQ their amp (or use a decent one) because this thing sounded fantasttic out of my Musicman 130 HD and Acoustic B100 combo. Nice vintage-y goodness. It CAN sound muddy if you want it to, just takes a little lovin to get the sweet spot. I hope this bass gets a little more popular because it really is a great bass to use stock and especially to modify. For the price, you really can't beat these newer squiers.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Fan!!

By dblakeney11

from Undisclosed

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

When I first saw this bass I was wondering how the silver humbucker pickup would sound. I am a big fan of the cheap Squier split bass pickups on the regular P-bass because they are loud and full of tone. I did not know how the jumbucker would sound compared to those. I played one at a local music shop and It blew my socks off! I loved the tone very punchy. However I feel that it has a great influence on the tone so you cant make it sound like anything. The tone I got was great for me but might not be great for others. but all in all a great bass for the buck.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bass for the $$ - a no-brainer purchase

By JC in CT

from Connecticut

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I bought this bass a few months ago and just love it. It sounds great and sits right in the mix. Everything about this bass is superb. It is the most inexpensive of my basses and I'm quite impressed with it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good little Bass

By 40 years Groovin

from Athens GA.

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I bought this particular Bass just for the heck of it, I have a Jazz and a Yamaha that are pro quality and just needed something I could beat around on. After some major tweaking on the neck and strings it turned into some of the best action I've ever layed my hands on. The muddy tone was cleared up with tone adjustments on the Bass and Amp, plus learning where to pluck is also advantagious, near the bridge you get the brighter sounds compared to the neck where deeper more dark sounds lay. This Bass is actually fun to play, played my first gig just last nigh with this bass and it played and sounded just fine, a big plus is how light it is. I've still yet to record with it, it should be interesting.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

jkusler

By KuslerBass55

from Walla Walla,Wa.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I got this a year ago cause I wanted to try a tele bass but don't have the 4 grand + to spend on a whim.Yes you have to play with the eq abit.And I agree less is more.With playing with the tone and volume and set the volumn on the amp a Genz-Benz GBE 100-210 it sings and does any thing I want it to.Ad a vintage style bridge cover and it is truly pretty.Neck on it is better than my mim jazz.Got a mim p-bass too and I enjoy both.Oh yes ditch the fender string and put some Ernie Ball rounds on it and it brightened up just right.Simply go for it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

squier vintage modified tb prcision bass

By mw

from new york

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

very clean and set-up to play right out of the box. pickup sounds great. plays nice. nice string-through bridge with brass saddles. great tone. great finish. a really nice '72 tele-bass copy for a great price, you can't go wrong.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Terrific quality and value - again!

By JxBass-pMEpd

from Portland, ME

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I recently purchased the Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass and I was so impressed with the workmanship, playability, and tone that I had to get the Vintage Modified TB Precision. These Squier basses seem to just get better and better. The Precision needed minor neck and string height adjustment, while the TB needed only a slight string height adjustment (personal preference). Intonation on both was right on.The finish on both basses was perfect. The Precision had minor scratches on the pickguard, I had planned to change it anyway, while the TB had protective plastic on the pickguard, an improvement that I hope remains standard practice.I love these basses; they're all I play now, the rest, the expensive ones, just sit in the closet.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cool with Mod

By Johno

from Milton, WV

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I really liked the feel of this pup right out of the carton - and the finish is beautiful. But I did a little mod that really made it super. I mounted a Seymour-Duncan SCPB-2 vintage style pickup between the stock pu and bridge, and did the on-on-on switch thing. Now I have three distinct tone sets (aside from the tone control), with the middle (both selected) being VERY nice. It cleans up the mud wonderfully. With a new set of half round 50-105's, I LOVE this bass!! Big, strong, and smooth! My best buy of the year. Don't let anyone discourage you from Squier axes.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass

By sr-g4zK.

from Memphsi

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I swore I'd never buy a Squier after seeing really poor quality on a strat. However this bass had made me rethink that. The finish is dropdead gorgeous. The neck is much thinner than I expected. Not as much as a jazz but still very comfortable to play. I did have to adjust the neck a bit and set the intonation but you pretty much need to set up or have set up any new bass out of the box anyway. Once I did that this bass really came alive. Very fast, comfortable neck. The frets don't seem as low as the Fender 51 tele bass but np there. I really like the tele look and the black pickguard with the transparent sunburst looks great. The only thing I'd change would be maybe have it available with a rosewood fretboard. I've played this in church a few weeks now and would definitely replace it if something happened. Heck, for the price just get 2! I gave it a 4 on features because there's only the one tone and vol plus the one hb. But come on, what else do you need. Great botttom end tone. The Fender hb puts out good sound.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Bass to Modify

By Kelvinator-wUpB9

from Beautiful Fairview PA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I bought this bass for a project because of the Humbucker and the low price. Out of the box it was nearly unplayable. After shimming the neck .022", adjusting the truss rod and bridge, and dressing a couple frets the thing played like a dream (I like low action). The pickup is Way to dark for my liking - not very articulate: it makes a Gibson Mudbucker seem bright. But I bought this for a project. I added a Gibson TB+ Humbucker midway between the bridge and the neck pup, and I replaced the bridge with a Hipshot String-through. I used the tone pot for the second volume, so there is no tone control now. The end result is amazing: almost any tone I want from Gibson to a Rick is possible just by tweaking the volumes. The action is now as good or better than any of my "expensive" basses, the bass has excellent sustain, and looks great too. To me this bass now looks, sounds, and plays better than most basses costing $1000+. Out of the box (but with some adjustments) this Squire is well worth the money if you like a very dark tone. But with some modifications, it can be an amazing bass.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow one nice bass

By Lockit55

from Superior, Wisconsin

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

I saw this bass advertised about two weeks ago and decided to buy it . I have never owned a Squire Bass before but have owned Rickenbacher ,Fender ,Hofner ,Gibson ,and others . I really am pleasantly surprised at the quality of this instrument . I wanted s simple back up bass as I am sort of an old school simpicty rules type of person .One volume , one tone control thats for me. The finish is beautiful ,and the electronics seem like they are quality components . I love the maple neck. It took me about fifteen minutes to tweak the neck lower the strings and set the intonation . I now have one heck of a nice bass. This is a nice bass , I don't think you would be disapointed with this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

BEEF!!!

By HighIntensityBassist

from Phila, Pa.

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

If you like deep bottom, thick tone, and simplicity, this is your bass! I love the new Squires! These remind me of the Japanese Squires of the 80's. That's how good the quality is. I only gave a 3.5 for features because of it's simple configurations, but for what it is, I would give it a 10! Maple neck and fretboard is satin and smooth. Vintage frets allow for nice low action, and the Tele body, two brass saddle bridge, and vertical knob plate, add to the vintage look. The Original Fender Chrome "FATBUCKER" adds to the vintage 70's rock sound and tone. Slap a set of flatwounds on this baby, and tell your neihbors and bandmates to strap themselves into their seats!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't go wrong for the $$$$

By Bob L

from White Haven, Pa.

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

If all this bass did was look terrific it would still be a great deal for the money. Not only does it look great but it sounds fantastic too, just like a mid 70's Tele bass I fell in love with many years ago. Out of the box it was set up ok to play but about a half hour spent adjusting the neck and action and it now plays great. It is much better looking in person than the pictures. Don't worry about where its made,(Indonesia) or that it is a Squire. The quality is first rate. The finish is flawless and it is as solid as any Fender. And did I mention how great it sounds?

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