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Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB  

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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

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    SquierVintage Modified Precision Bass TB
     
    4.2

    (based on 37 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    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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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Relic Project

    By bassballs

    from Indianapolis, IN

    About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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    5.0

    Great deal!

    By jamnjimmy

    from Kentucky

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Output Jack Shorted Out

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

    Had to adjust truss rod and pull out jack to fix a short, but a great deal anyway. I was prepaired to do some minor adjustments at this price level. Great looks and finish (despite UPS destroying the box it came in). This will make a great project guitar! So for the money I give it 5 stars.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    VERY HOT!!!!!!

    By Dr.C

    from Washington,DC

    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!...

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    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    a true tele bass

    By BV

    from washington D.C.

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    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

    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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    (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

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is a GREAT bass!

    By jsutton1988

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    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.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Haters Gonna Hate

    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.

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    (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Total Disappointment

    By Strait Lace

    from New York

    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.

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    (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.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Cool Bass

    By mikes1joker

    from Dexter Mo.

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB:

    I just got this bass a few days ago,and it plays great,I think I might put a set of P-Bass pickups on it and a new bridge..But 1st Im going to try a new set of strings,I cant seem to get the tone Im looking for,All IN All its well woth the money.

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