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Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V  

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  • Basswood body
  • Gloss polyurethane body finish
  • Maple neck
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Vintage style and looks on a worthy 5-string.

Squier now delivers pure P Bass power and extended range with the Vintage Modified Precision Bass V. It’s Fender's first true five-string Precision model, with a wealth of vintage-style touches combined with modded features including a Fender-designed split single-coil Precision Bass pickup and a comfortable “modern C” neck profile.

Other features include a maple neck, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets, tortoiseshell pickguard (three-ply parchment on Candy Apple Red model), two knurled flat-top control knobs (master volume, master tone), vintage-style five-string bridge with five single-groove saddles, and vintage-style tuners. Available in Candy Apple Red, Olympic White and three-color sunburst.

Features

  • Basswood body
  • Gloss polyurethane body finish
  • Maple neck
  • Gloss polyurethane neck finish
  • Modern "C" neck shape
  • Maple fretboard
  • 20 Medium jumbo frets
  • Synthetic bone string nut
  • Black dot position inlays
  • 4-Bolt Squier® neck plate
  • Fender-designed single split-coil Precision Bass® V
  • Master Volume and Master Tone controls
  • 5-String standard vintage-style bridge with single groove saddles
  • Chrome hardware finish
  • Standard open-gear tuning machines
  • Tortoiseshell pickguard
  • Knurled Flat-Top control knobs
  • Strings: Fender® USA NPS, (Gauges: .045 - .130)

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Vintage Modified Precision Bass V Specifications:

  • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.875" (47.6 mm)
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SquierVintage Modified Precision Bass V
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (5)
    • Jamming (4)
    • Practicing (4)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (3)
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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Bass For The Money

    By XontheP

    from Omaha, NE

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

        With all the great reviews, both here and on other websites, my expectations were high on this bass. People are saying this bass is equal to, or better than, the Mexican Fender. It's not. It's a very good low-priced bass, but it's not a Fender.

        The pickups on my bass need to be reworked. The pickup screws can't be adjusted further in, even though the pickups themselves have plenty of room. And that brings up another point, there doesn't seem to be enough foam under the pickups, they're a little loose and sloppy in the cavity.

        The nut was cut sloppily, the slots are too large (and I use large flatwounds) and the slots aren't symmetrical. The neck is actually pretty good, at least once I cleaned off the excess glue or finish that was spotted on the back of the neck. Fretwork was good.

        I got the sunburst finish, and the finish is good, and looks very nice with the tortoise pickguard. But the wood under the finish is all kinds of ugly. It's several different pieces, all with imperfections, and no attempt to match grain was made. But you would have to be close to see this.

        I've been reviewing this bass as if it was a Fender, and maybe that's not fair. But all the hype had me expecting Fender quality. This is a good sounding, nice playing bass, and worth every bit of it's low price tag. But don't buy this bass expecting a Fender. I will spend several more hours setting this up, tweaking, and fixing the little things that you wouldn't have to do on an American (or even Mexican) Fender.

        One final thing, I've owned other 5 string basses, and had a hard time adjusting to them. Slender necks always felt good in the music store, but I just couldn't play them well. This 5 string neck is wide, but string spacing seems to be the same as my 4 string P Bass. It's a natural feel, a perfect fit, and I was able to pick it up and play - no adjustment time needed. It feels great.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Bass for the money

        By GPH

        from Dover, DE

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

          Very satisfied with the Bass overall ... can't beat it for the price indeed ... was disappointed that the pick guard was raised with a screw exposed ... however, Musicians Friend refunded the cost of repair ... ;-)

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          5.0

          Excellant 5 string bass for the price!

          By DMan

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

            I needed a 5 string bass and didn't want to pay an arm and a leg. This bass is comparable in quality and workmanship to all my 4 string basses. I use EMG pickups exclusively so I installed a P5 and a different pick guard. The finish on both the neck and body is top notch. The bass is easy to play and sounds great. If you want to try a 5 string at a reasonable price you can't go wrong with this one. This one is a keeper!!!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Squirer P-Bass

            By Vic W

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • High Quality
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

            This is a high-quality, stellar Bass at a very low cost. Big bottom for a maple neck. I'd recommend it to anyone on a low budget if you want a kick-A Bass, that cuts to the chase. Tempted to buy another one of different color and keep as back-up for drop-tuning.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The do it all machine!

            By Lester(Lammy)Johnson

            from Indianapolis,Indiana

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Authentic Classic Tone
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great feel
            • Great fret work
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

            This is a really well built bass with a great sound that sits well with drums and percussion. BIG even tone and moderate weight. The fret work is exceptional and very precise. It is tone and pitch stable even when de-tuned 1 whole step! ...with 50.-135 strings ...it has "the" sound and it fits well in any musical style....it sounds and plays as well as my U.S.A. built Fenders..... no joke!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Another score for the Squier VM series!

            By RockinItALL

            from Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

              The Squier Vintage Modified Precision V is a winner, all around. This is my first five string, and this bass plays so well it has made for a smooth transition. It has good electronics with a nice pickup. The Solid maple neck feels great up and down the board. After new strings and a quick set-up, this thing is ready to impress.
              I got mine at a discount because of a factory finish flaw - looks like a metal shaving got stuck in the lacquer or something.. This doesn't bother me much, and the finish is otherwise perfect. Very smooth.

              To wrap this up, if you are looking for quality within a budget, the Squier Vintage Modified series is a safe bet. Groove on, friends.

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My bandmates gave a thumbs up!

              By BIG DOG

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Fit and Finish

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Uneven Setup

              Best Uses

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                Short Story:
                The 7 piece horn/funk band I'm in all reported that they like the Squire the best of my 3 basses. I agree.

                Details:
                Even though I have two other more costly off shore versions of "Boutique" basses, the Squire "P-5" has the warmth, clarity and punch we want for the bottom on the funky stuff we play.

                At this price point I was surprised and delighted on the quality of assembly and detail and enjoyed the tone and presence of the bass. It is fun to play. It was equal to the quality of my original 1975 4 string Precision - long since gone.

                The downside of this price point is the factory set-up limitations: I needed to re-set the neck to remove a buzz in the upper frets. The pickup was set flat across instead of following the radius of the fingerboard. I re-set the angle to tame the D and G a bit.

                I prefer a 35" scale to support the B string and would recommend longer version or a "through the body" set-up for the B at least. In addititon to the slightly flabby B, there were a couple of less resonate spots on the fingerboard - low C on the D string; open E - not unusual in even my other bolt on basses.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Extremely good value

                By 5strgcorvette

                from Raleigh, nc

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Take Your Pick

                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                  I've been a big P bass fan but I play 5 strings almost exclusively. I was pleased to see Squier had put out a 5 string P bass with a single P pickup and thought I would give it a try. I didn't have high expectations for the money but this instrument has delivered. The build quality is top notch. I bought the Olympic White version and man is it beautiful. The neck on this bass is fantastic if you like wide string spacing. It has a wonderful gloss finish that is easy on the hands. The instrument feels well balanced and delivers classic P tones flawlessly. You can't go wrong with this bass, or anything in the Squier vintage modified line for that matter.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great bass and great price!

                  By Chakra123

                  from Kentucky

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                      I'm pretty much 'beginner' bass, but this bass is great. It feels great, which I was afraid it wouldn't be because it's long scale and I'm not as experienced, but it feels great to hold and is even comfortable for my shorter arms. For looks: it looks beautiful, great finish on the pick-guard and I love the fretboard. For the sound, I first heard a small amount of "buzzing" but it may be because I'm not pushing hard enough, with tiny hands it has been a little harder pushing down; it's a matter of practice on my part. Overall the sound is solid and bright; great for plucking and slapping or any style for that matter. All I'm going to do to it is change out the stock strings to possible GHS boomers or Dean Markleys, so it'll be even better. I recommend this to anyone wanting an affordable 5 string bass guitar that looks expensive and is killer for the price.

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                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Ridiculous value for money.

                      By jimc

                      from sacramento, CA

                      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                      Ridiculous value for money, Fender are going to sell boatloads of these. I changed out the stock strings and gave the truss-rod a quick tweak and this bass plays as well as any of my other, much more expensive basses. The only thing to think about is which color to get!

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