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Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V

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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 m...Click To Read More About This Product

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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)
Unique Features: Knurled Chrome Flat-Top Control Knobs, Bar String Tree, Vintage Tint Neck

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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 20 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (10), Experienced (7)

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(9 of 10 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.

      (7 of 9 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.

        (7 of 7 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.

          (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!

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The do it all machine!

          By Lester(Lammy)Johnson

          from Indianapolis,Indiana

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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!

          (5 of 5 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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice bass, sounds great!

          By Titti.P

          from San Francisco, California

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

            Great bass out of the box, just needed a little intonation setup at the bridge and a string change to sound great.

            Love the neck, really fast and didn't found any dead spots. It was straight so didn't needed any adjustment

            The quality On the finish of the neck and body is superb, fretwork is on par of my American Deluxe JB and the pickup is hot and delivers that classic P-bass tone I was looking for.

            So this is a great sounding bass, at a nice and Affordable price...

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fender's entry level Squier bass rules!

            By BEADG

            from Salt Lake City, Utah

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Great Set Up
            • Quality Craftsmanship

            Cons

            • Weak Pick Up

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

            This is my new "go to" bass. I took it out of the box, tuned it up and it was set up perfectly. No neck or intonation adjustment was required. The action is just right for my playing style. The low B string is not as "floppy" as my previous 5 string. Fit and finish are amazing from end to end. The piece of maple used for the fingerboard has some slight coloration variations that would probably be rejected for a standard U.S. made P-bass, but I don't mind - in fact, I think it adds character and beauty. The only thing I anticipate changing will be replacing the pickups eventually. I would highly recommend this Squier 5 string P-bass.. It's a great value for the money.

            (2 of 2 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 ... ;-)

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellant 5 string bass for the price!

              By DMan

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              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!!!

                (2 of 2 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.

                  (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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best budget 5-string...

                      By B-stringer

                      from Ontario, Canada

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Great fret work

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                          Great vintage-style P bass, use mine as backup to an expensive Dingwall.

                          Don't misjudge the stock pickup by the way this bass sounds out of the box. I've seen half a dozen of these, and although the action was nicely set up, every single one needed to have height and angle adjustments to get the pickups to Fender spec.

                          Once the pickup is properly adjusted, string to string balance, output and tone are spot on for a P-bass. I dropped a Fender pickup in mine, and the difference was too small to worry about.

                          As others have commented, the neck width and profile on this bass is perfect for a 5-string P. Roomy enough, but not too much of a handful. Best affordable bass I've ever tried.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great Bass if bought on sale

                          By Grandchawhee

                          from NY

                          About Me Experienced

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                          • Poor Pick Up

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • School Bands

                          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                          I bought this bass guitar simply because it was on sale and I was intrigued to try a 5 string p bass. At the price point I got this bass at (rhymes with toofiddy) I feel this is a solid well constructed instrument. I did receive one with a 2 inch long finish crack in the neck pocket which was returned for another which was without a blemish. The frets are not sharp; something that is often associated with lower end bass guitars and the semi wide fret board feels natural when playing. The pots and knobs feel/look as though they are as good as any on a MIM fender. This being said, the only real downfall to this bass is the weak pickup. Another reviewer referred to the pickup as being "hot", let me just say that it is neither hot nor is it loud by any stretch of the imagination. I was actually unable to trigger the effect on my envelope filter due to the signal being so weak. This was remedied with my boss EQ pedal. Perhaps moving the pickup closer will resolve this somewhat, but I am doubtful as the height is about perfect as is. The bridge is your typical cheap retro or "vintage" style and although cheap is certainly sufficient at this price point. I was able to obtain rather low action and not experience any buzzing to speak of. If you are looking for a 5 string p bass and do not want to shell out big money for an American made instrument, then this Squier bass will fit the bill nicely. On a final note, the Olympic White color with the tortoise shell pick guard is quite attractive in person, the sunburst allows one to see the multiple pieces of mismatched wood.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Oh Wow

                          By JWBradley

                          from Belmont, NC

                          About Me Novice

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                            I just picked up playing bass about two years ago. I'm finally becoming proficient at the four string and had planned on venturing into a five after a few more years; however, Musicians Friend had a deal on this beauty I couldn't pass up. The day it arrived, it was incredibly cold so I decided to leave in the box for a few hours to let it slowly warm up. That time was torture. After unboxing the bass and doing a fast inspection, we tuned up and strummed that B. Wow. Was surprised at the sustain and lack of buzz. After a while of working up and down the neck, I was surprised it was still in tune.

                            The craftsmanship seems solid. The frets are dressed nicely with no snags. The neck is quite comfortable. I was expecting a 2x4 and instead received a very playable bass.

                            This one is very hard to put down.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            For the price great

                            By RW

                            from Binghamton, NY

                            About Me Experienced

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                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Solid Electronics

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                              The pots remind me of my 66 p bass very smooth workmanship nice. due to the 34 scale the b is a little sloppy but tolerable. The pickup is decent and will get the job done i am upgrading it to the 3/8 magnets. The stock strings on a the d and g sound fine the e and b lack a little tone. but labellas will fix that.

                               
                              5.0

                              AWESOME 5 STRING SQUIRE BASS !

                              By BASSMAN55

                              from WAGONER, OKLAHOMA

                              About Me Professional Musician

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                              Pros

                              • FAST COMFORTABLE MAPLE NECK. EXCELLENTLY BUILT
                              • Fun To Play
                              • Good Feel
                              • Good Pick Up
                              • Good Tone
                              • Solid Electronics

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                                INCREDIBLE BASS! GREAT TONE, GOOD POWER, FAST COMFORTABLE NECK. BOTH PUPS TIGHT AND SOLID. EXCELLENT CRAFTSMANSHIP, OVER ALL. IT BLOWS MY MIND. HOW SQUIRE SELLS A BASS OF THIS QUALITY. SO CHEAP? I LOVE THIS BASS SO MUCH. I JUST ORDER'D A SECOND ONE. FOR BACKUP. CANDY APPLE RED. BEAUTIFUL.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Good !

                                By Anchorman

                                from Central Kansas

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                • Good Feel
                                • Good Tone

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                                  Very pleased with the guitar. Plays good, looks good, electronics are good, pots are smooth turning. If you use flat wound strings there is a problem with the wrapping of the ball end of string laying over the bridge. "B" string only. Don't get full resonance. With the help of a spacer at the back of the bridge the problem was solved. The spacer is easily removed when changing strings and not needed with non flatwounds.
                                  A great buy if can't afford a Fender "P".
                                  Additionally had an issue with intonation on "E" and "B" strings but solved with the help of the repair shop gurus at Mass St. music in Lawrence.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Boom For The Buck

                                  By Raw Dog

                                  from Brooklyn NY

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Feel
                                  • Good Pick Up
                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Solid Electronics

                                  Cons

                                  • Fret Buzz

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Jamming
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                                  Surprisingly nice bass for the money. Needs some setup work but plays pretty nice out of the box.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Quality 5-String for the Price of Boutique Pedal

                                  By BlgDaddy

                                  from ATL

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  See all my reviews

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Feel
                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Quality wood, fret job
                                  • Solid Electronics

                                  Cons

                                  • Intonation nits

                                  Best Uses

                                  • House parties
                                  • Jamming
                                  • School Bands
                                  • Small Venues

                                  Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V:

                                  Really solid, sharp-looking bass you won't be ashamed to play out with, once you slide the B and E saddles back a little. Intonation really wasn't that far off, but needed to be addressed. Has a warm, round punch that lends itself well to rock and pop with the single pup giving flat, dependable response. If it is a little too flat in spots for your taste, I'd try a bass EQ pedal before diving into a pup swap. Seems to defeat the purpose of a low-cost 5-string. As others have noted, the wide neck is very user friendly and should encourage you to try different voicings and notes if you have always been a 4-string player. That extra string is there for a reason, you know. And to me is the biggest argument for this Squire -- you can try out a 5-string in your regular playing and not go broke or feel stupid if you do not like it.

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