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Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special  

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OVERVIEW

A bass built for the player on a budget who isn't willing to compromise on sound or style.

Squier is very proud to introduce its new Telecaster Bass Special, which presents an exciting new sonic and stylish twist on a long-familiar design.

Its time-honored body and headstock shape are well balanced by a comfortable medium scale length (32") that will appeal to bassists and guitarists alike. Remarkable tonal versatility comes from its large chrome-covered Fender-designed Wide Range humbucking neck pickup, Duncan Designed JB-102B single-coil Jazz Bass bridge pickup, and three-way blade switching (both pickups together and each pickup individually).

Other distinctive features include black "barrel" switch tip, knurled chrome control knobs, vintage style bridge with four chrome saddles, vintage-style tuners and strap buttons, and single-ply pickguard (white on Black model, black on Vintage Blonde model).

FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • Telecaster Bass body and headstock
  • "C" Shape maple neck with maple fretboard
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Black Dot position inlays
  • Polyurethane neck finish
  • Duncan Designed JB102 Single-Coil Jazz Bass® Bridge Pickup
  • Fender-designed Wide Range Humbucking Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Volume and Tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • PPS string nut
  • 4 chrome saddles
  • Vintage style bridge
  • Vintage Chrome tuning machines

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SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special

  • Scale Length: 32" (81.28 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.7" (43.2 mm)
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
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SquierVintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

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    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 13 customers

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5.0

BOOM !!

By KP Gitfiddle

from LAS VEGAS,NEVADA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

The humbling pickup in the neck position is bass perfection for that deep bass rumble. The bridge precision pickup is weak. And the bridge pickup does hum like all single coils do. It has a three position switch so the midrange can be achieved. I like it in the neck/ humbucking position best. It sounds great there. Like most teles it's heavy. This one is heavier than the average tele. It is a Long Scale bass.Not short scale.tone I give it a 4 , comfort a 3(heavy). I gave it five stars for the Deep Bass Boom.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this bass!

By Devin

from Chi-town

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

    For the price this bass far exceeded my expectations. It plays great, sounds nice, and feels good playing. It's a little heavy but not fatiguing. I couldn't be more happy to find a great bass at this price.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Value

    By Quicksilver

    from St. Louis, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

      Bought this for my daughter as she felt the bass she was using was a little unwieldy. She likes the balance of the Special Tele and it has good tone. Would certainly recommend for practice and small gigs.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      review by novice

      By the hobo

      from oakland, ca

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Looks Cool
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Needs A Fret Level

      Best Uses

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

        I'm a guitar player who wants to learn just enough bass to get by recording some of my own demos, so I'm definitely a novice, and I don't necessarily know yet what makes a good bass and what makes a bad one.

        Still, this seems like an excellent first bass, or with a little work by a luthier, an excellent gig-quality instrument.

        I bought it as a Level 3 used instrument from Musician's Friend, so I knew it had a chip in the body. Packing job was pretty sloppy, but whatever, it survived.

        It's heavier than a typical P or J, and doesn't have body contours, so you may have to sling it lower than you might be used to, but that just makes it look cooler. Sounds more than decent. Again, I don't necessarily know what to listen for, but there are a wide range of sounds available with two pups and a three way switch.

        Like a lot of overseas guitars, it needs a proper fret level/crown and setup. It came setup almost bang-on to Fender's specs, but it definitely need a fret level to get rid of excessive buzzing. My guess is that for 70% of people it would be fine right out of the box.

        I'd buy it again.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Forget buying a used practice bass

        By Torceador

        from Mountain View, AR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good For Older Players
        • Good Tone
        • Great Value

        Cons

        • No Case

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

        I usually play all acoustic, including a 3/4 upright bass. About a month ago, my church asked if I would play bass (electric) I borrowed an ax, and had a great time. I was looking for a used bass to practice with, in case I got a chance again. MF had this on the Stupid Deal of the Day at a great price. I was skeptical about it being made in Indonesia, but I can now say they make some good stuff. The fret job was great, the setup was great except for the G string. The pickups sound good enough to keep as is.
        I would have rejected the neck on a thousand clam bass, due to direction change from the 3rd to the 5th fret, but at the price, I'm surely keeping it. Honestly, people just paint over worse problems all the time.
        The only 'mod' I've made (so I can't send it back anyway) is to take some maroon Scotch Brite and 'satinize' the neck finish. It was glossy and 'purty', but your thumb would stick too easy on a slide. A few passes along the grain and now it feels right.
        I have large hands, but I'm 59, so my reach is not what it used to be. This has a shorter (32") scale that helps me play longer without fatigue, and the neck is a good deep shape.
        Most of all, a long time ago, I had a '72 Tele that I still rue the day I pawned it. This is a nice tip of the hat to Leo's continuing legacy.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Squire Tele Bass

        By Dave

        from San Luis Obispo Ca

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Great Black Finish
        • Nicely Finished Neck

        Cons

        • Square Corners

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

        I spotted the Squire modified Bass Special on the stupid deal email alert and was immediately interested. I had needed an excuse to purchase a bass and the look of that Tele Bass in black with the huge humbucker was all it took. The stupid deal almost reduced the price by 1/3.
        The Bass was delivered very quickly and well packed. The bass was playable out of the box but I speny some time setting it up to my liking which was easily done following the on-line fender Bass setup instructions. I really like the diversity of sound from this bass! The humbucker seemed over powering and muddy until I dropped it 1/8". Now the sound is more to my liking. The single coil is great and a three-way switch let's you have either or both. I added one thing after receiving the Bass. That was a Fender chromed bridge cover. That cover combined with the huge chrome humbucker makes this bass crazy with bling!!!
        Overall I'm very happy and having fun practicing from the bottom.

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        5.0

        Great buy!

        By gcmusic

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

          Although I m a new comer playing bass guitar, this is actually my 2nd bass guitar I purchased. I use it mostly at church. This has a good feel. I like the neck design especially the head as compared with my other bass guitar. Nicely done as a telecaster bass guitar. Just needed to adjust the pick up and level of the string is all to fit your playing styles. thanks!

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          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Well Worth The Money

          By fcpiii

          from Central Arkansas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

            I have owned several vintage "Real" Fender basses and I am glad to say that this is just as good as my old P Bass and old Jazz Special. Way better than I thought could be possible for the money. For someone like myself that is playing now just for fun it's a no-brainer. That being said I wouldn't hesitate to gig or record with this bass. My back probably wouldn't agree after about the 3rd set though.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome instrument!

            By Stephane Verreault

            from QC, Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

            This bass is really fun to play with. The medium scale is not that far removed from regular long scales but feels comfortable. I love the maple neck. The sound, with the 3-position switch, is incredible. For the amount paid, it is a GREAT bass guitar.

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            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Bass

            By Big Ears

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Special:

                Finally a Tele shaped bass from Fender ! although it is badged Squier, the quality is every bit as good as a Fender badged bass. Really cool to play and once you have the humbucker cranked down and balanced with the Jazz pickup ,and you get to know it, it is a surprising versatile bass.
                StackKnob controls on this would be great....

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