I was considering about a Washburn XB-100 and Squier Jazz Bass before, but after trying Squier, I chose P-Bass Special, because it has both jazz and precision pickups and it really works. I think in the period of two years, I would buy the same bass if it were stolen. [I will not lose it:]. As I said. This bass is really good; excellent for a starter and it will give what you want. That's it.
Price: $375.00 Turkey (new)
Where Obtained: Kivilcim, Turkey
Crafted in Indonesia. Maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. 20 frets, black metallic, two volume and one tone controls. Jazz and Precision Pickups. This bass really gives anything you need if you're a starter or if you play for yourself with pals. Both Jazz and Precision tones are good and if you have a good amp, [mine is Fender Frontman 15B; actually perfect for home] you can taste the great sound of slap.
Actually I prefer to lose my control while I play. Squier P-Bass Special lets me do it. The rosewood fingerboard is really enough [and somewhat more] to take control and move on it.
I use it with Fender Frontman 15B. I can say that the Precision sound is modified for classic rock, funk and hard rock. The Jazz sound fits the blues and jazz tone. Whatever you play, your instrument can be modified.
I think it is enough for steady live playing and I think that it's not the only material to succeed. You and your amp should also be fine for live shows, but P-Bass Special also fits live shows I think. I does it well, because it's nearly a Fender.
I looked mainly at Fender products. I decided I wanted a P-bass special. I chose the Squire over the Fender because of the price& I really didn't notice that much difference in the sound.I would buy this bass again if anything happened to it.The balance is off so it is a bit neck heavy lighter neck material would be an option. It has a really good sound,& is lightweight.For a long time Squire guitars have had a bad reputation.I have never seen much difference in the bass products. To me I got an actual Fender for a lower price.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Made in China this standard 4-string bass has a 20-fret maple Jazz Bass neck and rosewood fingerboard,and I believe a Poplar Precision Bass body.It features stock single P & J passive pickups with seperate volume controls and a master tone control.Standard Fender style bridge and tuners.
I like a higher action on my instrument and this is easily obtainable.Trying to lower the action causes more fret buzz than other instruments(Not that I object to fret buzz or low action,but this is obnoxious). I have played regular Precisions and Rickenbackers, This instrument has been my only bass for over a year now. I don't know if it is just me, but I had a hard tim adjusting back to a normal P-bass,unless I played high on the neck.Having a lightweight body the Squire is somewhat neck heavy.
NOt being a big fan of bass effects,I plug directly into any amp I use(currently a Fender BXR 200C),only using the onboard chorus(very sparingly),or a stomp box compressor. I play Country,Blues,& Classic Rock and a Fender style instrument of any sort fits well with almost any style of electronic music.It has a full warm sound most of the time.It teeters on being a bit bright in which case I turn down the J pickup,& it remains quiet.There is a slight distortion due to the passive pickups.The only time I had a noise problem is when the side-mounted jackplate cracked(due to my guitar stand).I prefer to keep my equipment as stock as possible,& This instrument sounds very good the way it is.I have done mainly live performance and non-recorded rehearsal with this instrument.It works well in a live setting.My guitarist(an opinionated 'If you're gonna buy a Fender buy only American,everything else is ****')was very suuprised when he found out the bass I was using since I had been in the band was a Squire.
This bass is reliable enough for live playing(as long as you put it in the guitar stand properly).It just needs regular maintainance adjustments(which always depends on how often you use the instrument).The hardware is heavy duty,and climate changes(unless real severe don't affect it much.