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Could you perform your current role on a Squier Bass ?

Could you perform your current role on a Squier Bass ?  

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  1. 1. Could you perform your current role on a Squier Bass ?

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1 hour ago, 4000 said:

The area where I think a musical instrument should excel - sound - wasn't satisfied. Of course a lot of that is down to personal preference; that is entirely the point. 

For what it's worth, the problem with defining what makes a good musical instrument is that it's only good if it inspires art. Which means everyone could have different criteria. Whether it goes faster or not (to use the car analogy) is entirely irrelevant. Although if we are going to use car analogies, a Lamborghini might be better than a Citroen at going fast, but it's not better at carrying lots of people. Apply that to bass as you like. ;)

Well, IMHO, it doesn't make them awful instruments. You just didn't like the sound if them. All very subjective for such a sweeping statement. I don't believe I used a car analogy ¬¬

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Just now, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Well, IMHO, it doesn't make them awful instruments. You just didn't like the sound if them. All very subjective for such a sweeping statement. I don't believe I used a car analogy ¬¬

I'm confused. What has that got to do with the price of eggs grandmothers?

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1 minute ago, FinnDave said:

She looks a bit young to be a grandmother. Mind you, it's such  small pic it's not easy to tell.

A few minutes roughing up with that machine and the mojo will start the show up. Done just right, she'll be indistinguishable from a genine early 1950's one.

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1 minute ago, Jus Lukin said:

A few minutes roughing up with that machine and the mojo will start the show up. Done just right, she'll be indistinguishable from a genine early 1950's one.

Shame really,  I prefer an unmarked model to one that has been artificially worn. At least any marks on them will bring back memories, hopefully not of the resulting court cases though!

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7 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

While we're at it then, surely all the upright bass comments are a bit pointless? If my current role was surfing 60-footers off Maui then I couldn't do it with a Squier bass, because I'd need a surfboard. The list of things Squier don't make is very long indeed, and surely irrelevant. xD

Don't blame me for giving an honest and accurate answer.  And just put a foil on that slab and drop in at Jaws, no worries.

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8 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

While we're at it then, surely all the upright bass comments are a bit pointless? If my current role was surfing 60-footers off Maui then I couldn't do it with a Squier bass, because I'd need a surfboard. The list of things Squier don't make is very long indeed, and surely irrelevant. xD

Have you actually tried surfing with a Squier? If not, I'm not sure you should be expressing a view about its limitations quite so boldly. 

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2 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Have you actually tried surfing with a Squier? If not, I'm not sure you should be expressing a view about its limitations quite so boldly. 

I suspect that he hasn't, as if he had he would not be in a condition to write his posts on account of being drownded.

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1 minute ago, Jus Lukin said:

Nah, it's not a proper surfboard- too many strings for me.

How many strings did Jaco need to ride the surf?

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I don't know, but he put in too many twists and moves when a straight line would have done just as well.

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1 hour ago, FinnDave said:

She looks a bit young to be a grandmother. 

Perhaps she's from Essex (or Halifax)! 

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10 hours ago, discreet said:

Ahhh, I did not understand. Again. :)

That answer was accurate, but perhaps a bit flip. In the case of my current occasional bass guitar gigs it would still be a "no" though. The diva I play with would definitely notice (not hypothetical, this actually happened two weeks ago), and whether it was a Squier, MIM, MIJ, MIA, or "boutique" Fender knockoff, she has specifically and repeatedly requested something else. But in all honesty, I really enjoyed playing that particular J knockoff-ish bass, and I'm sure I would've enjoyed playing a Squier J  to some degree as well.

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2 hours ago, FinnDave said:

Yes, but you are talking about times past, when the market price for grandmothers was not what is today. I really think that has to be taken into account.

You have to remember that many grandmothers are in their 50s/60s (I.e date from 1958 or either side thereabouts) - whilst some wear their age nicely with reasonable relicing, some are majorly distressed whilst others are perfectly preserved. However there's a strong line in grandmother facsimiles from much more recent times - in fact to use a 1950s phrase paraphrased, lamb dressed as mutton - then there'd be the even cheaper versions (cuts of mutton) masquerading as 60 yr old grandmothers - these would be the Squiers we are talking of - apparently they sound, operate and perform on a par with the real vintage version so much so that anyone's regular partner, even one with very high operating costs and performance could be replaced by a cheaper facsimile grandmother lookalike according to over 90% of people in quite unrepresentative samples.

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51 minutes ago, peteb said:

Perhaps she's from Essex (or Halifax)! 

I need to take care then, I'm gigging near Halifax on the weekend.

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2 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

Like these ones?...

No, I don't. :|

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19 hours ago, lojo said:

Without dismissing this as untrue (I'm sure it's true to you) I find this one of the most interesting comments of the thread 

I can't believe I'm alone in saying that the first 2 or 3 basses I owned where way below the quality of modern squier and at the time where more than adequate 

 

Ok, to expand a bit:

I have a very cheap 2nd hand Encore P, which I keep at work for odd bits of practice in lunch breaks and occasional drunken jams after work on a Friday. For that I do actually enjoy playing it, and it's easy to play and has a decent sound for the price. But it's nothing special. I can stop any time I want to :-)

I first picked up a bass 45 years after my mother had beaten it into my head that I would never be able to play (anything). That's a pretty deep-seated demon; and it took months to develop my finger muscles and learn to control them - one way or another, for most of that first year everything seemed to confirm that my mother had been right all along and I should never have started. A lot of the credit for getting me through that year to where I am now goes to my excellent, endlessly patient and encouraging teacher. But it's also a lot of credit to the bass. This wasn't just something ordinary, that I could sell on and write off the experience - this was something special, probably unique, that felt "meant to be mine", and I had to live up to it. (It had come in to Promenade Music just hours before I walked in - Gary had to enter it into the stock database before he could sell it to me.) 

Sorry, that's a bit much about me - and I hope of no relevance to anyone else here.

 

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2 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

Nah, it's not a proper surfboard- too many strings for me.

There you go again. How many strings were on the bass for Hawaii 5-O (which, as we all know, was a surf song about surf), or even better still Surfin' USA? 

I think until you have actually tried a Squier for Surfin' I don't think you should so lightly dismiss it as having too many strings for surfing.

Ok, we've hopefully knocked one misguided comment on the head...So what else can't you use a Squier for?

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6 hours ago, Passinwind said:

The diva I play with would definitely notice (not hypothetical, this actually happened two weeks ago), and whether it was a Squier, MIM, MIJ, MIA, or "boutique" Fender knockoff, she has specifically and repeatedly requested something else. 

You gotta be kidding me.

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