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Squier Standard Precision (JP)

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Had a look for reviews for these couldn't see one. Mods, if one already exists please merge.

Bought this a while back but it's been at work. Senior Management said I could have this as a stress management tool - my senior says that I can only use it for ten minutes (how long it takes the smokers to have a fag) locked away in an interview room. That's ridiculous so I've brought it home.

In the office I didn't get to use it with an amp so didn't have a real idea about the tonal palette which surprised me when used through my Trace Elliot 150 SMX.

The controls are simplicity itself - Volume/ pan/tone - the P pick up is fat and cheerful, providing those latte/ cappuccino tones you've heard a thousand times on all your favourite funk/ soul classics. The J pick up provides tones you'd expect from a (more expensive) good Jaco copy - remember that this is a Indonesian made, sub £200 bass, standard pick ups, no active pre-amp. I was surprised, to say the least. No need for replacing these IMO.

I haven't owned a P bass before - lots of basses with that pick up but not the actual beastie itself so I was surprised by the shallow profile of the neck - is this your standard P neck?? - slim through from the back to fretboard - just measured it at 20mm - pretty much the length of the neck. This doesn't feel like any P bass I'd played previously. Measuring 38mm at the nut, 60mm at the bridge the spacing is pretty much spot on - but then this is a 60+ year old design so you'd expect them to have got it right by now.

My peeve with Fender style basses has always been that horrible, square wheel, Fred Flintstone design BBOT bridge which rips at the forearm when you slap. IMO the least ergonomic/ user friendly bridge I've ever played - you can see why companies are making money manufacturing high mass bridges. Aesthetically, I can't have ashtray covers, so surely there must be some other way of protecting yourself from the allen key bolts short of replacing the bridge with a high mass? No?? Looks like I'm working on a Dragon's Den appearance then.

The neck itself is very playable - satin finished with a fast profile - it won't be everybody's choice but I like it. No issues about fit and finish - this does not feel like an inexpensive instrument - confirms the modern belief that there are very few bad basses these days.

Hardware seems to be of a good quality - again no reason to change these. Weight and balance make this a very playable piece of kit.

At just under £200 I'm surprised that they're not everywhere. Yes, there are lots of other good quality, well built and inexpensive P basses out there but this one has many redeeming qualities so I'd expect to have heard more about it. Are they flying under the RADAR or are there others in this very competitive price bracket which need serious consideration? 

New players could do worse than get one of these.

 

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Re the neck -- Squier PJs always have a skinny J neck on them AFAIK. 👍

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I’ve never had a squier but Ive had a few mim PJs and they’ve had jazz width necks 🙂

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36 minutes ago, TheGreek said:

My peeve with Fender style basses has always been that horrible, square wheel, Fred Flintstone design BBOT bridge which rips at the forearm when you slap. IMO the least ergonomic/ user friendly bridge I've ever played - you can see why companies are making money manufacturing high mass bridges. Aesthetically, I can't have ashtray covers, so surely there must be some other way of protecting yourself from the allen key bolts short of replacing the bridge with a high mass? No?? Looks like I'm working on a Dragon's Den appearance then.

The definition of a gentleman is someone who can play slap bass.........but doesn't.

It'll save you the cost of a replacement bridge :)

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The Indonesian made Standard Precision Specials all came with a jazz width neck. Great basses at a great price point - often hear they became the VM range but not sure how much truth is in that really. They certainly stand up on their own merits!

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On 09/02/2020 at 20:39, TheGreek said:

...so surely there must be some other way of protecting yourself from the allen key bolts short of replacing the bridge with a high mass? No?? Looks like I'm working on a Dragon's Den appearance then.

 

Yes.  Buy shorter allen key height adjustment screws so that they disappear inside the saddles rather than poke out the top.

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8 hours ago, Paul S said:

Yes.  Buy shorter allen key height adjustment screws so that they disappear inside the saddles rather than poke out the top.

Or shim the neck pocket to get more saddle height (and therefore more break angle on the strings, and more pup cover to use as a thumb rest). 👍

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