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Hi chaps, 
Long time guitar player, looking to start learning bass. I don't want to spend a fortune on a bass to start out with  so looking at either:

Squire classic vibe P Bass (Interested in 50s, 60s or 70s - probably whichever has the slimmer neck).
Vintage V4 


I am willing to push my budget to a Fender Player mustang too if these are really worth the extra cash! I pretty much only play short scale Fender guitars so feel this could be a natural progression for me.

Can find loads of stuff on the squiers but not much on the Vintage, I've had vintage guitars in the past and was always really impressed for the price.

Also if anyone has any bargains going in the P Bass or Mustang flavour please let me know!

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The Squier's are great and a lot of people speak highly of the Vintage V4 so I think you'd be happy with either.

There may be other alternatives but let us know your budget and what music you're likely to be playing/your inspirations and I'm sure other members will have some great ideas. :) 

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Check out the Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar. It's a medium scale (32") so a happy halfway between the basses you mentioned. It's certainly piqued my interest anyway...

 

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The Harley Benton range from Thomann are an excellent starting point.

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Whilst I`m a big fan of the Vintage V4s their necks are chunkier than most of the Squier Classic Vibes I`ve played.

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Great thanks guys.

I'm a big fan of Paul Simonon, Bruce Foxton and Mike Dirnt, so almost definitely edging towards that P Bass sound. I do play fairly experimental guitar though and quite a lot of country, so would need something that covers that ground too. Would love to make my own London Calling "pressure drop" P bass tribute but looks like squier don't offer a maple neck in the white.

 

 

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Done some in depth research and youtubing, I'll be trying out a squire P (50s and 70s), squier Jag (32 inch), and whatever else they have in stock that catches my eye tomorrow. Love the versatility of the Jag so far, and the slimmer neck profile seems like it might suit my hands

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Really varies,

My main players are an American Pro Jaguar and a CIJ jaguar. The AM pro is probably one of the most expensive guitars I own but I have happily owned, recorded and gigged with squiers in the past, I actually have one of the new paranormal series on the way next week. As I'm just learning bass, I'd prefer not to break the bank, if it's for me I'm sure I'll move on to a more expensive instrument, if not the CV range seem to hold value quite well for a resale 

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Obviously not Fender, but shortscale with a Jaguar vibe and dirt cheap. 

The Ibanez Tmb30 punches well above it's price tag. I got one a couple of months ago to put piccolo strings on but it was great as a regular bass. 

Clearly not in the same league as American built Fenders but maybe something to test the water and move on with minimal loss if you choose to buy a better bass?

 

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G&L Tribute, Fender offset Mustang at Andertons and Chicago Music Exchange new

Fender Steve Harris, American Standard or Performer used

G&L Fallout short scale has Humbucker in P spot , have not heard it but may be worth a listen

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Well... Tried a load out and the squier Jag 32" knocked them all out of the park for me. Got all the sounds I wanted and it was so nice to play, really liked the P basses too but the Jag's neck just felt better in my hands. 

Tried a talman too which was great to play, but the feel and sound of the squire just edged it. 

Thanks for all the advice! I'll get some pics etc up shortly.. 

Need a practice amp now! Really interested in the rumble studio 40 or rumble LT25 as a starter just for noodling with backing tracks. 

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5 minutes ago, jhalliday89 said:

Need a practice amp now! Really interested in the rumble studio 40 or rumble LT25 as a starter just for noodling with backing tracks. 

Both are really good little practice amps, lots of nice sounds. Or if you just want a solid bass tone then the standard rumble v3 40 are also nifty little practice amps. 😃

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Those G&L shortscale, mustang esq are lovely , but expensive circa 1700 GBP if i recall correctly

 

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Big Rumble fan here. I have a Rumble v3 500 for gigging but recently got a Rumble v3 100 as it's (even) easier to carry to rehearsals. Except I like so so much that I'm using for home practice instead of my much-loved Orange Crush 50. Not too loud for my small practice room and loud enough for rehearsals.

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Actually played guitar for a couple of months through a rumble (maybe a 100), it sounded absolutely fantastic.. really tempted by the studio 40, all them bells and whistles are very tempting indeed.

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The Jag sounds like it’s perfect for you! On the amp, happy Rumble 40 v3 owner here. Don’t get to play “out loud” very often these days (terraced house + 1yr old with an early bedtime) but they’re very nice things. 

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