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Jazz Basses - sub £500

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Hey all, 

Whats the collected wisdom on the best value sub £500 jazz models out there? 

Is Squier Classic Vibe where its at or are there better things out there? I also quite like the look of the Squier Contemporary Series - not convinced by the odd pickups on the active ones though. 

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I'll be the first to suggest Sire.

Most are active but the V5 is a passive Jazz for around £400.

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The Squier VM77 & VM70s are worth a look, and are under £400.

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I think you'd have to check out a Sire V7. It does a great 'normal' jazz thing and then you have the preamp as well. Lovely neck too.

 

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Personally I'd look at PJs - I'm finding much richer tones from mine..

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That newish Paranormal Jazz is superb. Great build quality, simply the best Squier I have owned. The looks are a bit quirky and its not a lightweight but for around £360, far better than a Classic Vibe model. 

The Paranormal is made in China and the CV in Indonesia. Check out Lobsters review for he speaketh the truth!

 

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24 minutes ago, jezzaboy said:

That newish Paranormal Jazz is superb. Great build quality, simply the best Squier I have owned. The looks are a bit quirky and its not a lightweight but for around £360, far better than a Classic Vibe model. 

The Paranormal is made in China and the CV in Indonesia. Check out Lobsters review for he speaketh the truth!

 

Sounds good but I just don't think I can cope with the aesthetic. 

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2 minutes ago, uncle psychosis said:

Sounds good but I just don't think I can cope with the aesthetic. 

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I get that, you either love it or don`t. I bought the white one which looks better to me.

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I have a G&L JB Tribute that is worth a look. I picked it up for £320 last year and it's a fantastic bass. G&L's have been creeping up in price since though and they're about £450 now. 

The Sire's Mudpup suggested are def worth a look too. 

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