Squier, a divsion of Fender, brings us the “Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V” 5-string bass.
I think a lot of bassists tend to shy away from the budget priced basses, however, this budget priced bass feels and sounds more like a lot of the higher end basses on the market today. There are three models to choose from with the only difference between the three are the finshes on the body which it is available as 3-color sunburst, olympic white, and candy apple red. Both the 3-color sunburst and olympic white models have the toroiseshell pickgaurd, and the candy apple red model has a white pickgaurd.
The body is made of basswood and the neck consists of maple with a 20 fret maple fingerboard in the modern “C” shape. The pickup is single split-coil precision and controls are volume and tone.
Gig tested ? you bet! Like I mentioned earlier, this bass feels, plays, and sounds like quite a few of the higher end basses on the market today. There are a quite a few bassists that use Squier basses on gigs here in Nashville, even on Broadway. Micheal Pisculli, who we interviewed for the first Bass on Broadway series, uses one along with his vintage 70 P basses.
I have to be honest, my first gig with the Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V, I took another bass just in case. Turns out I didn’t need it. I used it on two back-to-back gigs and it worked flawlessly to my expectations. Not once did I feel like I was using a budget priced bass. This bass not only plays and sounds great, I also got quite a few compliments about the looks. Sound wise, the guys in the band were pleasantly pleased and were also very complimentary of the bass. I defintely want one of these!
Check out the Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V and other great Squier basses at a music retailer near you!