Review of "Squier P- Electric Bass"

published 08/02/2006 | SamJohnson
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"SQUIRE P-BASS...do you fell the rhythm??"

What can i say? this guitar offers many good-points compared to its few bad points. My first bass guitar was a squire P-Bass and for an entry levle guitar, it was ample, in fact, it was just about ample for more than entry levle:

Good-points:
This guitar carries forward many features of its slightly more sophisticated Fender brother, including similar component parts and construction methods. Examples include:
-high-quality dot inlays on the rosewood fretboard,
-alder body,
-standard Fender Super 7250ML strings (some of the best ive ever used),
-chrome hardware.
As a consequence of this, the P-Bass is pretty resiliant and segregates itself nicely from other market competion of this price range...
...The price i'd expect to pay for this guitar? £130-ish, this may or may not seem like alot of money, depending on your knowledge of guitars and such, but in my respective opinion, i'd say this is a fair price considering an upgrade to an official Fender product may cost £300-£400 more. This is also a good price because it allows people an oppurtunuity to start playing bass on a budget, a minimal loss if you find yourself not taking to well to playing bass!
Another up-point to this bass is the fact that, if set up properly (and the standard factory set up is pretty good considering some guitars are not so well tuned up in the factory by other manufacturers), some very smooth and high-quality tones can be generated from its twin 'single split coil pick-ups'. This is of course helped greatly with a decent amp, but on the P-bass's own credit, it sounds good, certainly a cut above the rest.

Some downsides to the Squire P-bass are more involved in the smaller details...
firstly, the standard component parts could be seen as a bit minimalistic, the standard 4-saddle bridge and standard open gear tuning heads make fine set-up difficult to negoiate, all things considered, this is a pretty trvial thing to pick up on, but if you are a reasonably experienced bassist, certianly of gigging standard, this may become a slight irritation.
Another minor issue is the fairly limited range of tones that can be accessed by the pick-up layout, where the range is good, it is not extensive. Again, this is the sort of thing that can be improved with a good amp, but if your looking for flexibility in the guitar, then maybe a jazz bass (Squire do offer a jazz model) is more suitable for you because it has tone control AND variable pick-up volume control.


The standard specifications for the Squire P-Bass are as follows:

Colors: (506) Black, (525) Metallic Red, (595) Metallic Blue,
(Polyurethane Finish)
Body: Alder
Neck: Maple, C-Shape,
(Polyurethane Finish)
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
No. of Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo
Pickups: 1 Split Single-Coil Pickup
Controls: Volume, Tone
Pickup: Switching None
Bridge: Standard 4-Saddle
Machine Heads: Standard Open-Gear Tuners
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: 1-Ply White
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Width at Nut: 1.625" (41 mm)
Unique Features: Dot Position Inlays
Strings: Super 7250ML, p/n 073-7250-005, (.045, .065, .080, .100)
Accessories: None

On The whole, the Squre P-Bass is a good insturment to start playing bass on because it is affordable but offers high quality under the assurance of the fender name.
It is perfect for bedroom practice and small gigs, but probably not ideal for larger gigs simply because it doesnt provide what a more expensive and high-spec gutiar would.
If an entry levle bassist is #1 on a scale of 1-10 and a professional bassist in a signed band is #10, i'd recommend the Squire to any person who'd catergorise themselves in the 1-5 range.

My final word? Look around for good offers...Squire is established enough now to be found in most shops online and on the highstreet.

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Electric Bass

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Long Name: P- Electric Bass

Type: Electric Bass

Manufacturer: Squier

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