I've become a big fan of the quality of the Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified lines, they're a good alternative to Fender's Standard series' more modern features and finishes. Because I had other, more pressing musical priorities, I hadn't gotten around to getting one of these. Recently, after noticing this Bass was no longer on the Squire site for 2018, I decided to jump on it before it was too late. A few years ago I had my eye on the Squier Matt Freeman Precision but waited and missed that one (now they're tough to find and around $450 used if you do) so I wasn't going to miss this one too. This is essentially a Freeman with block fret markers. The Bass arrived quickly and it was just as I'd hoped. The fit and finish were perfect. I grew up on '70's basses and the tinted, lacquered neck on this one is simply awesome. The body is basswood and I knew it'd be just a little on the light side (8.5 lbs) compared to what I'm used to, but after playing it, that's not even an issue. It feels substantial. Tuners feel fine. Pickup sounds just as I'd expect. Heavier bridge with brass saddles is better than what came on my '73 P for sure. The "ashtray" bridge cover is a nice touch too. I have no complaints with this Bass. The Classic Vibe series are highly playable, good quality instruments and this one will be doing shows soon. I'd urge you to get one of these before current stocks are gone, cuz it looks like so far, Squier's not doing a traditional Precision for 2018, just P/J's and the CV 50's P. If this Bass had a Fender decal, people would willingly pay more for it with no thought about doing so.
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