September 13th, 2011, 10:33 PM
I'm in the market for a bass. I'm looking at the Squier VM and CV series. How much better is the CV than the VM? Is there a perceptible difference in quality? What about the Affinity? Are the bodies thinner on the Affinity basses?
September 14th, 2011, 04:30 AM
There are a lot of good looking basses on Tulsa craigslist also.
September 14th, 2011, 08:16 AM
There's a huge gap between Affinity and VM/CV series IMHO.
Affinity is just a contemporary cheap series of guitars I'd avoid because of the possibility to hit an instrument below par. They're uneven, quite like Mex Fenders.
VM/CV on the other hand are pretty cool and generally made with quality in mind.
November 16th, 2011, 12:35 PM
I just bought a CV '60's P bass in Sonic Blue and all I can say is WOW! Even though I'm a guitar player, I have been around long enough and played many a great bass, this is an unbelievably great quality bass. Not for the money, but great period. Even though I don't need one, I might just spring for a CV Jazz bass down the road.
November 16th, 2011, 01:40 PM
I agree with Immo's Affinity statement.
If a CV or VM is "better" depends on what you are looking for and the sound you wish to have.
The quality is the same, I think. A modern/stronger bridge is not better than a simple vintage bridge - it is only different ...
The quality also depends on the single bass itself. Every piece of wood is different. But the CVs and VMs can be as good (or sometimes better) than Mexican Fenders. So, you best try different basses ...
Many CV bassers have high gloss necks while many VM basses have satin finish necks. Also here: Not "better", but different feeling! I love the satin finish Squier necks. The feeling changes in the first months because your fingers still make some "fine final polishing" and afterwards they feel like oiled and waxed necks.
Don't care about Squier / Fender or Duncan Designed pickups!
The original "no name" pickups of my Squier Standard Jazz Bass are as good as the Duncan Designed Pickups of my VM fretless Jazz Bass. And all sound like Fender PUs ...
Only change them, if you want no Fender sound ...