FBD (First Bass Day) : Squier 70's Precision

ChicknPickn

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Well, how 'bout this! Just because I could, I decided to buy a bass. Didn't know whether I'd like it at all, so I set the budget at $500 tops. The Squier Precision 70's came in well under that. Ain't she purty?

Here's a funny thing people might relate to. After I tuned her up and plugged her in, I was instantly having a blast and played for about 45 minutes. I've always liked playing guitar on the bottom strings, so the territory felt familiar. BUT THEN, I picked up my guitar and I was completely messed up for a good thirty minutes. It felt so tiny and bizarre I could hardly play! Sort of scared me at first. We'll be okay, I think.

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Nice. Is that the walnut color?

Don’t sweat transition. Bass won’t hurt your guitar playing. It may take a couple days before it’s automatic because the scale and spacing and string tension but by next week you won’t notice when you trade back and forth. Congrats. Looker.
 

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Very nice. Congrats!

I love P-basses. After owning a few different types over the years I finally figured out a couple of years ago that all I need is the low growl of a P-bass.

You'll get used to transitioning between guitar and bass. At least you didn't get a 5-string - I bought one a long time ago and the low string being a B used to screw me up whenever I switched back to guitar.
 

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Killer! Those are sweet, and I love that color.

I’m of the mind that more instruments only make you better. I played bass first, and when I started seriously studying guitar it made my bass playing much better. i play uke too, and I find the constant size switching is easy after only a short while.

Enjoy!
 

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Nice. Is that the walnut color?

Don’t sweat transition. Bass won’t hurt your guitar playing. It may take a couple days before it’s automatic because the scale and spacing and string tension but by next week you won’t notice when you trade back and forth. Congrats. Looker.
That is the walnut finish. I can't see any joints in the body, which looks a lot like mahogany, though I know it isn't. Really nice grain. Build quality for a $450 instrument seems very good, even excellent. I don't know enough about basses yet to know how they should feel, how hard to hit the strings, etc., but it sounds cool to me.
 

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Well, how 'bout this! Just because I could, I decided to buy a bass. Didn't know whether I'd like it at all, so I set the budget at $500 tops. The Squier Precision 70's came in well under that. Ain't she purty?

Here's a funny thing people might relate to. After I tuned her up and plugged her in, I was instantly having a blast and played for about 45 minutes. I've always liked playing guitar on the bottom strings, so the territory felt familiar. BUT THEN, I picked up my guitar and I was completely messed up for a good thirty minutes. It felt so tiny and bizarre I could hardly play! Sort of scared me at first. We'll be okay, I think.

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I currently own two basses.....a recent Chinese-made Hofner Club Bass, and a 1993 Made in Korea Fender Squier P-Bass. The P-Bass is mostly stock.....I changed the wimpy tuners for full-size "elephant"-ear versions, and strung it with flat wounds. Pickups and hardware were just fine as is. After it got a slight "wound" at the bottom of the body, I discovered it's actually a Plywood body......but it sounds great.
Yours sure looks good. ;)
P.S.....I picked up my P-Bass about 20-25 years ago in a pawnshop for $100.
 

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Well, how 'bout this! Just because I could, I decided to buy a bass. Didn't know whether I'd like it at all, so I set the budget at $500 tops. The Squier Precision 70's came in well under that. Ain't she purty?

Here's a funny thing people might relate to. After I tuned her up and plugged her in, I was instantly having a blast and played for about 45 minutes. I've always liked playing guitar on the bottom strings, so the territory felt familiar. BUT THEN, I picked up my guitar and I was completely messed up for a good thirty minutes. It felt so tiny and bizarre I could hardly play! Sort of scared me at first. We'll be okay, I think.

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It’s beautiful
 

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It took four basses to finally get me started. The nice cranberry Highway 1 didn’t do it… it was an inexpensive purple Squier. I sold it to a guy who meant to play it at church. I truly wish I had it back, and will buy it back if it comes up.
I have fully transitioned to calling myself a bass player (as I feel ranked higher among local bass players than I am, as ranked among local guitar players.)
I traded and bought my current five:
A super black MIM that I love
An MIJ Lyte that I play at home
An Electra that is bionic!
A Guild that is Epic!
A ‘78 P Bass that I have wanted for decades (even as a guitar player!)
I feel we aren’t done acquiring yet…
Again… your bass looks amazing,
Play On!
 
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Wow. That looks great, glad you like it!
I was going to get a Squier P or PJ in what I think is called Race Red...then I was given a nifty little Ibanez as a Christmas gift. I like playing bass, but haven't played much in years, hoping to remedy that lol.
Enjoy it!!
 

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That's a beautiful bass, ChicknPickn. Is it heavy? And do you have a bass amp?
I’m really pleased with it. It seems a little heavier than a northern ash Tele I made, and that one is on the hefty side. But the contouring fits me really well, and the feel overall (I’m chunky) is really comfy. I have no bass amp, am running it through a 50-watt SS amp and twin 12-inch cabinets. So far, so good.
 

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Wow. That looks great, glad you like it!
I was going to get a Squier P or PJ in what I think is called Race Red...then I was given a nifty little Ibanez as a Christmas gift. I like playing bass, but haven't played much in years, hoping to remedy that lol.
Enjoy it!!
Way more fun than I thought bass could be.
 

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Congrats! Have played a bunch of the Squier 70s series, both P and J, and they are awesome!

I am.not one for much bling but I love the black block inlays on the aged maple necks.

Wish they made a P in the awesome sunburst of the J, but thats ok.

HNGD and I hope to maybe be joining you soon!
 

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Congrats! Have played a bunch of the Squier 70s series, both P and J, and they are awesome!

I am.not one for much bling but I love the black block inlays on the aged maple necks.

Wish they made a P in the awesome sunburst of the J, but thats ok.

HNGD and I hope to maybe be joining you soon!
The more I handle this bass, the more impressed I am by what Squier has delivered. In my humble opinion, it’s a beauty, and has the “bassy sound” I’ve learned to recognize from Fender designs.

Big problem now is that I’ve started looking at the whole Squier catalog. . . .
 




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