Picked up a used Squier CV Mustang....

FortyEight

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So a local person was selling his 2021 CV Mustang. His story was that he was newer to bass but wanted stick with regular scale while learning. So for 250 bucks it was hard to pass up. the action was real high though and i wasnt sure about that. neck had more of bow going on then i like to see. but i figured id take a chance for that amount of money.

so the deal went down basically on my way to band practice. i went into the city and at a stoplight im thinking, i should put an allen head in there before i put my money down to make sure it wasnt stripped. big relief when i could turn it. i stopped for a burger and looked it over some more after eating and adjusted the neck much closer to where i thought it should be.

i got to practice about 45 minutes early. so i unscrewed the pickguard to peek and see if the body was routed for a p bass pup. its not. i adjusted the action to where i thought i could play it. i also raised the pups cuz it seemed kinda quiet in my amp when i was testing. plus it gave my thumb more of a place to rest on.

i didnt really plan to play it at practice. had my p bass with me. but i figured what the heck.

i mean, im not sure how a small bass like that gets such a big sound. its quieter than my p but i just turned the amp up. its punchy but lots of lows. i made a few adjustments to the pups during practice to try and get a real even volume across the strings which i think i achieved.

the lead singer liked the sound. at first he was saying he couldnt tell much difference from that and my p. so i played the p on a few songs so i could feel and hear the difference. its definitely a different sound. its not as maybe present in more frequencies. i didnt do any equing to either. until later. but by the end of practice the consensus was that it actually sounds better on some songs. maybe not all the time.

i had no difficulty switching between the two and it felt reaaally good to play. the action is a bit higher than on my p right now but it didnt seem to be an issue. the less tension made it easy to play despite the higher action.

but man, color me impressed. and a bit excited. i bought a cv jazz a while back as a back up but i got a lot of complaints about the sound when using it. not so with this little thing. its got some nice creamy, punchy lows and its smooth. it doesnt hit as hard as the p and has less highs, but thats ok too. somehow it feels pubchier. i can try my mxr bass dyna comp to see if that helps give the lows a boost. that seems to help help the jazz.

only downside to all of it is i have lyme disease and have been feeling pretty lousy last day or two. which is not uncommon for this time of year but still rough. it has kind of overshadowed my excitement for this thing.

but wow. looking forward to using this thing to record my music. and possibly using at gigs. at the very least it makes a better back up than my jazz. lighter, smaller, and sound is closer to what is desired. or basically works real good.
 

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Man, that sounds like a couple of wins piled on top of each other to me. Congratulations, it’s a real pretty instrument. To my eye it is the perfect pastel-to-chrome ratio, and I dig the funky split pickup and the shape of that upper horn. Looking forward to hearing it on your songs...and hope you get feeling better soon!
 

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bit of an update after cleaning and playing some more.

love the sounds.

ok, u heard s positives now i will shsre the negatives. string spacing is a bit wonky. 1st string is about 1/2mm further away than it should or more that 2nd through forth coulda been moved a bit closer to the 1st string. or maybe better put, 2nd and 3rd string could been spaced a bit better between 1 and 4. it feels like a bone nut to me. the specs say it is. and it doesnt bother me at this point. so i will probably just deal with it.

2nd thing. it looks like there is a bit more relief and a bit more bow on the 4th string side compared to the 1st string. here again i think its fine enough for me, but i think they call that twisted a bit. i could talk the neck off and try to straighten it better with a clamp and level, but im not sure it would fix that.

but man do i like how it sounds. and its 13 ounces lighter than my P.

i think i saw the previous owner vaping. i think that may have causes some discoloration on the neck plate.
 

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So whats this i hear about needing a certain length of strings cuz its strung through the body? seems like u cut off a bunch anyways so i would think short scale strings would work. no?
 

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You know what would give this thread a big ol kick in the tail cone?

Sound clips. I want to hear what this thing sounds like!!!

Regarding string length, I found a Talkbass thread you may find interesting. Firstly, here’s a screenshot that might answer your string length question:
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And the link to the whole thread is

 
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I guess I should read the whole thread but 2 things jump out at me that dont make sense. The set fender puts on is a 105 e string. Which makes sense to me. And theres no "silks" in the d'addario round wounds ive ever bought for bass. So to me the only question is: is there enough string to slip into the center of the tuning peg, or will a medium guage set have enough of the smaller diameter on the bigger strings. Or on a short scale will the smaller diameter not go past the nut.

Whatever set fender is using, the larger diameter of the e string is just touching the tuner after having wound the smaller diameter. I should call them and find out what set they use. i would prefer D'Addarios though. in a 105. or even bigger. but the stock ones feel like a good size and tension.
 

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