Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass 60s - Review

Squier have certainly upped their game recently, as we saw in our review for the superb Classic Vibe Series Telecaster Custom. So with that in mind, we review its four stringed cousin, the Classic Vibe Jazz Bass 60s.

The idea behind the Classic Vibe range is to capture those elements from the past whilst introducing modern features relevant to today’s players and in this department this bass certainly excels.

Specifications include a basswood offset body finished in Olympic White with gloss polyester. This is paired, with a vintage tint maple neck which has a separate rosewood fingerboard. The fingerboard sports 20 vintage style frets while the neck is given a modern 9.5” radius.

Onto the electronics, in classic Jazz Bass style, two Alnico 5 custom single coil pickups are employed with individual volume controls and one master tone control.

All the hardware is finished in chrome, aside from the brass saddles and the look is completed with a classic tortoise shell pickguard and a black thumbrest.

Now that we know the specifications we move on to the instrument. This feels solid and well built with no discernable flaws. The neck feels good and the instrument is well setup and even acoustically notes ring out well.

Plugging in, the bass takes life and produces resonant classic Jazz bass tones, which are nicely rounded out and with a vintage vibe. I find it easy to play and at home with instantly having two other Jazz Basses myself.

The only changes I would recommend for this bass would be the installation of a good pair of straplocks for safety and possibly removing the thumbrest, but only if you are a slap style player as it does get in the way.

Summing up at this price point one can hardly fault this instrument. A gig worthy bass, which should provide those low down notes for many years to come.

By Ernest H Slade

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