Review: Squier Affinity Bronco Bass & Höfner Ignition Violin Bass SE

This is a slightly shorter version of an article in Finnish published at Rockway.fi.

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In 2021 short-scale basses are often seen as less desirable, as instruments purely for beginners, but not for ”serious” use.

Back in the Fifties, Sixties and much of the Seventies, a wealth of great music has been recorded by bassists playing short-scale basses. To some degree this was out of pure necessity, as many guitar manufacturers didn’t regard the electric bass guitar as a serious instrument in the early days. Those companies simply used slight redesigns of their guitar models with longer necks and different pickups, in order to have something to sell to the public. Gibson, for example, only released its first long-scale basses – the Thunderbird II and IV models – in 1963, while Gretsch and Guild stuck to their ”modified guitars” well into the 1970s.

Other companies designed their short-scale basses from the ground up:

In 1956 a German luthier called Walter Höfner developed a comfortably light and compact semi-acoustic bass with a violin-shaped body. In keeping with the Höfner Company’s nomenclature this new bass received the rather uninspiring name Höfner 500/1.

This bass might have become a mere footnote in history, had it not been for a young British musician, who ordered a left-handed 500/1, while working in a nightclub in Hamburg (West Germany) with his band. This young bass player was, of course, none other than Paul McCartney, and the Beatles’ global fame from 1963 onwards catapulted the Höfner 500/1 right into the limelight.

Paul McCartney still uses his iconic Höfner bass.
Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads; Tom Tom Club) is regularly seen with her Höfner 500/1, as well as with Höfner 500/2 Club Basses (as in this picture).

The Fender Company, whose founder Leo Fender was the father of the electric bass, introduced its first short-scale bass in 1966. The Fender Mustang was based on their legendary Precision Bass, and was meant as a companion to the company’s Mustang Guitar.

Most classic Status Quo hits were recorded by Alan Lancaster playing his Mustang Bass.
The Rolling Stones’ original bass player Bill Wyman used his Mustang Bass on stage between 1968 and 1971.

Regardless of their affordable price tags, the models in this review are straight descendants of the Höfner 500/1 and Fender Mustang models.

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When the Fender Musicmaster Bass was released in 1971 it was Fender’s most affordable electric bass, making it an ideal choice for beginners, music classes, and – in the late 70s and early 80s – for Punk or New Wave bands. The original Musicmaster Bass used the same body as the Mustang, but sported a redesigned scratchplate and bridge, cheaper machine heads, and a covered guitar (!) pickup.

The Squier Affinity Bronco Bass (current price in Finland around 200 €) has been the brand’s most-affordable bass for many years, until the very recent arrival of the Mini-P Bass, which is a few euros cheaper.

The Indonesian Bronco Bass is clearly based on the Musicmaster Bass from the Seventies:

The Bronco Bass sports the same Mustang-style body, and shares its predecessor’s simple, two-saddle bridge, as well as the 19-fret bolt-on neck. The new scratchplate design, which is clearly Strat/Precision-inspired is much prettier, though.

The satin finished maple neck is a one-piece affair, with the frets directly installed into its curved front, and it offers easy truss rod access next to the top nut. The tuning machines are improved versions of the originals.

Squier’s websites aren’t especially clear on the body material; some places state it is made from agathis, while others mention poplar. Be this as it may, our review sample comes finished in a beautiful Torino Red gloss finish. The bass is also very light in weight.

The single-ply scratchplate holds a powerful ceramic Stratocaster pickup, and the master volume and tone controls.

The quality of workmanship on the reviewed Squier Bronco Bass is simply amazing. I’m old enough to remember affordable instruments from the late Seventies, and this little bass is simply in a completely different league. Everything is clean and crisp. The neck profile is a very comfortable ”C” and the fretwork is very good. The playability of the bass is buttery and there are no annoying mechanical buzzes or rattles. You could basically grab this bass and do a gig.

Due to the very spartan bridge the Bronco’s intonation is never completely spot-on in the higher reaches of the fretboard, but I feel I can live with the small compromises required.

What the Squier Bronco offers is great playability, a healthy acoustic tone, and a surprisingly balanced and full-bodied performance from its single-coil guitar pickup. The Bronco Bass sounds like a ”real” bass played through a quality bass amp.

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A German Höfner 500/1 ”Mersey”.

Höfner’s Violin Basses are currently produced in three model ranges:

The Made-in-Germany range comprises several vintage reissues, reliced basses, and an ecologically-conscious Green Line-version.

Höfner’s mid-price range is called the Contemporary Series (HCT), and it is produced in China. The Contemporary Violin Bass models come equipped with genuine German pickups, but differ slightly in construction by adding a feedback-reducing centre block inside the body.

The most affordable instruments are the Höfner Ignition models (HI). These instruments are also made in China, but offer less painstakingly exact recreations of Höfner’s most famous models.

The Höfner Ignition Violin Bass SE (current price in Finland approx. 350 €) is the newest update of the McCartney-inspired Ignition-version of the Höfner, which adds a few features that have been requested by many fans:

The body’s bass-side shoulder is now adorned with a vintage-style Höfner-decal, while the previous Jazz Bass-style control knobs have been replaced with Höfner’s famous teacup knobs. Additionally, the bass now also comes with a replica of the famous BASSMAN-sticker in the box. During the making of the Beatles’ Get Back/Let It Be film and LP, Paul McCartney had peeled off the sticker from his new Fender Bassman amplifier stack and stuck it to the top of his bass. For some Beatles fans this sticker has since become a legendary piece of memorabilia, which has now been made available to buyers of the Ignition Violin Bass SE.

The Höfner Ignition is a beautifully made instrument that closely follows the most crucial aspects of the German original’s build:

The hollow body of the Violin Bass is made from an arched plywood spruce top and plywood flame maple for the rims and the arched back. The set neck is carved from rock maple, while the rosewood bridge is held in place on top of the body by the downward force of the strings in Jazz-guitar style.

The most obvious difference between German (and HCT) basses and the Ignition is the exact build of the neck. The original features a freestanding, so-called cantilever fingerboard between the neck joint and the neck pickup. The Ignition’s neck continues as a solid block of maple for the whole way, which actually even makes the neck joint a tiny bit stronger. Additionally, while German 500/1s come with (depending on the model) necks made from either two long strips of maple, or a central piece of beech sandwiched between two outer strips of maple, the Ignition’s neck is one-piece maple with a separate piece glued on for the headstock.

For environmental reasons Höfner now uses thermo-treated jatoba wood for the fingerboards on Ignition Violin Basses. The string trapeze is chromed, while the tuning heads are four separate units with pearloid knobs.

The Ignition pickups are actually reissues of rare Japanese Staple pickups, which were used on some ”New Special” models for the Japanese market back in the Eighties. They look similar to the classic Staple pickups on Paul McCartney’s 500/1, but are slightly wider, and – what’s more important – easier to adjust for height than the German originals.

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Many players who are new to Höfner-basses have trouble with Walter Höfner’s classic ”Aggregat” control console that also comes installed on the Ignition Violin Bass SE. I hope the above picture will do its bit to clear up which component does what.

It looks like a Höfner, it’s built like a Höfner, and – surprise, surprise – the Ignition Violin Bass SE sounds like the genuine Höfner it is! This is a quality instrument, and very compact and light to wear on a strap. The set-up and playability of our review sample was spot on, making the Ignition SE a fast and comfortable player. The neck’s depth may be a bit chunkier than on many modern basses, but the relatively narrow U-profile means that a Höfner neck sits very nicely in the palm of your hand.

It is true that the Höfner 500/1 (aka Violin Bass aka Beatle Bass) will forever be associated with Paul McCartney and the Beatles, but that shouldn’t lead to the instrument being pidgeonholed as a ”Sixties music” bass. I know what I’m talking about, as I have been a very satisfied 500/1-owner since 1990, and I regularly use the Violin Bass in many different contexts. As long as you don’t need to play slap bass or high-gain Metal, a Höfner will handle anything you throw at it.

Fender Offset – Uutuussarja tuo firman ”oppilassoittimet” takaisin

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Fender Guitars tuo nyt firman vanhat ”oppilasmallit” 1950-luvulta ja 60-luvulta takaisin päivitettyinä versioina. Uutuussarjan nimi on Offset Series.

Offset-sarjassa on tällä hetkellä neljä kitaramallia, sekä yksi basso. Kaikissa soittimissa on lyhyemmät mensuurit kuin Fender-soittimissa yleensä. Kitaroissa mensuuri on 24 tuumaa (58,8 cm) ja bassossa luku on 30 tuumaa (76,2 cm). Kaikissa Offseteissä on nykyaikaiset medium-jumbo nauhat, sekä helppokäyttöinen, virtaviivaistettu elektroniikka.

Kuvassa näkyy vasemmalta oikealle:

Fender Offset Mustang, Mustang P90, Duo-Sonic, Duo-Sonic HS ja Mustang Bass PJ.

Offset-sarjan soittimet ovat nyt saatavilla Suomessa.

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Review: Vox Mark III + Mark V

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Vox Mark III – headstock logo

Vox’ legendary Sixties guitars, the Mark III and the Mark V – aka the Vox Teardrop (Mark III) and the Vox Phantom (Mark V) – have made a comeback! These Brit Boom-guitars have claimed their place in history as the chosen axes of the Rolling Stones’ original lead guitarist Brian Jones (Mark III) and Tony Hicks (Mark V) of the Hollies.

But the best news is that these new versions come at quite affordable prices!

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Vox Mark III – full front

The Vox Mark III (current price in Finland approx. 355 €) sports a symmetrical body, which calls to mind old lutes or the Greek bouzouki.

This reissue comes with a short 22-inch scale (610 mm), making it an ideal beginner’s instrument.

Vox Mark III – full back

The Teardrop is build from a basswood body and a bolt on maple neck. The fretboard is crafted from rosewood.

Vox Mark III – headstock

The new, smaller version of the legendary Vox-headstock cuts down on neck weight and thus improves the guitar’s balance.

Vox Mark III – tuners

The Mark III is equipped with a set of modern sealed tuning machines that sport off-white buttons.

Vox Mark III – vibrato

Both Voxes comes with a modern two-post vibrato bridge.

Vox Mark III – vibrato springs

Three springs are factory-installed, but you can find a fourth spring in the gig bag, should you desire a firmer feel.

Vintage-snobs probably will scoff at the narrow tremolo block used in this vibrato. There are claims that this type of block diminishes sustain, but on the other hand Floyd Rose systems also use narrow blocks and nobody’s complaining.

Vox Mark III – pickups

There are three singlecoil pickups mounted to the three-ply scratchplate, meaning we’re in for a nice, sprightly vintage tone in all likelihood.

Vox Mark III – controls

The traditional passive electronics comprise a five-way switch, as well as a master volume and a tone control.

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Vox Mark V – full front

The basic ingredients for the angular Vox Mark V (current price in Finland approx. 355 €) are virtually the same as in the Mark III.

Vox Mark V – full back

There’s a rib cage contour in the Phantom’s basswood body, too.

Vox Mark V – headstock

Both Mark-models feature gloss-finished maple necks with truss rod access at the headstock.

Vox Mark V – vibrato

The vibrato bridge is surrounded the large pickguard of the Mark V.

Vox Mark V – frets

Both Voxes display very decent fretwork, which isn’t always a given in this affordable price bracket. The frets have been polished to a gleam and all ends have been rounded off carefully.

Vox Mark V – pickups

Vox Mark V Phantom is equipped with the same pickups…

Vox Mark V – controls

…and the same controls as the Mark III Teardrop.

Vox Mark III – gigbag

Both Vox Marks are sold with a nice gig bag!

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Vox Mark III – beauty shot 2

The Vox Mark III is a very compact electric guitar, with our test sample also being nicely light in weight. Due to its very rounded body the Terdrop probably isn’t the most comfortable ”sofa guitar”, but on a strap everything feels hunky dory.

The whole vibe is quite reminiscent of, say a Fender Mustang, no doubt because of the Mark III’s short-scale, gloss-finished neck with its round D-profile. With the factory set of 010-gauge strings bending is very effortless. Our test sample’s very low – but buzz free – action (E: 1,6 mm/e: 1,3 mm) pays testament to Vox’ workmanship. Used in moderation the vibrato works decently, but don’t expect Floyd Rose-style return to pitch.

The Vox Mark III rings very nicely with a fresh and firm acoustic voice.

The clean tones of the Vox Teardrop works great in a Sixties-style poppy, jangly context or for funky workouts:

Add some overdrive for some nice, sinewy vintage Rock-sounds:

Vox Mark III – back beauty

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Vox Mark V – beauty shot 2

The Vox Mark V doesn’t seem to want to fit in you lap – it takes a while to get comfortable, when playing sitting down. Our lightweight test samples’ strapped-on balance proved to be excellent, though.

In most respects the Phantom feels very similar to the Mark III, with its comfortable, vintage-style neck. Straight out of the gig bag our test sample’s intonation was a bit fruity on a couple of strings, but this was corrected in no time with the correct screwdriver. The action was set quite low (E: 1,6 mm/e: 1,1 mm) on the Mark V, too. And again, as with the Teardrop, the Phantom still rang nice and true without any rattling. Well done, Vox! Should you prefer a slightly firmer feel, I’d suggest moving up to a 011-gauge string set.

Both Voxes sound almost indentical – acoustically, as well as amped up.

This is the Mark V Phantom’s clean delivery, played through a small Marshall combo:

I really like the gritty and slightly rude Rock-sounds you can get from the Mark V:

Vox Mark V – back beauty

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Vox Mark III – beauty shot 1

Due to their unconvetionally-shaped bodies, Vox’ Mark range always runs the slight risk of being regarded as mere ”poser guitars”, better suited to music videos that to actually making music.

This is far from the truth, though, because these new versions of the Mark III and Mark V really deliver nicely vintage-tinged sounds for the Pop, Beat, Blues, and Classic Rock genres. In view of their pocket-friendly prices, quality workmanship, quirky looks and great sounds, I can only applaud Vox for bringing back the classic Teardrop and Phantom models. Try one!

Vox Mark V – beauty shot 1

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Vox Mark-series guitars

Vox Mark III Teardrop – 355 €

Vox Mark V Phantom – 355 €

Finnish distributor: EM Nordic

A big thank you goes to DLX Music Helsinki for the loan of the review guitars!

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Pros (both models):

+ classic looks

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ sound

+ gig bag included in price

Cons (both models):

– not the most natural ”sofa guitars”

Vox Mark III – Vox crest

Testipenkissä: Vox Mark III + Mark V

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Vox Mark III – headstock logo

Voxin 1960-luvun Mark III- ja Mark V -kitarat – jotka tunnetaan myös nimillä Teardrop (Mark III) ja Phantom (Mark V) – ovat jälleen saatavissa musiikkikaupoista. Brittiboomi-mallien tunnetuimmat käyttäjät olivat 1960-luvulla Rolling Stonesien Brian Jones (Mark III) ja Hollies-yhtiön Tony Hicks (Mark V).

Todella ilahduttavaa on, että uusi Vox-kaksikko on saatavilla erittäin maltillisella hinnalla.

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Vox Mark III – full front

Vox Mark III (355 €) muistuttaa symmetrisellä rungollaan hieman kreikkalaista busukia.

Uusintapainos valmistetaan lyhyellä 22-tuuman (610 mm) mensuurilla, minkä ansiosta se sopii hyvin myös nuorten soittimeksi.

Vox Mark III – full back

Lehmusrunkoon ruuvattu kaula on veistetty vaahterasta, ja Teardropin otelauta on palisanteria.

Vox Mark III – headstock

Legendaarinen Vox-lavan uusi versio on hieman pienempi kuin alkuperäinen ja mielestäni paljon alkuperäistä kätevämpi.

Vox Mark III – tuners

Nykyaikaisissa suljetuissa virittimissä on valkoisia muovinuppeja.

Vox Mark III – vibrato

Vox Mark III on varustettu nykyaikaisella vibratallalla.

Vox Mark III – vibrato springs

Tehtaalta Mark III ja Mark V lähtevät kolmella jousella varustettuina, mutta topatussa pussissa on pakattu vielä yksi jousi mukaan.

Vintage-snobit eivät luultavasti tykkää tämän vibran ohuesta blokista, koska sanotaan, että sustainin kannalta massiivisempi on parempi. Toisaalta myös Floyd Rose -vibroissa käytetään vintagea ohuempaa blokkia.

Vox Mark III – pickups

Vox-mallin kolmesta yksikelaisista voi varmasti odottaa raikasta soundia kuuskytluvun hengessä.

Vox Mark III – controls

Elektroniikka koostuu yhdestä viisipykäläisestä kytkimestä, sekä master tone- ja master volume -säätimistä.

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Vox Mark V – full front

Kulmikkaan Vox Mark V:n (355 €) perusresepti on periaatteessa sama kuin Mark kolmosessa.

Vox Mark V – full back

Myös Fantomin lehmusrunkoon on lisätty mukavuusviiste soittajan kylkiluita/vatsaa varten.

Vox Mark V – headstock

Mark-mallien kaulat ovat samanlaisia, aina kiiltävää viimeistelyä myöten.

Vox Mark V – vibrato

Mark V:ssa kolmikerroksinen pleksi ympäröi kitaran vibratallaa.

Vox Mark V – frets

Vox-soittimien nauhatyö on yllättävän laadukasta, kun katsoo Mark-mallien hintalappuja. Nauhat on kiillotettu ja niidet päät on pyöristetty huolellisesti.

Vox Mark V – pickups

Vox Mark V Phantom -kitarassa käytetään samoja mikrofoneja…

Vox Mark V – controls

…sekä samaa elektroniikkaa kuin Mark III Teardropissa.

Vox Mark III – gigbag

Topattu pussi kuuluu Mark-malleissa hintaan!

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Vox Mark III – beauty shot 2

Vox Mark III on erittäin kompakti kitara, ja testissä käynyt yksilö mukavan kevyt. Rungon pyöreän muotoilun takia Teardrop ei ole ehkä maailman luontevin ”sohvakitara”, mutta hihnan varressa kitaraa on hyvin mukava kantaa.

Lyhyen skaalan ja kiiltäväksi lakatun, pyöreällä D-profiililla varustetun kaulan ansiosta tällä Voxilla on samantyyppiset vibat kuin esimerkiksi Fenderin Mustang-mallissa, ja tehdaskieliä (010-satsi) on erittäin helppoa venyttää. Vaikka kielet oli säädetty hyvin lähelle otelautaa (E: 1,6 mm/e: 1,3 mm), Mark III Teardrop soi puhtaasti ja rämisemättä. Vibratalla toimii maltillisesti käytettynä hyvin, mutta Floyd Rosen haastajaksi sitä ei tietenkään ole.

Vox Mark III:n akustinen ääni on hyvin Fender-mainen, mutta samalla kauniin lämmin.

Vox Teardrop -mallin puhdas soundi sopii vaikkapa rautalankaan tai funk-musiikkiin:

Säröpuolella homman nimi on Vintage Rock:

Vox Mark III – back beauty

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Vox Mark V – beauty shot 2

Vox Mark V on sylissä hieman vastahakoinen tapaus, ja hyvän soittoasennon löytämiseen menee tovi. Kevyt testiyksilö roikkuu kuitenkin hihnassa todella hyvässä tasapainossa.

Phantomin soittotuntuma on erittäin lähellä Teardrop-mallia, nimittäin vintage-tyylinen ja mukava. Testiyksilössä intonaatio oli säädetty kahdelle kielelle hieman nuotin vierestä, mutta homma hoitui nopeasti ristiruuvarilla. Kitaran tatsi oli säädetty myös Vox Mark V:ssa hyvin kevyeksi (E: 1,6 mm/e: 1,1 mm). Jos haluaa soittotuntumasta vielä kiinteämmän, suosittelisin pykälän paksumman 011-satsin käyttämistä.

Molemmat Vox-kitarat kuulostavat miltei samalta, sekä akustisesti että vahvistimen kautta soitettuina.

Tällainen on Mark V Phantomin puhdas soundi pienen Marshall-kombon kautta soitettuna:

Mark V:n Rock-soundista löytyy mukavasti karkeutta ja asennetta:

Vox Mark V – back beauty

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Vox Mark III – beauty shot 1

Vox Mark -mallien erikoisten runkomuotojen takia voisi helposti erehtyä lokeroimaan Teardrop- ja Phantom-kitarat pelkiksi ”musiikkivideo-kitaroiksi”.

Totuus on kuitenkin, että sekä Mark III että Mark V toimivat ilahduttavan hyvin Pop-, Beat-, Blues- ja Classic Rock -genreissä. Uudet Voxit tarjoavat roimasti vastinetta rahalle, koska niiden soitettavuus ja soundi ovat enemmän kuin kohdillaan. Suosittelen!

Vox Mark V – beauty shot 1

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Vox Mark -sarjan kitarat

Vox Mark III Teardrop – 355 €

Vox Mark V Phantom – 355 €

Maahantuoja: EM Nordic

Suuri kiitos DLX Musiikille testisoittimien lainaamisesta!

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Plussat (molemmat mallit):

+ ulkonäkö

+ työnjälki

+ soitettavuus

+ soundi

+ topattu pussi kuuluu hintaan

Miinukset (molemmat mallit):

– eivät istu kovin luontevasti sylissä

Vox Mark III – Vox crest

”Pisara” ja ”Fantomi” tulivat takaisin – Vox Mark III ja Mark V

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1960-luvun legendaariset Vox III– (aka Teardrop) ja Mark V -mallit (aka Phantom) ovat tulleet takaisin, uusina edullisina versioina.

Kitaroissa on ruuvikaula vaahterasta palisanteriotelaudalla, sekä lehmusrunko. Molemmat mallit ovat lyhytskaalaisia (61 cm), ja niissä on kolme yksikelaista mikrofonia ja moderni Strato-tyylinen vibratalla.

Kitaroiden lisäksi Vox tarjoaa nyt myös lyhytskaalaisia Mark III ja Mark V -bassoja.

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Maahantuoja: EM Nordic

Squier Musicmaster Bass – Sounds!

The Squier Vista Musicmaster Bass (introduced in 1997) has been produced only for a short time, despite having been one of the best bang-for-the-buck-machines in the stable.

The original Fender Musicmaster Bass from 1971 was Fender’s most inexpensive short-scale bass at the time (probably ever). Many were sold as part of a two-piece set, which included a low-powered practice amp.

Squier’s version was one of the company’s first instruments made in China, and featured several genuine improvements over the Fender original.

The Squier features through-body stringing resulting in better sustain.

Instead of the Fender’s spartan two-saddle bridge, here we have an intonation-friendly four saddle bridge.

The headstock is finished in the same tasty seafoam green as the body.

The decent, full-sized tuners are good replicas of 1970s Schallers.

The best bit, though, is the Squier Vista Musicmaster Bass’ pickup. The Fender had been equipped with a rather weak Strat-style pickup. The Squier went for the singlecoil Precision Bass pickup, that had been on the first P-Basses (1951-56) – the result is a very healthy output and a full-bodied sound.

I used a Sans Amp Bass Driver for the Pro Tools -soundbites:

Musicmaster/fingerstyle

Musicmaster/plectrum

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Squier’s current bass lineup includes the Bronco Bass, which is clearly derived from the Musicmaster. The Bronco’s bridge is the 70s two-saddle type and the pickup comes from a guitar (!) – it’s a Bullet-series Strat-pickup.

Squier Musicmaster -basson soundeja

Squierin 1997 vain lyhyesti markkinnoille tuotu Vista-sarjan Musicmaster-basso tarjoaa erittäin hyvän vastineen pienelle hinnalle.

Alkuperäinen Fender Musicmaster Bass tuli ulos vuonna 1971, ja tämä lyhytskaalainen basso oli silloin firman edullisin basso. Saatavana oli myös Musicmaster-setti, jossa myytiin basson lisäksi pientä harjoitusvahvistinta.

Squier Musicmaster oli yksi firman ensimmäisistä Kiinassa tuotetuista soittimista, ja sillä oli muutama parannettu yksityiskohta alkuperäiseen Fenderiin nähden.

Kielet kiinnitetään Squierissa rungon läpi, mikä parantaa soittimen sustainea.

Yksinkertaisen, kahdella tallapalalla varustetun alkuperäisosan sijaan käytetään tässä tallassa neljä tallapalaa, minkä ansiosta intonaatio on täsmällinen.

Lapa on viimeistelty tyylikkäästi samassa Seafoam Green -sävyssä kuin runko.

Isokokoiset avoimet virittimet ovat varsin käyttökelpoisia kopioita 1970-luvun Schallereista.

Parasta Squier Vista Musicmaster -bassossa on kuitenkin sen mikrofonivarustus. Alkuperäisessä Fenderissä oli melko heikkotehoinen, Strato-tyylinen mikrofoni. Squierissa taas käytetään samaa mikrofonia kuin ensimmäisissä Precision-bassoissa (1951-56) – ja soundi on erittäin mehukas ja itsevarma.

Ääniesimerkit tallennettiin Sans Amp Bass Driver -boksin kautta Pro Toolsiin:

Musicmaster/sormisoitto

Musicmaster/plektralla

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Squierin mallistossa on ollut viime vuosina Bronco-niminen basso, joka on Musicmasterin johdannainen. Broncon tallassa on vain kaksi tallapalaa ja mikrofonina toimii Bullet-sarjan Stratomikrofoni.

*** Mustang Bass *** New for 2011 *** Uutuusmalli ***

Squier have just released their cost-conscious version of Fender’s Mustang Bass.

The Mustang Bass – originally introduced in 1966 – was Fender’s first short-scale bass.

Famous users have included Denny Laine (Wings) and Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones).

Squierin uusin basso on edullinen versio Fenderin Mustang-bassosta.

Alkuperäinen Mustang Bass vuodelta 1966 oli firman ensimmäinen lyhytskaalainen bassomalli.

Nimekkäät soittajat olivat esimerkiksi Denny Laine (Wings) ja Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones).

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