1989 Squier II Precision Bass
One mans trash is another man’s treasure. This could not be more true in the case of our 1989 Squier II Precision Bass that we discovered in a busted cardboard guitar box in the corner of run down pawn shop. First a little about the guitar.
Most people tend to shy away from these made by Fender guitars and basses because they are not made in America. In some instances those particular fears are well founded and sometimes you can get some downright bad instruments. But if you do a little research you can sometimes end up with a gem that will be quite pleasing. Such is the case with this bass which weI came across in a local pawn shop.
This guitar is Korean made but after we got it home and did a complete set up on it adding new stings and adjusting the action, it actually plays and sounds like a dream. We love the sound of the all maple neck. This bass is jet black with a black pick guard and it just looks stellar with a light maple neck on it. It looks very much like a custom guitar and we always get compliments on it.
We initially thought about changing out the stock tuning keys for a more traditional new Fender design because these simply look basic and generic. But they are very accurate and tune the bass very quickly and easily so we decided to leave the “Bow Tie” style tuners on it.
The neck is so smooth and straight that we were able to get the action down so low that it actually plays easier than some of our electrics. In fact it is quickly becoming the go to bass of choice and we often find ourselves reaching for it before my trusty bass we have had in the house for years which is a 1989 Model by Washburn.
The bass simply is hard to find faults with. It plays like a dream, it holds the tension well and doesn’t go out of tune. The notes are true all the way up the neck and there is not a buzz or a noise anywhere up or down the instrument which means that no matter what note we reach for, it is going to be in key and sound as it is supposed to sound.
So what is the moral of the story? Well, I guess the moral would be that you never know where that new jewel is going to pop up so keep your eyes open and don’t let names, or the lack of names scare you. If you do you just might miss a great tool that can give you many hours of service and even joy. Oh yes, and I forgot to mention, the total cost for the bass with a gig bag from the pawn shop was $75.00. Not a bad find.