Squier 40th Anniversary Vintage Precision and Jazz Bass review

Fender's more affordable junior brand celebrates its Ruby Anniversary by rolling out the bling for two of the most classic basses in the Big F's canon

Squier 40th Anniversary Jazz Bass
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

A fitting tribute to Squier’s amazing success: they may be a bit pricey for Fender’s sub-brand, but these basses play and sound the business.


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    Fabulous looks.

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    Refined, powerful sounds.


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    Alder rather than Nyatoh bodies would have been preferable. These basses are expensive for Squiers.

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At the dawn of rock and roll, if you wanted a bass guitar, you had to buy a Fender. There wasn’t really any other choice. Leo Fender had been first out of the blocks back in 1951, and the brilliance of his design meant that no-one else seriously competed for years.

By the start of the ’80s, however, dark clouds were gathering over Fender after a perceived decline in quality following the sale of the brand to CBS. Even more seriously, a couple of Japanese companies – most notably Tokai – started producing inexpensive but accurate copies of Fender’s guitars and basses from the pre-CBS glory days. 

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