Squier Mini Precision Bass and Jackson JSX1 Minion Concert Bass review

Small but perfectly formed, these affordable bass guitars bring a touch of fun-sized charm to the table

Jackson Minion JS1X and Squier Mini Precision
(Image: © Jackson / Squier)

Guitar World Verdict

Both of these budget basses offer incredible value. The Squier makes for an excellent entry point for Fender, while Jackson is the best mini-bass we have tested, with playability and tones that belie its size and price.


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    Portable and fun basses.

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    The Jackson is super-playable.

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    The Squier's hardware inevitably feels insubstantial.

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Regular readers will know that in recent years we’ve reviewed increasing numbers of short-scale bass guitars, not just because we think they’re cute but because they represent a very real, practical shift in players’ and manufacturers’ thinking. 

There’s a large number of emerging young players with small hands; likewise, there is a greater number of female bassists, a welcome – and long overdue – development in our world; there’s a growing concern about the world’s wood stocks; and there seems to be a growing reluctance among airline check-in staff to allow full-sized bass guitars on planes as carry-on luggage. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.