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Back in mid 2021 I got myself a Squier Mini Precision Bass. I was offered a gig playing bass for the end of that year and, being a guitarist who records bass, but doesn't normally play bass live, I was dreading the thought of playing my heavy, cumbersome Squier California Series J-Bass.
I like that bass, but it's pretty hard for my guitarist fingers to get around and it weighs about twice as much as the lightweight Strats that I'm used to, so I decided it would be worth getting a small bass. The Squier mini Precision bass fitted the bill, being small and affordable.
Another important consideration for my budget restraints was the fact that I didn't have a bass case or gig bag. Instead of having to spend money on one of those too I was able to fit the mini P-Bass in my existing guitar gig bag. The mini P-Bass is exactly the same length as a Stratocaster and fits in a guitar case with ease. Once I took delivery of this little beast I made a video, which has become my most viewed on Youtube over the last 2 years.
Anyone who knows me will have guessed by now, it wasn't long before I had modified it! I put in an Alnico 5 pickup, which I wouldn't say is really better, but it is more vintage-sounding with a lower output. The stock pickup is excellent, especially if you want to be loud and proud playing on stage. However I do prefer the nuances of the Alnico pickup.
For those who are keen to know what the pickup is. It's a Belcat BP-40A-BK (BK means black I think). It has a DCR of 9.4k ohms. It is not a super hot pickup, but I'd say it's pretty standard for a traditional Precision Bass. I also got a black pickguard from Ebay, which I think looks so much better than the original white one.
I then put Rotosound flatwounds on it and made a follow up video, but they were a little too long to fit the bass properly. They worked, but I didn't like them much. The tension felt a bit too high for me and I found that I couldn't intonate them properly. I went back to the stock strings and added a Fender Hi-Mass bridge. That's the configuration I used for the gig I had forthcoming that year and it stayed that way until September 2023.
The stock strings were getting really dirty and mucky by this stage after being put to constant use in the studio and after discovering that Labella make a specially-designed set of strings for the mini P-Bass (well any bass with a 28.6" scale) I decided to try flats out again.
I'm glad I did. I find these Labella strings leagues ahead of the Rotosound in both feel, tone and performance (seeing as they actually intonate properly). I also decied to switch back to the stock, vintage-style bridge because I prefer the look and seeing as I'm more interested in this bass having a traditional sound I think it suits the flatwound better tonally. The Labellas have a nice dry thump to them like you would expect from flatwounds, but they seem a bit brighter and less muddy-sounding than other flatwounds I have played, like the Fender flats on my Squier J-Bass.
So for now I'd say that there are no planned modifications anymore for my Squier mini P-Bass. I love it as it is now!