I bought the 5 string version of this (but in white - you may have seen it in some threads/vids) and just didn't get on with it. I realised very soon that I just didn't need a 5 string. Before getting rid of it I tuned it like a 4 but with a high C, and that was fine for a while, but the neck was just ridiculously wide, and the high C was never getting any use, so I ended up selling it.
I grabbed an Ibanez SRX700, which is a really great bass. I thought I'd try something more modern feeling, with humbuckers. I found a tone I liked with it eventually but there was something about it that still wasn't quite right.
I started to regret getting rid of the J-bass, as there's just something about *that* tone that you cannot get with a modern humbuckered bass. That snarl/growl and spank. There's a reason all my favourite bass tones are either P, J, or P-J.
So I flogged the Ibby, and found a great deal locally for another one of the Squier Vintage Modified J's, but in natural this time. I even had enough change left over for a set of Quarter-Pounds!
I must say... I don't know what it is about the previous one of these I had, but this is a MUCH nicer bass. Which is odd, as they're identical (besides the finish, and one being a 5, the other being a 4). The fit, finish, and feel of this is altogether much more sturdy. It's better balanced, and generally sounds better even with the stock pickups. Maybe I got a dud with the 5? Don't get me wrong, it still sounded and played nice (much nicer than a standard Squier and probably on par with any MIM I've played) but this one is particularly nice feeling.
The neck is so thin and fast, and responsive. It's got that beautiful inherent *boing* to the tone, which I adore about Jazz basses and why I gravitate towards them over anything else. I do enjoy the grunt of a P-bass, but there's just something that happens in the high-mids on a J that melts into guitars so nicely in a mix.
Also, over time I think I might refinish this. I do like the natural finish but would prefer a solid colour. Black/white Jazz or P-basses are thrash as fuck, but for something different I was gonna go with...
... something like this
Who knows. That's for down the line. As for now, I'm gonna go record some ridiculous thrash with this beautiful bastard.
If you ask me make it white!
But the green is rad as fuck too!