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Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String

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This American Standard Series P Bass V 5-string has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The body is rendered in premium al...Click To Read More About This Product

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Updated bridge,new Fender Design tuners, and a new case modernize this classic!

This American Standard Series P Bass V 5-string has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The body is rendered in premium alder for optimum tone and sustain. Its rosewood or maple fretboard features detailed fret and nut work. The neck is graphite-reinforced and has rolled edges for a broken-in feel from the get-go. HMV Bridge (high mass vintage) increases sustain, provides punchier tone, beefier looking plates and 3/8" diameter vintage saddles. String height adjustment screws have nylon patches for a tight fit that won't vibrate loose.

A 12-gauge cold rolled steel plate machined brass backstop increases mass, and enhances top end. The socket head intonation screws are engineered for a tighter fit, and are now more stable. Features new Fender design tuning keys. They work great, and are 30% lighter, minimizing neck dip. Classic 20:1 tuning ratio, cast zinc with aluminum string posts and mounting nuts, and steel clovers. Brass worm gears, steel worm drives.

With a thinner undercoat, the American Standard P Bass body breathes easier and has improved sound (more wood influence). Neck pocket paint buildup has been reduced by 40%, greatly improving the wood to wood connection/reaction.

The included SKB rectangular design case, exclusive to Fender, has TSA recognized and accepted locks. Fiberglass reinforced nylon trigger release latching system, indestructible cushioned rubber over-molded handle with flush lock out. Injection molded feet and exclusive arched stacking system.

FEATURES
Alder body
5-string bass
Graphite-reinforced neck with modern C shape and satin polyurethane finish
Rosewood or maple fingerboard with rolled edges
20 medium jumbo frets
New Fender Design machine heads
1 American Precision Bass split single-coil pickup
Volume and tone controls
HMV Bridge (high mass vintage)
Chrome hardware
Thinner undercoat
Improved neck pocket

Your musical idols made sonic history on Fender instruments, now it's your turn. Are you ready to Make History?

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FenderAmerican Standard P Bass V 5-String
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a 4-string P-Bass' bigger, badder brother!

By Glen Smith

from Denver

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

The only thing I can find to dislike about this product is the case. Overall, it's an excellent case, but you can tell Fender makes only one version for both the P and the J, meaning neither one fits inside perfectly. That said, the case is so sturdy I could throw it out of my car driving down the highway and nothing would happen to the bass. The bass itself is a keeper and I'm going to sell my J, save some more pennies and get another one of these.
Over the years, I'd become a five-string player. I always wanted to get a P-Bass though. When They came out with this it immediately went on my wish list. After saving up my pennies I finally got one. I picked up the 3-tone burst version, hoping for the old-school P-Bass vibe. I strung it up with a set of flats and it's all that and then some. It sounds exactly like a P-Bass, it just goes lower!
If you're expecting something other than a P-Bass, look elsewhere. The neck is very comfortable, it plays great. The body feels just right. The finish is excellent. I am also a big fan of the new bridge, as their old ones are the only think I don't like about their product. I had put BadAss bridges on my other Fenders, but it's not necessary with this one. The case is also very well made, very sturdy.
Given you can pay much more for other versions of a P-Bass out there (Lakland, Sadowsky, etc.), $1300 for this bass is an absolute steal.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beauty and the Beast

By Thumping4Him

from Dallas, TX

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

Okay, I have played for over 30 years and have owned many different 5-string basses: Rickenbacker, MM Sting Ray, Carvin, High-end Ibanez, etc. I have stayed away from Fender as I always considered their basses on the cheap side and old technology. NO MORE! This bass simply is Incredible. It is made of fine craftsmanship and the sound is too die for. It has so much low-end punch and throaty/mellow mids. Perfect for Rock, blues, and jazz. One guy told me, this bass has lots of personality and sounds thick and alive. Some call it the Fender "mojo". This definetly has it. The neck the paint job, the hardware, is simple but just right. Nothing fancy and not as versatile as some may want with the passive pickups and the tone knob, yet it has such a distinctive sound taht you do not need it. I compared the sound with the Jazz version. The jazz version is very nice, brighter, and probably more versatile in tones, but overall it sounded flat to me. I had a sales guy play both for me as well, and we both agreed the P bass was exceptional overall. The 3 tone sunburst with the rosewood finger board is the one I got - it is just gorgeous - the paint job is first class with subtle blending from dark to light, and the finger board and frets are perfection. The low-B string is tight and not too boomy. Nice harmonics and over tones on the sounds. This bass will allow you full emotion and expression as you can squeeze out of it. This bass is not for thrashers or speed demons. It is definetly more of a "classic" rock sound or old-school" if you will. Right now, everyone seems to be getting back to the original old school set-ups as frankly the new technology sounds lifeless and generic. This will break the mold as Fender has definetly gone back to the future. Well done Fender! We finally have a new Fender P-Bass we can be proud of! Just pick your color and get it - do not hesitate. Just know that this has a punchy throaty tone. Finally the case that comes with it is VERY nice. great latches, styling, protection, fit, etc. This case is definetly a $125 value by itself, so when you factor that into the price, this bass gives you the most bang for your buck. Best of all - MADE IN THE USA!!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender got it right

By reedo35

from Colorado Springs

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

This was my first fiver after 20+ years of using my trusty '68 Fender 4 string P-Bass as my main EB. I was a bit apprehensive at first because I bought it online, but once it was in my hands, my concerns disappeared. It has the classic P-Bass sound that everyone knows as the industry standard. The QC on this bass is very good, love the finish, and best of all the neck is very comfortable, smooth and easy to play. The thinner finish does make a difference as well. I have had two(very small)problems which are the reason quality was rated at 4.5 instead of 5. 1)The tuning ratio of these new tuners seems somewhat different than my old Fender, and maybe it's just the new strings, but they don't seem to hold the pitch as well as my old P-bass. Maybe time will tell. I also thought the nut could have been filed a little better, but I fixed that myself in only a few minutes. Overall, though, this is a great Bass, and just what I needed to expand my sound horizons.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review of the American Standard V 5-String

By Robert

from Arkansas

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

Mine is black with a maple neck. I was a little concerned that the neck would be a little thick near the body, but it is not. It is a very comfortable play. If I were a wealthy man I would have one of every color to suit my mood of the day. I LOVE this bass.
I love the bass. The pick-ups produce a clean, rich, and "fat" tone. I paired it with a bassman TV amp. The combo is unbelievable!
It is a Fender, what else is there to say?
I saved and waited...I knew the price going in. It was worth the wait!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Pbass sound with big ass bottom

By jzbassguitar-Tnb79

from Austin, Texas

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I have a number of basses. I had used a MM StingRay V for contemporary sound or a 4-string Pbass for a more traditional sound. This P bass V 5-string has replaced my 4-string P-bass. The set up out of the box sucked but after a few months tweeking the neck, using nut files and trying out a few different sets of flatwound strings, I've dialed in that traditional sound with the way deep big ass bottom that's great for the blues or reggae. BTW my amp rig is a GK 1000 with a Carvin 18" - guaranteed to shake and bake!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

P BASS RULES

By Bentley68

from SHERMAN, TX.

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I have been playing bass over twenty years and have several basses. My favorite and most trustworthy has always been my Fender P Bass. I've never wanted to play a five string but when Fender made a 5 string P Bass I had to have it. Hands down the best bass I've ever owned, great tone, lightweight, easy to play, the best looking bass out there, I play it through an Ampeg rig and you couldn't find a more perfect bass sound anywhere for any style. I now see why everyone is switching to five strings, they are much easier to play and all this time I thought they would be tougher. All you five string players had us 4 string guys fooled. I highly recommend this bass, the setup was perfect and almost in tune right out of the box, not a scratch on it. Fender Rules. Proud to now be a five string guy.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I've tried this bass at a local music store excited to play the 5 string p bass. I own a p bass of my own a MIA 4 string. And i LOVE IT, so i expect to love the 5 string as well... Well I do like it a lot bot not love it, it is a great bass don't get me wrong, but i would like more options and more tone. I played this after I played a 5 string Music Man Stingray and I have to say they came close but overall the Music Man won my heart, but this is a memorable bass indeed!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I have two jazz basses (victor bailey 5 and hot rodded marcus miller 4) and decided that i needed a dependable backup and could think of no bass more dependable for than the precision. A local guitar shop just got one of these in and i will be putting a down payment on it very soon. This one is the candy cola with the maple neck and is an amazing value. Although I have had quality issues with Fender this bass has none.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thank you, Fender - FINALLY!

By iamoldschool

from Morristown, TN

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I play 5's exclusively, but I did have an American Precision 4, because everyone needs a Precision, right? I sold it when they brought out the 5's and ordered mine here on Musician's Friend. It has the classic P-Bass sound that is in such high demand. The bass is truly a work of art. The back of the neck on mine is smoothe and slick, unlike a previous review. The fit and finish are what you'd expect from an American P-Bass - Exceptional. The frets are finished well along the edge of the fretboard and the new bridge is a welcome improvement. I have had two problems which are the reason quality was rated at 4 instead of 5. 1) When I changed the strings to my preferred SIT set, a ferrule fell out of the bottom of the bass. Fixed that with a toothpick. 2) It has one high fret, 18th fret in fact. I'll have to get a tech to do a fret-level on it to take care of that one.All in all, I am pleased though and don't plan on ever selling this one. It's a keeper.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Bentley68

from SHERMAN, TX.

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I have been playing a 63 Fender Precision bass for 20 years and I was leary about the P bass going 5 string. I thought they couldn't keep the same tone. I was pleasantly suprised. This bass is easy to play, sounds like a tride and true Precision Bass with no complicated electronics to muddle up the sound. Set up was perfect right out of the box just plug and play. It sounds awesome through my SVT-4PRO and Ampeg cabinet. Excellent Bass and I highly recommend this bass if you are looking for a 5 string with that true Fender tone.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 Strings Of Heavenly Joy

By Blues Bass

from Portland, Or.

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I have to say, this is the best yet. Great tone, great looks and plays like a dream. It's even a little lighter than my 04 P Bass.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First 5 string and I'm a believer!!

By Jim-s3sxs

from Vista, CA

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I play classic rock and my workhorse bass was a '78 P bass. Great tone and it played well. When Fender came out with the Precision V, I read a review in a guitar magazine and the critic had nothing bad to say about it. I went to the music store and played one. The tone was what you'd expect from a P bass. I was happy about that. The five string was very easy to adapt to, alot easier than I thought it would be. I bought the Candy Cola with the maple fretboard. I think it looks killer. Now, I've retired my '78 P bass and use the five string exclusively.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally!

By Peter CeteraFan59

from L.A.

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

Fender has finally made a great 5-string bass. The fact that it's a vintage-style Precision is just the icing on the cake. I gave up playing 5-s a long time ago because the only decent ones on the market sported active electronics and that's just not my sound. All the passive 5's basically sounded anemic and felt just plain weird. This bass feels like a true vintage P-bass that happens to have an extra sing, that happens to sound as good as the other 4 strings. The balance from string to string is right on, the weight of the bass is astonishingly light and the sound is 100% classic P-Bass. I want three more!!!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Waited a year to write the review

By Bassguitarbubba

from Southern California

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I've had this guitar for over a year now. I waited to write the review for several reasons. Firstly, I didn't want the excitement of a new guitar to taint my opinion. Secondly, I wanted to make certain no issues cropped up after playing it for an extended period of time. I am happy to report that this Fender P-bass V is everything you'd expect from a P-bass. The sound is unmistakable, the look is classic and the playability is wonderful. The B string adds so much to the tonal range of this guitar. My '78 P-bass was my #1 guitar, but the five string is now my #1. I chose the Candy Cola because it's a deep, rich looking color. If this guitar ever got stolen, I'd by another to replace it, no question.
I'm not a guy that likes too many knobs on my guitar. This P-bass has the standard volume and tone knobs. Simple!! The lighter tuners are perfect because the guitar would be neck-heavy if the standard tuners were used. As it stands now, there are no neck weigh issues to contend with. It's perfectly balanced. The bridge is thru-body or not. It's your call if you want to string through the body or straight through the bottom of the bridge. The neck feels great. I thought it would be wide in the upper fret area, but it's really not as wide as I expected. It's very comfortable to play above the 12th fret.
No quality issues have arisen. It's a Fender P-bass after all.
To pay just over a thousand dollars for a quality, American made five string bass guitar is a fantastic value.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely astounding sound!

By Erik Illingworth

from South Carolina

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

Fender has managed to preserve the character of the Precision Bass tone with the extended range of the added B string. Fantastic!
The new bridge design has a greater mass for transference of string vibration into the body and the string-through really adds to the sustain and character of the tone. I really appreciate the lighter tuning keys, they help to keep the bass balanced on the strap.
Fender Made in USA! Solid construction and feel. The Candy Cola paint on mine is flawless. Intonation and action set from the factory was spot on.
I give it a 10. Period.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Over Rated

By Tim-KTlnJ

from Canton, OH

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I ordered this bass and had high expectations... they were not fulfilled. The example I received was well constructed and beautiful to look at but about as musical as a wet stump. The body did not resonate at all and the sustain was non-existent. Even my wife, a non-musician-remarked how "dead" it sounded. Granted, it was set-up quite poorly out of the box, but even after dialing it in the improvement was marginal. Also, the back of the neck had an awful, gummy feel to it. It would have taken years of playing or a good sanding to make it comfortable. Add to all this a pretty hefty weight and a somewhat loose feeling B string (at least in comparison to my other 35" scale basses) and sending it back was a no-brainer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A P with a B

By stingrayplaya

from Indiana

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

The first genuine P bass 5 string. All passive, just like a p bass should be. We all know what a P bass sounds like. Its one of the original benchmarks of bass guitar tone. The question is how does the Low B string sound on this new bass. My answer is just okay. It sounds pretty much like what you might expect a passive P bass Low B string to sound like. I however found the tone to be a bit to muddy for my liking. This problem is even worse when playing with a band in higher volume situations. I can take it or leave it. I choose to remain a P bass purist, and although I have nothing against 5 string basses, this would not be my first choice in a gigging situation.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Tone, Amazing Bass

By Grant2389

from AL

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

Ive had this bass for about 2 weeks now, I previously owned a 5 string am deluxe pj bass. At first i was skeptical about moving from active to passive, but this bass is amazing. The thickness of the tone and the smoothness is tremendous. I highly recommend. The low b is tight and is exactly how a low b should sound. I have played through a couple of different setups and have been really impressed each time. I cant put it down.

 
4.0

quality bass

By gigging musician

from denver

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I do not own this bass but I have a friend who owns it and I have used it at gigs. This bass is good for any style of music, the neck is so smooth and the tone is fantastic. My friend and I have used this bass for christian rock, country, classic rock, and I firmly beleive it would sound good for any other style of music.

 
5.0

Great Fender Quality !

By Bassman1967

from Michigan

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass V 5-String:

I'm in love all over again...
It's an American Fender P' Bass - what else is there to say except I love the rumble of the low 'B' string. Comes with the case and a kit including a high quality instrument cable.
Great American quality

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