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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...Read More

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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.

  • 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

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

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


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.


Great Fender Quality !

By Bassman1967

from Michigan

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

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Waited a year to write the review

By Bassguitarbubba

from Southern California

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.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Review of the American Standard V 5-String

By Robert

from Arkansas

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!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Good Pbass sound with big ass bottom

By jzbassguitar-Tnb79

from Austin, Texas

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!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


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.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


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)


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)


First 5 string and I'm a believer!!

By Jim-s3sxs

from Vista, CA

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.

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