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Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass Navy Blue Metallic Rosewood Fretboard

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  • Jazz neck
  • P Bass body
  • Vintage Noiseless Pickups (J bridge pickup, P center pickup)
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A deluxe version of Fender's best-of-both-worlds bass.

The Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass has a Jazz neck, a P Bass body, and a P/J combination pickup array with Vintage Noiseless pickups and active electronics. The P body is a little smaller and lighter, the J neck slimmer and faster, and the combined pickups give you just that much more to play with. A gold vinyl pickguard sets the Deluxe P Bass apart visually, and its satin-finish neck feels worn in from the get-go.

Includes a gig bag.

Features

  • Jazz neck
  • P Bass body
  • Vintage Noiseless Pickups (J bridge pickup, P center pickup)
  • Active electronics
  • Gold vinyl pickguard
  • Includes a gig bag

This is a very cool bass and the price is easy. Get it.

 
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FenderDeluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass
 
4.9

(based on 132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (123)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (11)
  • Rock concerts (10)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Playing steadily since 2004

Purchased in 04, before Fender installed active pickups; it's a white one w rosewood fingerboard. Changed the pick guard to tortoise shell. Though I'm a non-pro (perform at coffee shops, fests,...Read complete review

Purchased in 04, before Fender installed active pickups; it's a white one w rosewood fingerboard. Changed the pick guard to tortoise shell. Though I'm a non-pro (perform at coffee shops, fests, etc, about once a month) I am a steady jammer and have played it almost daily.

Two glorious things: the smaller Jazz neck and the pickup choice. It feels like I have 2 basses as I switch between and blend the J and P sounds. Nor is the body too weighty.

Across time I have played it through an SWR, an Eden Nemesis and today's amazing GK MB 210 with neodymium speakers.

Highly recommended.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Value!!

I have played pro for a long time. I must say that I agree with the other positive reviews. It is a great bass for the price. This thing definitely rivals more expensive...Read complete review

I have played pro for a long time. I must say that I agree with the other positive reviews. It is a great bass for the price. This thing definitely rivals more expensive basses in sound and quality. I got this as a backup for a much more expensive American-made bass. It came set up well and with no flaws in the finish(black with gold pickguard). Used it to record the day after I got it and it sounded great. The gig bag should be replaced with something better,though.

Reviewed by 132 customers

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5.0

PJ Bass Supreme

By 1stNameBassist

from Washington, DC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Nice Colors
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Slapping
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

    This bass is awesome. Great price for what looked like a brand-new bass. Great range - deep lows and punchy highs.

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    5.0

    Excellent guitar for the price

    By Guitarpickingirl

    from USA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • GREAT sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

      This guitar is a great sounding and playing bass, especially for the price. It has the best of both with the P bass body and Jazz bass neck. The combination pickups give you a large tonal range. It comes with a decent gig bag but I would spring for a hardshell case because I think it's a nice enough guitar to deserve one if you're going to be taking it places. It's very comfortable to play both in the weight of the instrument as well as the slim Jazz bass neck.

      If you don't want to spend the money to get a higher end Fender but still want a nice sounding and playing guitar than this is the one. In my opinion this guitar is inexpensive enough that you could learn on it but nice enough that you could stick with it for the long haul if you choose.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Super Nice easy to use great sound

      By Duke

      from LA CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

      I got this bass to play on tour.
      I was thrilled with it right away.
      It has a great feel and real nice tone.
      The Fender Active electronics are a quality package. I prefer this pickup system to their passive ones. I choose the bass because of the Active PU and the uncluttered picking area. I am a finger player and like to strum and bash as well. The clear picking area allows this without me hurting my hands or damaging the pus. The blond neck gives easy visibility for quick neck position locating while playing very fast moving music and jumping all over the place. I have a 5 Sting active jazz 5 that I have been playing since 1998 and like it quite a bit. This instrument s similar and allows me to play a four string P Bass w/o having to reconfigure my processing. I played it as my primary instrument in the 2013 tour season and loved it. I changed the batteries pretty frequently when we were playing shows, but the pickups seem to perform fine one battery for a long time. I never had to change them for rehearsals. I just didn't want an equipment failure in front of 50000 people. I totally recommend this bass. It's a wonderful instrument.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All You'll Need

      By RNR7

      from Washington, D.C.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Gold Pick Guard

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

      Since I am not a professional, I don't see myself ever needing to buy another bass. This has everything I could need: smaller neck profile, smaller precision bass body, active electronics, and the PJ configuration to get a nice variety of tones. I've owned a couple of other fender models in the past, and this is the best one yet in terms of playability, craftsmanship, and tone. Not to mention, the action was absolutely perfect out of the box. I will warn that the navy blue finish is much darker than what is displayed online, but it is beautiful and unique in person. In particular, it almost looks black unless there is good lighting showing off its blue metallic flake. Overall, I would highly recommend this bass for people interested in a variety of genres (funk, jazz, rock, metal, country, etc.) because it can accomplish it all. I would also like to thank musicians friend for their outstanding customer service. You all never disappoint!

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By ThanhLinh

      from Shreveport, LA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

        Nice solid bass with great tone

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        5.0

        TERRIFIC BASS

        By lmiguel88

        from Lima, Peru

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

          Great bass, very good design. So useful that have 2 pickup, one for precision and one of jazz bass. Very good purchase

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          5.0

          deluxe pbass is sweet

          By closed eyes open

          from houston tx

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Looks good
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Saddle Design

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

          This bass sounds soooooo good. I play small to mid size venues,record, and jam. I play several diff genre of music and this bass does it all. Its easy to adjust the tones between songs on the fly. Its light weight, and it growls twangs pops and bangs. Best bass iveever owned.....on the con side, the bridge, the saddles. Just my preference tho. It still functions and sounds great...

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          5.0

          Great Bass Fantastic

          By OUTOFLINEBASSIST

          from Washington DC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • GREAT sound
          • Playability
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Problems With Input Jack

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

          This is the first bass I've owned I've been playing on it for about 2 years now and I absolutely love it. I've had to tweak parts with the input jack but otherwise its a solid build. The action on the fret board is fantastic better than most basses that I've tried, some much more expensive and innovative. So for any newcomers to bass or experienced musicians this is a go to instrument to add to your arsenal. I've played at several venues consisting of the Fillmore and 9:30 Club and trust me this bass holds its own. Also in regards to the fret buzzing just adjust your bridge until the buzzing stops I added new strings and did that and since then the buzzing has ceased.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bass for just about anybody

          By Jared

          from New York State

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

              When it arrived the action was very poor. This can be expected as it was probably in a box for quite some time and had to be shipped from Mexico to California to New York. After an inexpensive tune up it is beautiful now. The only issue I have had is that the it seems to short out on random occasions, this is probably due to the cable and not directly the bass though. I'm no entirely sure. Also the plastic around the adjustment knobs is a pain to get off. Other than that this thing is super sexy and plays like a charm I'd say it is certainly worth the investment!

              -Jared

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              5.0

              Great Bass

              By Tejano Veteran

              from San Benito, TX

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Deluxe P Bass Special 4-String Bass:

                I purchased this item in July 2010 (Black/Maple Neck). This instrument is everthing I was looking for,active elctronics,combination Jazz/P Bass pick-ups,light weight and beautiful finish ( an upgrade from my first bass, a Fender Squire Jazz). I had to make an adjustment on one of the strings (it rattled/ was lower than the others). The active electronics allows instant adjustment to your sound without having to reach for your amp. The only negative was a long light scrath on the back of the body. At the time I decided I would keep it and not report it.

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