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  • Jazz neck
  • P Bass body
  • Vintage Noiseless Pickups (J bridge pickup, P center pickup)
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    $949.99
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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 129 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (3)

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.

VS

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.

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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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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice overall bass guitar

            By bassmanNCB

            from Long Island, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

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

            Very good bass for every purpose. But could improve attention to detail particulary the pots and knobs.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Returned . . .

            By JFW

            from Michigan

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

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

              When I received the box, it was opened. I took out the bass and there were scratches on the body, and when I tried to play it, there was lots of 60 cycle hum. I returned for a refund. This would have been a good bass if the quality were better.

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              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Playing steadily since 2004

              By trudeau11

              from Shreveport

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    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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