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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 ...Read More

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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 139 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (131)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (25)
  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good pick up (17)
  • Solid electronics (17)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (20)
  • Practicing (20)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Recording (15)
  • Rock concerts (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (7), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice bass

This is one bass that I will never part with. Just due to the fact that it's a Fender and the variety of sounds that one can get from it. It plays very...Read complete review

This is one bass that I will never part with. Just due to the fact that it's a Fender and the variety of sounds that one can get from it. It plays very nice, easy on the hands, stays in tune, quality workmanship, beaufiful looking and just sounds fantastic...I would recommend this to anyone.
One more thing. The different sounds that come from the 2 picups is the defining factor for me. You get the jazz bass/bridge sound and you get the p/bass sound, or both together. Buy it, you'll like it.....
The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because "it's heavy". But I only play 2 days a week so it is really not a BIG problem.
Here's the good part: It sounds wonderful. It has rejuvinatied my sound. I will admit, I haven't had a Fender bass since the 60's. Both Jazz and P. both were stolen from me, dang.....Anyway, back to the subject at hand....It has such a diversity of sounds from low/fat/noattack....to high/pricktheears/slap and anything in between. Of course, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. I find myself piddiling with it for hours just to see what kind of sound I can come up with using amp settings and bass settings. It is truly amazing. Sometimes, as with a p/bass, there is something to say about plugging in and just playing as opposed to trying to find that exact sound. But, someday I will find "that" sound and then I won't have to play with it much....Great bass. Would I buy it again, a resounding "YES"!!!
I think it is a fair price for the bass you get. Unlike my Ch. basses, at least when you turn the knobs, something happens on a gradual scale as opposed to nothing then all of a sudden something (those who have Ch basses know what I mean). It is the best bass I own, and the most expensive. Can't afford $2000 basses......I'm a retired working man, worked hard all my life, and I'll keep on workin....as long as these 2 hands are fit to use.....drink a lil beer in a tavern, cry a little bit of these workin man blues....

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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

Great Active Bass!

By 

from Tampa, FL

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

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

    First bass guitar

    The active pickup comes with 1 Duracell Pro 9 volt battery installed and ready to go.

    Looks - The blue metallic bass is really a very dark navy/black looking. This is visible when you see the bass in person rather than online, which I was perfectly happy with. The gold pick guard is fine with me. I think I read if you use a guitar pick a lot you risk scratching it. I don't anticipate using a pick so no issue there.

    Sound - I play this bass with an AMPEG BA-110 40w in a home office and it sounds amazing.

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    5.0

    great looking, playing , sounding

    By 

    from West Palm Beach, Florida

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Gig Bag Included
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Looks great
    • Solid Electronics
    • Very Solid Made

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This was the best blemished bass I have ever seen, played, and purchased. I was going for the hot rod deluxe p bass, but I save with this great and beautiful instrument. The hot rod was black and that was boring to me as well. This active circuit is a plus and the PuP are great sounding. The neck fast and smooth, the sound tight and precise. the weight comfortable and the looks like eye candy.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Real Fender Quality and Tone

      By 

      from Quad Cities

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

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

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

      Been looking for a P/J to upgrade my Indonesian Squier Precision P/J which has awesome tone but soft weak tempermental maple neck. Very impressed with this Mexican P/J with active electronics -- not my 75P but as close as it gets. First axe I've bought in a very long time that didn't need extensive setup or adjustment straight out of the box. The neck is straight and hard solid maple and the frets are clean and polished. Action is set precisely to spec (with sufficient room for style adjustments without fret buzz) and the intonation is dead on all the way up. Black finish is deep and flawless. The gold pickguard is ugly and there doesn't appear to be many aftermarket alternatives for this particular model (4 controls, P pickguard but J neck). The neck Precision split pickup is a classic alnico and sounds awesome. The bridge jazz pickup is a "noiseless" and it appears someone took it a little too literally -- it has very weak flat output and you need to adjust the volume to compensate whenever you pan the pickups. Not sure what the "mid" pan is supposed to add tonewise and it appears to change the presence more than the tone. Still, a lot of flexibility and control for whatever tone you want. I have a G&L Tribute L2000 (Indonesia) with 18V electronics and the vintage P baseball bat neck, which is probably a very comparable model. The G&L has a more sensible controls and a heavier piece of maple for the neck but has required constant tweaking to eliminate fret buzz and playability issues (after 6 months it has aged out and is finally where it needs to be and stays there). Quality of the Fender as well as the tone is clearly superior to the G&L. I'll probably end up changing the strings to 9050ML stainless flats but that is for my playing style and no fault with the tone possibilities from the stock nickel roundwounds. Very nice Fender Bass with a capital F-- the real deal on a beer budget.

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      5.0

      Very good Bass!

      By 

      from Saint Augustine, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

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

      I got this Bass for Christmas in 2006, and I couldn't be happier with it. Good feel, excellent range of tones and sounds that don't limit you to one style of sound. Playing out of TC Electronic RH450 head with RS410 and RS210 cabs.

      On the Bass, the knobs are in the right place for most playing styles, enabling quick modifications to your tone while in the middle of a song. I have never had a battery die out on me, and have only changed it once since I've owned the instrument.

      I got the Black/Rosewood model. I know folks are crabbin about the gold pick-guard, but going against a black body, its fine! If that's the only complaint most folks have about it then that tells ya something!

      It played very nice right out of the box (upgrading from a Squire P-Bass), though I did have a friend set the intonation for me since I was a rookie, buts been right ever since.

      Using the RotoSound Swing 66 strings and have not had any issues with them rattling or buzzing.

      Since I am not a guitar player playing bass, my main thing is holding the bottom and not wild solos or slapping (not that advanced), so the frets are holding up nicely and no scratch marks on the frets.

      On the negative side the only thing I can think of is that it's a little heavy for me because I have spinal issues, but sitting or leaning on a stool help me with that issue.

      The included gig bag is ok, and will hold up for awhile but I will probably be upgrading the gig bag real soon.

      Bottom line is I have no desire for a new bass (other than maybe a Rickenbacker ;) ) and enjoying the purchase I made... No regrets! Get this Bass!!! You cannot go wrong for the money and versatility!

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      5.0

      the real feel and at a super deal

      By 

      from Chicago

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Ready For Any Situation

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

          This instrument was put together correctly and I would like to mention that Fender Mexico actually did a better job regarding their final inspection than Fender USA did on my Fender Deluxe American J bass that came out of the box with a much loftier price tag and electronics that were supposed to be noiseless but were not.
          I purchased the red girl and I have to say that I have no intention of making any changes to the stock issued parts and unlike many others I love the gold pick guard against the red finish.
          They even rolled the fret edges off very nicely as compared to most all other basses at this excellent price point.
          I have many basses and I really am very happy with this instrument and I have no regrets in purchasing this instrument and that this fret board will be fully explored in search of new patterns and inventions.

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          5.0

          this bass has been with me for 2 years

          By 

          from somerset nj

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I've purchased this bass two years ago on the basis of nothing more than good reviews. After getting this bass, i did not regret it. first off it is solid as a rock. banged it up a few times and it still kicks butt despite the various scratches. You can get a huge variety of sounds from this wonderful bass. with the right strings (i prefer swing 77 rotosounds). role the bass off halfway and set the pickups selector in the middle, you get a geddy-leeish tone. set the eq almost flat and you can get a tone similar to billy sheehan with a slight lack of attack. The j-pickup sounds good soloed for jaco-esque stuff. for a good blues tone, role the PU selector halfway in between the middle position and p-bass position, and role off treble completely. For a more punkish sound role off the bass halfway with the p-pickup fully on. that's not even scratching the surface of tonal variaties possible. Only complaints i have is that it started buzzing a while ago so it needs to be fixed (no it's not fret buzz), and there's no active/passive switch (p-pickup sounds good, but not quite like a classic precision), but luckily im getting one installed for cheap (if you can't find a cheap way to get the switch installed if desired than get the reggie hamilton, the american imo is not worth the extra 1000). you will not find a better mexican bass in this price.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Something new

            By 

            from Evansville, IN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

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

              Very Fun! The P/J bass hybrid feel makes for some very interesting jam sessions. Always have been a fan jazz necks and the P bass body / pickups really does make it feel like 2 basses in one.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Once I dialed it in, fantastic sound.

              By 

              from Valentine, NE

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

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

                very nice, just what I wanted. Put together good & relieved that a bass I never touched played so good.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                PJ Bass Supreme

                By 

                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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent guitar for the price

                  By 

                  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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