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Most Liked Positive Review
great new standard
FEATURES...volume & tone - simple and to the point, straight up P-BassQuality...I have been playing for over 15 years (and have played/owned many basses during this time...Read complete review
FEATURES...volume & tone - simple and to the point, straight up P-BassQuality...I have been playing for over 15 years (and have played/owned many basses during this time period) and this bass stands up to any $1000 + instrument out there. I had a mid-1990's Made in America P-Bass that has gone to bass-guitar heaven (long story) and I would be hard pressed to tell the difference between that bass and the 2006 Mexican P-Bass. My theory is that Fender has raised the bar - The 2006 American series feature graphite reinforced neck, S1 switch pick-ups and an amazingly silky finish. The 2006 Mexican has adopted the features and quality of the previous generation American series. 'Play before you Pay' of course, but this is a very solid instrument.VALUE...if you need to spend an extra $300 + to stoke your ego and have 'MADE IN U.S.A' stamped on the head stock, go for it. If not, this is the best bang for your buckOVERALL...I have owned a Gibson Thunderbird, Yamaha 5-string, Ibanez SG 5-string, MIA P-Bass and a beat up Rickenbacker (which to be fair was awesome) but, today, this is by far the best bass in anywhere close to it's price range.
Most Liked Negative Review
did i just get a lemon?
after playing guitar most of my life, i decided to add bass to my resume. i wasn't looking for anything special. just something affordable that felt good and stayed in tune. i got...Read complete review
after playing guitar most of my life, i decided to add bass to my resume. i wasn't looking for anything special. just something affordable that felt good and stayed in tune. i got a good deal on a new Fender P, black. i really love the way it looks, and the sound has some good 'bite' to it. it holds tune well also.i got it setup right away, but soon after playing it, the E string saddle slipped all the way down, causing the entire string to 'fret out.' back to the shop... a little Lock-Tite seemed to fix this problem, but I still notice lots of buzzy string noise. I've been killing myself practicing, thinking my technique was the problem. When I played a different bass though, I realized the problem wasn't me. the worst problem though, is there is a bad ground somewhere in the electronics which causes static. the guys at the shop haven't been able to figure it out.it's a cool bass, but the issues with the action and electronics make me want to get something else. i don't think i'd use my bass for recording.
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I bought my Fender P Bass two years ago,and I am still very pleased this Bass is a monster. The lows are clear, the mids are punchy,and the highs are crisp I highly recommend this bass, its the only Bass I will ever play!
Pros: Good tone. Tuners are great, and neck feels really great, although I'm not a rosewood person. Also, built like a rock. You could probably break through a wall with this thing without it going out of tune.Cons: Pickups are pretty noisy. Finish is pretty thick and heavy, which reduces resonance. Bridge isn't the best; there's no tracks, so the saddles shift a bit. Also, the knobs fall off, but you can just screw them back on again in a minute.Overall: Pretty good overall. The 2 things to replace (if you deem it necessary) are the pickups and bridge, and between the two, it won't cost you over $200.Other thoughts: Wish it came in maple.
I own 3 fender p's. one newer american, which I left stock, one 84 japanese which I left stock and this one. The standard beaner! I put a badass II bridge and a SD quarter pounder in it and bass players everywhere drool over the tone of this bass. Awesome playability and tone! I've played thousands of gigs with it over 8 years and its still tough as a nail! $$GREAT BASS FOR YOUR MONEY$$ I've actually had people pay me so they could use it in the studio.
This bass is amazing. Ive owned mine for nearly 3 and a half years, and its stood up to all the beatings of going to band practice, gigs, and being my main bass that I play 95% of the time. I installed Seymour Duncan Quarter pounds and it sounds awsome. I recommend this bass for anybody.
I have been using a Precision Bass since I started playing bass. A few months ago I upgraded to this Fender Precision. I have used it consistently since then, and it has not caused any problems for me. It is a great workhorse, and lays down the low end well. However, once I progressed in my playing and started playing more involved lines, the bass did not keep up with me. The bass does not have good tone for slap, and the neck is very thick. The tone is very thin with the tone knob up, and very muddy with the tone knob down. It lacks the growl of a Jazz bass or Musicman. Overall, it's a great bass if you're not picky about your tone and you want to try out a bass. It will probably last forever, and I would recommend it to any rock bass player. Any funk players should definitely pass it over for a Jazz Bass or Musicman, as the tone is much better.
I've been playing gigs on bass since 1970, and I've owned a few of every model Fender has ever made- Jazz, Tele, and P-Basses. I always come back to a P-Bass as my go-to bass of choice. I got my Standard P-Bass back in 2000, so that I would not have to trust my more valuable instruments to airline baggage handlers. After playing it for a few months and dialing it in to my personal preferences for setup, aftermarket pickups, etc., I ended up letting all my other basses get dusty. The Mexican Standard P-Bass has been my main bass for eight years, and it's not getting retired any time soon.
This bass has an awesome capability for all types of music. I've had mine for four years and it still works as well as the first day. It takes some setting up at first to get the playability right but this bass is top notch for the value.
I play the Fender P Bass as my regular, and I love it. It has a tough rock n' roll sound and has been described as the official bass of rock. I have a few problems though: One of my knobs keeps falling off, and the strings aren't that great. I also have small hands, and the neck is thick, so if I'm using any other finger than my index, I get fret buzz which really gets to me. I'm going to have the action adjusted though, but if you have smaller hands the jazz bass is MUCH better.
im a jazz bass guy but i wanted a bass that i could drop tune to B,E,A,D. i played one of these in a music store and i was like this will work. its got tons of low end. i wil be purchasing one in a bout a month do to the fact i dont have the funds right now. i will also put a bassline quaterpounder in it.
I recently picked up this instument to use as secend bass and for something with a little more visual appeal. I soon found out that I got a lot more than just visual appeal. This bass is great for gigging because of its solid consruction and it plays so well that you you don't want to put it down. The pickup is a touch to bright for my taste but it still has good versatility and tone. However, the real kicker is the price. You siply can't get better quality for the money. Besides, it's a Fender, what do you expect?