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Fender Starcaster P Bass  

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        Fender Starcaster

        The perfect bass for any beginner.

        A P Bass from Fender that will have the beginner bassist grooving the second they pick it up. It also features a basswood body, 34-Inch scale length, maple C-shape neck with rosewood fingerboard, 20 medium jumbo frets, and dot position inlays. The split single coil P Bass pickup, Master volume & Master tone controls let you get the best tone exactly the way you want it.

        Features
        • Basswood body
        • 34-Inch scale length
        • Maple c-shape neck with Rosewood fingerboard
        • 20 medium jumbo frets
        • Dot position inlays
        • Split single coil P Bass pickup

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        Fender StarcasterP Bass
         
        4.5

        (based on 19 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (13)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (4)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (1)

        • 2 Stars

           

          (1)

        • 1 Stars

           

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        95%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Fun to play (16)
        • Good feel (15)
        • Good tone (11)
        • Good pick up (9)
        • Solid electronics (8)

        Cons

        • Fret buzz (5)

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (15)
        • Jamming (10)
        • Small venues (5)
        • Recording (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (9), Novice (7), Professional musician (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Inexpensive Fun

        I wanted to learn bass and my wife looked at me like I was crazy. I showed her this nice-looking bass at a very reasonable price and she said okay. The day it arrived...Read complete review

        I wanted to learn bass and my wife looked at me like I was crazy. I showed her this nice-looking bass at a very reasonable price and she said okay. The day it arrived I took out of the box and upon inspection both pickups had fallen to the body. No worries, I was buying a jazz master or music man and I had Musician's Friend backing the purchase. One quick call, five minutes of packing, it was on its way back and a new one was on its way. The new one arrived in great shape!

        I have had a ton of fun learning on this bass. I see a lot of complaints about fret buzz, but I'm no performing artist and have had little problems with buzz. I would recommend this instrument to someone just starting out and learning what to look for in a better bass. Overall it serves it's purpose and has a fun sound for me!

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Nice looking and falling apart

        When I first got this, I was very happy with the look and feel. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of fret buzz & the 2nd string buzzed when open too. I...Read complete review

        When I first got this, I was very happy with the look and feel. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of fret buzz & the 2nd string buzzed when open too. I also noticed that my 3rd & 4th strings sounded about 1/2 as loud as the 1st & 2nd string. Within a week the electronics of the bottom pickup fell apart and inside the bass. The pickup housing is still attached to the pick guard. Now I know why it sounded bad. I was loving this when I first got it. But quickly, the fret buzz and then the pickup self destruction soured my experience. I'm about to send it back and find out how hassle free or not Musician's Friend is with returns. I will write a review of my experience and the replacement bass is.

        As it stands now, I would like to recommend this bass to a fried. It played nice but the low Quality Control, fret buzz and pickup falling apart a few days after getting it keeps me from being able to do so. I will give it another try when I get the replacement.

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        5.0

        STARCASTER P BASS

        By "D.J."

        from Cambridge, Mass.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

          Looks cool on stage next to Starcaster J bass. Decent sound compared to Squire and Rogue basses. Added set of round wounds and sounds really good. Not to heavy to play 3 sets. Wish they came in colors. Very happy with both Starcaster basses. You should have one or two in your arsenal.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Inexpensive Fun

          By SamT

          from Destin, FL

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Learning
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

            I wanted to learn bass and my wife looked at me like I was crazy. I showed her this nice-looking bass at a very reasonable price and she said okay. The day it arrived I took out of the box and upon inspection both pickups had fallen to the body. No worries, I was buying a jazz master or music man and I had Musician's Friend backing the purchase. One quick call, five minutes of packing, it was on its way back and a new one was on its way. The new one arrived in great shape!

            I have had a ton of fun learning on this bass. I see a lot of complaints about fret buzz, but I'm no performing artist and have had little problems with buzz. I would recommend this instrument to someone just starting out and learning what to look for in a better bass. Overall it serves it's purpose and has a fun sound for me!

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            5.0

            Great Bass for the Large Handed

            By Micah1204

            from Bloomington, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

            It's a great bass for someone with large hands, such as myself. The strings are pre-adjusted, but there was still a little fret buzz. Adjusting it a bit myself fixed that. Sounds great through an amp, but I wouldn't downtune it too far down. If you're looking to play anything lower than C, I'd just buy a five string or buy a pitch shifter.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good buy

            By Slaphappy

            from New Jersey

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Sharp Frets

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

            Been playing this almost every day since I got it. Adjusted the setup, added a piece of paper under the A string at the nut to eliminate fret buzz and it's been good to go. Only complaint is the unfinished sharp fret ends. Haven't gotten around to it yet, but I'm sure I can fix with a little fine grit sandpaper. Impressive performance for the price I paid. Very happy with the purchase.

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            4.0

            Great Little Fender Bass

            By philco

            from Mississippi

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Inexpensive

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

                Caught this Bass on sale. Love it .. cant beat it for the Money ..

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                5.0

                Great beginner bass!

                By rsnycg8r

                from NY, NY

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

                  Great beginner bass at great price. Looks great, feels solid. Very happy so far!

                  Comment on this review

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Bass for a beginner

                  By Jdbuck4

                  from Kings mountain nc

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

                    I purchased this bass for my 6 year old son to learn on, I began playing at the age of eight and wanted my son to learn at a young age. This bass is great for that, has a good sound and easy to learn on and inexpensive in case it gets damaged!!!!!

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                    4.0

                    Nice for the price

                    By kiponator

                    from SF bay area

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play

                    Cons

                    • Fret Buzz

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

                    Purchased to use with Rocksmith. Noticed a lot of fret buzz as delivered, probably a combination of setup and beginner technique.

                    Holds tune well, I feel like it's a great instrument for the money.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great bass guitar for the price!

                    By soggybottomboys134

                    from Fayetteville, AR

                    About Me Experienced

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Fret Buzz

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

                    Wasn't expecting this much sound and easy play from a bass guitar in this price range! Love it! Only problem was a little buzz on small E but a quick fix with using tiny piece of cardboard on nut under string and ........bam! no buzzzzz!!! Little problem not worth returning to MF and I'd done this so many times before!

                    Comment on this review

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Inspect product carefully for defects

                    By Al

                    from San Antonio Texas

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 2nd Bass Sent Review
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • 1st Bass Was In Bad Shape
                    • Check Very Carefully
                    • Had A False Pick-up
                    • Knobs Were Falling Off
                    • Look Carefully Fordefects
                    • Strings Not My Style

                    Best Uses

                    • Easy To Play
                    • Good Balance
                    • Good Feel
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender Starcaster P Bass:

                    The first bass was in very bad shape. Strings buzzed, Knobs were falling off and stripped at the threads and the pick-up for the low strings was just a piece of wood. The insides were missing. The replacement was much better but it still it left a bitter taste of the fender corp ande musician,s friend for poor inspection of product before being sent and then the rep for Musician's Friend telling me what was I expecting for price. That's not the service I expected from a company that I've been doing business for many years.

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