Originally Posted by Thornton Davis
Fender's 90505M are flatwounds with a tapered B. I have a set on my 2012 American Standard Precision 5. They're the perfect match for this bass.
Thanks for the tip Thornton! I will have to check them out.
96T I don't believe it's just a string manufactuer problem exclusively unless they are putting too long a winding down at the ball end. I'm not talking about the string length as that is fine. I'm taking about intonating the bass as the saddle seems to not have that much room for adjustment. In most of the cases, for me anyway, the B string saddle can sit back as far as 3/8" from the G string saddle. Maybe there's some trick to setup I haven't caught on to but I've seen this with my Warwick and my Guild pilot also. I do like fairly low action and maybe that's a contributing factor but I'm not sure. Maybe the string gage is not balanced or that these are 34" scale. By the way I do push down on the string at the saddle to seat it as Walterw suggested (still a good tip). Taper wounds are less of a problem mainly because there is less winding at the ball end. It just seems like a bit of a design flaw in some of the 5 string basses I've encountered in my opinion. I could be wrong.
This is in no way a bashing of Fender basses if anybody is getting that impression. I've owned a number of 4 and 5 string Fenders over the years and find them to be great basses and this p5 is no exception.