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Old 11-03-2012, 04:44 PM
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Fender Factory Tour + Design Experience

I've been in Irvine, California this week, and the other day I made a run over to Corona for a tour of the Fender Factory. Here's a few pics:





David, the tour guide, holding a choice specimen:


Back at the visitor center I went in to the Design Experience room for a look around. To the left, they have racks of necks, to the right are bodies, in the corner are loaded pick guards, and in the center, a workbench.

I have been jonesing for a surf green P-bass for years, and I figured that as long as they didn't have a surf green body, I was safe. I mention this to the Fender tech working on a guitar on the bench, and he said that they could paint me one for an up-charge. Ooops. So I text the wife:

Me: Well they don't have a surf green body here but they can paint me one.

Her: Lol, I hope you won't deny yourself this!

Me: Srsly?

Her: Dude, of course.

Oh man, gotta love her; this is all her fault. I actually start looking at the components more seriously. I find a nice jade metallic P body that is very light. Not surf green but maybe it would do. Definitely a possibility as it looks great with a tort guard and a maple neck.

I find a mahogany-stained ash body that is equally light and really pretty. It looks classy with a white pearled guard and a rosewood neck. My surf green fantasy is fading to dust, and anyway I already have a few vintage-looking basses.

Then David the tour guide shows up and says he think he's got a cream pearled guard over in his office. In a minute, he's back with it, and it looks awesome. He comments that the rosewood neck I have is kind of light, and maybe we could find a darker one that matches the body better.

The "piece de resistance" .. we walk across the parking lot to the factory, and I select a neck for my bass right off the factory floor.

Here's a cellphone pic of the components on the bench. It doesn't do it justice.


TL;DR: This is the bass they're assembling for me, mahogany-stained ash body, cream pearled pick guard, rosewood neck, '62 vintage pickups. Should ship to me in 2 -3 weeks. I'll post better pics then.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:53 PM
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I've been in Irvine, California this week, and the other day I made a run over to Corona for a tour of the Fender Factory. Here's a few pics:





David, the tour guide, holding a choice specimen:


Back at the visitor center I went in to the Design Experience room for a look around. To the left, they have racks of necks, to the right are bodies, in the corner are loaded pick guards, and in the center, a workbench.

I have been jonesing for a surf green P-bass for years, and I figured that as long as they didn't have a surf green body, I was safe. I mention this to the Fender tech working on a guitar on the bench, and he said that they could paint me one for an up-charge. Ooops. So I text the wife:

Me: Well they don't have a surf green body here but they can paint me one.

Her: Lol, I hope you won't deny yourself this!

Me: Srsly?

Her: Dude, of course.

Oh man, gotta love her; this is all her fault. I actually start looking at the components more seriously. I find a nice jade metallic P body that is very light. Not surf green but maybe it would do. Definitely a possibility as it looks great with a tort guard and a maple neck.

I find a mahogany-stained ash body that is equally light and really pretty. It looks classy with a white pearled guard and a rosewood neck. My surf green fantasy is fading to dust, and anyway I already have a few vintage-looking basses.

Then David the tour guide shows up and says he think he's got a cream pearled guard over in his office. In a minute, he's back with it, and it looks awesome. He comments that the rosewood neck I have is kind of light, and maybe we could find a darker one that matches the body better.

The "piece de resistance" .. we walk across the parking lot to the factory, and I select a neck for my bass right off the factory floor.

Here's a cellphone pic of the components on the bench. It doesn't do it justice.


TL;DR: This is the bass they're assembling for me, mahogany-stained ash body, cream pearled pick guard, rosewood neck, '62 vintage pickups. Should ship to me in 2 -3 weeks. I'll post better pics then.

Is this a custom shop bass?
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:54 PM
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That is great, very nice! Hang on to that lady!
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:14 PM
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Very nice.

I'm a huge Fender fanboy and I'd love to tour the factory. Scotland to California ain't cheap tho!!

Enjoy
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:22 PM
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Is this a custom shop bass?
No, it's the equivalent of an American Standard, just you get to select the components. It's only available at their visitor center.

New Fender Design Experience

http://www.guitarworld.com/video-ste...visitor-center
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:56 PM
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I misssed the machine that randomly puts an irreversible bow in the neck ...
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I misssed the machine that randomly puts an irreversible bow in the neck ...
zing!

on a productive note:

to the op. thanks for posting. can't wait to see your surf green P.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:20 PM
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Nice! Question though. Do they do matching headstocks?
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Great story man! Thx for sharing! Does your wife have a sister?
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:42 PM
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Nice, Thanks for sharing. I'd love to tour the factory.

They must have missed my basses when using their irreversible bow machine.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:47 PM
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Love those hand rubbed finishes! It would be a tough choice between one of those and a Surf Green, Sonic or Daphne Blue though.

Congrats on a very, very cool bass!
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:53 PM
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Nice! Question though. Do they do matching headstocks?
Unfortunately I didn't ask that question so I don't know. It would be cool if they did.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:56 PM
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This guy's installing truss rods in neck blanks:

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Old 11-03-2012, 08:01 PM
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Howabout some prices? Are we in the 2 grand neighborhood or the 5 grand....
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The cream pearl guard on that body looks great! I have a 2012 P bass with the same mahogany stained ash body, you've got me thinking.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:11 PM
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Howabout some prices? Are we in the 2 grand neighborhood or the 5 grand....
roughly $1600 - $2400 depending on wood, custom paint, neck blocks, etc. I don't remember all the possible options.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:13 PM
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roughly $1600 - $2400 depending on wood, custom paint, neck blocks, etc. I don't remember all the possible options.
Oh nooooooooooo! I thought they stopped making basses with the hand-stained mahogany finish, as they were to be a limited run. I have really dug those dark stained finishes. I hope they keep that as a finish option until I am ready for my next one.

Congrats on a great looking bass and a cool experience getting to put it together. Thanks for sharing brother.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:46 PM
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Here's Abigail Ybarra, legendary pickup winder and a Fender employee since 1956:
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:51 PM
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Here's Abigail Ybarra, legendary pickup winder and a Fender employee since 1956:
Classic....god bless her...
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