How does the 63 American Vintage Precision bass compare to a real vintage bass?
It has been a while since I've been on Talkbass. I just sold my 1969/1970 p bass. Though it sounded great, I could'nt get used to it. I can't put my finger on it, but it did'nt felt right. I loved the vintage sound, especially with labella flats.
I'm looking to buy a new p, but i'm in doubt. I'm really interested in the new 63 AV P bass. I've played one this weekend and it sounded great even with the crappy fender stock strings. (My 1970 p bass sounded crappy with these strings compared to the labella's, had them on for one gig and have been sitting in the closet ever since).
The good thing about the 63 reissue is that it's new, and the odds that you have issues with it like you could have with a vintage instruments are smaller. You buy the instrument new and you know what it has been through. The downside is, that I've never heard a new instrument sounding really as vintage as a vintage one. I've had the privilege of A/B testing a real 62 jazz vs a custom shop 62 jazz. Though both were really good instruments, the real one had an very different sound. Really woody, warm and vintage. The custom shop played and sounded good, but clearer, more highs and more modern.
My dilemma now is: Will I buy a 63 reissue (I've played a sonic blue one that really looks amazing in a store nearby), or will I wait for a 1970/1971 that suits me better to get the real vintage vibe. I now there are some guys here that own both. Please give your take on this, I'm really curious. Can anyone make comparisons in video or soundfiles?
I own a 2013 63 P-Bass.
I feel this is as accurate a reissue as Fender has ever made.
The neck profile, weight, is all there. But these new pickups just kill.
Yes it's new, but it will just get better with age.
I've seen these sell as low a $1500.00. at that price you can't go wrong.
Thanks for the advice!
I live in Belgium, so 1600 dollar is not a realistic price for me to pay. If I want a 63 reissue i'll have to pay around 2150euro. Haven't seen them a lot cheaper here.
I'm still leaning towards looking for an early 70s one. My 69 gave a vintage warm woody tone that I didn't hear in the 63 or any new bass for that matter...
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