Newbie - Need pros/cons on 3 models!
I'm 37, been playing guitar for some times (Gibson Les Paul Tribute 50's) and now I want to start Bass.
For my budget, I'm looking at 3 new models of Fender Precision Bass :
1- PBass Pawn shop Mustang (rosewood)
2 - PBass American Special (Maple)
3 - PBass Standard (MIM) (Maple)
So whats the pros/cons on these three models?
pros: it's a Fender
cons: it's a Fender
Play all three and buy the one you like the best.
Saddly, there's is no PS Mustang and American Special in the shop I visited. So it's gonna be an online ordering if it's not the Standard...
Mustang is short scale. The 1 humbucker me thinks will sound like mud, though I never played one. Only thing I like about that bass is the way it looks. I also think it's way overpriced.
Standard P and American P IMO has most to do with luck of the draw (Fender isn't famous for it's quality control), and how much it matters to you to whether you're playing a Mexican, or American made bass. I had an American made P deluxe that was the most expensive piece of crap I ever owned, and I currently own a Mexican Jazz that will be with me the rest of my life. Been through lots of Fenders, and they really are hit or miss. Some get lucky first time out. Me and Fender don't get along as well as most.
One of these things is not like the other.
Joe beat me to it. The Mustang is 30" scale w/ a 1.5" nut width.
According to the Fender spec sheets, the American Standard & the Standard (MIM) have the same nut width (1.625"), neck profile, and fret size.
Best bet would be to try them out, weed out the dogs, and buy a gem. You'll find keepers among both the American Standards & the MIM Standards.
I had a 2010 Fender MIM P (with the spaghetti logo). It was a very nice instrument for $549.00 and I do prefer the newer ones rather than the older MIM's. There are some hits and misses though. Used they can be found for a good deal. I played an Am Special once at GC and it actually had a decent setup but the instrument didn't thrill me for the cash they were asking.
A deluxe p bass is my favorite fender bass. Best of the p and the J combined. If you don't want to spend a little extra on the deluxe the p standard is still a good bass. My first bass was a Mim standard p bass.
The Pawn Shop Mustang in a heartbeat (most likely my next bass).
I seriously recommend a short-scale for guitarists starting out on bass. This one is the best that they have made.
You're talking about this one?
-Short scale makes it easier for guitarists to get the knack of.
-Reduced tension makes things feel "rubbery"
-Don't expect much in the way of upper mid-range or highs
From what I can gather about the P basses, there's not much of a difference between them.
Thanks for the infos. So I end up ordering a Deluxe active P Bass Special Navy Blue Metallic. The store didn't have it in stock, but the ETA from Fender was 7 to 10 days. So I'm now waiting impatiently.
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