Fender Nate Mendel P-Bass

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  1. sigmafloyd

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  2. willsellout

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    So.....it's a P bass. Fender is really breaking new ground LOL.
     
  3. sigmafloyd

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    Yup. MIM, slightly roadworn, Badass II, SD SPB-3 Quarter Pound
     
  4. Demon_Hunter

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    Another excuse to overcharge people for something? :bag:

    I like it though.
     
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  6. fisticuffs

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    I do really like the Shiflett Tele.
     
  7. Hapa

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    I just played that in the office, its like a jazz neck profile. Similar taper and nut width with a different neck profile from a jazz. U shaped to a D shape cool bass, i like the tinted headstock.
     
  8. quite_angry

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    Wow... that's really unique. I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like it. What kind of pickups are those and why are there two of them? I also don't think I have ever seen a bass in that color combination. Truly a groundbreaking piece.
     
  9. FiXeR

    FiXeR Bass monkey, Drinker of swill, No sleep since 1985

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    I like the features it offers but I'd much prefer the standard radius neck instead of the 7.5 . :scowl:

    It's fairly unique in that it's an ash bodied P-bass with a nitro lacquer. I don't believe Fender currently offers a production model with that wood type and finish.

    If I was in the market for a MIM precision I'd probably pick one up since it has all the features I'd want outside of the neck radius.
     
  10. Mark Nye

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    Nice appointments. I've owned a few Ps with the SD Quarter-pound and always got a great tone out of it. Nice, thick, and agressive. Using it for styles other than rock almost always yields tonally interesting results.

    I'm just not sure about a $1200 MSRP for an MIM. I have a hard time wrapping my head around $1000+ Mexis after the original Highway 1 series came and went. They were solid US-made basses leagues beyond the MIM stuff for only a few hundred bucks more.

    Of course, when I worked in a guitar shop in 2000-2001, you could get a MIM standard for $299 ($329 for sunburst), and a MIJ Geddy Lee sig for $599. Crazy that prices can almost double in just over a decade.
     
  11. Jwood

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    Yeah dude, but most everything was a lot cheaper in 2000 that it is today.
     
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    It better come stuffed with contraband from a cartel in Mexico for $1200!
     
  14. awilkie84

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    So, it's a Highway One/Roger Waters love-child?
     
  15. Octavio

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    This is interesting. Within the last two years Bass Player magazine did a story on Nate. The article mentioned a signature model. Thereafter, someone on this website reported that they contacted Fender about the rumored model and Fender indicated that they had no plans to build one. Now this.
     
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    $1199 is the same MSRP as the Roger Waters ($879 retail) and the Sting ($899 retail)sig basses. My guess is that'll be about what the buyers price is.
     
  17. RCCollins

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    I can't stand the screw in the middle of the pickguard. that would bug the heck out of me
     
  18. awilkie84

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    My guess is that maybe Nate does this to deal with resonance issues from the pickguard vibrating on certain notes? Double-sided tape would have served just as well.
     
  19. fisticuffs

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    $899.99. I just got it listed.
     
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    I was pretty skeptical about a premium priced mexi-Fender too when they came out with the Cobain Jag but then I got it in my hands and the fit and finish was as good as anything I've played. I HATE relics but that Jag was tasteful and way cooler than I expected it to be. If these basses are anything like that, sure they come off the same line, I'd be interested.
     

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