NBD: Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gregsuarez, Apr 10, 2014.


  1. gregsuarez

    gregsuarez

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    I finally have my "new" Fender AD P Bass in my hot little hands. Thanks to so many of you who helped me come to the conclusion that a P/J combo fits my needs so well. You were right! This model was not even on my original list of potential purchases, but is EXACTLY what I was looking for.

    I have been noodling around with it for a while. The P pickup booms and the J pickup snarls. Perfect. And the neck plays like a dream. When you kick it into active mode, the thing just explodes to life and becomes otherworldly.

    It was a used bass from an out-of-state Guitar Center that I had shipped. It's a $1699 bass that I got for $999, and it looks practically brand new. It was in such amazing condition that the original pickguard plastic and pickguard stickers were still on it. All it needed was a good polishing to get the fingerprints off of its sexy black finish. Even the hardshell case looks brand new. I also had the GC store manager throw in a free set of new strings, stainless steel flatwound.

    It is a 2012 model with a Deluxe P bass pickup (whatever "Deluxe" means) and a Fender N3 Jazz pickup, active/passive switch, blend pot, 3-band active EQ (18V), and a tone pot for passive mode (which I will likely never use).

    Thanks again for all your help in finding my "soul mate bass." Enjoy the pics. I also included a "family" portrait that includes my Music Man JP6 John Petrucci Signature Model in Cardinal Red Sparkle, and my Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Plus in Ice Blue Metallic. :hyper:
     

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  2. gregsuarez

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  3. Neener

    Neener Grumpy Old Dog Supporting Member

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    Congrats, it looks awesome. You got a good deal too. Well done.
     
  4. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

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    Congrats .. killer looking bass! ... I have a older black/maple american deluxe Pbass & it is awesome.
     
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  6. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

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    The black on maple is a great look! Congrats on a great bass!
     
  7. Pet Sounds

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    Beautiful. I have the Jazz version and really like it, even though I'm more of a P-Bass guy.
     
  8. gregsuarez

    gregsuarez

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    I like the block inlays on the American Deluxe Jazz Basses. However, I prefer the squarer body of the P Bass, and the versatility of the P/J pickup combo. Blending the two together is amazing.
     
  9. Pet Sounds

    Pet Sounds

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    Yeah. You're giving me GAS for the P version.
     
  10. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Supporting Member

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    This is a fine bass - I ran across one of these at a local store about 2 years ago and very nearly took it home (and I'm quite a gear snob!) - this bass is a big upgrade from the stock P in every way. You will dig it.
     
  11. senp5f

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    Congrats! I can't believe you picked up that bass for that price. What a steal!
     
  12. gregsuarez

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    Trust me, I did a TON of research and thinking and mulling and considering before I pulled the trigger. The American Deluxe upgrades are too hard to pass up. I have owned 2 American Deluxe Stratocasters (Fender has been my brand of choice for 23 years), and I currently own one of the new American Deluxe Strat Plus models with the interchangeable profile cards. I know how amazing that extra bit of magic is that's included in the "Deluxe" versions of Fender's guitars. Originally, when I first started shopping for a bass, I never even thought about considering a used bass. When I started shopping for used basses, the options really opened up in my budget.

    At the very least, I avoided a Gibson bullet. I was pretty close to buying a Gibson EB bass. They seem like a pretty good deal. For $1089 it has an ash body, dual humbuckers (both coil tapped), and a nice beefy bridge (plus it comes with a hardshell case). I have read a lot of conflicting reports about out-of-box quality - and not just the easy stuff a set up would cure, but stuff like finishing blemishes and shoddy fretwork.

    I'm so over Gibson guitars.
     
  13. gregsuarez

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    I can't believe it, either. The GC guy I talked to at the store I bought it from said it was a new acquisition and he already had a guy who wanted him to get it ready for him to buy. I processed my order immediately and beat him to it.

    What really surprises me is I saw an American Deluxe Jazz Bass that looked just as immaculate and of the same vintage, and it was $1199. Maybe the Jazz Basses are more popular.
     
  14. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Supporting Member

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    You know, I wasn't wild (at all) about the Deluxe J - what you paying for just doesn't seem to offer nearly as much value as it does on the P.

    Oh - and buying used is always smart. ALWAYS.
     
  15. gregsuarez

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    The fit and finish of American Deluxe models are always a notch above even the American Standards. But, yeah, with the P Bass you get the Jazz pickup and awesome pre-amp.

    I have bought used guitars before, but I typically prefer new. I did find a very sweet 1991 Charvel Spectrum in bright pink... it has a very '80s vibe. It was in remarkably great condition considering it was 20 years old when I got it (it probably spent its entire existence in the case under someone's bed). But I ended up almost never touching it and sold it.
     
  16. mmukav

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    Nice bass, congrats. I'm really getting to like the black on black config! Good luck with it.
     
  17. Guygrooves

    Guygrooves Supporting Member

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    Yes sir-Congrats to you on finding that one-great deal. I found the new P-Deluxes to be my bass of choice after many many... Enjoy the versatility. Love the black and maple, so hot!!
     
  18. gregsuarez

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    Thanks! I've always loved Roger Waters' Black/Black/Maple P-Bass, and this one definitely has that vibe.
     
  19. gregsuarez

    gregsuarez

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    Thank you everyone for the well-wishes! I am definitely enjoying it. It really is a night and day difference over my Indonesian Ibanez BTB bass, which has a neck pickup that stopped working a couple of weeks ago, out of the blue.
     
  20. LightGroove

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    Nice...Im going to say that the "Deluxe" is prob the added J pup and Preamp. As you know Standards are passive. Now go play it!

    Edit: Taken from Fender: Instruments with plenty of traditional look and feel, but tricked out with powerful pickup variations and other specialized features.

    So Im right :)
     
  21. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy Supporting Member

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