NBD: my first US Fender

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ack, Dec 22, 2013.


  1. ack

    ack Supporting Member

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    Picked up a 2005 American Std. P-bass this afternoon.
    It's my first US Fender, and so far I really, really like it.

    I know very little about Fender basses, and I was curious about a few things when I looked at it (no skunk stripe and the fact that the bridge is both top-loading and thru-body), but the Fender website shows this model without the stripe and the same string load options (for the 2013 they had on display on their website).

    It's in incredible shape - only some light swirling and a few scuffs near the ashtray that the previous owner installed. Frets are near perfect and it has a nice set of flats (don't know the brand, but they have multi-colored ball ends [E=gold; A=red; D=blk; G=green] and bluish/purple silks past the nut - maybe someone here can ID for me?)

    Sorry for the terrible pictures, maybe tomorrow I can get a few shots in the sunlight:
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  2. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    Nice! Your strings would be D'Addarios with those coloured ball ends, and I'm sure Chromes are the only flats they make.
  3. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

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    I've played nice '72 & "73 Jazzes, but my only Precision was an '01 MIM (and a good one, I must say!). Nothing 'gets it done' like a good solid precision. Enjoy!!! :bassist:
  4. wild4oldcars

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    black'n'maple, classic. congrats :)

    also digging that RJ-IV in the background ;)
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  6. 1bassplayin

    1bassplayin

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    Nice. Nothing like a good ol P bass.
  7. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek Supporting Member

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  8. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    great googily moogily! nice axe:D
  9. ack

    ack Supporting Member

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    Thanks to all for the compliments.

    BTW, although I love it, the RJ-IV is for sale in the TB Classifieds...
  10. ack

    ack Supporting Member

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    Thanks! I'll note it and see how they hold up or compare to my next set.
  11. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

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    American Series.
  12. jetbike

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    Perfect. I have a Oly White/Tort/Rosewood MIA P. MY plan is to get a clone of yours to add to keep it company. Ying and yang.
  13. ack

    ack Supporting Member

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    Is there a difference between American Series vs American Standard?
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Very nice love maple fretboards.
  15. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

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    That depends somewhat on if you are talking about pre American Series Standards or post American Series Standards.
    Rolled fingerboard edges is one difference.
  16. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

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    Bridge, tuners, and S1 switch are other differences.
  17. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

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    Very nice bass .. congratulations ...

    Just to clarify for you .. Fender dropped the namd American Standard during the 2000 model year, and began calling this model the American Series ... some of the later models from the 90's had rolled fretboard edges, but the American Series got the 'credit' for the change .. in 2003, Fender added the S-1 switch to the American Series (which yours would have had stock, cant tell from pics if it does), and that continued until mid 2008 when Fender again made some changes, and dubbed the model as the 'New" American Standards ... there was a bridge change at this time, and a machine head change as well ... and yes, Fender advertised the rolled fretboard edges AGAIN as new to this series (?) ... about '01-02 they added the option of toploading as well as string thru body on the American Series, prior to that and through the original American Standard run they were string thru body only ...

    ...nice bass!! .. enjoy
  18. Turock

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    tjh, thanks for filling in the information. I didn't have time to go into it to that depth, and wasn't really sure of all the dates.

    Yes, that is a nice instrument. Dig the color too. Congrats man.
  19. Basshappi

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    Black 'n' Maple, you done gooooood! Congrats.
  20. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    Very nice, OP - congrats...



    - georgestrings
  21. ack

    ack Supporting Member

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    Thanks to all and thanks for the additional info on the bass.

    I really wasn't looking to buy anything at this time (I'm actually trying to sell 6 or 7 basses), but I was offered this beauty for $500, and even I (who admittedly knows nothing about their value) had to jump on it.

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