Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass

4/5, 4 from 7 reviews
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  1. Joe Nerve
    This bass made me hate Fender for over a decade
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Jan 1, 2016
    Build Quality:
    • + The bass felt nice.
    • - Too many to list here. Check detailed review.
    I bought this bass new in 1999. I believe it was a '98.

    While I was happy at first, the bass sounded OK and felt great - that happiness took only a few months to disappear.

    I don't give a rats ass about tuners, generally, but the ones on that bass (Fender ultralites I believe) were absolutely horrible. All 4 of them had play in them, and it took me a considerable amount of time to tune the bass. Took it to an authorized tech and was told that's just the way they were, and there was nothing he could do about it. Showed me few busted ones he had in a drawer to further prove to me they were just crappy tuners.

    Then pieces of the bass started falling off. The ferrules in the back for string through all came lose. Something started happening with the tone controls, too... took it again to have it checked out and was told it wasn't a pot, but some sort of grounding thing with the pickguard. Noticed right around that time that the finish was even starting to crack all over, and I only owned the bass a few months. Lots of other stuff was going on with that thing that I can't remember right now, but I'm sure I documented here back in 2000. On top of everything else was what I considered a sham of a bridge pickup. I was hoping for a Musicman vibe, but it didn't come close. Super thin and lifeless sounding.

    I hated this bass. Wound up trading it for a Hartke head and bottom someone was selling for $500.
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