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  • No. of Frets:
    22
    Scale Length:
    34"
    Construction:
    Bolt-On
    No. of Strings:
    4
    Body Material:
    Alder
    Neck Material:
    Maple
    Body Finish:
    Polyurethane
    Nut Width:
    1.625
    Fingerboard Material:
    Rosewood
    Bridge:
    Deluxe Chrome Plated Steel Bridge Plate (Strings-Thru-Body or Top Load), with Nickel Plated Brass Saddles
    Pickups:
    1 New Design Precision Bass Split Single-Coil Pickup (Mid), 1 New Humbucker (Bridge)
    Other Hardware:
    Posiflex Graphite Neck Support Rods,
    5-Bolt Neck Plate,
    Contoured Heel for Easier Access to Upper Frets,
    Abalone Dot Position Inlays,
    Rolled Fingerboard Edges,
    Highly Detailed Nut and Fret Work
    EQ / Controls:
    Master Volume, Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ with:
    Treble Boost/Cut: /- 10 db @ 8kHz, a shift in the cut frequency, and about a 2dB slope per octave.
    Mid Boost/Cut: 10dB, -15dB @ 500Hz, and a wide band slope.
    Bass Boost/Cut: /- 12 db @ 40 Hz, with a 4dB slope per octave.
    18 Volt Power Supply
    Price:
    $1750

Recent Reviews

  1. baxter_x
    4/5,
    "This bass is more than just a Fender"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Great instrument to play
    Very versatile
    The sound!!
    Great playability
    Cons - Production stopped in 2008
    Hard to find
    I bought this model usedback in 2003. The bass was made in 2000. It's a natural finish and 5 strings version.
    The looking, the sound... Everything with this bass is just great.
    So great I decided to buy another one in 2014, a model from 2002, teal green finish.
    I've heard many times this bass brigs you on the Sadowsky land. I never tried a Sad, but I can say it's in no way a standard Fender bass.

    I tried other models, other brand, but always came back the this beauty.
    Price Paid:
    1200$
  2. Dbassmon
    5/5,
    "P5 Deluxe - One the Best Fender Production Basses"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Huge variety of tones, vintage and modern, great neck profile,
    Cons - pre amp mid range control needed some help, turned down, the overalll volume of the bass dropped dramatically. Knowing that, easily worked around,
    This bass became my go-to bass because its so versatile, from modern to vintage P and J bass tones... even venturing in Stingray territory.
    Price Paid:
    $1400 used
  3. Rocinante_x1
    5/5,
    "Fender needs to bring these back"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros - Beautiful
    HUMBUCKER
    Versatility
    18v Preamp
    Cons - Not a fan of P Necks
    Discontinued
    Firstly, Im not a Precision guy. Ive owned a few precisions and could never get into them, mostly because of the neck. All that set aside; WOW. Fender knocked it out of the park with this model. The hum bucker coupled with the P pickup and the 18v preamp is a match worth of recognition. It's an extremely versatile bass that can produce any sound you may be looking for. I owned the Sunburst model and I kick myself for selling it every time i see one.
    Price Paid:
    1100
    baxter_x likes this.
  4. Joe Nerve
    1/5,
    "This bass made me hate Fender for over a decade"
    Tone:
    2/5,
    Build Quality:
    1/5,
    Feel:
    4/5,
    Value:
    1/5,
    Pros - The bass felt nice.
    Cons - 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.
    Price Paid:
    $1000
    Alik likes this.
  5. jamminjh
    5/5,
    "my work horse. wish I had more"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - This machine has the sound of hard driving punk rock and swingin jazz built in with no pedals needed. They just sweeten the deal.
    Cons - Fender charges an arm and a leg for new ones. Don't buy new. The used ones are just as good and about half the price.
    This is the top of my top five favorite bass guitars. The ability to meld two classic sounds or go straight one way or the other is wonderful. Easy to manipulate on stage. Great Action, stays in tune for years.
    Price Paid:
    900

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