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1995 Fender Vintage Series P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by T-Forty, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    I know that quite a few people on here talk about the 90s being a not so great era for Fender. I was wondering about peoples thoughts on the Vintage Series instruments from around this time..experiences? Likes and dislikes?

    I may be getting my hands on a white with tort pickguard VS P bass this week for an insanely low price..

  2. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    P.S. for those wondering - I won't be playing in a cover band with it.
  3. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I have a 90's CIJ reissue P bass and Jazz bass (matching white w/ tort). Gorgeous, well crafted instruments. The Jazz has Fralin PU's and CTS pots/cloth wiring and sounds better than any real vintage bass I've laid my hands on. The P bass has the stock PU's, but is light as a feather - definitely a great player's bass.

    Again, mine are Japanese - and from my experiences, the Japanese Fenders of this time are better instruments. I had a US 90's Jazz Deluxe and it just didn't do it for me...just felt clunkier than my other two Fenders.

    If you can snag it at a good price, I think you should at least try it out. The resale value will hold up pretty solid if you wanna flip it later. There's good and bad guitars from Fender every year - even the newest and oldest ones. They're all different. You gotta pick what works best for you.
  4. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    I have a '97 American Vintage '57 that is terrific. It is very light and has great sustain. The fit/finish is excellent IMHO. If it were some color other than black, it would probably be my favorite. I sure practice with it a ton but I always seem to take something else out to gig.
  5. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    Not all of the '90s were bad for Fender. I had a 1999 MIA P-bass that was awesome. I'm sorry I ever got rid of it.
  6. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    I got it. Price? $650.

    Needs a set up though. Frets above the 12th are buzzy.

    Also the dude mentioned possibly wanting to refret it in the future with jumbo frets because the frets used on it are smaller than they use these days?
  7. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    650? That's a good price!

    Just get it a good setup - I wouldn't worry about the jumbo fret replacement, that can cost ya a pretty penny. Just play the crap out of the sucker! :bassist:
  8. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    I'll post pix tomorrow morning!
  9. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    The AS Vintage basses have smaller "vintage" frets. Personally, I like them better than the ubiquitous "medium jumbos" that are on just about all the new stuff Fender sells.
    I have four with smaller frets and two jazzes with the modern frets. They are all great but like I said the smaller frets feel better (to me!).
    Great price on that bass. Post up some pics when you can.
  10. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    These are finished with nitro, right?

    It has a few nice scuffs and chips behind the bridge and some nice belt scuffing on the back.

    Nitro wears a lot faster than the other stuff that is used on MIMs and whatnot, right?
  11. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Yes. The American Vintage are nitro. What color is the "new" bass?
  12. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

  13. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    It is white with a tort pick guard.

    I'm not sure what the official colour name would have been at that point. Olympic?

    Also this bass may or may not have been on tour with the punk/screamo band Silverstein for a number of years which would explain the wear. I've emailed the band to find out.
  14. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008

    Came with a tweed HSC.
  15. whitespike


    Nov 28, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I have a 94 60s RI P bass made in Japan that kills. I love it.

    I had a mid 90s 62 RI Jazz made in US that was little better than poop to play. The neck moved more than the dancing crowd...
  16. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The American Vintage Series were always a well built product in the 90's as well...it was the standard models I didn't like.

    I had a '97 AVS 62RI Jazz that was a great player.
  17. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    Always a great colour combo, nice score.
  18. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Go play it and evaluate it as best you can. If it sounds good and feels good, it IS good, IMHO. Then there is price.... :D
  19. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    Here are the pics.

    When I first saw it I was a bit mortified at the condition it was in. I took it apart and the neck date is 2005, which is obviously not 1995! Could a bass that originally cost close to 2k get this beat up in 4 years? Is there a way to date the body? On the back of the metal sheet behind the pickguard it has a couple of names on a sticker for people who wired it, etc. and also a date of 9/9/5. 2005 or 1995?!

    Anyway I haggled down the price, so regardless of when it was made I am happy. After I took it apart to inspect and restrung it the frets below 12 are a lot better. There are only about 5 notes in total that are buzzy now. Still needs a pro set up though.







    Some nice arm wear on the body!








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  20. I have the Vintage 62 Jazz Bass in White. It's brilliant!

    I want that white 62 P-Bass to go with it :)

    Love white with a tort shell plate me!

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