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5 string P's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mcfrankson, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. mcfrankson


    Jan 9, 2008
    5 string P basses are not the most commonly used thing (by my estimation) Do they suck? I love the P bass sound and would love to have something like an old Fender, but I still want to have a 5th string! Any happy mediums?
  2. Joe Smithberger

    Joe Smithberger Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Canton, Ohio, USA
    No. They don't suck.

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  3. mcfrankson


    Jan 9, 2008
    I just don't see them commonly used, so was wondering why. I'm sure they're solid, I'm trying to find a nice one. What kind is that specifically?
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I love my 2010 Fender Precision V.

  5. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    I love mine! You should shop around for them. Some are better than others. Mine has a killer B and unique rosewood pattern. It has a great sound. Whether fingers or pick, it's thick and punchy! The grind of the pick with the tone turned up is sweet as well.

  6. Original post for when / where or how that PG came to be?
    Truly bada$$.

    To the OP, I'm about to pull the trigger on a Fender American Standard P Bass V.
    Well, after X-Mas :ninja:

    I've played 2-3 other P-5ers but really just dig Fender.
  7. Also groovy. Getting harder to wait until after the New Year :spit:
  8. VeganThump


    Jun 29, 2012
    South Jersey
    Definitely don't hate mine either...

  9. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    They don't suck at all. The Fender American Standard P5 is a nice bass. The neck radius is somewhat vintage feeling and it's fairly thin front to back. Alder body, Maple fretboard is my favorite model. Prefer Ash body, but Fender isn't listening right now. 18mm spacing. Very nice. Nordstrand and Bartolini make replacement pickups for it. Nice even response across the strings. You can now build a Warmoth P5 which gives even more wood choices.
  10. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Certainly do not suck. What sucks is trying to find one or even worse trying to find a PJ 5er. Mine: Squier with NOS Fender P pickup and Dimarzio Ultra Jazz in bridge. Regular Fender models don't even have a PJ 5er.


    Yes, it's killer!
  11. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    Here is a couple to choose from. Both cool in their own way.
  12. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Lakland 55-64 is another option. Skyline or US.
  13. To the OP: my guess as to why there are very few used 5 string FENDER Precisions is that (IIRC) they've only been out since 2008. I think most people who buy them, keep them. Great bass! Definitely on my GAS list.
  14. Joe Smithberger

    Joe Smithberger Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Canton, Ohio, USA
    2008 Fender American Standard PV.

    A couple of years ago, they were all over the awards shows (VMA's, CMA's, etc...). I think Nashville has shifted away from fives into downtuned fours. It is a little picky about strings, but it plays great and sounds great.

  15. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    They're not so common because nobody makes them in the under-$1000 price bracket. There are the MIA Fender P-5s and the Lakland 55-64s, and that's about it (apart from boutique and custom instruments). Nearest thing I've got is a Yamaha BB415, which is P/J.
  16. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    Sandberg, if you have the budget.
  17. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    That's a nice looking bass, Joe! I've got a 2011 Am Std Jazz 5'er with a maple fretboard. Plays like a dream.

    I've said it before in a few other threads about P 5'ers....I've yet to see one in any of the three music stores I go to. Don't know if Fender just doesn't make that many or if they sell as soon as the store gets them.
  18. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Nice bass.I'd like to try a P5 with a soap bar in the bridge position sometime. Something dark and thick sounding, maybe a Bart P2.
  19. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    I've owned the Deluxe P5 with the bridge humbucker, so I'm not sure if I would have a qualified opinion. I sold her for 2 reasons. The neck was a little wide for my liking, and the B never sounded solid to me. I have since come to an understanding that no bass can be "PERFECT", so I now wish I had that one back,
  20. Dragan


    Oct 5, 2009
    they don't "suck" ofcourse, its just that people who prefer or need 5 strings USSUALLY like more "modern" and more verstaile sound, while other dudes who like P bass, they just want classic P bass and therefore four strings.