A better Bass than a Fender P-Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by canary, Jun 12, 2004.

  1. canary


    Jun 1, 2004
    hi, is there a better bass out there than the Fender Mexican P-Bass? Either one thats better for the same price, or just as good for a lower price?

    and with a Fender are you quite often paying to have "Fender" writen on your bass?
  2. I-Love-Ratm


    Feb 24, 2003
    Ok man i'll save you a flaming. there isno such thing as a better bass. It's all preference man. Try out some stuff and see what you like
  3. +1
  4. canary


    Jun 1, 2004
    Could you recommend some makes to try out though? its my first bass so i dont have the biggest knowledge
  5. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    What music are you in to?
  6. outofthedeep

    outofthedeep Guest

    Jan 14, 2004
    East Texas
    Try a Dean.. it's what I use.. very versitile as far as the sounds you can get, and it was relatively inexpensive.

    I also reccomend a Godin if you can find a dealer near you.....

    The thing to remember is know your budget, try as many basses as possible in that range, and pick the one that YOU like, not what someone else says.
    Good luck finding "the one"
  7. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    Well lets see what he says first.
  8. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA

    It's all part of the learning process. You're gonna end up buying some basses that you'll eventually going to grow to hate or realize there's better out there. It's unavoidable. For a first bass I always recommend a PJ bass. It's a good compromise between a P and J bass.

    As for paying for the Fender name, yes, I guess you sort of do pay a little extra for it. Be careful when buying mexican Fenders though. They are of varying quality. I had to try 4 out before I found one that played alright and didn't have obvious quality issues.

    Don't spend too much money on your first bass. It can take a year or two to figure out what kind of sound you really want when first starting. My last 2 basses were very bright. They just never sounded like the bass in my head. Now I have a Fender P with flats and have finally found my sound. :)

    Now begins the endless journey of buying basses and trading them in a year or two later. :ninja:
  9. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    or you could get the stu hamm fender and get both a P and a J bass at once :)
  10. arnt those a little expensive for a first bass? :D
  11. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    Perhaps...but doesn't it scream SEX

  12. In a sense, yes, you are paying for the Fender name. But the fact is that Fender is a large, reputable company, and their basses have good resale value and availability. That said, I recommend a Fender, simply because there are often many to choose from in one music store, and so you're bound to find one that calls out to you. And if you feel like selling it in a few years, it often retains quite a bit of its value, unlike basses by unknown companies.
  13. Ditto, love your reply jenderfazz!

    canary Welcome to TB and good luck finding a nice new bass!

  14. I think you've done a thread on P vs. J not long ago.

    You mentionned you like P's more.

    So if I was you I'd go to a music store and try every P-bass Fender or not and see if you find one that "speak" to you.

    But if yoy eventually get a Fender the resale value is indeed a plus.

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  15. Screw Fender :p go ibanez, IMO..especially if you can find a seccond hand musician or a mid/upper range soundgear
  16. Roscoe


    Jun 12, 2004
    Charleston, MO
    I thought everybody was agreed on not pushing a certain brand of bass onto the boy? But low and behold i guess somebody had to come on and do it. but anyways :rolleyes:

    Fenders are very nice basses. You can't go wrong with one. My first real bass was a Fender Standard J 5-string. I was needing one for when i took my brother's spot in the HS jazz band. Which explains why i got the Jazz bass, and a 5 string. I needed range, and i needed a bass that was flexible enough to throw out the deep tones for those swing and ballad songs, but enough growl for a Latin piece and twang for that in-your-face attitude of a funk chart. In my oppinion a Jazz bass is one of the most versatile basses out there. But i'm not gonna push anything on ya. You need to go out and try everything you can find, see which you like best. But in my opinion, for the money, resale value and durability/versatility, a Fender anything, wether it be a P or a J, is hard to beat.it's like the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
  17. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Good call on the Godin. You might not be able to afford it though. its more expensive than the P bass, but the Freeways are nice. Or trry to get a used SD.

    A MIM p bass is a nice bass though.
  18. HELL YEAH!
  19. I think that a Made In Mexico Fender Precision or Jazz would be a great bass to start with. just be sure to play a few because they have quality control issues.
  20. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    It's probably best to try things out for yourself and decide what you like.

    I'd tell you that Fenders are pretty low on my list and your chances of finding something better are pretty high. That's just me, though