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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zweissenberger, Nov 1, 2019.
It’s called cheap, corner cutting mass production.
Nah, I ain't bitin' yet. I'm gonna hold out for the New Fender American Ultra......EXTRA-SUPER-RESERVE-MEGA-TRIPLE-DELUXE, TRI-ONIC-HYPER-DRIVE, 3-POINT-O series ! ("9-volt battery included")
Them's the one's I want !!
So they're no longer number one?
Is somebody gonna' start making MFLA baseball caps now? lol!
(please, no political sidetrack... just a silly joke).
Oh no! Not again! Lol
So what was the announcement?
They just made another announcement after learning about the new G&L Fallout bass...very simple and straightforward.
Definitely to the point, don’t you think?
“Umm, never mind what we said Tuesday.”
There was an announcement!!!!
A listening bass that tells the player when it’s out of tune to your predetermined tuning.
A sidechain input direct into the bass electronics.
A horrible idea of preset musical tones / styles direct from the bass
A tracking (GPS) device built into the bass.
Includes a pj bass with an alleged noiseless single coil for the bridge slot [not sure about the design, maybe a lace type].
Like the new lines, sturdier neck attachment and easier access to upper frets, even though i hardly ever play up that high.
...yah, but for some reason, only a 4 string. wish they offered a 5. i assume it'll follow later.
I about spit my coffee when I got to, "9-Volt battery included."
I know the guitars are using 5th gen Ultra noiseless pickups, are the bases still using 4th gen noiseless pickups?
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How's about they introduce a feature where you can just say, "Alexa, add light-gauge strings to the band shopping list......and then play the entire first set". That way you can "gig" while leaving the guitar on stage sitting on it's stand, and you're free to grab a beer and go hit on that group of honeys over by the pool table !!
Think big, fellas !
"Alexa, fire the drummer"
"The drummer has been fired....would you like me to also fire the lead guitarist?"
Hate to say it, but I think it's cost-cutting on their part... Take the Himass bridge, you can get those for £30 online, versus more like £80 for the American Pro bridges. At a difference of £50 per bass, Fender's got some good savings there. Not only that, but the bridges aren't string-through now. It's quicker, therefore cheaper, to get a machine to drill screw holes than it is to get them to drill screw holes, AND string holes, AND bushing holes on the other side... even cheaper in that they no longer need bushings at all! Yet again, that's a saving of the value of those components, per bass. The truss wheel? I heard Fender did a pretty bad job at it, so rather than investing to improve it, they save costs and get rid of it entirely! Finally, I've heard they got rid of the Posiflex graphite rods... hate to sound repetitive, but again it's fewer components and less machining per bass. The preamp too, that's now +/- 10db rather than the previous 12/16/18 (I can't recall which). I suppose that just means they can play it more safely on how far they push their electronics.
I'm not hating on Fender as I think they are capable of making some brilliant instruments, I just don't see the new line as an upgrade.
My thoughts as well. There is next to nothing that is upgraded from the Elite series...and in many ways I wasn’t even a lateral move...it was a reduction in components and in touch time per instrument in the factory. Saves Fender money and that’s about it.
The Elites had 4th gen, and the Ultras are new, so that'd make them 5th gen. HOWEVER, that said, I would not assume there's any useful parity between guitar and bass pickup generations in terms of overall innovation or specific improvements. It could entirely be that the 4th gen bass pickups represent the same level of currency in innovation as the 5th gen guitar pickups, etc..