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Best Year for User Fender P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by geetarluke, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. geetarluke


    Oct 21, 2013
    I'm starting to look for a used USA Fender P Bass. Are there some years to avoid? How are the newer ones compared to early, mid, and late nineties?
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    There are great basses in all their years, and a fair number of dogs in many of them as well. The ones they're making now are very nice. No such thing as a year to avoid. If anyone posts "year X sucks" someone else will post "my X bass is awesomesauce."
  3. Catbuster

    Catbuster Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    As a rule 2008.2009 and 2010 are the "best" in the last 20 years or so
  4. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Very true, people do that. I wouldn't say I'd "avoid" mid-late 70's Fenders, but I'd be much more leery about buying basses of that vintage sight unseen. On the other hand I'd buy any US Fender made during the last 5 years, unseen, without apprehension.
  5. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    No way, bro. 2012 was the best, closely followed by 2010, then 2011 kinda trailed behind 2009. 2013s are about the same as 2008s. This was the year JC took over QC. There was some transition, but he got it right after the first two Teles came off the line.
  6. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ
    I have a 66 that I'm pretty happy with...
  7. Jookbox

    Jookbox Registered Drummer

    Mar 16, 2006
    Who made up that rule? That's not a rule.
  8. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    The 2010 MIA and 2013 MIM I have are both well constructed and sounds great as is. Check for clearance pricing on new ones this time of year as well as the used.
  9. bigbassmike


    Jan 25, 2011
    My 2011 is a well built/sounding beast.

  10. +1.
  11. Yes it is. His rule. And we must follow it.
  12. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    There's usually only a year-end clearance on MI if the new model year has updated features. Because otherwise, they're the same thing with a different serial number.

  13. If you want tiger or a truck go see Cal? :D
  14. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    We all know there were at least two people in the chorus singing "pussy cow".
  15. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    I agree Fender got it right again in 2008.
    But everything from 2008-2013, is top notch.
    Fender is on a roll again.
    Maybe in 30 years form now they will be talking about the
    2008-2018 Fenders ?
  16. 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
    I liked the '63 P best.
  17. 2008 and newer seems to be the way to go. There are good ones from every year but they became more consistent in 08.
  18. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    I have a 2010 Japanese Jag and 2011 American Deluxe Jazz. Either of these kick the living bejeebus out of any of the many Fenders I played in the 70's.
  19. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    I have a 95 that doesn't suck at all.
  20. jetbike


    Apr 2, 2011
    Sydney, 'Straya
    Can't speculate too widely, but I have a USA P from 2010 and its the best bass I've ever played.

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