Customizing Deluxe Active V

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by siegwoman, May 8, 2017.

  1. siegwoman


    May 8, 2017
    Yo! I've got a Fender Deluxe Active V just gathering dust on my bass rack at home (I use my Fodera NYC as my workhorse) but I'm looking to customize the Fender to start using it out and about.

    I'm thinking about changing the bridge and the nut on the bass. The electronics are cooked and I'll need to resolder them (is it worth changing them too?)

    So many questions, probably no easy answer but looking for advice to get this horse back on the road.

    What should I change? Where should I purchase from?

    Here are the specs.
    SERIES: Deluxe Series

    BODY: Alder

    NECK: Maple, Modern "C" Shape (Satin Polyurethane Finish)

    MACHINE HEADS: Ping Cast/Sealed "Mini" Tuners

    FINGERBOARD: Rosewood

    NO. OF FRETS: 20 Medium Jumbo Frets

    PICKUPS: 2 Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless 5-String Jazz Bass Pickups with Nickel Plated Pole Pieces

    Master Volume, Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ with:
    Treble Boost/Cut: +/- 10 db @ 8kHz, a shift in the cut frequency, and about a 2dB slope per octave.
    Mid Boost/Cut: +10dB, -15dB @ 500Hz, and a wide band slope.
    Bass Boost/Cut: +/- 12 db @ 40 Hz, with a 4dB slope per octave

    BRIDGE: Standard Vintage Style V


    HARDWARE: Chrome

    STRINGS: Super Bass 8255-5M-135, NPS, p/n 073-8255-556, Gauges: (.045, .065, .085, .110tw, .135tw)

    CASE: Deluxe Gig Bag

    PICKGUARD: 4-Ply Brown Shell

    SCALE LENGTH: 34 in. (864 mm)

    WIDTH AT NUT: 1.875 in. (47.6 mm)

    UNIQUE FEATURES: U.S. Made Active Electronics

    ACCESSORIES: Deluxe Gig Bag

    INTRODUCED: 7/2004

    Attached Files:

  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    What's wrong with the existing hardware? How is the preamp harness "cooked"? Could be all she needs is a little low-dough TLC.

  3. siegwoman


    May 8, 2017
    Well, someone came to buy it off me once and asked to have a look at the wiring as it was cracking and then proceeded to pull at the wires breaking them off completely so, easy fix would just be to resolder but I wouldn't mind upgrading the pickups.
    Last edited: May 17, 2017
  4. siegwoman


    May 8, 2017
    It also just feels a bit crap to play even with lowered action.
  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    A trip to a talented tech is in order. You may be surprised at how well it plays once the harness has been straightened out in conjunction with a decent set-up. May also want to clean-up post #3 PDQ.

  6. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Wow, how did the filter even miss that?
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    What filter? No harm, no foul I hope.

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