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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by de la mocha, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    I've never seen anyone post anything about these basses. I tried one in the store before but it had too many tonal option knobs. However, I find myself wanting to try one out one more time, being a bit more focused. I'm also interested in your experience with them, if you have any.....


  2. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
  3. The P pickup is setup weird. I know this is probably due to string radius fretboard etc... whatever.

    Just sayin' it looks funny.
  4. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    Definately looks funny. They play pretty great, my favorite P-basses... even though they're not exactly "Classical P"
  5. Say what?

  6. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    I meant the pickups in that one closeup.

    I <3 the entire look of the Am P Deluxe. The only way it'd be better (for me) is if it had a reverse P.
  7. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Tell me everything about that bass!!!!!
  8. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005

    I used to own this one (a 2006), a 2001, and a 1994. These things are workhorses! You can get just about any tone you can think of, they still have a modern Fender feel, and they're pretty light weight. There are only two complaints that I have about them: 1.) The strange "double jazz" bridge pickup limits your choices of aftermarket pickups severly. 2.) The Fishman-made Fender preamp can be very noisey and unreliable. All three of the American Deluxe's I owned had preamp problems. However, if you get the MIM version, which is half of the price, it is essentially the same bass: same preamp, neck and body woods (like all current MIM Fenders) that come from USA, same "Fender" logo, etc. However, I believe that the pickups are nicer on the MIM with the Noiseless versions.
  9. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    I got one.
    They can sound great in many situations.
    I got DR Sun-Beams on mine right now.
  10. I've always wondered, does that double jazz pup in the bridge position sound like a humbucker or just like a jazz pup?
  11. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Sounds like a noiseless Jazz pickup pretty much.
  12. gotcha, thanks.
  13. I have a Mexican P-bass deluxe special and it is really really nice. You can get any tone imaginable with it. turn it 100% to the noiseless Jazz pickup for great jazz finger playing, and all the way to the P for great P-bass pick tone, and everwhere in between. It's an active bass, some like that and some don't, I really do, I'm in love with it. All the electronics are made in the USA, then sent to Mexico for assembly. The neck is actually a jazz bass neck so it's slimmer than a p-bass neck and it's very fast. The only thing I don't like is the bridge. It just seems weak and flimsy, seems like there is too much play. I've got a Gotoh 201 on the way to fix that though.




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