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Fender 2018 MIM Player Series

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OllyW, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    I'm wondering if it's worth it to use a new set of flats. Not sure that I have the feeling that strings are what is lacking. I simply may not be a P Bass guy....
  2. BillMason

    BillMason Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    Try it at band practice. How is the EQ on your amp set, and what kind of amp is it?
  3. Just got one of these. Probably the lightest bass that I have had. Sounds great and was easy to set up with low action. I thought the last MIM basses were actually really nice but these are really solid all around. Color me very impressed. I love Lakland Skylines and I think these shred the new Indo Skylines. Way lighter, hardware is just as nice and the pickups sound better to me.
  4. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    I don't believe how I EQ or my amps are the problem and each of them is versatile enough that I can tweak to get a tone more to my liking. Normally my settings are near noon/flat and I adjust as needed.

    Quilter Bass Block 800
    Bugera Veyron Mosfet
    Ashdown Rootmaster RM-800 EVO

    This is simply the first P Bass that I've spent any extensive time with. It feels good, plays good and even sounds good. The P sound just may not be me. The flats may help. If I roll the tone all the way off it's much more pleasing.
  5. bwanabass


    Jul 18, 2010
    I drove out to House of Guitars yesterday, as they are currently having a crazy mid-summer sale. They had a couple player p basses, which were the primary reason for my visit. I played both, and they were nice. Not the best setups, but I could get around on them. The Player P has a bit more modern tone to me ear. Fit and finish were good as well. I ended up playing and coming home with a Fender FSR ‘70s Precision, which really blew me away.

    I actually liked the Player jazz that I played a couple weeks ago a lot more than the P, which surprised me.
  6. I'm the same. I love the looks of Jazz basses but just love the feel and tone of Precisions. Personally, I prefer the beefier necks on P-basses. But you're totally right in my opinion... can't beat that P-bass tone!
  7. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Maybe that's what I'm hearing......
  8. nois69


    Jun 11, 2015
    I'm interested in the Jazz 5 string. Can't find any videos on it though ..
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  9. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    I play the Player P in butter colour at GC yesterday and i did some side by side compare with black Squier CV70P.
    The staff allow me to make some trust rod tweak and string height adjustment before try them. The neck profile is feel different than previous MIM STD, i found the new neck is as comfort as my lovely Squier CV60P neck. Slimmer than Squier CV70P.
    The Fret work is better than MIM STD too, the fret edge is so smooth from 1st fret to last fret. Honestly, i have few Squier CV bass in past , all of them have good fret work include this store's CV70P and my current CV60P.
    The new fender font also look more classy on the player bass.
    Talk about the pickup voice,play through Fender Rumble 500 combo, the player Pbass pup sound more refine than Previous Harshing tone MIM STD Pbass.
    The player Pup sound is OK to my ear, but i more prefer the CV70P tone which more tasty Pbass Vibe, open tone and dynamic!!!
    Both bass have equal finish quality, no miss align bridge and tight neck pocket. Even i have CTS pot on my CV60P, , the stock alpha volume/tone pot on CV70P turn better smooth than CTS and pot on player P. I prefer CV tuning mechine (Nickel colour) which have longer tuning peg shaft give the headstock more vintage correct.

    My conclusion is, stock Vs Stock, the new player P is as nice as the Squier CV70P than previous MIM STD, pickup upgrade could make Player P sound better. But , for the price tag, it is a little pain for me to get the Player P which the quality are only equal to china made CV70P.

    The only reason i will buy player P are the Sexy Butter colour + maple fret board instead the Fender font on the headstock.
    But, i will get the CV70P if GC bring in the new Seafoam Green colour CV70P !!!!

    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018 at 2:43 AM
  10. keto

    keto Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    Just one correction ^^^^, the pots are not CTS. They are full sized, but Korean.
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  11. bassman74

    bassman74 Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    What’s the nut width on the jaguar model?
  12. neutralomen


    Jan 31, 2018
    it is a JB neck.
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  13. dStar


    Mar 1, 2012
    1.5 inches
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  14. BillMason

    BillMason Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    So my local store finally brought one in, a sage green P bass with pao ferro. I’d say the neck is pretty much the same as the Standard necks, and the pickups sound like modern Fender P bass pickups. The nicest parts about it were the sage green colour and the new Fender logo on the headstock. The frets were 100%, just as you’d expect, and this unit actually had a nice dark pao ferro - most PF boards I’ve seen were a sandy shade of brown, this was dark. It would look killer with a tort pickguard, but for the money, *I* really need/want to see a rolled fretboard, otherwise I would wait to buy a used one in a year or so. It was a perfectly good bass, but I didn’t fall in love, at all, so I’ll likely continue to keep my eyes peeled for a local deal on an American Standard. For me, if it’s not a heck yeah, it’s a heck no.
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