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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OllyW, Jun 14, 2018.
I bought my tort pickguard from Strasophere on Ebay. It was very reasonably priced and a perfect fit.
* NEW Red Tortoise PICKGUARD for Fender Precision P Bass 3 Ply Standard 13 Hole | eBay
I’ve had 3 in my years of playing.
Question: what would you buy between an AMSTD 2009 J and a brand new Player J if both were available at approx. the same price?
The AM Standard if it’s in good condition and I like how it plays.
I was right, look what just arrived.
How does it sound?
I just bought one before Thanksgiving at a Guitar Center Sale. Mine is a 2018 Fender P Player series bass in Tidepool blue with a white pickguard and Maple neck/fretboard. I put a black pickguard on it and really love the way it looks now. I put a set of D'Addario NYXL .050-.105 Nickel plated steel strings and a Hipshot "Kick Ass" bridge. I got the action lower. The pickup is pretty nice sounding. My only complaint is that when removing the pickguard to put a black one on I found it had large pots and nice wiring job, however when I unscrewed the set screw on the American ??? made knobs I found they were for a .250" (6.34mm) Solid shaft but the pot had a 6mm solid shaft making the knob where it can literally fall off. The output Jack was nice heavy quality so that is a plus. I am going to replace the pots with a good CTS .250 solid shaft. They do function ok as long as you push them down until they touch the nut on the pot and then screw it down. Otherwise you will get a knob that wobbles some as you turn it.
I haven't had chance to plug it in yet. I gave it a quick tune up and it seems to be set up quite well though the bridge screw for the G string was almost dropping out. The intonation looks pretty good though so it must have come loose in transit.
Pics? Please! Thanks!
My local shop had a player P in for a while, which i like. They just got the player Jazz in and its quite amazing. Now i have horrible gas pains. I mean its probably the burrito, but i suppose it could be the bass.....
You can get a Player Series brand new for $600.00 so if you find a clean American J for $600.00 that's probably a no brainer.
Check for the nut slot distances...
Can you elaborate?
It seems on a lot of Players (but i suspect in the old Standards too) the distances between the 4 slots are not the same.
Can you point to evidence that a lot of these instruments have a nut slot spacing problem?
I read on a british forum the letter of a dealer about this and some other issue on the Players. He told circa the half of the Player guitars and basses he sold went back to Fender. He posted some pictures too. Obviously i immediately checked my Player Jazz Bass and (only) found the issue on the nut: the E-A distance is 0,5 mm larger than the others.
In his opinion, other issues can be found on frets and electronics.
I think the consensus is that post was written by a kid with his first music store job who was a Gibson homer. Completely discredited. Can you link to the post?
I think this was the original thread. Again, total BS.