Fender American Deluxe Dimension Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by I am Soma, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. I am Soma

    I am Soma

    Jan 2, 2013
    Just got my second American Deluxe Dimension bass and can't believe these things aren't getting more love out there. The band gets a little let down when I bring a bass other than my Dimensions. I personally love the look of these basses and the flexibility to adjust on the fly. It cuts through the mix like butter. I can mimick a lot of other bass sounds (i.e. p-bass), but I personally love running the bass on full as it has a flavor unlike anything I've ever heard - def not a stingray sound like others were thinking based upon the look and abilty to switch the pickups.

    Just saw they came out with a new American Standard Dimension Bass - anyone try these yet?
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  2. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    New England
    I did see the Standard version and read a very nice review on it. These new design pickups are supposed to pretty very high output. I've got an ADD on order with the single pickup as I wanted one with the pickup in the sweet spot. The features look great and I really the one that I had tried out which had a super punchy sound. Will be checking it out in detail when mine arrives, can't wait!
  3. I am Soma

    I am Soma

    Jan 2, 2013
    thats awesome man! congrats :)
  4. I've liked these since they appeared. Many said the Dimension was just a Stingray clone, but I think it's more than that. Apparently, the big F's R&D people worked for over two years on the Dimension and they actually considered what today's players actually wanted from a gigging instrument. A sound move, I'd say. Yes, obviously the core J & P models are forever, but they've gone about launching a new workhorse in a mindful way.

    I've listened quite a bit to Yolanda Charles' sound on various videos with her Am.Dlx Dimension V and it sounds great. To my ears, it's a very grown up, dry & focused bass sound. You're not going to get buried in the mix, because it's an easy bass sound to pinpoint, if you like. Yes, many players want to blend in, but I want equal footing and as a professional bass player, I really need to hear the whole bass and all it's frequencies, not just being able to feel myself somewhere down there. As I've said before on other threads, our natural harmonics and overtones are what other musicians pitch from, be they wind/brass players or singers. That's where the Dimension scores big. It has a focused sound like a modern ceramic humbucker bass. It's great.

    I also loved Ed Friedland's video of the Dimension American Standard V. Again, even without the preamp, it's a seriously tightly focused sound, proving that the new 18v preamp is very well voiced - In a lot of basses, you hear far too much preamp and not enough of the core sound of the instrument - but it still sounds excellent. Maybe even better than the active one? That's down to personal taste.

    But the OP is quite correct - Dimensions don't seem to be getting a lot of love. I don't see them in the dealers much, either. Maybe it'll take some time and the right endorsements? I do know that, as a long standing professional bass player, it's a great sounding bass. That's something no one can deny.

  5. I am Soma

    I am Soma

    Jan 2, 2013
    Well written brother
  6. TMARK


    Jan 10, 2012
    Richmond VA
    I just played an American Dlx Dimension IV for an hour at Sam Ash. This is a killer bass. Great feel in the neck, well put together. It sounds fantastic, very high output. You can really hear the bass and not just the preamp. You can get a P or a Jazz sound, and I'm not sure what all teh switch positions do (I assume it works like a Stingray HH), but flat with the middle posituion it really sounds unique. I wish my Warwick MEC preamps sounded this good.
  7. I have an American Deluxe Dimension HH V, I really like it a lot. It is my first five string, I'd like maybe add a four string version to the family someday.
  8. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    Great basses! I wore out a few at Atlanta Bass Gallery last month. I definitely preferred the passive HH model but the three they had were all nice.
  9. On the contrary, I think the American Standard may be the pick of the Dimension range. Particularly with the Jazz bass, I think the American Standard is the nicest appointed version these days.
  10. Quite true. Some of the current Mexican stuff is great quality. I recently got a Classic Player Rascal and it's quality is peerless. Also, the last couple of American Standard Jazzes (with the newer CS 60's pickups)I've played have sounded dead and inert.
  11. tbone0813

    tbone0813 The faithless say farewell when the road darkens.

    Aug 6, 2005
    Grand Prairie, TX.
    For those that have played the American Dlx Dimension V how is the B string? Can you really dig in or does it require a light touch? If anyone has sound samples would love to hear some.
  12. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    I just got mine last night, changed strings and set it up. The B string action is low yet it's not clanky.
    The B string is GREAT on this bass.
    So far I'm impressed with the fret work. The overall action is fairly low except that the G string is way too high and the saddle is bottomed out. Fender whats up?
    Mr Hipshot A-Style bridge solved that problem and now it's totally dialed in.

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  13. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
  14. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    This is my favorite Fender Dimension video.
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  15. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Still loving mine. The tone cuts cuts through like a knife. I can go to a "P" vibe to Jaco land in a flip of a switch.
  16. Reviving an ancient thread to say I just picked up a minty 2014 violin burst American Deluxe 4HH Dimension Bass in trade. Don't see much about these basses here (or anywhere). I'm pretty impressed so far. What do you guys and gals think of them?
  17. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    sold mine. decided I preferred the feel of my other basses but that is still a really cool bass!
  18. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
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  19. eff-clef

    eff-clef Supporting Member

    May 6, 2007
    I know this is an old thread, but this is how I feel too. Well said.