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Fender American P-bass V. Good news, bad news.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Munjibunga, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    So I was headed toward band practice a little early tonight, and decided to stop by the local Guitar Barn to kill some time. They had a nice-looking new sunburst American P-bass V out, so I picked it up and plugged into a Markbass head and a Markbass 610 cab.

    The good news: It sounds like a P-bass

    The bad news: It sounds like a P-bass.

    That is all.
  2. jim primate

    jim primate bass guitarist.

    i figure that p-pickup wouldn't be very conducive to an V.

    seems like a bad idea, really. at least without some sort of preamp.
  3. I'd think that's why it's called a P-bass. ;)
  4. I think that it's both news are very good, especially for the P bass fans.
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You got it. That was kinda my point, but I don't like P-basses (hence the bad news), so no GAS here. I'd be a lot better off with an American Deluxe P-bass V, the best P Fender ever made. It doesn't have to sound like a P-bass.
  6. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Banned

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds
    I played one and it was pretty nice. And yes, sounded just like a PBass
  7. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Why would the addition of one string require the addition of a pre?
  8. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    +1 and I know first hand cause I got one!:D
  9. Good news for me. I want a P but they were always missing a string.
  10. Same here. The Deluxe V is interesting, but a basic P with a low B has been on my wish list for quite a while.
  11. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY
    Good news for me. Have always been partial to Precisions. I have both the American Deluxe V and American Standard V. They both sound like Ps and are somewhat different at the same time. The bridge pickup on the American Deluxe is nice, but it's still not a jazz bass. Just adds a another tonal variation to my playing.
  12. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    Man, I been to GC and my local shops and I can't find one to try.
  13. The Munj vernacular, no one could have said it quite like you. :D
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Thank goddess it doesn't sound like a J-bass. There are forty-bazillion of them on the market already.
  15. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    I have one and it is killer. I put some flats on it and I'm in Jamerson heaven. My only hope with this bass was that it sounded like a P. It does and the neck is great. I liked the Dlx P 5 but it just didn't sound like a P to me for some reason, even with the bridge pup off. I found it to be very modern sounding, actually it sounds great in that context, just doesn't have enough P to it.
  16. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Has anybody in the LA area seen one? I'm dying to try one out.
  17. honeyboy


    Oct 31, 2004
    I haven't seen one yet. How does the B string sound and feel?
  18. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    The B string on mine is very good. With the flats it lost some punch, the B was much better with the stock strings, but I can easily live with it. The tone with the flats is perfect.
  19. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I've spoken directly to the head of marketing at Fender.
    Even he hasn't been able to help me find a new Am Standard
    P or J five string anywhere in the LA area. The stores I've
    spoken with don't even expect any in the near future.
    The LA area is the worst for good gear.
  20. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    I guess the idea is for it to be a good P-Bass with an added string. If they've achieved that, then they've done what they've set out to do. I am looking forward to trying one.

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