Fender American Precision Deluxe

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Every1TookMyName, Oct 14, 2001.

  1. W O W

    I looked and looked for the 'perfect bass', and I never found it, so I settled on a PRS Bass. However, I played a Precision deluxe this weekend, and I am still blown away by the tone on that thing. This is the sound I've been looking for!!!

    My only complaint is that its a little top heavy... that can be replaced by hipshot ultralights, but its not a big problem.

    Luckily, this bass belonged to my Dad's good friend who's selling all of his gear. He picked up this bass for only $600! I'm going to try to sell my PRS or trade him for it.

    Blah, I can't praise this bass enough.

    :D :D :D :D :D

    By the way, the bass is sunburst w/ a perloid pickguard, and has a rose wood board.
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I had a white blonde one for a while. The electronics didn't work. I put a morrored & passive electronics in it & it sounded & played great!!!!! The DLX Active P has, IMO, one of the best feeling Fender necks.
  3. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    hey is it the american P deluxe, with the double coil jazz pup? I've been in love with that bass for a while.. i actually used it on my bands last demo.. its so great.. i didn't find it neck heavy, and the tuners looked pretty light anyway... if that's the bass you're talking about, go for it.. its an amazing bass, i think
  4. Well this one is a 1996 model, and I think they've started putting on lighter tuning machines on them (or at least the Jazzes, anyways.)

    I played w/ it at school today and even my music teacher thought it sounded good.

    I didn't like the look of it at first, but now its really grown on me.
  5. You really got a beautiful bass there. The Deluxe P has a lot of versatility too. Great sounding and feeling bass! :D :D

  6. basskunk


    Oct 16, 2001
    i picked up my american delux p-bass yesterday afternoon i love it the neck is smooth tone range is unbeliveable if you can get one for 600 go for it and enjoy.:)
  7. When you say you settled on a PRS bass are you talking about Paul Reed Smith? I thought those things were really expensive. You must be referring to something else.....right?
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I own a P-Deluxe. Mine is one of the newer ones and it has lighter machine heads - but they kind of suck. There's play in them and it took me a while to get used to tuning with them. Ya have to fiddle a little more than with any of my other basses.

    When I first got the bass I was really disappointed. There were a lot of little things wrong with it that I didnt think were cool on a bass that cost $1000 bucks. I had to glue the straplocks in, the ferrets in the back for strings through the body needed to be glued - the machine heads (as mentioned above), and a few other things. I was also told by their customer service people that I needed to remove the neck in order to adjust the truss rod. Had someone not told me of the special wrench I needed to use - I'd be removing the neck every time I wanted to tweak it. I was also disapointed that it didn't sound like my MM which I thought it would.

    Almost 2 yrs later this is the bass that I play the most. I took me a while to warm up to it, but now I love the feel, the versatility, the sound - and (knock wood) I haven't had any more problems with it. The bass can cut any gig, gets a ton of different sounds and, I don't know - just feels right. 600 bucks is a great price, I'd jump on it, and if you can deal witht he neck dive, I'd leave the tuners on. Or at least don't trade em in for the newer Fender ones.

    Good luck.
  9. I meant Paul Reed Smith. Bought mine for a nice price of $1450. However, it doesn't have any options or anything. You could easily double the price of the bass for pretty woods, which makes no sense to me.
  10. I have a Fender Am Dlx P, shoreline gold/maple. I'm selling it on bassgear.com, but not because I don't like it. I really need a PASSIVE-sounding bass to contrast with a bunch of really modern-toned basses I own, and the P-Deluxe doesn't really nail the passive Fender tone, IMO.

    It is astoundingly versatile, though. If I didn't have a bunch of basses, it would be a good choice to be "the one." You can get very Fender-ish tones, esp. a j-style tone from the bridge pu; a Stingray approximation, a P-bass-ish sound, and a really bright, modern tone.

    Plus, the mid control is voiced perfectly for cutting thru ANY mix it encounters.

    Still, dang it, sometimes I just want a Fender to BE a Fender, I guess. . .