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"Fender Dimensions: World famous for the very best sounding low B."

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ox Boris, Apr 15, 2016.


  1. Ox Boris

    Ox Boris Banned

    Nov 23, 2015
    Australia
    1. Is it true that they are world famous for it?
    2. It it true?
    3. Ok, the Fender Dimensions are world famous for having the very best sounding low B of any bass, now in existence, anywhere in the Solar System; but what are the drawbacks?
     
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  2. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    MEXICANADAMERICA
    there is no best anymore. we are on a collision course with Htrae.
     
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I have two DmDlx Dim 5Hs and it's true - they have really, really good low Bs. Not sure about the world famous part, though.

    I wondered if part of that was due to the "stealth" string retainer they use on the B, so I ordered and put them on my P5s - and hugely improved the low Bs on those, too.

    The more I play my Dims, the more impressed I am. My EBMMs get no play time anymore.
     
  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Any bass that is properly strung (w/the right strings) and properly setup, will have a great sounding B. Well, as long as the pickups and preamp do their part as well.
     
  5. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    NYC
    Hells yeah. Amazing instrument. I am the proud owner of a MIm V. Played thhe MIAs and didn't like them but gave mine a chance. Here is the long story that starts sad and has a happy ending.

    When these came out I thought oh my god this is a new low. Essentially fender made a blatant music man inspired bass. With no apparent other benefits beside the music man design I figured there would be no upside to try these basses. I mean how can you beat a music man right?!

    Then I found myself at Matt Umanov's late last year and they had the American dimensions in stock. So I decided to give them both a whirl.

    To say I was underwhelmed would be a complete understatement. As with most stores the basses were not set up very well and I just didn't like the way they felt. The asymmetrical neck I could take or leave, but I hated their attempt at an oil finish neck. The one I played felt dried out and raw as if I was playing a raw piece of wood that could give me splinters. So my first impression was confirmed.

    But a couple of weeks later I was on talk bass and saw the thread about the bases and I chimed in. And in so doing I learned that the Mexican deluxe dimension actually has a more standard fender five string jazz neck. That happens to be a neck that I love, and my experience with the Mexican made fenders is invariably more positive than my experience with American fenders. Add to that how much less they cost and Its always my first choice to go with the mexi stuff.

    I kept this all in the back of my mind and then one day a Mexican deluxe dimension five came for sale. So I snapped it up to what I thought was a good price and got it home.

    I immediately was impressed by the lightweight, the feel of the neck, and the tautness of the low B string but I had to reserve some judgment because I was playing it through a tiny little practice amp.

    Then I brought the bass to rehearsal last week and omg my mind was blown.

    The bass had the most thunderous B string and just so much girth in the tone. It was like taking the best things about a great jazz bass and a music man and putting them together into one axe. And oh my goodness the tightness of that B string. Thunderous!!!!

    So yeah I would say that the fender Dimension five is the undisputed champion of the tight low B. At least for any production bass.

    I wanna give the MIA another chance now.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2016
  6. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    NYC
    No stealth retainer on my Mexi. Just a great sounding low B string.
     
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  7. Yes. Absolutely True.
     
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  8. fuzzychaos

    fuzzychaos

    Mar 17, 2008
    Ohio
    Dingwall "B" String >>>>>> Fender Dimension "B" String. Check and mate.
     
  9. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The Fender Dimension bass isn't "world famous" for anything.
    Most folks have never heard of it.
     
  10. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    True that! Fender ventured into the world of humbuckers. I've never played one.
     
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  11. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    the B is probably not any better tan any other well-engineered 34" bass. My USA L2500 has a super tight B, I can't imagine anything better.
     
  12. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    It's called "hyperbole."
     
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  13. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    NYC
    After this thread it will be world famous
     
  14. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    PRS Grainger 5 string is the best B string.
     
  15. steelbed45

    steelbed45 TRemington Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Nolanville, TX
    I can't find any reference to what the OP is talking about - you've quoted a source without citing it. Googling this topic only brings me back to this thread and nothing else.

    I didn't find this claim on the Fender site, did I miss it?
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2016
  16. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Well, this is encouraging. I recently took delivery on a Squier Dimension IV, and this weekend it's going be strung BEAD. I'm sure the Squier version is inferior in some way or another, (those Indonesian numerically controlled machine tools, I'm sure) but I'll take my chances. :D
     
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  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Easily as World Famous as the Fender Dimension.
     
  18. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    I predict a bright future for this thread!

    shadow_5.
     
  19. Steelbed45, this claim was made in another thread.
     
  20. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    but what about the High B? They are always sorely left out of any discussion. Its simple STRINGISM!