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Fender Elite owners. Still happy? NBD

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ooba Tooba, Nov 8, 2019.


  1. Bassndrums73

    Bassndrums73

    Mar 13, 2018
    Ohio
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  2. Alessandro Cruz

    Alessandro Cruz

    Jul 23, 2018
    I mean... SONICALLY talking, is there anything real different? Like, let's say, running with same amps and cabs, do they sound different each other? Or is it just a matter of preference?
     
  3. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Climb in value twenty years from now?
     
  4. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    These aren't collectors items really per se, not like a pre CBS bass.
     
  5. Ooba Tooba

    Ooba Tooba

    Apr 30, 2017
    Sure, why not? 5 years, 20 years. Whatever. As long as they would hold their value I’d be ok with it. Hopefully I enjoy it enough where it’s value won’t even be on my mind.
     
  6. The Deep

    The Deep

    Jul 21, 2017
    Minnesota
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    I am not a big fan of active basses, or PJs as a general rule. Though I do enjoy my Rays and L2000.

    I love the compound neck on the elite, so I bought one and stuck it on a passive P body.
    It rocks.

    My number one P and number one overall (of 30)!
     
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  7. I wouldn't count on the Elites holding their (new) value, which is why my Elite P and Elite J were mint, but used. I've given up on the idea of basses going up in value, except for very special items.
     
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  8. PaulCISSA

    PaulCISSA Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Northest New Jersey
    I play mine exclusively with EGB and it's always a rewarding experience. The Jazz Elite 5 is one of my favorite compound neck profiles. AND I almost always play it in passive mode. One year old and getting plenty of action. I only wish FMIC made the Elite Precision without the bridge single coil. I'd have one of those too.
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  9. Ooba Tooba

    Ooba Tooba

    Apr 30, 2017
    Didn’t see this post, nor do I understand it very much. Thanks? Well..anyway, the original question was if current Elite owners were still happy with their bass. As I stated later in the thread, hopefully I am happy enough with it that selling it won’t cross my mind. Let’s not pretend that instruments at this price point are not an investment, however.
     
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  10. Ooba Tooba

    Ooba Tooba

    Apr 30, 2017
    A reason I search for used as well.
     
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  11. mmbass21

    mmbass21 Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    Florida
    It's not really a Sadowsky rip as the the tone control only works in passive mode. In active it serves no purpose. I've personally never played an active/passive bass that didn't have some semblance of a tone control for either setting.

    I personally couldn't bond with the neck on the Elite P and sold it a little over a month ago, I much prefer the neck on the Performer P. I'm lucky it sold relatively fast, I would've lost a good amount of value by selling right when they discontinue it.
     
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  12. Trabeen

    Trabeen Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Idaho
    I have two Elites and seriously have no idea what Fender could do to make them any better, they are lifetime instruments to me and I suspect that 99% of this Ultra stuff is just shiny marketing mumbo jumbo.

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  13. I'll reserve judgment on the Ultras, but based on the specs and videos, I doubt they will make me want to get rid of my Elites. The Elites are very fine instruments, IMO.
     
  14. wishforbass

    wishforbass

    Jun 23, 2016
    Iran
    Ok if it helps my exp with fender american elite .


    I am not a fender owner ,but invited to a fender dealer shop (my country only has one),to try out some of their basses and buy from them if i like .

    The benefits was I could pickup 2 weeks eariler than public sell in iran ,which was not big thing for me .

    This was when the two series came out American pro and american american elite .

    I pickup a jazz bass from both series ,I Do not know the woods were same but the neck's woods were same .


    The american elite was modern when pre amp was on .It sounds alive and has a good responses .The preamp was not very good for the price .
    One passive mod ,It got a little bit dark sounding and lost that Wide sound to more focused compressed darker sound .
    It was not bad but the Ampro sounded much better and clear when we were in passive game .
    Fenders active pre amps were not special at least the ones i tried.(Maybe their custom shop is different ).

    So I do not see elite a good buy for passive player ,It shines in active mode and the passive switch was not make a same sounding pickup that AmPro had .

    The neck profile got really better I mean compound style of neck made a different in feel .
     
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  15. oaklandthumb

    oaklandthumb

    Nov 12, 2014
    Midwest USA
    There doesn't seem to be any major improvements in the Ultra series. I had a deluxe and elite and the elite was def a better instrument, cant really see the same with the Ultra from the hand full of videos out there.

    I'll wait for the 19 minute long YouTube video of jaded angry white dad in his basement/garage playing backing track funk review. There should be plenty of them before Christmas. Talkbassers will account for most of the views.
     
  16. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    I bought mine as I stopped working at GC and wanted to save money on a "decent" jazz. I didn't particularly love it, I bought it because it was cheap.

    It has become my favorite bass.
     
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  17. BeefPie84

    BeefPie84

    Mar 29, 2019
    That is a beautiful looking stage bass.
     
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  18. Still loving my Elite, it’s all about the compound neck and nice overall build. However, the pre and pups weren’t doing it for me so I went all passive CTS pots with Fralin 5% overwound pups, swapped out the tuners with Hipshot Ultralites too, all in all the bass is under 9lbs with no neck dive whatsoever.. I can play it all night, 4 sets long, super comfy and can go from Motown to Disco by just tweaking the passive knobs!
    I still need to check out the Ultras but I assume nothing to different although the Deluxe didn’t have the compound necks.
    I’m glad they discontinued my Elite, won’t be as common as time goes on....
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  19. BeefPie84

    BeefPie84

    Mar 29, 2019
    Just turn it off? Why would having just the Precision pickup and not the single-coil also be a benefit to you?
     
  20. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    you wanted to know about other's thoughts re: resale value in the future. right? (i was thanking you in advance for being candid in your own thread.) :laugh:
     

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