Fender Makes A Couple Changes To Their MIA Standards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B'Aces High, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. I like the new (reissued) colors but "secret switch" makes me a little nervous. Sounds like an idea from the "new coke" school of marketing.
  2. Agreed. This switch thing...i dunno...but im such a P-bass fanatic that maybe im just scared of change.

    I kinda wish that Chrome Silver finnish was available when i ordered my new P-bass a couple weeks ago.

    Also...i wonder if this new 'switch' thingy is gonna up the price on their standard models :(
    Better not...that be damn silly.
  3. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    its just series/parallel switch...

    nothing big...but it is great in sound

  4. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    oooooh...that sounds like a wiring setup i'd really like on my essex. any idea if you can purchase this secret switch from fender?
  5. I believe you can get similar switches at Warmoth.
  6. Exactly.
  7. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    I looked on their site and I was like....woah! where are the american standards? they hadn't put up that link yet, so I was all weirded out. They better not jack up the price for that series paralell switch....but knowing them, they will.
  8. Uh...for the record moparpunk: Deltona became a city 5 years ago. I live here too ;).
  9. "With the S-1 switching system engaged, it switches the American P Bass split single-coil pickup from series to parallel giving the bass a brighter, snappier tone similar to a J Bass."

    my Fender Precision Plus originally had a series/parallel push switch for the P p/up.

    I kept it in series mode- parallel dropped out too much output, and didn't sound anything like a Jazz bass as they claim here.
    it has a bridge J p/up anyway- P + J full on sounds like a Jazz bass.

    the S1 switch is probably of more use on the Jazz bass.
  10. demolition

    demolition Guest

    Jul 5, 2003
    I had a jazz special a few years ago that had a 3 way selector switch on it to isolate what pick-up(or both) you wanted,i liked it because i usually kept it on the up position(p-bass sound)and i did'nt worry about hitting the knobs and messing w/ the blend.ISOLATION IS GOOD:D
  11. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    Can someone explain series/parallel?
  12. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Thanx for the link. Just for the record, however, Fender discontinued their "American Standard" basses and guitars in 2000. The current models are called "American Series."
  13. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    1 question then SMASH, how does this S-1 feature work on a precision?
  14. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    The P pickup is a type of humbucker, in that it is made up of two pickups, so it works the same.

  15. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    deltona is a city..i know that..but the fact is that they are unincorporated....its just a town with the title of city..no manufacuring anywhere....

  16. Nick Wagner

    Nick Wagner

    Feb 24, 2003
    WA, USA
    I think the S-1 switch is a great idea..

    solves the need for both a P and J bass (sorta.. it wont be the exact sound, but itll work live).
  17. xparis001

    xparis001 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Providence, RI
    Senior Product Manager, Akai Professional
    why dont they just add a p-bass pickup in the middle of the 2 j pickups on a jazz bass? that would be sweet. in fact, has anyone done this? people seem to like P/J configs, but I love the sound of the neck jazz pup. nice and angry when you play with a pick.

  18. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Amen. Fender needs to get rid of the illusion that they're the industry standard.

    Don't listen to him, B'Aces High. I've got an original Fender Magic switch.

    I'm willing to let it go for 100 bucks.:D
  19. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    Uhm, because the neck pickup of the Jazz bass takes the spot of the Precision pickup? It wouldn't sound like a Precision if you moved the pickup.