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Fender Nate Mendel P-Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sigmafloyd, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    So.....it's a P bass. Fender is really breaking new ground LOL.
  2. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    Yup. MIM, slightly roadworn, Badass II, SD SPB-3 Quarter Pound
  3. Demon_Hunter


    Jun 8, 2008
    Another excuse to overcharge people for something? :bag:

    I like it though.
  4. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    I do really like the Shiflett Tele.
  5. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    I just played that in the office, its like a jazz neck profile. Similar taper and nut width with a different neck profile from a jazz. U shaped to a D shape cool bass, i like the tinted headstock.
  6. quite_angry


    Aug 6, 2012
    Wow... that's really unique. I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like it. What kind of pickups are those and why are there two of them? I also don't think I have ever seen a bass in that color combination. Truly a groundbreaking piece.
  7. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    I like the features it offers but I'd much prefer the standard radius neck instead of the 7.5 . :scowl:

    It's fairly unique in that it's an ash bodied P-bass with a nitro lacquer. I don't believe Fender currently offers a production model with that wood type and finish.

    If I was in the market for a MIM precision I'd probably pick one up since it has all the features I'd want outside of the neck radius.
  8. Mark Nye

    Mark Nye

    Sep 18, 2012
    Columbus, OH
    Nice appointments. I've owned a few Ps with the SD Quarter-pound and always got a great tone out of it. Nice, thick, and agressive. Using it for styles other than rock almost always yields tonally interesting results.

    I'm just not sure about a $1200 MSRP for an MIM. I have a hard time wrapping my head around $1000+ Mexis after the original Highway 1 series came and went. They were solid US-made basses leagues beyond the MIM stuff for only a few hundred bucks more.

    Of course, when I worked in a guitar shop in 2000-2001, you could get a MIM standard for $299 ($329 for sunburst), and a MIJ Geddy Lee sig for $599. Crazy that prices can almost double in just over a decade.
  9. Jwood

    Jwood Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Richmond, Va
    Yeah dude, but most everything was a lot cheaper in 2000 that it is today.
  10. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
  11. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    It better come stuffed with contraband from a cartel in Mexico for $1200!
    Anthony D Gattuso Jr likes this.
  12. So, it's a Highway One/Roger Waters love-child?
  13. Octavio


    Sep 15, 2011
    Hawaii Kai
    This is interesting. Within the last two years Bass Player magazine did a story on Nate. The article mentioned a signature model. Thereafter, someone on this website reported that they contacted Fender about the rumored model and Fender indicated that they had no plans to build one. Now this.
  14. $1199 is the same MSRP as the Roger Waters ($879 retail) and the Sting ($899 retail)sig basses. My guess is that'll be about what the buyers price is.
  15. I can't stand the screw in the middle of the pickguard. that would bug the heck out of me
  16. My guess is that maybe Nate does this to deal with resonance issues from the pickguard vibrating on certain notes? Double-sided tape would have served just as well.
  17. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    $899.99. I just got it listed.
  18. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
  19. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    I was pretty skeptical about a premium priced mexi-Fender too when they came out with the Cobain Jag but then I got it in my hands and the fit and finish was as good as anything I've played. I HATE relics but that Jag was tasteful and way cooler than I expected it to be. If these basses are anything like that, sure they come off the same line, I'd be interested.