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Fender P-Basses: Differences?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by facepalmmaster, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. facepalmmaster


    Jan 4, 2012
    So, i've started to look at a bit lower prices for P-Basses (1000 and under) and while trying to look through the fender stuff on guitar centers website, I sorta got lost in the squiers, the standards, the American standards, the American deluxes, etc... I would like to know any major differences between them. Also, are there any good P-basses that are fairly easy to come across and are less than $1000?
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    THere are a TON of P basses made by Fender, but the most popular ones are:

    Fender Standard Precision: MIM P bass
    Fender American Standard Precision: MIA P bass w/ better electronics and hardware than MIM. 08'+ adds graphite rods in the neck, rolled fretboard edges, thinner Poly finish.
    Fender Deluxes: Usually have active electronics of some sort
    Fender American Vintage: MIA P bass w/ vintage appointments. Nitro finish.

    All of them can be found for under $1000. I try to stick with the MIA's personally, but there are great playing basses from Mexico, China, Japan, etc. They all need to be played first to make sure you're "getting a good one"
  3. R&B

    R&B Both kinds of music: Rhythm AND Blues! Supporting Member

    Yep, Fender makes a lot of cool stuff.

    One possible point of confusion:
    Fender American Special Precision: MIA but not the same as American Standard (see Fender website for particulars); sells for less.

    One more to consider IMHO:
    Fender Classic Series: love mine! ('70s P bass--mine is MIJ, many are MIM)

    The TB classifieds have lots of great P basses for sale; consider buying used as you will likely be able to sell or trade for close to your purchase price later on, when GAS inevitably strikes. I played a used 2010 American Standard at my local GC recently and boy was I tempted! Smooth as glass. Tone for days. Well under $1000. Must...resist....:help:

    +1 on trying before buying if you can. Good luck!


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