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Fender P S1???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by godspeed68, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. godspeed68

    godspeed68 i'm here for the sound

    Mar 24, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Hey guys, I've recently been lookin around (mostly online cause local stores don't really have much) for a Fender P. I played a 77 in MPLS the other day, it was ok....pretty dead sounding and the neck was a little thick for my taste ("B" neck?). So I'm trying to decide between finding a cheaper older one, or get one of the newer ones w/ the S1 switching in it. Does anyone have experience w/one of these? If so, how do you like it?

  2. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    I just bought a new Fender MIA P bass with the s1. I love the bass it sounds great but I really don't use the s1 swich.

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  3. godspeed68

    godspeed68 i'm here for the sound

    Mar 24, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    hmmm....anyone else use the S1???

  4. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
  5. Godspeed, sorry for the stupid question, i have eard something about that S-1 system, can you explain what it is all about?
  6. I'm pretty sure its a series/parallel switch. Changing it from a humbucking pbass type sound to a singlecoil sound that sounds more like a jazzbass

    I think
  7. toad


    Jun 26, 2002
    IMO, the S1 switch on a P bass is like a wedding ring on your best buddy; you know that guy who was the wild, sort of abrasive one, the one who never wanted to go home, focused on one thing. You turn on that S1 switch and all of a sudden he's a wet noodle, a shadow of his former self, tired at 1AM, has to leave the table for half an hour because his wife called on the cell. Luckily on a bass, you can hit the switch again and your buddy is back instantly.
  8. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    S-1 switches blow! :eyebrow:
  9. The S1 switch gives the P a bit more versatility though I was using one the other day in a store and the switch got stuck in because the shaft (for want of a better word) was dirty.
  10. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I have the S-1 switch in my MIA P-Bass and I hardly ever use it. IMO it thins the sound out too much, YMMV.
  11. jwl


    Jan 25, 2005
    i have a mia p with an s-1 and i also never use it. as was stated it thins out the sound but that doesn't mean you won't ever find a use for it. however as a p-bass the new mia's are wonderful basses. as are the the j's. live or in the studio, they simply sit in the mix like no other. i just don't use the s-1 switch. peace, jeff
  12. Yea, and when I say I dont liek the S1 switch in another thread, I get yelled at by the dude with the funny blonde hair (no names).
  13. Tom -

    I'm not quite sure where exactly you live but let me recommend a few really good shops to visit ...

    Willies American Guitars (Execellent selection but mostly vintage. Pricey. This is where the pros hang out when they come to town.)

    American Guitar Boutique (Somewhat limited selection and pricey but a very classy spot.)

    Brick House Music (About 45 minutes away across the border. Nice folks and knowledgeable about basses -- talk to Clark.)

    Dave's Guitar Shop (A little farther away, in LaCrosse, WI. Decent selection -- lots of Fenders. Think GC without the noise. It's worth the trip just to see Dave's 400+ piece vintage guitar/bass collection. It's valued well into the millions of dollars.)

    Check 'em out.