Fender Parallel Universe '51 Telecaster PJ Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Deak, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Deak


    Feb 28, 2016
    What are your thoughts and do you think it is worth it?

    I do like the appearance and I get that the cost of business is always on the rise but two grand for this, in my mind, is a bit high.

    Just curious of your initial thoughts.

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  2. simongpaez

    simongpaez Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    The Woodlands , Texas
    Looks great,
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  3. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Not in my price range. If I wanted one I'd probably mod a Squier Tele bass.
  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Too high for me when I can find as good or better for much less, but for some people this definitely does it at a few different levels.
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  5. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    Nope, Nope, Nope.

    If I wanted something like that I'd do a Warmoth build for a fraction of the cost.
  6. joker820

    joker820 Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2014
    I think it’s cool. I’ve had a chance to play a few of the american originals and the quality was top notch. If this on the same level I could see it being worth it.
  7. craigie


    Nov 11, 2015
    Seems to me the slab body and this paint style was probably done because it was the cheapest way to manufacture.

    The PJ takes away from the ‘51 esthetics.

    So worst of two worlds. IMHO of course.

    Why not a contoured precision body with the single coil pickup? I’m sure it exists.
  8. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Guest

    Oct 1, 2011
    i love it, but the price is about $700 more than my internal valuation combobulator feels it should be.
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  9. I like that Fender is messing around with different builds, but I feel like I've seen this one before...

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  10. Looks like a good one to me...

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  11. Schecter Model T with an F logo for significantly more money? As a Fender fan, no thanks :)
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  12. bassstrangler


    Mar 2, 2015
    It is not a good mix of old and new. It looks awkward to me.
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  13. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    It goes against my grain to see a 51 P Bass style with that pickup combination.
  14. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    I’m just not a fan of the sale bodied Ps. I don’t dislike this any more than the regular ones I guess
  15. Pocket4

    Pocket4 Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    New Hampshire
    I have had a MIM Dirnt, so it's not a foreign look to me. Still, why does Fender need to rout the PJ configuration on bodies that have no history of that style? For a parallel universe, pawn shop, or other alt series, I think they could do better than that especially at this price.
  16. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    I like the look. But I do think it’s funny that the combination scream Schecter Model T.
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  17. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    It is pretty much a 60th anniversary Precision with a couple tweaks. As for it looking like a Schecter Model T, let’s be honest about who copies whom here.
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  18. EdBo


    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    I'm so glad Schecter does what they do. I've got just over 2 grand in my 5 Schecters, 2 of them were bought new. They all play fantastic. 1AAA1s.jpg
  19. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I have no money for basses so, sign me up for two!:woot:
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  20. 2F/2F


    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    If it's of the quality and general vintage accuracy of the '13–'17 AVRIs, and has the same sort of thin lacquer finish, and it's available in *any* other color (I hate pre-yellowed blonde finishes), then it's a nice bass, and I might pay that new or buy one used down the road. Wish it didn't have the J pickup, though.

    In short, what I really want is a regular '51 reissue in a custom color, not this...but I'm sure this is a bass I'd have no trouble getting along with.
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