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Fender Performer

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by corndog, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. corndog


    Jul 20, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
  2. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Love the shape and there are actually a couple of us making performer styled builds in the LC right now.
  3. they're rare and cool but $1300 is way too much
  4. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Very slim neck, almost like on Vox basses. And a unique Fender logo:


    FWIW, here's the one pic I've found of a reported 3-pickup, 5-string prototype (missing a tuner):

  5. I had a red performer, bought about 10 yrs ago,think i paid like 350.00 for it.Traded mine at guitar center a few years ago...i think they gave me 450.00 for it. It was a really good sounding bass and had a real fast jazz style neck. Couldnt get past the looks though:( bought a highway 1 3 tone pbass.
  6. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    That's what I like about my Performer 4 strings.
  7. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    WHO---WHO---WHO? I would LOVE to find a primo Performer, or at least a bass with the same style AND neck specs.

    What is the smiley for "^&%^$% I WANT ONE!"
    Periodically I comb the net for a primo Peformer.
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Great playing bass but I hated the sound (fixed with EMGs). Shame I sold it, neck was a lot of fun.
  9. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
  10. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Thanks for the links--------you both rock! Posted replies to you both. Love where you guys are going. Hmmmm---maybe I'll be sharing a tax return with somebody............:)
  11. Friend of mine had one of those back around 89 or 90 or so. I called it the Fred Flintstone bass. Remember how everything in that show that was round was always "just quite NOT round"? That's the way I looked at that bass, like it had been chisled out of stone or wood and not quite finished. He loved it but sold it soon after getting it.

  12. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I've always called them "Flintstones" basses, too. It would be fun to have one for show as much as to play it! :)
  13. corndog


    Jul 20, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    Too funny,

    First thing i said to myself when i saw that body shape was "If Fred Flintstone was in a band, this would be his bass"
  14. Corbeau


    Dec 14, 2011
    Looks like a great bass. I guess it was during the period where Fender were trying to make pointy basses like a whole bunch of others. It's a very 80s design.
  15. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
    I bought a Performer 4 String sunburst and gave it to my girlfriend about 15 years ago. We got married, and the bass is still around with all the other music gear! I recently found one on E-Bay going for about $1200 or so. Anyone buy or sell one of these lately?
  16. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    LOL, I always thought of a different Hanna-Barbera family...The Jetsons.
  17. cirrus1


    Aug 16, 2011
    central Iowa
    Still have mine, bought it new in 85 or 86. took the rosewood fretboard off of it and laminated a nice slab of smooth madagaskar ebony to the neck and put a badass bridge on it shortly after getting it. other than that its all original and sounds great still. Never dreamed that it would jump in price so much or I wouldn't have changed it!
  18. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    The store I managed (from '77 through '88) had one when they came out. I took it to a gig once. Sounded very very nice, but the neck was so freakin' skinny- made a Geddy Lee Jazz feel like a clubby Precision.

  19. cirrus1


    Aug 16, 2011
    central Iowa
    Agree on the neck, but thats what i liked about it. 24 fret about 2" width at the body joint. Almost the exact same as my yamaha BX-1.
  20. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I should have kept mine, I just didn't experiment enough with different strings and EQ to get a sound I liked out of it. I really thought the look was great, but always sounded/felt like a toy.