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Fender Precision 5 (the new 08/09 models) I need your help....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PDavyduck, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. PDavyduck


    Apr 9, 2009
    Langley, BC, Canada
    Retail Sales Specialist for FMIC
    .... how do you like 'em??

    Been wanting to try one out but it looks like my local shop will only get one in if it's ordered to purchase and not just for inventory. AND... according to their system, they've only sold 8 in total for all of Canada....

    so, I was wanting some input from owners of the new American Standard P-Bass 5s as to how you dig them.

  2. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch.

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    love mine.
  3. PDavyduck


    Apr 9, 2009
    Langley, BC, Canada
    Retail Sales Specialist for FMIC
    awesome Zach.... ummm, care to elaborate? ;)

    is the B fairly balanced output wise and tension wise?

  4. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch.

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    the B string is great. the new 08 Fender Vs (jazz, p, and J deluxe) are awesome. Fender finally made a five string with a B string worth a flip. The pickup height needed adjusted from the factory setup...and I also had a pro set up and the action is ridiculously low and the eveything sounds balanced and full. It sounds like a great P bass with a 5th string. If you want the added range but love the P sound, this is it. And it's cheaper than Lull and/or Sadowsky. (not by much since Fender jacked their prices, but it's still cheaper)
  5. PDavyduck


    Apr 9, 2009
    Langley, BC, Canada
    Retail Sales Specialist for FMIC

    I think it might just fit the bill!!


  6. chris.gotfunk


    Mar 21, 2007
    Ashburn, Va
    I second the comments above. I absolutely love mine!!! You will have to have it setup to make sure you get the most out of it, but I spent about 25 minutes with mine and it is perfect now. I would suggest buying a used one though. They tend to pop up here in the classifieds for good prices. I don't the $1,600 price is justified in my eyes though. I would rather have a used Sadowsky Metro for that price than a new Fender P-bass 5 string. To sum it up, if you can buy one used do it! If you have to buy new, really think about it and try to play it first.
  7. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Agreed. Fender got it right, making it sound and play like you'd expect a a Precision to sound and play. If you buy used they're an even better deal (I bought mine used from the TB For Sale forum).
  8. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    A B string NEEDS a bridge pickup.
    Just my opinion. I have a PJ5 that I'd bet sounds as good as any Fender P5.
    I wouldn't work the low register with the P soloe'd.

    Sorry for the buzzkill
  9. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch.

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I disagree on needing a bridge pickup. I often roll my 2 pickup 5 strings to front pickup for a fatter tone. also, for what you paid for your PJ5 it better sound as good or better as a Fender. :D

    but FYI, I got my P5 for (literally) 1/5 of what I could have bagged a Sadowsky P5 or PJ5 for. And I've already looked into adding a J pickup for shiggles. After all is said and done, I'll end up with a PJ5 for under $1000. Still significantly cheaper than Lull or Sadowsky. Now if I had my choice, I would take the Sadowsky over the Fender any day of the week. I love my Fender and all, but c'mon...a Sadowsky is a Sadowsky.
  10. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    Greetings from the North,

    I really like everything about my 08 P5 but.... I find the sound a bit on the middy side. So I've been considering dropping in a Bill Lawrence P-46 pickup for a little more grumba. Everything else (feel,action,playability,construction,look) I'm still happy with.

  11. uaudio


    Apr 11, 2008
    I love my P5...its one of the best sounding basses I've ever owned.
  12. PDavyduck


    Apr 9, 2009
    Langley, BC, Canada
    Retail Sales Specialist for FMIC
    cool. thanks for all of the feedback guys!!
  13. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    I like mine. It sounds like a good P-Bass with an added low B. The low B is in character with the P-Bass sound which some may not like in that register, but I think it's fine. I love the smooth satin neck. It's my favorite neck finish of any bass I have played. It also isn't too heavy, which is nice.

    Mine needs to be setup. The playability is nowhere near as good as any of my Dingwalls, but it still feels nice.
  14. PDavyduck


    Apr 9, 2009
    Langley, BC, Canada
    Retail Sales Specialist for FMIC

    what? reeeeally?? :smug:

    ok, that was highly sarcastic. ;)

    but if all else is good and that it is what it claims to be, a P with a B then that's good.

    and ya, like any mass produced instrument could match Sheldon's stuff out of the box... not on this planet! :D

    Sheldon is one of our national treasures fo' sho'!
  15. Jason Brown

    Jason Brown

    May 1, 2000
    SLC, UT
    I've had mine for a little more than a year and it's the bass I play the most. It's also the first fiver (out of 4) I've owned that I didn't give up on within a few weeks.
  16. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    I agree with the others. Ive had my P5 since Nov and its the only bass i play now.
    Ive had a few issues with action etc but its settled down and i love it.
    I also echo the comments about the B string. I have Chromes on mine and play through a Schroeder 1212L and the low nots are very punchy and clear.

    He is a short clip of it in action (if you can call it that, i had just got back to the UK from Florida the day before so was not really on form).

  17. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    Looks great!
  18. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member


    I strung mine with TI flats and am loving the rich P-tones. Every bit as nice as my 4-string Precisions but with the lower octaves when needed. If you like P-bass tone you'll dig it.
  19. smakbass

    smakbass Smakkin basses for 25 years..

    Aug 6, 2002
    Vancouver Canada
    Eh Pete, I played one when they had it at L and M in Van and it was nice.......I'd hit it if I was a P sort o' guy...

    Really what you need is a nice pink pre bass with a lane poor pick up.

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