help with the american P deluxe....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by barroso, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i was looking at this wonderful bass:


    as you can see it's a 5 string version of the fender american precision bass deluxe. i have never seen one of these basses in person and i have a couple of doubts. on the fender website they say this about the controls:

    CONTROLS Master Volume, Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ with:
    Treble Boost/Cut: +/- 10 db @ 8kHz, a shift in the cut frequency, and about a 2dB slope per octave.
    Mid Boost/Cut: +10dB, -15dB @ 500Hz, and a wide band slope.
    Bass Boost/Cut: +/- 12 db @ 40 Hz, with a 4dB slope per octave.

    so the bass has 5 controls:
    the overall volume
    the blend
    the three controls for the onboard preamp.

    i see only 4 controls but the third seems a concentric knob with two controls. can you help me identifying the right controls? which one is the volume? which the blend and so on?

    have you ever played this bass? which is your opinion? how the humbucker sound?
  2. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    i played one of those a few weeks ago - bitchin bass...

    i think it's volume, blend, treble/mid, bass.

    i didn't really get around to fiddling with the controls too much, i was using it to check out a speaker cabinet. but i do remember feeling really good about that bass.

  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The bass & trebble are on a concentric pot. Both controls are together. if you look close @ the picture, the 3rd control from the top looks weird. Like the '62 RI Jazz bass.

    P.S. It has the same pre-amp & layout as the Amer DLX Jazz.
  4. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    yea its pretty much been settled, but the stacked knobs are bass/treble, and the last one is midrange...

    As a sidenote, i really love that bass... When i was shopping it was a tossup between that and a stringay 5 and i got the Ray, but the Fender is a lot more versatile.... the blend between the two pickups is quite useful...

    if you want to hear the bass recorded, click on the link in my signature and listen to the first 4 songs... it was a fender am deluxe P-5 with maple fretboard, and ash body both pickups even, slight treble boost.. recorded through a bass pod.. i was really pleased with the sound it produced.