I have yet to play a good Fender...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lo-end, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I was thinking about buying a Fender P Bass for a while, but Ive never played a good one. All the ones that I have tried had high action and they played like crap. I guess this is because of mass production and the varying quality of Fender basses in general.

    This makes me really upset because Ive always wanted to buy a real MIA Precision, but I cant find a decent one. I have a squier that has a better setup than the ones Ive been playing!

    I have visited a couple different Guitar Centers and a Sam Ash, and all their P Basses sucked so far.

    Im just wondering if anyone has ever found a Fender at a music store that actually felt great instead of the usual mediocre feel. For me, the best basses Ive ever played were Musicman Stingrays. Are there any Fender basses out there the same quality as a Stingray? If I could find one, I would definately buy it over a stingray, just because I have a soft spot for P Basses. :)
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    High action? Ask them to lower it. Just because it has a bad setup hanging on the wall doesn't mean a better setup isn't possible.

    Any US made Fender is similar quality to a StingRay.
  3. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    It is all about the setup and strings. I know some people like them, but I think Fender strings are awful. Out of the box most setups on any mass produced are usually very bad. These things are easily remedied.
    If you are serious about a bass, have them set it up before you buy it. If they won't, leave.
    Two of my favorite basses I have are a 99 Am Std jazz and a 62 RI jazz. I like them better than my stingray.
  4. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Hi lo-end,
    Don't judge a book by the cover, man. Like stated above, play some Fenders with good set-ups and strings. If you still don't like 'em, then you at least gave them a fair shake. I go to a shop in Phoenix that takes great pride in the fact that every bass on the wall has been meticulously set up and even intonated. I play Stingrays and Fenders (J and P), and they are two different animals, but I like them all for different reasons. Good luck in your search.
  5. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    you are invited to italy. i have a MIA p bass, come here, try it and then we'll spek again. i seriously doubt you are really sure of what you wrote. there could be better, but fender basses kick a55!
  6. Hey Lo-end, one P-bass you might like is the new Steve Harris limited edition that just came out. I went to SamAsh a few days ago, and played the Steve Harris and the Sting '53 Copy. The Harris P-bass has Seymour Duncan's in it right off the bat, and also a maple fingerboard, so this thing has a ton of punch. It's made in Japan, but, the quality of workmanship is through the roof! Really good. It's about $600.00 new, so if you like it, you'd save a couple hundred or so off a new MIA. I don't think you get a case though. It is worth checking out if you come across one.

    Good luck,
    Mike J.
  7. Like brianrost says, if the problem is the setup/action, that can be changed quite easily.

    If you don't like the sound, come on in and join the pre-CBS club, the "real Fenders." ;D
  8. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    Ease up guys fenders are not for everybody. I have been thumpin for over 15 years and I own a few basses and none of them are fenders. I never really have liked the necks and or balance of them. I dont own them by choice but more power to those that do and love them. To me most of them sound dead or flat and contrary to popular belief just because it says fender dont make good and that does go with any brand though (except spector :p just kidding) . But you must give it an honest shot and find one that is setup and has good strings. Actually guitar shops are usually the worst places to play basses as it seem most of them have forgotten the lost art of setup but thats another thread. my .02
  9. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    None of my 5 basses have the same brand strings that came stock on them. It makes a HUGE difference to have the setup and strings that are for you. I am not a fan of most roundwound strings, and how many basses at the shops DON'T have rounds on them? Not many.

    That's the nice thing about getting a long trial period, put on your fav strings and setup the bass the way you like and play it for awhile. If after that you still no like, you take it back.
  10. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I didn't like Fenders for the longest time. Then I was at a GC, and piked up a P that was set up just right, and I was finally impressed by Fender. Now I just consider them to not be my cup of tea.
    OTOH, those Fretless J's they make aren't something to sneeze at. I like those.
  11. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    I almost never trust a store to have a bass setup right. And if it isn't the setup, the strings are horrible. The stores around here are too cheap to spend money on things like that. Most setup stuff you can do by yourself, and just about any mid quality bass will sound 100% better with new strings and a good setup job.

    Maybe I am just parcial to fenders!!

  12. I wasn't very impressed w/ any fenders either til i played one of the p-basses w/ the humbucker in the bridge position. but other than that, nope
  13. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    hmm... maybe its just the finish they have on the back of the neck...

    I just dont like it.
  14. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I used to be a total Fenderphobe. Then one day I sat down with a Roscoe Beck V and really bonded with it. Go figure; now it's my only bass. Fit and finish are comparable to a Stingray.
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    You don't have to "find one" that is setup... as mentioned, setup is not a permanent thing and can be changed.
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    So... why "did" you want a Fender? ;)
  17. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    because before I had a bass, I used to go to guitar center and play P Basses and I thought they were great then, but now I just dont like the way they feel anymore.

    Maybe someday Ill spend $5000 on a custom shop one with no finish on the back of the neck and then I will love it to death. :D
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Good luck;)
  19. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I want one... I'm a good boy :).
  20. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    It sometimes boils down to a matter of taste. Maybe you just don't like the warm growly sound of Fenders - maybe you prefer the metallic cutting tones of Stingrays. If that's the case, you may never find a Fender that you like.