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I want another bass, but...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Vinnie Boombatz, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    ...my Classic 50's Precision Lacquer just crushes everything else I compare it to. In the last couple years I've been through quite a few other Fender P's and J's/J-style basses running the range from Squiers to American Professionals, G&L, and everything in between, but nothing sounds or feels like the Classic 50's P. Earlier this year I shielded the cavities and installed an SPB-1 (nothing wrong with the stock pickup, and it's in a buddy's bass now) and strung it with some light gauge GHS Precision Flats and the thing just thumps. It' plays like a dream with just a hint of relief and was so easy to set up, didn't need any attention pain to the frets, and all I really needed to do was file a few nut slots and turn the truss rod a bit and set the intonation. I picked up an American Standard last year that needed a few high frets taken care of and had it PLEK'd and more expensive basses that didn't play or sound as nice as the Classic 50's. I've owned a few of the non-lacquer versions of the Classic 50's and can attest they are VERY consistent basses and all sounded the same, regardless of the finish.

    For the money I still think the Classic 50's (both lacquer and poly versions) are one of the best things going in Fender's current lineup. The poly versions aren't that much more than the Standard/Player Series, and the lacquer version is still a few hundred less than the USA made Special/Performer series.

    There are a few things though that I can understand may turn some people off to the Classic Series P. The nut width is pretty darn wide. This is definitely a dealbreaker for quite a few players. And it only comes in black or white in the lacquer version (at the moment I'm actually only seeing the white on Fender's site). I will admit at first I wasn't that stoked on the black, but man, over time it's really grown on me, and after throwing on some covers and a tug bar, it's a VERY classy looking instrument.

  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    So, get a white Classic ‘50s Lacquer and put some round wounds on it. ;)
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  3. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Now THAT is a good lookin P bass....;)
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  4. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I had a classic 50’s P years ago and it was a fantastic P bass. I had a choice of it, a highway one P, or a used but like new MIA P bass at the shop I was shopping at. I played all three for what seemed like hours and walked out with the Classic 50’s ....it was that good.
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  5. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    As much as I love the Classic 50's P's, I'm not really into having "doubles", and not much of a rounds fan.

    I did see a Guild Starfire II for sale locally earlier this week for a great price, and thought about it, but hesitated and someone else swooped in and picked it up!
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
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  6. Glad you're happy with your bass. One of the few things I can't get used to in a bass is a wide nut width. That or one that's too narrow. Love the look, though.
  7. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    If you know what you like and nothing else suits your needs, get a 2nd one and use different pickup. That way you have a back up and a little something different tone wise to tickle your fancy . Never know when Fender will stop production. With limited color selection it might already be on its way to being out.
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  8. Mili


    Nov 14, 2015
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  9. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    I sold mine because of the wide nut width :(
  10. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    I totally get that. I sold my Jazz basses because the nut width was too narrow! I'm just happy we have choices, right?
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  11. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Ha! I haven’t sold my jazzes. But, they definitely get left at home way more than my P basses. I love a vintage P 1.73 nut width.
  12. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    It’s nice to have a bass that just has and does everything you want . Just reading that makes me happy too...probably because I have a P bass I feel the same way about.
    Beautiful bass man! I think as time goes on and the gold guard gets a little lighter in spots and the covers get a little duller and grungier it’ll even look better!
  13. ScottfromCalgary


    May 10, 2015
    Me too! I’ve had 4 in total throughout the years and they were all great! Would still have at least one of them if my AVRI 63 hadn’t come along. It’s fantastic too, and I generally prefer rosewood.
  14. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    FE1B57A7-6BA7-42E0-82C8-6F294895E19B.jpeg And.....
  15. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
  16. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Take care of what is important first to you financially, then splurge on what you want...;)

    Good Luck!
  17. Leo Thunder

    Leo Thunder

    Sep 27, 2018
    Nothing will ever beat your mum's cooking. Don't you know that?
  18. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I literally sold all my other basses after I got my Fender Roger Waters P.
    And it was my only bass for years.
    Then I got bit by the fretless bug, so I got a fretless P.
    Then I got a gig that required a 5 string, so I got one of those.
    And a Jazz bass works perfectly at my church gig, so I built one (with a larger nut width).
    Now I'm working with a couple artists that downtune to Eb standard, so I have another Pbass set to that tuning.

    So if the Classic 50's is doing everything you need, don't worry about it. Just play it.
    If, however, need arises for another tone, then go find it.

    There are days I honestly consider ditching everything and going back to the RW Pbass, but it's kinda nice having some variety every now and again.
  19. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Gold Supporting Member

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  20. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Sounds like you’re a one bass kinda guy. The Talkbass police will be along any moment to escort you out. Obviously, we can’t let you hang around, lest one of our wives see this attitude and think it’s normal.

    Feel free to return any time after you’ve repented and changed your ways.

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