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Is Fender overrated?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by punkbass45, Feb 24, 2013.

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  1. punkbass45


    Feb 22, 2013
    I really need to upgrade from my squire j-bass and get something that I can be somewhat proud of owning. Everyone tells me to get a Fender, but I'm not quite sure I like Fender enough. Is it just me?
  2. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Buy what you like, not what others like.
  3. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Nope! For the price of a new Fender, you can buy a better made bass.
  4. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Learn to make decisions for yourself.
  5. No, Fenders are NOT overrated.
  6. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    The word "overrated" is overrated.
  7. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    Play 'em all and buy the one you like the most.
  8. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    I don't think they're overrated, but they're not the only worthy bass out there. So if they don't speak to you, get something that does.
  9. punkbass45


    Feb 22, 2013
    Ok so then if fender isn't all that, what are u guys playing? And what would u recomend I try?
  10. Bull.
  11. tmdazed


    Sep 29, 2012
    Personally , I do think fenders are over rated, but that's personally , try a few out , and try others in the same price range, get the one YOU like playing best ( it is your money you are spending after all). Remember, you don't have to run out and get all the star wars toys if you don't like star wars , just because all the other kids on the playground do
  12. bmb73

    bmb73 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    San Diego
    This again :rollno:
  13. Go out and try a bunch, buy the one that you like the most, don't let other people tell you what you should like. For the price of an MIM Fender there are many other brands more than worthy of looking into.
  14. punkbass45


    Feb 22, 2013
    The only reason I ask is because I don't have a very good local music store. They sell very standard basses it seems so I'm not very versed
  15. PunkJazzHeavy


    Aug 7, 2011
    Pick up book on the history of the electric bass. Look at the headstock of the people in it. There lies your answer.
  16. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    If you're not just trolling, what is it that you don't like about fenders, and what is it you're looking for in a better bass than your squier? If you answer that, people will better be able to help you. Otherwise you can get as many recommendations as there are people on talkbass
  17. Hey is that a shiner bock in Darth Vader's hand? Reminds me of Austin. What a great town!
    Fenders are ubiquitous but they get the job done. Most of them are made well enough but they are about the simplest design for an electric bass there is. I like Gibson but that's a whole other story.
  18. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    the term "overrated" is irrelevant. Some people like one thing, some like another. If a fanboi tells you there's only one brand in the world, he's full of it regardless of the brand.

    Play what YOU like. A good player can make just about any bass sound fantastic.

    And even though I live in Fort Collins, Colorado, the "Napa Valley of Beer", I likes me some Shiner bock just fine!
  19. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York

    Ive never gotten my hands on a fender i liked personally. And ive tried many
    MichaelT likes this.
  20. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006

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