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Is the Steve Harris Signature P-Bass worth the money?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chelosky, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Chelosky


    Jan 1, 2013
    Im considering getting Steve's signature blue P-Bass, but everywhere I look they are at least $1000. The cheapest Ive seen has been $930. Is it really worth my money?
  2. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yeah but he gets paid to do the reviews. He is not going to say anything bad about the equipment he reviews - he focuses on the positives. In fact, I've never heard him say anything bad about anything I've ever seen him review on YouTube.
  3. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    The neck alone is worth the price of admission. Nice, thick, and chunky like a good P-Bass neck should be.
  4. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    How did you like the sound and feel of the one you test played? :bassist:
  5. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    The nice thing is you can be sure that the value of the bass will go up unless the bottom falls out of the Fender market.
  6. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    they come up used on here for around the 800 mark. that is not a bad price for a cool looking P bass.
  7. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    If you like the way it plays and sounds in your hands it's up to you if it's worth it.
  8. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Ed does not get paid for his reviews from manufactures and if he likes the bass he buys it.

    The reason he does not ever have a lot of bad things to say about the basses he reviews is because if he does not have anything good to say about a bass he does not do a review and sends it back.

    Ed is a stand up guy.
  9. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    It is a very nice P bass. Its very solid, good neck, dense body, and sounds exactly like you think it should. I personally am not really a fan of the color scheme, but its based on Steve's design. It also sticks to the .110 flat wound string setup, so you might need to change the setup if that isn't your thing.
  10. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    No he get paid but he does give his opinion fairly
  11. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    You have to read between the lines in an Ed Friedland review. When he says "there's nothing wrong with that B string", that's what he means. When he says "The B string on this is amazing", he's really recommending it. Just hear the love he pours out on the Carvin SB5000.
  12. Hi

    Had the bass for a couple of years. It's a great p-bass with a real thick chunky neck! No quality issues with mine. Everything fitted like it should. The sound is classic p-bass tone. I just didn't like the flats too much, so I put roundwound on it.
    Personally I love the color sheme, but that's my 2 cents.
    Sold it a few months ago for about 700 € (bass was in really, really good condition) because I mostly play 6 string basses. Otherwise I still would have it, that's for sure!
  13. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I had my WestHam united Steve Harris Fender Precision Custom Made by a local pro luthier, out of Fender replacement parts, with genuine select alder body, an American Deluxe 21 fret bird's eye maple Fender Precision neck and fingerboard, Leo Quann's BadAssII bridge and Seymour Duncan Antiquity split pickup, splinter jackinput, mirror pick guard, Tusq ivory nut full nitro finishing and Gotoh Vintage tuners for way less than $. 900.00.

    And it's one of a piece!

    So I really think the MIJ Steve Harris, with factory blue sparkle finish, ordinary Classic poly finish Precision neck and SPB1 pickup shouldn't cost more than mine how it does

  14. I'm planning on doing the same, sort of. My next bass build is gonna be Warmoth, but I can't decide between a Harris Tribute or a 51 slab P.

    Might have to do both!!
  15. Ryan19


    Sep 28, 2012
    Denver, CO
    It's definitely worth the money, IMHO, I can't say enough good things about mine!
  16. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    I had one for about a year and loved it. Definitely worth the price to me.
  17. I like Ed Friedland's videos, he seems like a good guy and he's obviously an excellent player. But, like so many things today, his vids are not really "reviews" in the sense of providing a critical analysis of the instrument. Most music magazines have devolved into serving up advertorials in the guise of reviews for the manufacturers that also buy ads. It really makes buying music magazines a waste of money these days.
  18. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    I Believe ED did not get paid for his reviews.
    So it would impact his review.
  19. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    He is paid by Guitar World Mag for the reviews not by the manufacturer AFAIK.
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