NBD: 2013 Fender AVRI 63 Precision Bass (with clips)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tonegasm, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    Scored this from MF last week and it came in today. Love the Sonic Blue color a lot. Finish work was very well dones and I couldn't find a single flaw with the bass. Although I did notice that the bridge cover did leave an imprint in the finish (I don't mind). I got very lucky with a light one that weighs 8 lbs. 15.4 oz. The neck is really nice and much meatier front to back than my 1982 AVRI '57 P Bass. The thickness is very similar to my 1971 P Bass, although the '71 has a narrower "B" width neck (1.625").

    I tore the rounds off as soon as I got home and threw one some .050-.105 D'Addario Chromes (my fav). The sound is really, really great. The only way I can describe it is very well rounded and refined. My '82 is very midrangey and barks, my '71 is very smooth, and the new '13 sounds like a great combo of them both. The pickup is really outstanding.

    Below are some quick clips I recorded of each bass to compare the sounds. The bassline is Respect by Aretha Franklin. All basses strung with D'Addario Chromes.

    Hope you enjoy.

    1982 CAR AVRI '57 Fender Precision Bass
    1971 Fender Precision Bass
    2013 Sonic Blue AVRI '63 Fender Precision Bass



    Top to bottom: 1982 '57 AVRI, 1971, 2013 '62 AVRI

  2. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003

    Nice clips.
    They all sound like a P-Bass, but different.
    The 71 is woody, and smooth, the 82 that maple bark & growl.
    The new 2013 63 sounds a little like both the others combined.
    It think in years to come, the 63 will just get better.
    These bass kill.
    I also have a 63, but still gas for a 58.
  3. That's a fine instrument right there, congratulations!
  4. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    They all sound great to me.
  5. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O))))

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yep, sounds like a Precision Bass.
  6. Great clips Thanks for posting.

    The 2013 sounded the brightest to me. Maybe it's new strings?
  7. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    They all sound good, but the old 82 Fullerton sounds the best.
  8. R&B

    R&B Both kinds of music: Rhythm AND Blues! Supporting Member

    Love it! My favorite tone is the '71, my favorite look is the '63 AVS! Thanks for the treat.
  9. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef is modulating in time. Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Southern California
    Very nice P bass collection Lublin! I think I like the sound of the new '63 the best, but they al sound great! The '71 seems a little fatter than the other 2.
  10. faulknersj

    faulknersj Inactive

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    She is gorgeous! Love that color!!
  11. Really nice to hear for sure...I did prefer the 71 overall...but it seemed like if the flats on the new unit (beauty by the way on that AVRI 63) were a bit older and "deader" it might have been closer to the 71's tone (maybe a lil' less low midrange girth)...are the chromes on the 71 a fair bit older (ie. new set on the new bass?)...regardless, awesome work and thanks a bunch for posting...nicely done!
  12. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    They do all have that pbass sound but I think I like the 2013 the best with the 71 right behind. It may be due to the fact that I like the tone of a rosewood fingerboard better. I just picked up my first "Fender" pbass a couple weeks ago and I totally love it!!!
  13. R&B

    R&B Both kinds of music: Rhythm AND Blues! Supporting Member

    Dude! Took a closer look. Is the nut on the '71 an "A" or "B" width? Really nice menage a trois.
  14. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    I have uber gas for the sonic 63... £1700 here in blighty!
  15. Thanks for this great post. I am so jealous of your '82 and the deal it seems you got! Good for you. Well done. The blue '63 kills!
  16. vates


    Nov 15, 2007
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Thanks for sharing! I prefer '71. But AV'63 sounds really good too. And the looks is just gorgeous. I think it will age well both in terms of sound and looks :)
  17. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Yes... gassing even more for a sonic CV P now!
  18. faulknersj

    faulknersj Inactive

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    Nice clips...but for me...i cant tell which bass i prefer...or if i even like a bass until i hear it set in a mix with a full band. I have had basses that sound incredible on their own, but disappear in the mix...and basses that sound just ok on their own, but sound killer in the mix. It would be fun to hear clips set against a band!!

    Congrats on the great basses!
  19. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    Thanks, everyone!

    The '71 is obviously the oldest and had the oldest, dullest Chromes on it. That definitely contributes to its warm and woody sound. If I were to pick a Motown bass, that would be it.

    The '82 is a beast of its own in a more pronounced way. The flats are newer, so it's much brighter, but the maple neck also adds a lot to the snap and growl. Excited to hear these flats die down and mellow out.

    The '13 is a real treat. Like I said, its got everything going for it. The only thing I'm not used to is it being a new Fender. All of my Fenders are older and pretty hammered on, so holding a brand new shiny bass feels a bit odd. Guess ill just have to play the snot out of it and expedite the aging process.

    PS - I've read about Fender including flats with these basses. I didn't have flats with mine.
  20. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    They all look/sound great. If I were to choose based on sound I'd pick the '82.