NBD and hate it.. Am I missing something?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stephenq, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. stephenq


    Jul 23, 2009
    Kansas City

    Looks pretty doesn't it?

    I currently have 9 MIM/CIJ Fender and squiers, also a new 4003, and have owned 10 or 15 more in the past.

    Some issues I have never had with a brand new bass.

    + stripped pickup screw ( was loose in case)
    + Nut slot on E string low enough to buzz with just the thought of playing an open E
    + A bridge lifted on the back/bass corner big enough to slip a .20 feeler gauge in (which could be causing the horrible sitar sound on the E and A string)
    + The pickups.. Am I crazy or is it all mid and treble <--- might just be preference I suppose

    I have however experienced all of these issues in the first 6 hours on my brand new $1500 Fender American Professional

    Clearly its going back but what gives?

    Fenders are really that big of a gamble even at that price point?
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2017
  2. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Every once in a while a dud makes it through QC. Shouldn't happen, but it does.
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  3. wow.... where did you buy it?
  4. Surprising to me, I've been happily surprised with the quality control on the Mexican fenders I've owned. You'd think for a bass of that price they'd catch stuff like that.
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  5. If this is a new, six hour old FAP Precision why is it sporting a tort guard?
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  6. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    central coast
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    I just got a MIM Mustang PJ. The thing is pretty much perfect out of the box. I'd tweaked the setup to my liking and I'm frankly shocked at how good it is. Zero issues.

    Luck of the draw with production instruments...
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  7. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Perhaps use it as the starting point to check out other brands and bass types. You can get a hell of a lot of bass for $1500
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  8. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Every bass is unique. I've had several basses in the 800-1200 range and while they all played fine and sounded fine, they just weren't me. I just got a Squier VM P5 in the mail today and the bass is in immaculate condition and sounds fantastic (granted pups, pots, and bridge aren't stock squier), but still it's a hell of a bass for the $350 I paid, to the point of I'm thinking it may split stage time with my SR5 and not just be a backup. Is it a Fodera or NYC Sadowsky? No of course not, but I'd take over the MIM Fenders, the Warwick RockBass, the Spector Legend, and Ibanez SRFF805 that I've owned.

    My point was just that while yes, most $1500+ basses are going to be quality, a good bass can be found for much less
  9. joel406

    joel406 Inactive

    Dec 27, 2013
    I had to go to 4 different music stores to find my American standard Jazz bass. They are not all alike. And while the one I ended up with is a true freak of nature(amazing tone/plays like butter) they all don't feel the same.

    Fender hit a homer with the AS series bass's but in the end it's still Fender.
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  10. Sure looks nice though
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  11. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Absolutely, wouldn't dispute that at all. My point was more that $1500 should get you an amazing bass, not just a good one and definitely not one with the issues described in the OP.
  12. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Defintely this and those QC issues (as well as not being that good at making 5ers) is why I stay away from Fender, even having formerly owned 2 MIJ Jazzes which were not bad at all. A friend recently got his MIA Geddy Jazz with a warped bridge plate that would not be in contact with the body thru' roughtly 30% its surface. We're talking a 2300€ bass. You can get a new Sadowsky Metro (or even a used NYC) for that kind of money here, c'mon!
  13. bench


    Dec 28, 2007
    with fender you always pay a huge part for advertising and endorsement costs of the company... so dollar for dollar you should get a nicer instrument from pretty much every other bass builder...
  14. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Oh no doubt. I'm expecting a high quality instrument if I'm dropping $1500
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  15. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Did the bass come from Fender or from a dealer/seller?

    If the latter, Fender QC may have little to do with the issues.
  16. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    You didn't get the memo?
    Everything must have Plastic Pepperoni!
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  17. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I think he is suggesting that someone has fiddled with it.
  18. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  19. leonard


    Jul 31, 2001
    I doubt they would ship a bass with a loose stripped screw from the factory no matter how drunk the QC people have been that day. My guess is it's a fishy customer return.
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  20. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    FAP!:woot: Beautiful bass, by the way......