Not impressed with Fender

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Seriouscat123, Jan 28, 2014.

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  1. Seriouscat123

    Seriouscat123 Banned

    Jun 26, 2013
    Anyone not impressed with Fender? I may be generalizing but they seem to be overpriced. The sound is usually thin, warped pickguards on new instruments, sharp frets on the mim. Also bridge buzzing seems to be a common problem.
  2. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

  3. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    Here we go.
  4. You're one of those online buyers aren't you? The online stores sell the basses the stores don't accept. There's your reason. Go play some, they're not all bad.
  5. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me.

    Dec 2, 2005
  6. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY
    Too Funny...:D

  7. autodidact


    Mar 13, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    In a feeble attempt to squash this before it starts:

    -Quality control isn't perfect, as with almost any large instrument manufacturer.

    - Price is relative, basses are worth what people pay for them.

    -This topic has been beat to death, resurrected and killed again. Use the search function.

    -Some people are Fender people, some aren't. If you're the latter, buy something else and move on.

    that should cover the main points that are usually discussed every time a thread like this pops up (roughly 6 times an hour)
  8. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013
    What's a "Fender"?
  9. Did you think of that all by yourself?!

    Get it? Your screenname?

    I'll let myself out.
  10. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Does your opinion stem from trying basses out at your local Guitar Center? If so, I understand where you are coming from. The set up is usually not optimum and can easily sour the player. However, Fender basses, including the more value priced models, are very adjustable. With a little time and effort, one can usually dial the instrument in to a very good sounding and playing bass.

  11. overgeneralizing is wrong

    but seriously.
  12. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL

    Can't you say this about most mass produced basses out there? Aside from the really high end stuff that is double to triple the amount of an American made fender, most makers have basses come out with the same imperfections here and there. I think it's unfair to say this about fender basses in particular. I happen to like fender and Squier. I own two Squier basses and while I've heard people have gotten "duds" so to speak, my exp has been great. I think they make awesome instruments. IMO Leo Fender got it right, there's a reason why there are tons of bassist out there using them and have been for years. So some jacked up models slip through from time to time, tell me a company that produces that many basses annually that doesn't let that happen.
  13. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I have two "Fenders" from both ends of the price spectrum.

    My MIA 60th Anniversary P is an absolutely perfect bass in every way. Bought (barely) used and it had a great setup when it became mine.

    My Squier P/J is also a great bass. I've actually been taking it to practice more than the Fender lately, due to the crazy cold and a nitro paint job on the MIA.

    But no issues with either.
  14. Bridge buzzing.....what is that? My 4 Fenders sound fat, have pick guards that fit perfectly, great fretwork, are worth every penny i paid for them, and must have those....... 'Buzzless Bridges?'

    I don't think you are generalizing at all.....sounds like the opposite from my experience of owning about 15-20 Fender basses, so i'm guessing that you are actually talking about a rare few bad apples rather than the general population of Fender Basses?

    Or, maybe i have just been really lucky all 15-20 times?
  15. 20080202231407%21Beating-a-dead-horse.
  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member


  17. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    I'll bite. what DOES impress you?
  18. You're getting duds.
    I've had only a few minor issues with them & they were on a couple of Squiers. 1-offs, really.

  19. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Thanks for the warning.

    We need to expose and avoid all these johnny-come-lately hack companies trying to cash in on this new electric bass fad.

  20. That horse looks like a Llama.

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