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Okay, what's everyone's thoughts about the American Professional?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HiEnd Basses, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    Already thinking about my next Bass; I have 2 American Standard Precision Basses, a 2016 Limited Edition American Standard PJ Bass, and a Fender Select Precision Bass. Anyone play one, or at least are familiar with the specs? Should I venture into American Elite Land instead (a departure from my passive vein)?
  2. trothwell


    Apr 9, 2008
    I haven't played one yet, but based on the specs, I would expect it to be every bit as good as the recent American Standards, and (at least for my tastes) probably a little bit better. I would happily get one, though if I were looking to buy another Fender today, I would strongly consider seeking a great deal on what remains of the American Standard line. Though those new gray/olive colors do look nice...
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  3. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    Grab those colors! They have a habit of going away.
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  4. trothwell


    Apr 9, 2008
    True. I really regret going for Olympic White instead of Jade Pearl on my last Fender... not that I don't like OW, because I do, but Jade Pearl may be out of production for years / forever now...
  5. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    I know. Can't even find one on Amazon. Ultimately, with Fender it ends up being Olympic White, Black, and the Famed 3 color Sunburst
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  6. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Not Quite Right! Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Whitby Ontario
    Think they are every bit as good as the old American Standards. And as a bonus, you even got to pay more for them!
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I just read about them. Sounds good. I won't buy until other confirm. That's why I just plugged in here :).
  8. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    Every bit as good, but not better. Not slamming Fender at all. That Mod V PUP is supposed to have a nicer, more vintage sound on the low notes, so that might be considered an improvement. Fluted tuner machines? Okay, they're probably idiot proof. Bridge saddles have one groove; also idiot proof. The medium jumbo frets have been replaced with long thin frets, so that's a drastic departure from the traditional P Bass. The neck is a 1963 P neck, so more traditional and maybe more to hold; that might feel better. Looks like it's a little lighter, but not much. I'll probably end up with one, mainly because I soon won't be able to purchase an American Standard anymore. American Standard has been around since 1987. Not sure they should've changed the name, but they have already pulled the trigger.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
  9. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Only that name of 'American Standard' didn't change in all that time. The basses themselves changed a lot since 1987.
  10. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Ayuh. Nailed it.
    superdick2112 and G RICH 5 like this.
  11. In the good olde UK, where the pound has took a nose dive, the P bass is £1500 or $1849 in US cash. Which is a lot for a "standard" mass produced bass, even though they seem quite nice.

    No, I won`t be buying one. Or even two.
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  12. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    Of course! Especially with the Custom Shop PUP'S in 2008.
  13. TMARK


    Jan 10, 2012
    Richmond VA
    I loathe medium jumbo frets. The American Pro therefore piques my interest.
  14. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    They still have the same HMV bridges as the AS line, with multiple grooves. They did not go to single-groove saddles.
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  15. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    The series underwent a major design change in 2008, but the CS pickups weren't added until a few years ago.
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  16. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    I'm intrigued by the Pro (especially that sonic grey Jazz with the maple board), but I must say, but that's quite a price hike over the Standards. I don't understand the business strategy there.
  17. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    The new olive green is to die for. Tort guard would perfect it.
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  18. I'm curious to try some at NAMM next month.
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  19. snarebear


    Apr 19, 2012
    Same bass, new name.
  20. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    Thank you. I stand corrected.

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