Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by malleable, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. malleable


    Nov 13, 2011
    so i'm looking to buy my first fender. i was at samash last week and was playing the J deluxe. they didn't have a 5-string P at the store so i picked up a four string P standard and that thing was so warm and punchy. will a Precision American Standard five string sound the same?
  2. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that yes, a Precision American Standard 5-string will sound similarly warm and punchy.

    All the best,

  3. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Get a P bass Deluxe. It's got the additional jazz bass bridge pickup. Best of both worlds.
  4. I bought a new Amc. Std 5 P about 3 weeks back. Despite setting it up the B still lacks volume & punch but the EADG sounds great. I can return it within a month but I'm still going to keep it despite the B issue because the rest of the guitar makes up for this.
  5. inthevelvet

    inthevelvet Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2012
    Washington DC
    hmmm a 5 string with a not so hot low B seems like kind of a waste. Esp. on a bass costing that much...
  6. Yeah I'm actually still mulling it over, but it's my 1st P, sounds/looks great, plays nice, and with all of that the B's passable, so I'll probably keep it. The other issue is how much more would I have to spend to get a fantastic P tone with an equally fantastic B. When I was researching this before I pulled the trigger the one I remember being mentioned was a Nordy which is quite a bit more than the Fender.
  7. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Try a string change. (at least change the B string first if you want to try a fix as inexpensive as possible first) I bought a MIM Fender Jazz V last year, was a little upset the B string wasn't up to snuff compared to the rest of the strings. I put D'addario strings on it and the B string "issue" disappeared.
  8. tedsalt

    tedsalt Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    Kansas City
    Does the B work better strung thru body rather than top load? I think with a 34" this may help. I don't think it matters on the others.
  9. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    You should not put up with a weak B string! There are many Fender 5 string Precisions that have great sounding B strings. If it doesn't sound good to you, take it back and try another. Don't settle. In the mean time, check the pick up height and maybe try a little more robust B string. A .130 or bigger might help. Also, I've found stringing through the body seems to help, at least to my ears. YMMV
  10. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    It makes no difference IME, generally.
  11. lawjazz1


    Sep 7, 2013
    If you get a Carvin PB5, you'll probably pay less! ;)
  12. O-evetS

    O-evetS I like pie!

    Jul 6, 2003
    Rochester NY
    I know it's been said but play with the p/u height. I own 2 5 string Fender P's and I had to lower the bass side on one because the B was so hot.
  13. I was under-impressed with the B on y Fender P5, despite using the exact same strings that I have been happy with on my other 5's. I sold it off without regret.

    With through body, I notice no difference other than it is more of a pain to chage strings. A well made, top-loaded 34" can have every bit as solid a B as a 35 through body, IME.

    True dat. But only if you're into very high quality , custom basses for less money. :bag:


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