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Performer or Player series

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 4 Strings Only, May 10, 2019.

  1. 4 Strings Only

    4 Strings Only

    Aug 14, 2017
    Looking to pick up a new P Bass. (I’m a Fender Guy). The Performer Series is about $525 more than the Player series. Is the extra pick up and “made in America” stamp worth that much more?
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  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I own a MIM Mustang and a Performer Mustang.

    I defy anybody to tell me which was made where if they didn't know the basses. Neck joint is even a lot more solid on the MIM.

    That being said, I'm not a P bass guy and need the versatility of a 2nd pickup on all my basses.

    Sorry I was of no help at all :).
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    That's an entirely subjective question. Is it worth that much more to you?
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  4. Well, the Yosemite pup costs about $150 and the neck plate cost about 20 bucks, so you could probably get the player P and mod the heck out of it. Modding the player P could make it play better than the performer for less cash to be honest.
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  5. 92aceshigh


    Feb 11, 2017
    Brighton, UK
    Only one that can decide that is you OP. Try both, pick which ever one feels better to you. Just because the Performer is made in the US is no guarantee it will be better build. Every bass is an individual and should be judged as such.
    Last edited: May 10, 2019
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  6. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    I haven’t had a chance to try one, but a pro-player I know said the Yosemite pickups are something special.
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  7. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Not to me.
    How about you?
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  8. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    I think really it comes down more to colour options, and pickup configuration. Either way, I think you'll be happy.
  9. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    It all depends on what you are looking for in a new P bass.

    Player - Made in Mexico. 7 colors, 3 of which you can choose between maple and pau ferro fretboard. The rest of the colors have one or the other, not both fretboard types available. Only 1 pickup, 1 volume, 1 tone. About as traditional as you can get, really. Tuners are the same that they have used on the standard MiM series basses for years. No gig bag or case.

    Performer - Made in US. 4 colors, 2 specific to maple fretboards (1 of which is satin) and 2 specific to rosewood fretboards. Has 2 pickups, 2 volumes, 1 tone. Different pickups from other Fenders, and with these new pickups you have hit and miss, I've heard some say they are fantastic, others say they are terrible. USA tuners with the tapered shafts, satin finish on the back of the neck. Fairly standard bridge. Comes with cheap gig bag.

    Best thing would be to weigh those options, and try both out. You'll more than likely spend less on the Player, even if you upgrade some of the hardware and/or pickups, and would make a great traditional P bass. But if you want something a little different, give the Performer a try.
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  10. PockySteve

    PockySteve Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2018
    Pennsylvania USA
    I have played both and I don't think there is $525 more value in the Performer unless you really love the copper color one, which is really cool looking.
    Honestly, instead of the Performer, take a look at the new Duff McKagan P bass. Is the same price and is much nicer IMO. Hotter Duncan J pickup, comes with Hipshot drop D tuner, and has great style. That is the only $1200 P Bass that interests me. Otherwise I would be very happy with a $675 Player - feels and sounds great, especially the Tidepool color. Pictures don't do it justice. It's Beautiful in person.
  11. nnnnnn


    Oct 27, 2018
    Yeah, these look like a great option. I'm not familiar with Duff's playing other than on the obvious couple of hit songs, but he seems to have come up with a nice combination of features for this bass.
  12. No. another brand may be the ticket.
  13. I played both at a shop in Peoria last week, and I loved both. I was really impressed by the sound of the Player bass. Buttercream/maple. Outstanding sound. The Performer sounded great but the neck felt better than the Player’s neck. No wrong answer, in my opinion. Neither one comes with a case, which sucks.
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  14. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Does the American Performer's neck have the Posiflex graphite reinforcement rods? I'm not seeing anything about them in the specifications, but I think it's possible since they're sporting MIA necks. Then again, if they were included, wouldn't Fender be touting that as a special enhancement over the MIM Players?

    If the Performers do indeed have the Posiflex rods, I could see that additional stability as a positive selling point.
  15. mbell75


    May 23, 2016
    Is the MIM P bass worth twice the price of the Squier CV 60s P bass just because of the Fender logo?

    The Performer has different pickups and the greasebucket tone circuit. Sounds way different than the Player.
  16. Bassicx


    Apr 8, 2019
    If you're not going maple fretboard then it has to be a performer as I've not seen a pau ferro fretboard I like.

    In terms of build quality, the player will be fine, but then so would pretty much any bass really. If you're buying new get out to a well stocked shop and pick out your favourite, it will help to offset any GAS knowing you picked the best bass in the place.
  17. Evanforbass


    Feb 3, 2016
    Denver, CO
    or just about any boutique P replacement.. Lollar, Fralin, Novak..
  18. Evanforbass


    Feb 3, 2016
    Denver, CO
    there are other options in your price range.. lot of people seem to like the road worn 50's and other 50's series models
  19. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
    Just try them and go with the one you like better.
  20. ThingsAbove


    Jul 11, 2011
    Buy both at Guitar Center and return the one you like less within 45 days. They have the easiest return policy I've ever dealt with.
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