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Pre-CBS p bass vs. '62 american vintage model

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AFWbass, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. AFWbass


    Jul 16, 2005
    Monroe, CT
    Does anyone here own the new american vintage 62 pbass that has experience playing an actual pre-cbs fender. I've heard the things were made so solid and heavy that nothing can compare to the growl and tone they produced. think the re-issue can hold up to the real thing?
  2. BobXboB

    BobXboB Banned

    Sep 25, 2007
    The reissue can blow away a pre cbs going by the L series p basses I've played.
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    My 1997 '62RI P sounds better than the couple of pre-CBS P's I have played.

    Having said that, my '73 P sounds better than my RI.

    Quality and tone is unbelievably variable in old Fenders. Some are terrible and others are the holy grail.
  4. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    +1 My '73 P is the greatest instrument I have ever played in my life. And I've played a pre-CBS J, a couple of Foderas, a Ric, and some other biggies (Spector, old Warwick, etc.).

    When I was in high school, there were pretty much two competent bassists in my graduating class - a dude with a bit more in the ways of finances, and myself. While he had the more expensive rig, his bass wasn't performing like a $1000+ bass should (it was a Spector CR, I believe). I was running a '73 P through a Peavey TKO115, which I still use, and was able to, pound for pound, meet or beat his playing.

    I think he's getting his master's in bass, and is dissatisfied with his high-priced John Myung sig. I still might be as good as him, even without that book-learning.
  5. bassman10096


    Jul 30, 2004
    Truer words were never spoken. The oldies are a rarity, and some have survived so long because somebody liked them, but even that doesn't guarantee anything whatsoever. :cool:
  6. HT Paul

    HT Paul

    Mar 3, 2008
    My crumudgenly thought - Leave the pre cbs stuff for collectors, really there is no way any tone is worth that kind of dough. If you want a heavier bass, check with a custom builder, ask for the heaviest P body they can make, add your favorite neck, a good bridge, a good pickup, odds and ends, and go.
  7. r379


    Jul 28, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    A pal of mine has a '66 P I would sell a kidney to own. Ok, I probably wouldn't go that far, but you get the idea.

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