Stray followed me home Saturday night...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassman Ski, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Bassman Ski

    Bassman Ski

    Apr 15, 2010

    Long story. I'll make it short.

    Went in to get a Fender Blacktop or G&L. In a humbucker mood. Played my guitarists G&L a few weeks ago and just liked the sound. Guy at GC (who I have known for years) said "We dont have a Blacktop in stock but have you tried the new Dimension?"

    Me: No. It's ugly. (Sorry, I [DEL]am[/DEL] was a Fender P or J bass "purist")

    Dealer: Look, you already have two precisions.

    Me: Three

    Dealer: OK Three... Just TRY this. We have a 30 day trial period. If you dont like it, return it and you can get the Blacktop.

    HO-LEE CRAP! :eek: This bass just sounded phenomenal. I thought it was just the amp but I kept changing between the Jazz and the Precision bass and the Dimension just had a big set of balls on it.

    Fast forward to Sunday night at the studio. For the first time, the band had to actually tell me to "TURN DOWN!" and the singer said that she can feel the bass in the pit of her gut.

    The action is unbelievably low for a right-out-of-the-box set up and the variable of sound from the three tone knobs are so wide it's great.

    I am impressed.
  2. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Cool. Have you ever tried an EBMM Sterling single H? I am really curious how they compare.
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    He actually said it's a 30 day trial period? Not that you have 30 days to return it? They're essentially the same thing, but whenever a GC employee tells me the return policy it's always with a grimace cuz he knows that commission will come out of a later pay check.

    Also, that's a very nice bass.
  4. Jjacks651


    Feb 7, 2014
    That is a very cool bass, I am partial to Maple fingerboards. Good to hear Fender continues to rock!

  5. Nice.

    I like the aesthetics, if for no other reason than it's a unique alternative to the standard P and J shapes. Musicians will be asking "what kind of bass is that?"

    (BTW, I'm a Fender guy and own/play several P and J's routinely)
  6. it is ugly. glad it sounds good.
  7. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Seems to be missing it's B String :)
    Gorgeous otherwise- I'd try and get a white pearloid pick guard for it... but I have no taste :)
  8. ghostfather


    Oct 26, 2013
    Weird that the pickguard is only functional for pickers at the neck.
  9. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    Happy to see Fender breaking out of the box and happier that it sounds great! The new pickups look very interesting to me.

    Congrats. I'll have to try one!
  10. I thought we were past this... :scowl:

    FWIW, I dig it. Two thumbs up from me on the pickguard.

  11. Up until now , I was long over all GAS pains. I'm startin' to feel a rumblin' deep inside. I guess the only thing that will cure this ( or kill me) is to ask....... How much does it weigh and how much of my sons college fund am I going have to hold back?:confused:
  12. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
    It's different.

    I like different.

    Nice bass!
  13. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I like it too. And happy for you that it sounds and feels great.
  14. Bassman Ski

    Bassman Ski

    Apr 15, 2010
    You know, I think you are right. I cannot multi task and when I was drooling over this bass, He may have said 30 days to return it... I get distracted easilySQUIRREL!!! :D
  15. Bassman Ski

    Bassman Ski

    Apr 15, 2010
    What is a "B" string? :p

    They have the white pickguards on the 5 string basses. You SHOULD try it :D
  16. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    That in a fiver give me GAS. The more I look at it, the more I like it.

    I really need to stop looking at it.
  17. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Actually it DOES come 5 string and HH as well.

    Fender doing 'Ray clones? This is something I never expected my 'Ray GAS to encounter! I have to admit I REALLY like the looks of this Fender! (but then I'm a major ASH fan)

    I want an EBMM Stingray 5er or one of these Fender V's in HH SO BAD! But the price of both is about the same and rather steep! <sigh>

    Hopefully I can find a used EBMM HH stingray 5er which won't happen for some time with the new Fender.
  18. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    They have this in every price range- modern player, deluxe, and American deluxe.
  19. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I have been on the fence about this model. Our local shops have not had one to look at or try in person. Yours looks very nice. Love the natural finish. Thanks for the brief review on the tone.
    I think you may have helped me out. Hmmm... may have to investigate further.
  20. Warhawk


    Jan 31, 2003
    Canton, Ohio
    I like it but I also like my Fender JP-90. Only wish they would have rear-loaded the controls and done away with the pickguard on both.