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Whice P bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HMZ, May 13, 2010.

  1. Fender Highway one (2005)

    12 vote(s)
  2. New American standard

    63 vote(s)
  3. Don't care

    16 vote(s)
  1. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Which P bass is a better choice?
    Should I get the Fender Highway one (older model with vintage bridge)
    Or a new American standard? I plan on keeping the bass for a long time.
    I have played both and like them both. My thinking is the American standard seems to have better components. (tuners pickups ect)
  2. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    post 2008 american standard
  3. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I like the nitro finish on the Hwy 1

    I also am a sucker for the Reissues myself. I have a CIJ 62 RI with Fralins and it SLAMS. It's also in the same price range as what you're looking at, I'd bet
  4. +1000000000000000

    The 2008+ models are leaps and bounds nicer than the Hwy1.
  5. Dan55


    Apr 26, 2006
    The AS does have better components than the Hwy 1. You can easily upgrade those though. Consider the '50s Classic as well. Great bass.
  6. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Is Whice a quality name? I've never heard of them before.
  7. If you choose the '50s Classic, make sure you try before you buy. I have one, and I like it a lot, but it has one hell of a dead spot on the A on the E-string.
  8. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I voted American Standard but for a similar price, you could get into a Lakland Skyline Bob Glaub or Duck Dunn. When I was in the market for a P, I A/B'd the American Standard and the Duck Dunn. Both sounded good but the DD ended up coming home with me. Great sounding P that's a real looker too.

  9. Dan55


    Apr 26, 2006
  10. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    Of the two you posted.
    The Am. St. is hands down better.
    These are great playing and sounding basses.
    The best Fender has made in a long time.
    Also, the classic 50 is nice for the money.
  11. d_whitlock


    Jul 13, 2009
    +1 true story...
  12. The old highway basses are basically a mexican made fender, actually they are pretty much a mexican fender with "nitro" paint and its not nitro like old fenders.

    Get the standard, it will out last .
  13. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Between those 2, the Am Std. BUT, the Am Dlx is the best of them all.
  14. Don't be a whice-ass.:bag:
  15. waleross


    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    I recently bought an American Deluxe P bass (Montego black) .
    The color is discontinued but the bass is killer and worth the extra $$$. You can't go wrong with the Amer. standard however and whatever you end up with , good luck . . . .
  16. jk3


    Jul 25, 2007
    i would opt for the new Am Std. over an older Hwy 1.

    however, having had both Am Std. and upgraded Hwy 1 - if both were new i would take the Hwy 1 and the $450 saved...
  17. The American Standard P, no brainer.:smug:
  18. TMBTC


    Oct 18, 2009
    yeah..... what he said ^ !!
  19. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah, they are *much* nicer than I had expected. Better necks than I recall on a p-bass - EVER.
  20. Daveomd


    Feb 28, 2010
    Yes, Whice is a boutique "Fender on steroids" bass in the $4000 range (they will soon have a cheap import line in the $2000 range).

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