Which bass should I go for?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Norman83, Jul 26, 2021.

Which one should I go for?

Poll closed Aug 2, 2021.
  1. An American Deluxe Precision 2012 4 strings NEW!!!

  2. An American Pro Precision ii - 4 strings 2021 NEW

  1. Norman83


    Jan 5, 2019
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    I want to get that pure P bass but heard the deluxe doesn’t sound the same!? As the split coil only, on the other hand the PJ give me the flexibility and versatility plus can be used as active. I must mention I have a shoulder problem and want try a 4 stringer.

    What do you reckon? Help me out. Basses I own and I want are attached. Thanks
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  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    To my ear, the PJ soloed on the P pickup doesn't sound the same as a Precision. Close, but if you are looking for the classic Precision sound, I haven't found a PJ that really gets there.
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  3. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    If you want all these options, you need both basses. Can you try the pj? If so, check if you can live with the p sound it produces.
  4. Norman83


    Jan 5, 2019
    That’s the problem, I can’t try either bass.
  5. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    In this case I would get the American Pro. Your jazz basses are versatile enough. Also, according to my experience, the active p basses are often heavier than the passive ones.
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  6. OOD


    Jul 29, 2009
    I voted for the pro because the j pick up is going to affect the tone and you said you wanted a pure P tone. But in reality I would buy the one that feels and plays best. Fenders vary quite a bit from instrument to instrument in the feel department. You can always add a pickup selector to the deluxe that removes the J pickup from the signal completely.
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  7. OOD


    Jul 29, 2009
    Another consideration is the neck. I’m not 100% sure but I think some of the deluxes come with a J neck. That would be a winner for me as I’m not fond of P necks.
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  8. tyohars


    Nov 11, 2016
    If you want a true PBass sound and money isn't a problem, go with Fender American Original. Thank me later :D
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  9. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
  10. littlebun


    Nov 16, 2004
    With your shoulder problem in mind, check out Sweetwater or other sellers who can show the weight of the bass. 8lbs or less for your shoulder. Search around and find a lighter bass.
  11. Low Down Brown

    Low Down Brown

    Jan 8, 2018
    I voted Pro, but I will also suggest that maybe you check out the the G&L LB-100. I've tried lots of P's and never really bonded with them. The LB-100 is on a whole different level IMO.
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  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Whichever one feels better in your fretting hand.
  13. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
  14. VitoMB


    Sep 28, 2019
    Quebec, Canada
    I would choose the Pro II. It has better of everything, pickup, neck, etc. IMHO My well acclaimed active Fender Select jazz bass has nothing in common with the active Deluxe. Pick the new 2021 Pro II model.
  15. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    I’ve only played the pro, and it’s dy-no-mite. Mostly the neck, but the tone too.

    If you want “pure p bass” then I’d lean pro. In a mix, the deluxe will come within 95% of a P bass, so it’s not about that. It’s a lifestyle, a mindset. 2 knobs, all your versatility comes from technique.

    But since you report shoulder issues, I’d definitely get out there and play as many as you can. Look at non- Fenders with P pickups. Ergonomics is generally the dealbreaker for me on my instruments, not tone
  16. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Not to mention you don't have to settle for the same old, same old.
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  17. I just sold a P-Bass Deluxe. It is not going to give you that p bass sound. It’s got it’s own vibe going. It is wonderful for what it does. But your jazz basses almost cover that sound. The p bass will give you a different sound and thing going for it. That said I eventually learned I am more of a jazz bass guy. But it is worth going for that iconic sound.
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  18. Norman83


    Jan 5, 2019
    What bass in that green beauty
  19. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    IMO as you already have active Jazz basses I'd get a passive Precision. I'd suggest a good used Mike Lull P bass from the classifieds. They are fantastic instruments. Whichever bass you choose, put flatwound strings on and a lump of foam under the strings. I'd also be prepared to swap the pickup out if the bass feels right but doesn't sound quite what you want.

    Find the right Precision bass and together with your Jazz basses you will be ready for anything.
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  20. TrevorG

    TrevorG Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2012
    Until someone plays you half a dozen Precision basses with EXACTLY the same sound I wouldn't rush to reject the PJ on grounds of tone. They sound different to some Ps and exactly the same as others. However, as you own an Elite, this Ultra P owner can tell you they sound amazing. The pickups are noiseless and beautifully voiced and there are 21 frets. Tried the ProII and was very impressed but there has been talk here about setups being difficult. Good luck.
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