Which Fender P to nail that classic vibe?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jmattbassplaya, Nov 23, 2017.

  1. AmStd

    27 vote(s)
  2. Classic 50's

    51 vote(s)
  3. Road Worn

    45 vote(s)
  4. Carrot Pie

    17 vote(s)
  1. jmattbassplaya


    Jan 13, 2008
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone,

    I'm in the market for a new Fender P bass, but I'm not sure which one to go for. The three I'm really keen on are in my poll.

    I'm really looking to nail that old school sound and vibe, so whatever I get will have some flats thrown on it. I'm pretty set on a bass in 3tsb.

    Neck width doesn't bother me too much. I'm really just trying to decide which route to take. I do want to keep my price limit to less than $1,000, and I would prefer to keep it as low as possible since I'm in budget mode right now.

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  2. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    I have no idea but I want one too!
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  3. reddog

    reddog Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Road worn.... just because.
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  4. GBBSbassist

    GBBSbassist I actually play more guitar... Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    I haven't played one, but I always hear good things about the Road Worn series.
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  5. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Classic 50's...
  6. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    As long as the bass feels right in your hands, any of them with flats will do the job.

    BUT: It must be sunburst and tort, otherwise it will sound too modern! :smug::D
  7. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    The sunburst versions of the '50s Classic and Road Worn are both 2-color. But if you can get past that, they're both amazing instruments.
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  8. Why, that's easy. A Squier Classic Vibe P bass. :D
  9. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    the RW’s i’ve played were T-I-T-S! nuffsaid
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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Bass Viking, you got right!
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  11. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Er, i meant got it right.
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  13. That too! :D
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  14. a classic vibe should nail that classic vibe

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  15. Davey28


    Feb 19, 2015
    Gaylord, Mi.
    I voted Classic 50's. I have the lacquer version and it is an amazing bass. I don't think you would be disappointed with one!
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  16. even though i own a classic 50's (liked the specs of these basses) i prefer the hardware, fit and finish of the am. std or these newer am. pro as they call them now. they all more or less "nail" the tone especially if you use the right set of strings and the proper amp/cab
  17. Papalampraina

    Papalampraina Need.More.Fez.

    May 13, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    The Am Std is out of the question. Between the other two, I voted the Classic 50s, mainly because it's the cheapest and they have the same tone. But, the RW has nitro finish which ages better and the neck is faster because it is sanded on the back. All three of them are beautiful and great choices though.
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  18. jmattbassplaya


    Jan 13, 2008
    I knew someone wouldn't be able to resist ;)
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  19. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    This one ......

  20. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Classic 50s. My main bass is a vintage 59 and honestly the classic 50 sounds every bit as good. Can’t beat the 59’s broken-in neck feel but the classic comes close. I use pyramid flats on both.
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