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Why is this active Fender MIM PJ $100 cheaper than this passive Fender MIM PJ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pbass74, Sep 9, 2017.


  1. pbass74

    pbass74

    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
    I'm checking out PJ bass options. The Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special goes for $799.99. However the Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ which is passive goes for $899.99. This passive bass is a special GC/MF exclusive.

    I haven't been able to figure out the reason for the $100.00 difference. It seems that the active bass would be more expensive. Is there a concrete reason for the price difference?

    Both have alder bodies. The necks are different. The bridges are the same. The cheaper active one also comes with a gig bag.

    On the active bass, if you switch it to passive mode, is it truly the same as a passive bass? Do you have any tone control in passive mode?

    Also, opinions on which one you would prefer and why are welcome.
     
  2. Grooveline

    Grooveline Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    Bound and blocked neck with a "special" color offering would be my guess as to the $100 difference. As far as switching to passive mode it will be the same as a passive bass and you will have a tone control.
     
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  3. Sartori

    Sartori Supporting Member

    Binding and block inlays, plus non-standard color.
     
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  4. mrphattay

    mrphattay Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2005
    +1 to the above- Binding / Blocks / Sexy Color.

    However, the real interesting part is that they're now selling for the same $799. (click on site to see)
    Your decision now boils down to a simpler, more straight forward comparison: Active Pre vs. Flashier Looks.
    The Cost differential is no longer a consideration.

    Luck with your decision... Aesthetics vs Feature Flexibility.
     
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  5. pbass74

    pbass74

    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
    Thanks for the replies, everyone. We live in a world with too many choices--kind of like going to a restaurant with a book for a menu.
     
  6. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83 Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2017
    We do?
     
  7. pbass74

    pbass74

    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
    Well, maybe we don't. "We live in a world where I can't afford all the choices", might be a more accurate statement.
     
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  8. Lee Kirkham

    Lee Kirkham

    Jan 14, 2013
    Gilbert, AZ
    One model is regular production, was is special run. Simple as that.