Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass Black, Maple Fretboard 886830253331

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The Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass is built with modern features that bassists demand, with a newly designed preamp circuit that delivers deeply exhilarating active and passive tones. The Fende... Read More

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The Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass is built with modern features that bassists demand, with a newly designed preamp circuit that delivers deeply exhilarating active and passive tones. The Fender P-Bass' powerful-yet-quiet N3 Noiseless pickups present more clean headroom, extended EQ range, and even more sublime tonal options, thanks to the active/passive switch and passive tone control.

The American Deluxe Precision bass is crafted with a select alder body-a hard wood that provides clear tone and lasting sustain. A graphite-reinforced maple neck with modern C-shape, Posiflex graphite neck support rods, 5-bolt neck plate, and contoured heel make the Deluxe Precision bass extremely easy to play. The Fender High-Mass Vintage bass bridge offers compressed and focused bass tone, with more mid range punch. The American Deluxe Precision bass retains the Fender articulation and sparkle, combined with vintage-style saddles to maintain a classic vibe. A combination of a steel plate with brass saddles produce the best possible Fender Bass sound.

Fender N3 Noiseless pickups
Fender's N3 Noiseless pickups are among the best-sounding pickups ever affixed to a Stratocaster or a Telecaster guitar, providing unmistakable vintage sound without unwanted noise. In short, N3 Noiseless pickups deliver landmark vintage Fender tone and response without the hum that can plague single-coil pickups. Using an improved stacked-coil design, N3 Noiseless pickups are specially tailored for each Stratocaster and Telecaster pickup position-neck, middle, and bridge. The insulated metal core of each pickup position type differs in thickness and composition for enhanced tone, and Fender has fine-tuned the size, shape, and wire gauge of the coils to balance the magnetic responsiveness essential to great tone.

N3 Noiseless pickups represent a welcome return to the warmth and clarity of alnico magnets. Again, the type of alnico magnets used is tailored to pickup position-Alnico 5 for the power and warmth of the Stratocaster N3 bridge pickup and the signature snap and spank of both Telecaster pickups; Alnico 2 for the sweetness and sparkle of the Stratocaster N3 middle pickup; Alnico 3 for the fullness of the Stratocaster N3 neck pickup without undue magnetic string pull.

The active 3-band EQ, along with a split single-coil pickup and bridge humbucker provides a wide range of dynamic tones, so you can individualize and pinpoint your ultimate Fender bass sound. The American Deluxe Prescision Bass is perfect for players who want a top-of-the-line modern Precision Bass.

Other features include Stealth "A" string retainer, tinted neck, rolled fingerboard edges, highly detailed nut and fretwork, genuine bone nut, flat-head screws on battery compartment (for easy changes with a coin or pick), and pearloid dot inlays. Includes case.

Features
  • Select alder body
  • Graphite-reinforced maple neck with modern C shape and satin polyurethane finish
  • 21 Medium Jumbo frets (9.5" radius)
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Deluxe chrome-plated steel bridge plate (strings-thru body or top load) with chromeplated brass saddles
  • Precision Bass split single-coil pickup (mid) and humbucker (bridge)
  • Pan pot for pickup switching
  • Master volume, pan pot, and 3-band active EQ
  • Lite-Bass tuners
  • Includes case
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FenderAmerican Deluxe Precision Bass
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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5.0

Top Notch Bass

By Rob Rocket

from Detroit, MI

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Pros

  • Activepassive Option
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Wide variety of tones

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    This bass offers everything I was looking for, and then some. It was perfectly set-up out of the box. All of the hardware and electronics are top-notch. It plays extremely smooth with great sustain. Finally, because this bass has a toggle switch to control whether you are using the passive or active option, the tonal possibilities are endless. And within each mode, passive or active, you have a lot of possibilities with the individual tone controls, and sweeping pickup control (allowing everything from 50/50 blend of bridge and neck pickups, to one or the other, and everything in between). In the active mode, you have bass, mid, and treble controls right there. You can get the traditional fat, low-end driving tone that the P Bass is known for by just using the dual neck pickup, or you can get a tone you would have never heard from a P Bass before. I can't say enough about this great instrument. I have the natural gloss, and it looks as great as it sounds. I'm sure I missed something, but basically as great as advertised, especially at that price point.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wicked!!

    By debbie dunkley

    from Wake Forest

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    I have been playing for 33 years. I have been pro, semi pro and now I just play for fun. I grew up in an era when there was a big influx of imported non Fender brands. I owned Arias Westones, Wals, as well as Rickenbackers and Musicman. Each and every one of them were excellent in their own way and I spent years avoiding the Fender band-wagon but was unable to find something I really loved. I got close a few years ago when I came across a '96 P deluxe. I bit the bullet and tried it out. I realized what I had been missing and it was very nearly everything I wanted. Then a few months ago I went into my local GC and tried the new P deluxe. OH MY !! It was love at first sight!! It had everything my other deluxe had and more. I loved the fact I could now choose between active and passive and save battery life. I found the bass better balanced on the strap - the older one was a bit neck heavy. I love being able to get the guitar to sound like a jazz or a P bass. It plays like a dream. Well, I finally found my bass after many years of searching and I will be selling pretty much all the others.................Yes... I love it THAT much!!!

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    5.0

    Finally.......

    By Deborah Dunkley

    from Wake Forest

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    I have owned Musicman, Aria, Westone, Yamaha over my 30 year playing career. I have spent my life searching for the perfect balance in sound, playability, finish, tonal response and overall comfort. I found it in this guitar. I already own a 1983 Precision and a 1996 Precision Deluxe. Ironically, I ordered the Jazz deluxe because I had played one in the store and really liked it but the salesman made a mistake and ordered the precision instead. When it arrived I was disappointed till I spent a few minutes with it and I was sold!! The craftsmanship is easily better than the P standard series and than most guitars out there. Fender doesn't always concentrate on high end hardware and factory finish but they pulled the stops out on this one!!! It is nicer than my 1996 Deluxe because I can choose active or passive and it is weighted better. I find the neck on my '96 to be too heavy and I am constantly adjusting my strap. This one hangs perfectly. Fender never set up their guitars from new and nor do the guitar stores it seems so spend some time getting everything the way you want it. I adjusted the truss rod, bridge and pickups and the intonation is 100%. I am very happy right now and I think my searching days are over. Now I can get on with playing - Rock on !!!!......

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    As Good As It Gets

    By William Gray

    from Portland, OR

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    I bought an American Deluxe P Bass a year ago and I can honestly say this is the best Fender bass I've ever played. Given that I also own a 1964 P Bass, that's saying something. My vintage bass is fabulous, but it's a one trick pony. With the American Deluxe I can access a wealth of tones, perfect for whatever song or genre I'm playing. The three band EQ, active/passive options, and P/J blending let me rule the bottom end or cut through the mix with ease. It's spendy, true, but considering how versatile it is, it's like getting 3 or 4 basses in 1. With this bass, you only need to take one bass to the gig. Truly 5 stars. Great job, Fender!

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    5.0

    Versatile as can be

    By Owen Clapp

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    I am very very happy with my recently purchased Fender American Deluxe P-Bass. Strung with some D'Adarrio medium gauge flatwounds, this bass can mimic anything from the grit of Entwistle's 1960's P-Bass to the brightness of Jaco's 70's jazz bass to the thump of Jamerson's P-Bass. The natural finish is gorgeous and matches well with the natural maple neck. The bass didn't come out of the box with a perfect setup, which I'm finding is typical of Fender instruments (even on the other American Deluxe Jazz Bass that I purchased.) If you can get the bass set up by a quality technician it will feel even better than it does right away. I use this bass with a Markbass Tube 800 and with the two voicing filters on there can get pretty much every sound you could ever want. To me, this bass has the visual aesthetic and the sonic flexibility that I like in an instrument.

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    4.0

    A very nice, and extremely versatile offering.

    By ROGER GUMBS

    from Baltimore, Md

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    I've got to say that I haven't found much on these besides a couple of youtube reviews by people I cannot understand (wish I did), or one half-assed one with terrible sound. Additionally, I haven't found much discussion on them either. Fortunately I was able to finally get my hands on one in a D.C. area Guitar Center. It's a 3 tone sunburst model, and looked and sounded very nice. I was/am impressed. Fit and finish were very good, with the only ding being a few of fret ends being a little sharp. This took away from the broken in feel the rolled edges were meant to offer. The finish looked amazing, and the rosewood on the fretboard is nice...no funny or out of place markings. The neck is comfortable, and I doesn't feel much different than my favorite 2008 American Std P bass. The sound is unique in a way. It may not please players who are expecting the traditional thumpy tone of a P bass. Even with the passive mode engaged/ P pickup soloed, and the tone rolled completely off, the notes still maintained some definition, which I personally thought was a plus. So far I've played it through my Markbass cmd 102p with eq set flat and both the VLE & VPF filters off. The pickup is reminiscent of the Original 62 imo. With both pickups on, and active mod selected, the bass was capable of getting some very, very crisp sounds that sounded somewhat similar to an active jazz bass. Roll the treble eq back about 1/2 way from the center detent, and boost some lows, and it gave me an amazingly defined, yet thick rock n' roll tone that could fit a classic rock, modern rock, and punk band with ease. The highs could get a little brittle sounding when cranked, but that was to be expected. Adding a little goes a long way with the preamp. Can I get a traditional P bass tone...sure...maybe not a gooey fat motown tone because of the strings, and the clarity of the particular pickups, but it can definitely cop a P bass with rounds sound without any problems. I didn't hear much noise except when cranking the highs/eq...but many preamps do this. I've played $2000 Warwicks with preamp noise when highs are turned up. The tone knob only works in passive mode, and works well. Active mode definitely boosts the volume by a couple of decibels when engaged, so you may have to turn down your bass's volume a bit if you go from active to passive in a live setting (probably a 2-4 decibel boost when engaged). All in all...I love the bass, especially because it actually has the passive option. For the price, it's also a good deal for what you're getting. It's only $350-400 more than an American Std, and I personally think sounds great as it comes (stock). Traditionalists may not find it appealing at first, but I would suggest they try it in passive mode first. The P/J pickups in passive mode are enough to cover a plethora of different genres of music, then when selecting active mode...keep an open mind, and turn your volume down a bit to compensate for the active boost. Baby steps with the active controls. Some small details that separate it from the American Standard (for the extra $350-400): preamp pearloid inlays schaller/fender strap locks strong arm string tree for A string a P/J setup as opposed to a single pickup asymmetrical neck This would have easily been a 5 star review if the fretwork was a little better. I'm hoping that once it settles at my house that things will correct themselves naturally.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass, Great Tones, Great Versatility, Great Value!!!

    By Chris Rodriguez

    from San Antoniio, TX

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    Let me start by saying I rarely if ever write reviews on music gear. I like this bass so much, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on it. I read all the reviews, watched all the YouTube videos I could find and with assurance I could return it if I didn't like it, I ordered and paid for a new Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass, ash body, maple fretboard, natural finish. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BASS!!! I've owned 3 Ken Smiths and several other nice basses over the 20+ years I've been playing and don't mind spending $$$$ on a high quality instrument. I've only owned 1 other Fender, an American Standard Jazz several quite a few years ago. I am completely impressed by the quality of construction and materials of this new P-bass. The PJ pickups, active/passive option and great woods make it possible of creating many different sounding and awesome tones. I was on the fence between this bass and the fretted Tony Franklin model. They both have PJ pickups but the option to also go active on the P-bass deluxe is what sold me on it. It's like the best of both worlds. And if you when you want to go active, a 3 band EQ with sweepable mid and 18-volt electronics you just can't go wrong. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BASS!!!

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A bass for every sound!

    By Tyler

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    Fender has outdone themselves! They took the popular design of the earlier Am. Deluxe models and crammed even more features under the pickguard! The N3 Jazz is completely noiseless and the pre-amp is much more responsive. The addition of a passive/active switch is the best new design, I think. Now a classic P-bass sound can be achieved without having to own another p-bass and can be a lifesaver when the battery dies. I'm unsure if Fender kept the electronics 18v or if they wired 2 9v for twice the capacity but the battery compartment does have 2 9v installed. The sound is very fender-like, as it should be, but the active electronics allow for a bigger, more present sound. The passive mode is like playing a Fender Am. Standard. The build is very strong and the looks are amazing. Fender really did an amazing job! The only complaint I have is that all finishes have either rosewood or maple, but not both as available options. Still, a great bass.

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    5.0

    Excellent Bass

    By Ron

    from Mesquite,Texas

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    I have an American Fender P-Bass I bought about five years ago. I wanted this one because of the active option. Wow.... it sounds so great. I am really glad I went ahead and got this one. Now I just have to sell my old P-Bass. Seriously, if you are going to get one get the Deluxe. It is definately worth the extra money in my opinion. I got the natural wood finish and the fit, look and detail are second to none. It is a great bass for a part-time guy like me. A pro can afford more, but I bet any pro out there could make it just fine with this model. I encourage anyone thinking of getting one to go and try one.

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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing bass..

    By John Samoskevich

    from kennesaw

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

    Ok..so its pricey..but I will tell ya this bass has it all. I have compared a couple basses to this model, one being a fender pbass hot rod and a pbass mexican deluxe. This bass was the badest of all. Clearly had every tone any musician would need. I played this bass thru a swr 500 and a 210 swr cabinet. At this price it is well worth it to step up from a MIM or any foreign bass. Go the extra cash it will be worth it in the long run and hold more value than any japan or MIM made bass.

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