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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Fenders New Performer & Player Bass Models

loubob

USA Corona

Dec 11th, 2018 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't read any threads regarding Fender's new Performer & Player basses.
Stopped in GC & Sam Ash today. Tried several out of both models as well as a 60's Original Jazz in a Candy Apple Red. Of course I watch several youtube video's for each product; however I'd be interested to get some initial feed back from owners. Any one care to comment?

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 12th, 2018 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a 2018 player series Precision bass durring
You thanksgiving Day sale. Has a nice feel to the neck, pickups decent sounding the coils are oval shape that remind me of a Fender 50’s Standard P bass I once had but the neck doesn’t feel kike a baseball bat as did the 50’s P (and was similar to a 57-58 Precision . Nut is nicely cut. The pots are large size but made in Korea and soldering is excellent as is the output Jack which is heavier duty similar to switchcraft . The small problems I found is the shafts being Metric are slightly smaller diameter than the nicely made probably USA made knobs with a set screw Tuning keys are old school as is Bridge, joy to play. After a setup it has low action nice even frets. No decernable dead spots.,changed to Hipsot HB7 27:1 tuners. Changed stock pickup to Fender Vintage 3 pickups and tried dfseveral sets of strings including Fender 7250 D’Addario NYXL rounds iin .043-.100 , .050-.105’s NYXL Rounds
Followed by .043-.100 LaBella low tention then finally.043-.100
TI Jazz flats. If you like Rounds I suggest NYXL .050-.105s great tone, string balance and intonation. If you don’t like the low the low tension of TI Jazz Flats suggest you try the LaBella low tension. It is not as floppy as TI’s but not elevator cables either. My favorite and what I am sticking with is TI Jazz Flats. Great clear balanced tones from lows to highs. I have adjusted to them pluck light to medium and they are great.
Something in the tone of Chromes grates on my nerves. Doesn’t bother some but the Chromes do not feel as smooth to tge fingers as LaBella low tension flats or TI Jazz flats.

Hope this clears some mud

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 01:17 PM, Dec 12th, 2018)

loubob

USA Corona

Dec 12th, 2018 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bubbalou; Thank you.I appreciate the review especially the details regarding the components. It's impressive for the price. Do you know what type of wood they used for the neck. The two that I played have no grain - completely clear wood? Is this characteristic of the lower price point basses from Fender?
Thanks again!

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 13th, 2018 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Body is Alder. Neck Maple with Maple Fret Board

loubob

USA Corona

Dec 13th, 2018 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you; the one's I played had what
appeared to be a rosewood fret board and presumably a maple neck?

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 14th, 2018 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

loubob, Notice you live in Corona have you ever visited Fender there?

Concerning the non maple fret-board, they use Pau Ferro on the Player series and Elites. Reason is the amount paperwork and cost of bringing each Stack of Rosewood into the USA would drive the prices of the instrument way up according to what I read. Some Pau Ferro has grain, some light, some dark and with no grain. It is what it is. They said it does change the tone a little but didn't say if that was a good or bad thing. Maybe since you played some you can tell us loubob

loubob

USA Corona

Dec 20th, 2018 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bubbalou; sorry for the slow response. I have been traveling. Yes, I visited the fender factory several times plus the custom shop. All my visits were several years ago when they first moved to Corona. I don't recall now how many years it was after their moved; however I got to meet and visit often with John Page when he started the Fender Museum which is now closed. His first assistant went to the same church that I attended, so I was able meet with him from time to time. (Great guy) I've also known a couple of employees that use to work there; one in the Amp shop, another in the custom shop. I moved to Corona in 1974 however recently moved north about 25 miles to Rancho Cucamonga, CA. I didn't plug in any of the models (Player, Performer or the one Original 60's Jazz) however I noticed all of the necks on these models are clear - no wood grain at all. I've never either seen or noticed it before which is the reason for my post. BTW - personal opinion - the professional models seem to be a much more quality instrument in terms of the wood components.

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 21st, 2018 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

loubob, I fully agree that the Fender American Pro is a better bass as I own a Pro and a Player series. Having said that, the Later is a good bass for the money. At least the one with a Maple Fret board that I have.
By the way that was pretty cool you special meeting via their assistant who attended your church.

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