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Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]
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4-string bass guitar from Fender belonging to the Precision Bass series.

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  • tubarttubart

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 09/16/08 at 15:36
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Mexican Fender 4 Strings
    Alder Fund
    Channel maple Jazz Bass
    maple or rosewood key
    1 split-coil Alnico humbucker standard in medium position
    1 humbucker in the bridge position Noiseless winding
    9v electronic active: 1 master volume, 1 micro pan for assaying at will the signal from the two microphones,
    a first equalizer 2 bands on split-pot (+ booster booster severe acute) and finally a knob to accentuate the mids.

    USE

    For those who like Fender nothing changes compared to another Precision Bass: gaming optimum comfort is little we like quite wide handle; the one I tried had not been settled but with a few key tricks allen should be on top.

    SOUNDS

    The sound of this Me…
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    Mexican Fender 4 Strings
    Alder Fund
    Channel maple Jazz Bass
    maple or rosewood key
    1 split-coil Alnico humbucker standard in medium position
    1 humbucker in the bridge position Noiseless winding
    9v electronic active: 1 master volume, 1 micro pan for assaying at will the signal from the two microphones,
    a first equalizer 2 bands on split-pot (+ booster booster severe acute) and finally a knob to accentuate the mids.

    USE

    For those who like Fender nothing changes compared to another Precision Bass: gaming optimum comfort is little we like quite wide handle; the one I tried had not been settled but with a few key tricks allen should be on top.

    SOUNDS

    The sound of this Mexican is very respectable, active EQ is very effective against by the Noiseless pickups ... You must love. I do not particularly like the way they react, but if not in all, there is still a good sound fender, all around an electronics that allows to juggle a lot of styles. Try it and compare the Noiseless ... You must love.

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    Good value for money, definitely. If you want it to sound Fender, there is no 50 solution. After the US range of inputs in the same price range, we must know what we are looking. A good end to the tool.
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  • Anonymous

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 06/25/09 at 11:48
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    In which country she does doing? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France ...)

    Mexico
    How many frets, what kind of microphone and their configuration?

    Micro jb noiseless micro precision standard easel body
    What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?
    What rglages (volume, Tone slecteur micro ...)?

    1 volume general, bass, mid, treble and a final micro knob for work bowl or not.
    What type of race?

    Jb "C" shape


    USE

    Is the handle enjoyable?

    This is a big "pav with rosewood fretboard (for me) I find very organic!
    The access to acute (desti- nations most recently freight) is it easy?

    If you got sausages fingertips has going to be easy.
    Ergonomics is it good (in terms of sha…
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    In which country she does doing? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France ...)

    Mexico
    How many frets, what kind of microphone and their configuration?

    Micro jb noiseless micro precision standard easel body
    What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?
    What rglages (volume, Tone slecteur micro ...)?

    1 volume general, bass, mid, treble and a final micro knob for work bowl or not.
    What type of race?

    Jb "C" shape


    USE

    Is the handle enjoyable?

    This is a big "pav with rosewood fretboard (for me) I find very organic!
    The access to acute (desti- nations most recently freight) is it easy?

    If you got sausages fingertips has going to be easy.
    Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?

    Super balanced and comfortable

    Gets it easy to sound good? ...dropoff Window

    Yes


    SONORITS

    Appropriate are your style of music?

    Oooooooh yes! I'm gonna cum!
    With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?

    The currently Markbass LMII and Ampeg 410
    What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold", ....)?

    granular, dynamic, sub, lower medium, dfini, rich and prcis! The fender grain is beautiful is good l. I have regl the handle and adjusted the microphones; very important! Who love good sound transparency, skip your turn. it is an active character but tempering fender well!

    ZE sound!

    There are surely better but not what the price I think.
    What sonorits you prfrez, you dtestez?

    I love them all!


    NOTICE GLOBAL

    How long have you use it?

    2 months
    What is the particular feature you like best and least?

    very good performance of the agreement, powerful sonority or more markers. The look is not the one that I prefer but it hides his game naughty.
    Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

    Yes, Ibanez ATK 300 Squier Precision, Cort A4, Ibanez Sr I know what Fender jazz bass deluxe, Yamaha RBX, washburn taurus t-24 ...
    How do you report qualitprix?

    Very good (new 699)
    With experience, you do again this choice? ...dropoff Window

    Yes
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  • datsudatsu

    A super good bass.

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 12/16/13 at 02:35
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    As mentioned before this is a Mexican. Mexican production is really good. It is obvious on the series a little "high end".

    UTILIZATION

    The handle JB is mounted on a body of Precision. The handle is a treat for the body against "massive". Playing sitting I feel torn.
    on the other hand at his is ecstasy! The best of both worlds. Perfect for those like me who do not know decide.

    Of course everything is subjective ;)

    SOUNDS

    Big potato on a Rumble 100. Very big sound (not necessarily fat) on the micro Precision. The micro Jazz used for finer stuff like fusion or funk / slap. But for the big rock that I love I served.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I got this weekend. Opini…
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    As mentioned before this is a Mexican. Mexican production is really good. It is obvious on the series a little "high end".

    UTILIZATION

    The handle JB is mounted on a body of Precision. The handle is a treat for the body against "massive". Playing sitting I feel torn.
    on the other hand at his is ecstasy! The best of both worlds. Perfect for those like me who do not know decide.

    Of course everything is subjective ;)

    SOUNDS

    Big potato on a Rumble 100. Very big sound (not necessarily fat) on the micro Precision. The micro Jazz used for finer stuff like fusion or funk / slap. But for the big rock that I love I served.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I got this weekend. Opinion very hot so I would supplement then.

    I was looking for a JB for its ergonomics. By chance I came over and I asked lamely test. Comfort handle, flattering aspect of the electronics have convinced me. Finally especially my wife who has offered me.
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  • myzenmyzen

    Great bass for the money

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 12/08/12 at 08:15
    This is a great bass for the money. Made in Mexico. The electronics are quiet and clear. The P/J pups are a great way to go. The controls for the active pups offer a great range of sound. I upgraded the bridge to a bad ass bridge to offer out standing sustain. I also had to upgrade the bad gold pic guard. The combo of a jazz bass neck and the precision is the best of both worlds. I have an American Fender Deluxe Bass as well that cost 3 times as much and I play the Mexican bass more.


    UTILIZATION

    Easy bass to play. It sounded great before I had it set up. The sound is crazy great very crisp and sharp on the high end and powerful low end. This is a very light weight bass. It is muc…
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    This is a great bass for the money. Made in Mexico. The electronics are quiet and clear. The P/J pups are a great way to go. The controls for the active pups offer a great range of sound. I upgraded the bridge to a bad ass bridge to offer out standing sustain. I also had to upgrade the bad gold pic guard. The combo of a jazz bass neck and the precision is the best of both worlds. I have an American Fender Deluxe Bass as well that cost 3 times as much and I play the Mexican bass more.


    UTILIZATION

    Easy bass to play. It sounded great before I had it set up. The sound is crazy great very crisp and sharp on the high end and powerful low end. This is a very light weight bass. It is much lighter and smaller than my American deluxe or Arodine bass.

    SOUNDS

    I use the Fender Rumble 350 and 150 as a kite. This bass is great for sharp heavy rock sound. I keep the active gain up all the way for ease of play and a crisp sound.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I love the weight and look most. The price is very reasonable. I have payed much more for less. I have a few fender basses and this is one of my favorites.
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  • Flo667Flo667

    Correct for its price

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 08/03/12 at 17:48
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Bass with a body shaped alder Precision and Jazz handle type (at least for that width) made in Mexico.
    Maple neck with maple fingerboard with 20 frets in one piece.
    Precision micro-type in the neck position and a type Jazz at the bridge.
    Settings: volume, balance, bass and treble (knob concentric) and mediums.
    This is an active low powered by a 9V battery which access is done by unscrewing the back plate (a trap was clipped be welcome ...)
    Bridge "Vintage" (tip sheet folded) lifts open and synthetic bone nut.
    Comes in a deluxe padded cover with a key BTR for the truss rod and 5 year warranty.

    UTILIZATION

    In terms of ergonomics is of a Fender neck so pleasant, access t…
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    Bass with a body shaped alder Precision and Jazz handle type (at least for that width) made in Mexico.
    Maple neck with maple fingerboard with 20 frets in one piece.
    Precision micro-type in the neck position and a type Jazz at the bridge.
    Settings: volume, balance, bass and treble (knob concentric) and mediums.
    This is an active low powered by a 9V battery which access is done by unscrewing the back plate (a trap was clipped be welcome ...)
    Bridge "Vintage" (tip sheet folded) lifts open and synthetic bone nut.
    Comes in a deluxe padded cover with a key BTR for the truss rod and 5 year warranty.

    UTILIZATION

    In terms of ergonomics is of a Fender neck so pleasant, access to acute correct and it does not sting the nose too. on the other hand if you have back problems its weight can be prohibitive, and it takes a much wider belt to not cut into the shoulder.

    His side is versatile but with character and that's why I chose him. I wanted an active bass and I was left on an Ibanez SR700 with Bartolini pickups. I liked the Ibanez, comfortable, lightweight and a wide enough range of sounds, but once plugged the Fender ... slap, much potato and a more vitamins, less goes everywhere.
    I also compared other Ibanez and Cort in the same price range, the only one that could make me hesitate was a BTB with a kit EMG, but the handle way too flat ATK does not please me.

    SOUNDS

    Config with a P / J and a 3-band preamp was something to have fun and find happiness in many registers. The neck pickup alone gives a big rock sound but with plenty of attack quickly loses its definition. And the bridge pickup alone gives many acute, according to the type of game settings and it's more or less annoying.
    Just find the right balance between the pickups and correct frequency if necessary, personally I prefer to make my settings on the amp.

    In group I put everything to 12 and the balance in circles for potato neck pickup and biting bridge pickup, a pick, a distortion and go for the big Hard-Core that spot.

    But the finger and slap it sends it right.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It'll soon be three years since I played with and in its price range in nine honestly she is doing. Against by the bridge is pathetic, I replaced it with a Gotoh (45 €) is the day and night. The factory settings were not good either, the bridge pickup much lower, so its a big difference.
    I also replaced the belt fasteners with lock strap, the problem I had is that one of them is unscrewed (a piece of toothpick with wood glue, we saw over and 're done)
    By gold against the pickguard ... and as this is a special model unless they do make a custom one can not replace.

    Overall I'm satisfied, but with experience, for the same budget I would look to the opportunity to have a better quality instrument, as in Sandberg example.
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  • MountAnDewMeMountAnDewMe

    Tons of bass for the money

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 07/28/12 at 18:47
    This offering from Fender comes from their plant in Mexico. It is considered a best of both worlds bass taking features from both the Precision and Jazz bass. I own the Blizzard Pearl model with a maple neck.
    The bass is equipped with a 20 fret Jazz type neck. There are options available for maple or rosewood except for the navy blue metallic which is only available with the rosewood fret board. This bass comes standard with a vintage type bridge where the string rest on a barrel type saddle.
    The bridge allows for adjusting the string height and intonation of the individual strings and is finished in chrome. The bridge also holds the strings ball ends and does not have…
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    This offering from Fender comes from their plant in Mexico. It is considered a best of both worlds bass taking features from both the Precision and Jazz bass. I own the Blizzard Pearl model with a maple neck.
    The bass is equipped with a 20 fret Jazz type neck. There are options available for maple or rosewood except for the navy blue metallic which is only available with the rosewood fret board. This bass comes standard with a vintage type bridge where the string rest on a barrel type saddle.
    The bridge allows for adjusting the string height and intonation of the individual strings and is finished in chrome. The bridge also holds the strings ball ends and does not have a string through body option.
    This bass is equipped with both a P and a J style pickup. These are the vintage noiseless variety and work in tandem with the onboard active electronics. Both pickups are controlled by a single volume control, which is the first knob. Instead of a traditional selector switch the second knob acts as a blend switch. At each extreme of this knob one individual pickup will be active while the other is silent. As the knob travels between extremes the pickups are blended in varying degrees. There is also a center detent on this knob which offers an equal amount of the P and J pickup.
    The next 2 knobs are responsible for the active equalization of the bass. The third knob in the series is actually a two part knob where the smaller top hat of the control adds or cuts the high end and the larger skirt of the knob does the same for the bass frequencies. They both have a center detent to indicate unity with altering of the tone. The fourth and final knob controls the midrange frequency and as the third knob it also has a center detent for unity gain and adds or subtracts midrange frequency as it is dialed away from center. The electronics are active and do require a 9 volt battery in order to operate.


    UTILIZATION

    This offering from Fender is a solidly built instrument. It feels substantial when held and is well balanced. The neck is fully accessible and plays very easily. The quality of the fretwork and neck build allow for action to be set to preference as long as the user has the neck set up properly. The bass sits very comfortably on the knee but as with many full size basses might get shoulder heavy after a long session. The bass sits very comfortable against the body and the contour on the lower bout affords a high level of comfort to the picking hand.
    Being a best of both worlds design this bass is very easy to get that sound you are looking for as well as some you might not have expected from it. The pickups are quiet as the name suggests but still retain that open sound. The electronics offer a huge amount of useable control but be careful as they do allow for large decibel increases and will easily overload if the user does not use the volume in tandem with all the gain available. This bass is capable of producing just about any sound that might be in your head.


    SOUNDS

    I use this bass in three different situations. I use a fender bassman amp for one, Amplitube, Ampeg edition for another, and the last is with a Tech 21 Para D.I. box. In all three instances the bass has exceeded my expectations. My main reason for this purchase was to have a bass that would offer that classic P bass sound but have the flexibility to do other styles when the situation called for it.
    It covers P bass tones from Steve Harris to Roger Waters up to my greatest expectations. I am overly impressed however with the pop and slap style that it can also achieve. As I alluded to earlier this bass also has enough equalization variance and gain to achieve heavier or more distorted tones.
    I play and record music from heavy metal to old classic rock as well as some worship music. I find that unlike my other bass or others I have tried over the years in this price range this instrument pleases wherever it is applied.


    OVERALL OPINION

    I believe this bass to be one of those truly great values that so few instruments offer. I have tried a few bases out and for the money this one could not be beaten. I have played more expensive instruments that have been better but that is to be expected. It would take over double the price in my opinion to top this instrument. The sound quality and build have exceeded my expectations but at this price point and with a mostly machine build there are variances in quality that should be noted.
    First off the neck is very playable and the frets are set and crowned nicely, the instrument does intonate well across the whole board, but without the niceties like rolled edges you would find on a higher priced model. The bridge is useable but I fully understand that a higher mass bridge would be better for it. The finish is comparable to my American series guitars but with very minute tiny flaws that have to be closely examined to see. One was a slight swirl in the finish color that is a tad darker and the other a slight bump as if something got caught under the finish or a spot missed sanding between the bridge and control area. Both of these are minute and would not call for a return of the instrument I am just highly observant and picky about my gear. The bass played and sounded too phenomenal to try another or nit pick, I have seen many higher priced instruments suffer worse over the years. The only other gripe is aesthetic and an easy fix, the gold pick guard is defiantly an acquired taste to say the least.
    Given my experience I would replace this instrument in a heartbeat if it were lost or stolen. It has taken me from someone that plays a bass because he had no choice to someone who now loves the bass playing experience.
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  • MGR/Joel MMGR/Joel M

    Fender Deluxe P-Bass Special

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 04/24/04 at 15:00
    Well, I wen to the local guitar center convinced i was gonna get the hoppus signature. The delixe p-bass caight the corner of my eye, so i decided to give at a try. I was shocked. It just matched perfectly with me. It was only my second bass, and I pretty much sucked. I picked this up and i was already better. I could play faster and more technically with my hand that anything in the store. I got it for $750. This kicks the mark hoppus sognature in the ass

    The neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also like the feel of the p-bass body, and the pickups are placed nicely. I also like the j-bass pickup so i can get a little twang when needed. It feelse perfect.

    so far nothing, the pickguard gets …
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    Well, I wen to the local guitar center convinced i was gonna get the hoppus signature. The delixe p-bass caight the corner of my eye, so i decided to give at a try. I was shocked. It just matched perfectly with me. It was only my second bass, and I pretty much sucked. I picked this up and i was already better. I could play faster and more technically with my hand that anything in the store. I got it for $750. This kicks the mark hoppus sognature in the ass

    The neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also like the feel of the p-bass body, and the pickups are placed nicely. I also like the j-bass pickup so i can get a little twang when needed. It feelse perfect.

    so far nothing, the pickguard gets a little dirty but thats just how I play.

    Built Ford Tough

    Absolutely perfect. It has the feel of a fender, the quality of Gibson, and the sound of whatever has the best sound

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

    Fender Deluxe P - Bass Special

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 06/02/03 at 15:00
    Got it at Guitar Center for $500. I love the p-bass sound, and the jazz bass sound/feel.

    What I love about this bass, is that it's got a p-bass body, with a jazz bass neck. So even though it looks as if you're playin a p-bass, it feels like a jazz bass. You can also get pure p-bass tone, AND a pure, clean jazz bass tone. And I love how you can merge the two bass sounds together.

    It's all good.

    Fender was building quality guitars and basses 40 years ago, and still are today.

    When I first decided to get a bass, I couldn't decide between a p-bass, and a jazz bass. Then when I played this bass, I knew what I wanted. If you're in the same position as I was, or even if you want an all around…
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    Got it at Guitar Center for $500. I love the p-bass sound, and the jazz bass sound/feel.

    What I love about this bass, is that it's got a p-bass body, with a jazz bass neck. So even though it looks as if you're playin a p-bass, it feels like a jazz bass. You can also get pure p-bass tone, AND a pure, clean jazz bass tone. And I love how you can merge the two bass sounds together.

    It's all good.

    Fender was building quality guitars and basses 40 years ago, and still are today.

    When I first decided to get a bass, I couldn't decide between a p-bass, and a jazz bass. Then when I played this bass, I knew what I wanted. If you're in the same position as I was, or even if you want an all around GREAT bass, buy this one, it's definately worth it.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Ben ArcherMGR/Ben Archer

    Fender Deluxe Series P Bass

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 12/26/02 at 15:00
    I got this bass for christmas on sale at Avenue Guitars for about $760cdn.

    Of course since its a fender its gotta be pretty good but some of the things i really like about this bass is the quality of the pick ups and the special jazz pickup it comes with. i also like the color(mat black) and the bridge

    there isnt much i dont like about this guitar, but im only an intermediate player who probably doesnt push this bass to the max.

    I really like the quality and look of this bass even though it is made in Mexicoi have had no problems and ive never heard of any one having any problems with this bass.

    I highly recomend this Bass to any intermediate or even some advanced bass players. Also i…
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    I got this bass for christmas on sale at Avenue Guitars for about $760cdn.

    Of course since its a fender its gotta be pretty good but some of the things i really like about this bass is the quality of the pick ups and the special jazz pickup it comes with. i also like the color(mat black) and the bridge

    there isnt much i dont like about this guitar, but im only an intermediate player who probably doesnt push this bass to the max.

    I really like the quality and look of this bass even though it is made in Mexicoi have had no problems and ive never heard of any one having any problems with this bass.

    I highly recomend this Bass to any intermediate or even some advanced bass players. Also i think that unless your an expert its better to stick with the mexican made basses, because the American one is twice as much

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Mike RMGR/Mike R

    Fender Deluxe P-Bass Special

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special [2005-2015]Published on 12/22/02 at 15:00
    Bought it at Guitar Center for $490 as a step up from my original $150 Yamaha bass.

    I like the solidness and action, the fact that it has both P and J pickups as well as the P body and J (slimmer) neck, and the feel of the neck. And looks great in sunburst with gold anodized pick guard. I also like the side-mounted output jack.

    Tuners are kind of coarse and the original pickups were too trebly for my taste. Kind of neck-heavy.

    Excellent construction, everything tight and well finished.

    A well constructed, sturdy Fender that suits me just fine.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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    Bought it at Guitar Center for $490 as a step up from my original $150 Yamaha bass.

    I like the solidness and action, the fact that it has both P and J pickups as well as the P body and J (slimmer) neck, and the feel of the neck. And looks great in sunburst with gold anodized pick guard. I also like the side-mounted output jack.

    Tuners are kind of coarse and the original pickups were too trebly for my taste. Kind of neck-heavy.

    Excellent construction, everything tight and well finished.

    A well constructed, sturdy Fender that suits me just fine.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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