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Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special - Black Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from Rolling Prairie Indiana February 5, 2016

    Deluxe P-Bass

    Ordered a new Deluxe P day after Thanksgiving, 2005 I believe...Arrived before Christmas and I picked it up and thought they sent the wrong bass...More knobs than I was expecting...After a bit of checking, the owner of the store I purchased it from told me that it's the correct bass..Seems that at that time, Fender updated the bass to include active electronics versus the previous passive volume/tone controls...Considered not buying it, as I already had an Ibanez SR800 and was tired of dealing with batteries (having to unplug the cord as to not kill the battery) in that one, but the store owner encouraged (kinda demanded actually..lol) me to go plug into a similar amp to what I have and "test drive" it before making my decision...The tone absolutely blew me away immediately!!..First practice with my band and it became my favorite bass, and now in 2016, remains my favorite...My only gripe with mine was the gold colored pickguard on a candy apple red bass with a maple fretboard...Just wasn't "me"...Within a month I had replaced it with a mirror chrome pickguard, which improved the looks a million percent...The gold on black looks much better, though if I bought another one I'd still probably swap it out...lol...I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one, though my wife would be questioning "why", and I have recommended it to my buddies, even letting them play it and see how it feels to them...Haven't looked at them for a few years now, and surprised the price is still in the $700 range, expected it to be closer to $900 now...Well worth the price...

  • from USA May 25, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist, Worship Leader

    Excellent Bass for the money

    Great bass with quality features and tone, especially for the price. Nice, slim Jazz bass neck with comfortable satin finish. P Bass body with combination pickups. Very large tonal range, you really can get a wide variety of sounds out of this guitar. Very lightweight body makes it extremely comfortable to play for extended periods of time. Looks amazing, feels great and sounds great too. Nice gig bag but I think the guitar is worth upgrading to a hardshell case.

  • from November 12, 2015


    Precision body and j neck, P/j pickups with blend, hi/low stack and mid eq, active... awesome sound and alot of variation.. great bass

  • from Kansas December 11, 2012Music Background:
    45 years as hobbyist

    Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special

    Friendly service, Competitive price, Quick shipping, quality product!

  • from Boynton Beach, Florida November 19, 2014Music Background:
    Pro musician, recording engineer. retired.

    Good bass, but not my favorite

    I was expecting this bass to be a bit better than it is. MIM of course. Had a few blemishes, but nothing to really mention. I like the sound of the P-bass pickup, but the jazz by the bridge leaves a lot to be desired. It seems to me to serve no purpose by itself. Lots of buzzzzzzz.....both blended seems OK. Mainly I just use the P pickup and turn off the J. It has the classic P-bass sound. Neck is very nice, easy to play. The pots scratch a bit and this bass is not even a year old....????? I should have just bought a P-bass and saved a bit of cash for reasons above. I have 11 basses and this one lands somewhere in the middle of the pack.....

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