Fender Deluxe Precision Bass Special

Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Neck profile: C
  • 20 Medium jumbo frets
  • Scale: Long scale
  • Nut width: 38.1 mm
  • Pickup: Dual coil ceramic noiseless jazz bass single coil (bridge) & vintage precision bass split single coil (middle)
  • Master volume control
  • Active 3-band EQ with treble boost/ cut
  • Bass boost/ cut and mid boost/ cut
  • Nickel/ chrome hardware
  • Fender himass bridge
  • Ex-Factory stringing: Fender NPS 7250M .045 - .105 (Art. 142933)
  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Deluxe gig bag included
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  • Blues Neck Bridge
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  • Fusion Bridge
  • Metal Neck Bridge
  • Rock Neck Bridge
  • Slap Neck Bridge

Further Information

Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 20
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System JP
Elektronic Active
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes
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excellent bass guitar
Borbeni, 21.02.2018
Consistently well-built and great sounding, this version of the ?P? bass offers active electronics and a very attractive price.

The look of this four-string bass is classic with its double cutaway body and Fender headstock. It also features a modern ?C?-shaped neck that plays well with a modern 12? radius and medium jumbo frets. The bass we tested was made in Mexico, and the finish and assembly details were perfectly done. If you like the feel of a Fender bass, you?ll feel at right at home with the familiar feel of this model.

In the electronics department is really where this bass is different. This Deluxe model has a versatile ?PJ? pickup configuration with a P-style Vintage Split single-coil neck pickup and dual-coil ceramic Noiseless J-style bridge pickup. The combination offers remarkable tonal versatility. Add to that a three-band EQ with treble, mid and bass boost/cut and an active/passive switch that allows you to switch between the traditional sound of a Precision Bass and all the variation presented by active electronics. It did take some playing time to get used to the location of the boost/cut controls, but the remarkable changes in tone that you can achieve is well worth the effort.

The tried-and-true combination of semi-hard alder and hard maple construction with a rosewood or maple fingerboard has proven itself over decades. Fender?s HiMass bridge on this instrument has a contemporary look and comes with the manufacturer claims of increased attack and sustain. As the name implies, it?s weighty and with lots of mass comes this bass?s great sustain, precise intonation and tuning stability. Two nine-volt batteries, to support that active electronics, are mounted in quick access carriers on the back of the body for easy replacement.

This hybrid version of Fender?s traditional Precision Bass retains the instrument?s classic look, solid playability and classic sound. It adds modern active electronics that make the bass more capable of getting new tones. No matter what style of music you play, you can find the bass tone you need and great playability with the Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass.
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Very playable and nice sounding bass
wfrank, 03.07.2020
Using the bass mainly for recording the different pickups offer lots of options for different sounds.
The playability is very nice and the bass is easy to get used to.
Only issues I have is that the switches and potentiometers sometimes make some scratchy noises.

But overall totally worth the price!
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Excellent product: great value for money
Fran The Man, 23.01.2019
1) Package: excellent. Very well protected. There are 2 boxes: exterior Thomann box + interior Fender box. The Fender box didn't have a scratch!
2) Bass: Inside the fender box there is the bass + gig bag (it doesn't look "deluxe" to me but it ain't bad either). The instrument is quite light (very easy to handle it), the playability is excellent (the neck is super smooth and it feels fantastic under the fingers). The paint job is adequate but not excellent (compared to a Fender American Stratocaster Deluxe). Inside the 2 battery boxes I found 2 Energizer batteries (not the crappy ones).

Conclusions: I am very happy with my purchase. It would have been great if the package would have contained a bass strap and a little flat screwdriver for the tone knobs. I will replace the gig bag with a better one since it doesn't protect the instrument well enough.
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Nouvelle Fender "Deluxe precision bass Special"
Jean-François910, 14.10.2016
Achetée pour une utilisation en live et en studio.
Au déballage la basse en jette . Pas de défaut de vernis.
C'est vraiment un très bel instrument.

Le corps de mon exemplaire est réalisé en 2 parties d'aulne. Il faut vraiment se concentrer pour voir la jonction sur la face arrière ( invisible sur la face avant de la basse). Le "sunburst 3 tons" est très bien réalisé. La plaque noire 3 plis est très classe et arrive protégée par un film plastique idem pour les micros.

Le manche est fait d'une seule pièce d'érable sans n½ud ni défaut . Le vernis satiné qui le protège est du plus bel effet et très agréable au touché. La largeur du sillet est empruntée à la Jazz Bass ( 38,1 mm ) donc plus facile a jouer pour les petites mains ( c'est mon cas). Avec un radius de 12" la touche est plus plate (donc un manche plus rapide) . Je ne m'en suis pas rendu compte tout de suite mais sur mon exemplaire l'insert de palissandre, au dos du manche, qui couvre la cavité du Truss-road a été mal fini et présente une très légère aspérité ( pas grave en soi mais je fini par faire une fixation...).

En ce qui concerne l'électronique de l'instrument : Les
micros sont très bons je "n'upgraderais" pas cette basse comme on est souvent amené a le faire sur les Fender Mexicaines . Le micro Précision est bien pêchu et le micro "Jazz bass noiseless" permet d'apporter d'autres nuances au son .
La basse est active ou passive : un swictch permet de choisir. C'est un vrai plus car l'ancien modèle ne le permettait pas. Le pre-ampli embarqué est très efficace.
Il n?y a pas possibilité de modifier la tonalité lorsque la basse est passive.
POTAR 1 master volume/ POTAR 2 balance entre les micros/ POTAR 3 equa basse/treble ( 2 en un ) et enfin POTAR 4 equa mid.
Le pré-ampli 18 v est alimenté par deux piles de 9 volts : Pas de vis a démonter pour le remplacement.
Et même si une PB US ELITE( ex deluxe us ) lui est supérieure en tous points ( 2200 euros tout de même) le rapport qualité prix de cette" Deluxe spécial"est,ma foi, très bon .
Bref c'est beau, ça sonne ,c'est polyvalent et c'est un mythe cette basse
Seul bemol ;La housse n'a de DELUXE que le nom . Il faut impérativement investir dans un bon case (SKB pour moi)
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