Submitted August 27, 2019 by Enoch C in Rome, GA
"A great playing bass with an even better sound"
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I'm primarily an active-bass player and I was in the market for a P Bass when I came across the P Bass Special Deluxe. I was really wanting a p/j setup for the punch of the P bass pickups and the added versatility of having the J bridge pickup. This thing does not disappoint at all. In active mode, you can dial in just about any tone you need. I mainly play Motown-type stuff to Sublime/reggae stuff, but I play a lot of everything in between and have been able to dial in a great tone for any situation and it cuts through the mix like a hot knife through butter. In all honesty, this bass is way more versatile than my Deluxe Jazz bass (for my needs, at least). Passive mode is a really neat feature to have. While there is no tone control, (only pickup balance and volume), the sound is really, really good. Paired with a good amp, you'll be able to dial it in any way you'd like. I've read mixed things about the passive mode not actually working without batteries, but I can confirm that passive mode DOES NOT require you to have batteries at all. No real complaints from me, but I will say this, the bridge pickup is a tad on the thin side when it's panned solo. Not a big deal to me and I really don't see why anyone would play a P/J bass with the J pickup soloed. But, that may be important to you.
Super great sound. One of the better Fenders I've ever played and hands down best bass I've owned so far. Suits my needs perfectly and if you're a fan of the Fender tone, this one shouldn't disappoint.
Everything feels solid for the most part. The knobs are okay, but that's nothing major to me. The active/passive feature is really cool to have, even if there is no tone control in passive mode. The 3 band active EQ is top notch.
Ease of Use
Super easy to play. Quick jazz neck, but yet feels beefier than my Jazz Bass Deluxe. I like it a lot better.
Quality looked good right out of the box for the most part. I did have to adjust the bass side P pickup. When it was installed, the head to the top screw pushed the pickup itself too far in, so there was a super steep slant. No damage to the pickup itself and was an easy fix. And the treble knob had to be tightened up after falling off. No big deal there, either. Everything else is superb.
I think this bass is priced fair. The sound is incredible and all my complaints are minor. The Fender American Elite P Bass is the only thing similar and it'll run you over twice as much as this one will. I really don't think anyone would be displeased with this one.
Haven't felt a need to contact Fender, so no comment here.
The Wow Factor
Super beautiful bass with an even prettier tone. Active/passive switch. This thing is a killer. Super wow from me.
12 years - Jamming, Semi-professional
Motown, Reggae, Rock, Blues
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