844-ZZOUNDS (844-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 20D-R1QW
close [x]
Available Hours (EST):
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM
  • Sat, Sun 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Free shipping on every order: no minimum, no exclusions. Fast 2-day shipping: free on 90% of orders.

Rating and Reviews: Fender Adam Clayton P-Bass

Pummel your audience with the same massive midrange growl as U2's Adam Clayton with his signature Fender P Bass in a limited edition Purple Sparkle finish.

User Ratings
Ease of Use
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
| | |

"Best P bass Ive played in years." submitted November 29, 2017

By John S in Kingsport, TN
Ease of Use
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Bassist 37 years.
Music Style: CCM, Praise, Rock, Classic Rock, Funk, Alt, Country, Blues
Back to Product Information
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: After careful consideration, I took a chance and invested in this bass. I've owned a significant number of Precisions over the years (haven't we all) and have yet to find my dream P. The 1963 AVRI P came really close. Amazing tone second only to Abby's hand wound stuff ! But I have never been a fan of 1.75 inch string spacing at the nut. I currently own a Precision Select. It has 1.62 inch spacing. But the problem with it is tone. Its good, but not amazing. And as reference should anyone care, for the last 3 years give or take, my main is a Dingwall Super J5. I received the Adam Clayton Sig P and immediately had a fit ! How in God's name can Fender continue to send 2,000.00 basses out the door with horrific set ups? 1/4 inch action at the 7th fret? I've seen better actions on uprights ! It was so bad that I almost packed the bass up and returned it. As for weight, My Dingwall SJ5 weighs exactly 8.5 pounds. The Clayton, feels a few ounces lighter. Guaranteed under 9 pounds. And yes. as an older guy that spends a lot of time with a bass dangling around my neck, weight matters. I simmered for a few hours and finally decided to make a quick pass on correcting set up issues. Adjusted truss rod, bridge, set intonation, and pick-up height. I didn't shoot for perfection, but did get a satisfactory set up on it. This obviously made a huge difference. Tone came alive on the bass and became far more comfortable to play. The neck is a dream and easily the best P neck I've ever played. While it has 1.50 string spacing at the nut (Jazz Spacing), it is thicker (neck depth) than most of the Jazz necks I've played. It is not a Jazz neck. Extremely comfortable. I don't feel it's cramped to play at all. A refreshing change as Fender seems to be hawking that 1.75 vintage neck and putting it on about everything. In addition to spending a few hours on it with the headphones on, I played it at church Sunday morning. I wanted to hear it through FoH as I had the Precision Select as a reference. While I could take or leave custom shop pick ups in the past, the specs chosen for this bass are incredible. Tone is both thick and focused on the bottom, if that's possible. It is in no way muddy. Low-mids and mids (That P bass magic) are glorious, without ever being honky. Highs are perfect for my taste. The sweet spot of slightly warm and crystal clear. And this is with Fender's stock strings of which I am not a fan. To my ears, they seem to have captured the sweet spot between modern P tones and vintage P tones without any of the respective negatives. It never got lost in the mix, nor did it ever sound clanky. To summarize, yes, this is a lot of money for a Precision. And I understand that because of the faster playing neck and the finish, it is not for everyone. But for my tonal tastes as someone that plays multiple genres, it is absolutely perfect. Frankly, I'm not sure I could do any better buying a Custom Shop or Master built. Fender doesn't make another Precision like this. Not even close. Forget about it being a signature bass. While I do respect Clayton (and the girth of his checkbook), I could care less that his name is on it. If you're looking for a Precision with both amazing tone and incredible playability, take a hard look at the Clayton Signature Precision. I rated manufacture support a 2 because of the horrific set up. Fender should be ashamed of themselves for letting a bass leave the factory like this.
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
844-zZounds (844-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 20D-R1QW. Llame Gratis en Español: 844-432-7449
Lunes-Viernes de 9AM a 7PM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Follow zZounds on:
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2017, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. Nobody Beats zZounds‘ Fast & Free Shipping

At zZounds, we know you want your gear fast, and shipped to you free of charge. That‘s why we have absolutely free ground shipping on every single order shipped within the continental United States. This includes heavy and oversized items. No minimum purchase required. No exclusions. We also ship over 90% of our orders with FREE 2-day shipping. We pull it all off with our strategically placed, coast-to-coast warehouses.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
no minimum

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!