Fender American Performer Precision Bass Review

Fender American Performer Precision Bass Review



so today we're checking out the brand new lineup from Fender the American performer series I always think when I'm trying a new bass line out it's the first thing that I think anyone's gonna think about whenever they're trying a bass whether it's new or old is like is it fun to play is it something that feels good to you does it inspire you to play new things or the same things better or is it just does it just feel good and right out of the box very minimal set up into these things they're just fun to play I mean I'm a Fender player you know I live and die with the P bass man and this felt at home it felt really good to play right away so you know a lot of fun and got some really familiar tones with that kind of a new twist on them a little bit so this is the precision bass there's four different colors as you'll see in the other shot this is satin Lake Placid blue it's also in a three tone sunburst or three color sunburst Olympic white and penny which is kind of a burgundy kind of sparkly kind of miss thing going on there Inchon fiveaces the nut super-familiar satin finish on the neck and on the headstock oversized headstock on these guys at least it is on I think it's maybe the same thing that's normally on bases anyway it looks really good and like I said this is satin Lake Placid so no fingerprints man that's a bonus you know you're on you're on the stage with the lights of glaring on you don't know and seeing all those nasty fingerprints on there nothing that bothers me because it shows that you're playing but nonetheless a cool little option there like I said engine five eight nine and a quarter radius so modern see profile on the neck so everything's really very fender assured me great price point that pops out for an american-made instrument so if you're a beginner or an intermediate player that wants to step into an american-made instrument this makes it you know a few hundred dollars more accessible to you if you're a pro player that you know might already own american-made instruments or high-end instruments this is a nice gigging basis you're not afraid to sort of be rough with and take out travel with you know because it is a little bit less expensive in in typical fender p-bass mold no frills but you will notice one big big thing here is this pickup right here it's got a jazz bass pickup and now that's stock in the line and opinion I love that my main base isn't as an older American standard that has a P and a J and it passive the only other P&J stuff you can get is like elite or deluxe that is active and passive so it gives you that option for having active for my personal playing style the gigs that I play a lot of the sessions that I do the recording sessions passive tends to work better I'm big into effects they tend to interact with pedals in a more uniform fashion so I like passive the added weight that's something that's active and passive gives you with having the battery in there and the additional electronic components isn't necessarily worth it to me that's just me but anyway this is a great great addition that they're doing here stock on the P based model was adding the J base pickup tone-wise the thing that I played at the intro was just the p base pickup very very very p base ish obviously woody round really fat sounding no and i started to bring in that j base pick up and we'll just go wide open on both you're going to hear a little bit more top and in a little bit of articulation to it I might want to like roll the tone back just a bit on that if you're going for the slap thing that's gonna you know that's gonna add a nice dimension to getting that moderate kind of slap tone and then just the J pickup you're gonna get the same harmonic things I play in all of my videos can't get away from the man and if you're playing you know the finger style stuff back there it's all jazz bass that's all bridge jazz bass sound right and this particular model I'm playing here obviously with the bright neck you're noticing that's maple so that's gonna be a little bit brighter be right back and I'll show you the rosewood stuff so now I got the rosewood one in my hand near and dear to my heart this is exactly like my bass that I play on my old American Standard except mine as a jazz bass knuckle on it exactly like the blue one that I was just playing except with the rosewood so we're gonna start just with the P bass pickup that's it tone and about 7580 closer to 80 I'll play kind of the same thing and you'll hear a little less top-end to it and a little bit more warm that you get out of the rosewood yeah it sounds great man blast and also another note that I noticed when switching bases they're both really really light which is cool it's kind of the fad right now everyone wants lighter weight bases including myself when I'm playing a three hour gig I don't want an 11 pound instrument on my shoulders it just starts to kill you the professional in me tells me this is probably around eight and a half nine pounds maybe lighter than that actually maybe that's it closer to eight eight and a half so we'll bring in the Jay pickup you're gonna notice that articulation kind of popped through again they're really bright I would like to roll that tone off a little bit for my taste and then just a J pick up again so yeah I mean it gives you everything that you need great gigging bass great bass for a pro great bass for an intermediate player great bass for someone that's just beginning that might have a little more budget than than some people but you get yourself into an american-made bass at a really comfortable price point they really really play nice no hardshell case they do come with gig bags so that's one sort of difference and you're gonna see from a gear perspective from the American Pro Series but a very very at home feeling bass and an absolute joy to play like I said anytime you get a new bass or a new line is it fun these definitely fit the bill so you could check them out online at Empire music online comm and you call me personally at the shop for one two three four three five two nine nine I'll talk bass with you all day and that's it thanks for watching guys

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