Fender Deluxe Active P Bass Special, Navy Blue Metallic, Rosewood Fretboard
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- Pan back and forth between classic P Bass® and J Bass® tones and further tailor your tone with an active 3-band EQ.
- With a fast-action Jazz Bass® neck, this model offers speed, comfort, and nimble performance.
- Deluxe gig bag included.
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For today’s “active” bassist, Fender® offers the stylish and thunderous Deluxe Series Active Precision Bass® Special guitar. This huge-sounding hybrid model features an alder body with a single-ply beveled gold vinyl pickguard and a maple Jazz Bass® guitar neck (modern C shape) with a 20-fret, 9.5”-radius rosewood or maple fingerboard. Aboard are a standard alnico split single-coil Precision Bass pickup (middle) and a dual-coil ceramic Noiseless™ Jazz Bass pickup with nickel-plated pole pieces (bridge) with pan pot switching. Controls are master volume, pan and three-band active EQ with treble boost/cut (+/- 10 db at 8kHz, a shift in the cut frequency, and about a 2dB slope per octave), mid boost/cut (+10dB, -15dB at 500Hz, and a wide band slope) and bass boost/cut (+/- 12db at 40Hz, with a 4dB slope per octave). Other features include chrome hardware, American Vintage Precision Bass bridge, side-mounted jack and deluxe gig bag.
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I was really on the fence with the passive vs. active, and am glad I went active. You get such a great tone and don't have to work as hard to get it. I've had it 6+ months, rehearsing with the band about once a week plus practicing, and haven't changed the battery yet. They say every 6 months but I've gone more than that. The sound is clean --- no fuzz.
One of the big reasons I got the Active P is the multiple jazz and P pickups (the jazz is near the bridge, the P is nearer the neck). You can use one knob to mix between the two. Jazz gives you a cleaner tone and P gives you deeper tones (think Stones versus Floyd, respectively). So its easy to switch (or mix) between depending on the song. On-board 3 way EQ via the knobs lets you customize, but I tend to set it and leave it. Still, the 3-way EQ just can't be compared to a simple, single "tone" knob. Sometimes I'll adjust the mid-tone knob as it can really make a huge difference in the depth of the sound. Bridge is solid. So much more sustain on this than the other bass. On the final note of a song, if I don't mute the strings I'm the last one in the band playing as everyone fades. REALLY good sustain --- about 40 seconds on the open E.
I switched out the ugly gold pick guard for a custom white pearl. It looks really sharp now. The blue of the body is beautiful --- a deep, metallic flake. In a dark bar it looks almost black, but in the sun it is a gorgeous color. I thought the gold pick guard looked something like a high school's colors. Paid about $90 for the new one via terrapinguitars.com.
The gig bag that comes with it is a standard Fender bag, good quality, although it has more internal padding the others I have. Only drawback is the pocket isn't wide enough for a standard 3-ring binder (my music).
I didn't have to do any kind of adjustment out of the box. Action and neck was perfect.
I am so happy with my bass I am beside myself. Six months on I'm still loving it and can't imagine the need for anything else. Now, my amp that's another story. ;-)