#1
OK, I got asked this the other day and found that I could not answer it in any other way than "it's vintage." Here goes: What is the deal with the Fender Vintage Basses?

I know that they're modeled after something really old and revered... but do they really play and sound better? The best I've ever tried from Fender was American Deluxe, so I have no way of knowing. But I'd like to know once and for all if Vintage really does at least sound better than the other Fenders, or if I'm paying the extra couple hundred bucks just to be able to say that I bought Vintage?

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#2
I haven't tried them myself but unless they get really old wood that's dried out fully(like a real vintage bass would be) vintage in this case means only that it meets the build specs such as neck width and such. They also might use replica pickups.
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#3
it sounds the same, it feels better. that is the difference.
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#4
Are you talking American Vintage series, or an actual vintage instrument?

If it's an American Vintage series, you're basically paying for the fact that they are using the construction techniques of olde, and as such it's going to cost more due to lack of efficiency. That, and the nitro finish.

If it's an actual vintage instrument, the fact of the matter is they don't make them like they used to, and the numbers are much smaller. Plus, condition is really touchy with vintage instruments, since their finish was just a bit more stable than brushing butter on wood. Plus, they're old-growth wood (the main reason) that have probably reached humidity equilibrium at the time. Plus, some people think those old electronics sound best.
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Are you talking American Vintage series, or an actual vintage instrument?

If it's an American Vintage series, you're basically paying for the fact that they are using the construction techniques of olde, and as such it's going to cost more due to lack of efficiency. That, and the nitro finish.

If it's an actual vintage instrument, the fact of the matter is they don't make them like they used to, and the numbers are much smaller. Plus, condition is really touchy with vintage instruments, since their finish was just a bit more stable than brushing butter on wood. Plus, they're old-growth wood (the main reason) that have probably reached humidity equilibrium at the time. Plus, some people think those old electronics sound best.


Yeah, I meant the Fender American Vintage Bass line.
Equipment:
-Ibanez GIO
-Fender American Standard Strat HSS
-Acoustic Schneider Guitar
-ARIA STB-PB-DX Bass
-Vox VT50AD-XL
-Roland Cube-30 Bass
-Digitech RP-250
-Blue guitar pick
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