All About The Bass – Fender P Bass Review – Mex vs USA!!

Welcome to Andertons TV, this is our new show All About The Bass.

Today Lee and Nathan compares a US Fender and a Mexican P Bass.

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Lee Hawkins says:

Lots of people commenting here have missed the point…. This is great, it’s the Top Gear for guitars. Personally, I love all the messing around, talking gibberish and the relaxed nature. The way they just fumble along, crack jokes, and just talk about the gear in a general way.

There are plenty of ‘bland’ bass videos on YouTube for those viewers that want ‘technical data’.

shewh0rn says:

A vibrating steel string in the proximity of a coil of wire wrapped around a magnet changes the magnetic field in said coil and thus produces a current. A bass guitar pickup IS NOT responding to changes in sound pressure level, it is responding to changes in magnetic flux. As such, a difference in pain on a solid hunk of wood is not going to produce a change in sound quality unless that change has to do with confirmation bias because you think a red bass sounds better than say, a green bass. In a double blind listening test, if you took two identical models and used different paint on both, nobody would be able to tell the difference.

What will make a difference is mass. A lighter body won’t have as much sustain as it loses energy through the vibrating body. Note that I’m not saying more or less mass translates to a better, or worse sound, just that it makes a difference. Now, if we’re talking about an acoustic guitar it’s a different story because the point of an acoustic guitar is for the bridge and sound pressure to couple with the body and resonate. Paint an acoustic guitar and you’ll probably hear a difference in sound quality… but a 13 pound hunk of solid wood… nope. No difference in sound. The biggest difference in sound is going to come from the pickup design, the pickup placement, the overall mass of the body, the choice of strings, the electronics, but most significantly, the person playing it.

Neko T says:

Actually, the headstock/sided trussrod adjustement IS better than the traditionnal one, just get a longer allen key and you do not have to move the strings over the nut. The best trussrod adjutment is the one first seen on the music man’s instruments (the little wheel on the base ofthe neck)

Brandon Earley says:

Damn that man can play!

jonamore01 says:

You guys need to compare the fender jazz bass and G&L JB and fender pbass and G&L LB-100

Juan Espino says:

The sound is almost the same, so the smart option is the mexican, the big price difference is labor cost, the US worker makes in one day what the mexican makes in one week.

Dimzidze says:

21:22 – comprasion

Ricky Chang says:

Also, the bass has graphite rods that flank the truss rod to give more added stability in the American one.

Cory Symons says:

how well does the mexican bass balance whan stood up with a strap ?

Demon_Turtle89 says:

Lol what was offensive?

Justin Sane says:

With the price difference between the MIM and the MIA, you can hot rod the MIM with higher quality parts (IMO), than what comes standard on the MIA.

I purchased a ’92 MIM P Bass from a pawn shop for $200 which already had a set of DiMarzio DP122’s ($70 list price), in her.

I installed a SBC Concept brass nut and a Hipshot A-Style brass bass bridge, then converted her into a string through using 1/2″ nickel string ferrules.

I’ve enhanced tuning stability with the Hipshot upgrade machine heads.

So investing another $250 (not including pups), in high quality upgrades, I have a bass that sounds amazing and for a lot less money than a stock MIA.

Currently, new MIM’s are $600 (SMH…..), but even with all of those mods, you are still below the MIA’s price and it’s customized the way you want it.

alwaysopen says:

Where’s the Anderton/Chapman bass?

gregg4164 says:

You know that saying, Your Fathers Oldsmobile? Well Fender basses just seem to me to be way too much like my fathers bass guitar. Granted, it is an icon and an original but it is just so so yesterday. Now you can say that about many great guitars but, there are just so many new options out there that Fenders offer no interest too me at all. Everybody and their brother plays a Fender P or J through an SVT. Wow how original is that?

christodav says:

The difference is that the Mexican Bass is made by Mexicans in Mexico, and the US made Bass is made in the US by Mexicans.

Paul Summerside says:

would have liked to have seen them also include a Squier Bass in the comparison. If had to be honest the American one did sound better, but there again if the Mex P Bass had string through body style bridge, that dynamics that the Yankie P Bass had, probably could have been more evident in the. Mex P Bass. tbh have a very nice Squier Jazz bass and if the Mexican one is not going to offer string through body, then will happily stick eith Squier. As much as would love the American one, have played a lot of instruments of all kinds High and low end And when I do happen to have the extra few sheckles will end up going for the more expensive variant. But that is the rarerty…

Joel Borden says:

Excellent discussion about the merits and comparison of the two basses. Thanks!

Caleb Nation says:

This video convinced me I wouldn’t be getting the trash that some people say you get from. A mex bass when I got my Mex jazz. It’s a 2005 but it looks like it’s brand new.

KPS says:

I’ve owned my Fender Jazz Mexico for sixteen years now – still going strong!

Joseph Thornton says:


TheDavoFloresChannel says:

Is it Me?… Or the Mexican Bass sounds much more dark and punchy?

MicroGroover29 says:

I would like to see a video of Nathan’s own bass or type of bass and why he feels as such and play what he knows best. Nathan in his comfort zone (as bass goes)

Adam Corbin says:

They sound exactly the same. True what they say, “whats the difference between MIM and MIA? About 50 miles…”


In my opinion/experience, and I’ve had a lot of £200 – £500 instruments and a few £1000 – £3000 instruments
stability and longativity have never been much if any of an issue. my Mexican P Bass is bang in tune after months of not touching it/different temps.
a lot of it comes down to actual finnish. fret finnish. hand finnishing and the pickup quality. feels better new an american fender or Gibson.
wood quality…. makes very little difference! the type of wood is most important and usually the foreign or american use the same. as long as its dried out and resonant its all good.
Hardware. Pickups make the biggest tonal difference. I’d say 70-80%

the expensive guitars/basses are always a good choice. they will retain their value and be great from the get go.
I don’t disscourage getting them

if your like me and are good with working with wood. customising guitars.
go for the cheaper version every time.
learn how to fret level/dress.
learn how to apply a nitro finnish.
learn how to solder.

My mexican P bass is currently in bits, poly stripped off, “oxblood” nitro finnish applied, jazz pickup cavity routed slanted in the position I want, and all new hardware on order. new wiring, good pickups, high mass GOTOH Bridge, graph tec nut, new scratchplate.

frets re dressed, fretboard sides rolled, headstock reshaped.

all cheaper than the american counterpart. and when finnished should be a lot better. or more well suted to me.

if your brave and like fixing things go for it. get the cheaper one. upgrade /re spec it.

the downside is usually it costs more for Tools!!!!!!!!! you need a LOT of tools. tools you wouldent thing you need.
but if you have them or buy them you have them to do other future guitars up, saving more money.

its fun(mostly!!) and gives your axe a personal touch.

or you could just be simple and swap the pickups out. maybe smooth the frets a bit.

done with life says:

the difference between the mim bass and the mia bass is that trump is going to send the mim bass back to mexico (tbh i favor the mexican bass)

lambert1702 says:

Nathan King, now it makes sense. I watched the Jazz Bass video and kept thinking he reminds me of Mark King. Really enjoy Nathan’s guitar playing and vocals with Level 42!

Gary Less says:

Wot the Hell has Chappers Been Eating 😀 . Kidding , Great Vid 🙂

Jack Moffatt says:

You get what you pay for.

ip man says:

Uugh…. Terribly boring. drifts every wheres. goes no wheres and is he actually a bass player.?

Bornstormin says:

Did I say pickups? Pickups, Pickups, Pickups, will make the Mexican bass sound like the American bass. American gives you higher quality of woods, hardware and will only make a subtle difference in sound compared to the pickups. That subtle difference is when you record with a great microphone and one not as good but both still sound good, but when you hear that little nuance in midrange or whatever frequency that you cant get out of your recording without damaging the voice of the instrument, is what makes you spend money and buy the pro product the first time. It’s an investment that you will have for a lifetime.

Vítězslav Velik says:

Aha, …and the same thing on the American P bass…:D :D, this guy plays on American very different. At Mexican plays shortly, at the US-Piece plays with tones…

PilferMusic says:

Graphite reinforced C-Shape maple neck & Posiflex graphite neck support rods on the American… does the Mexican have this?

Crazy Uncle Duke says:

Way too much palaver for a review that should take no more than seven minutes. 🙁

HellbuzzBr says:

>>I 3:40

Egroeg McDonald says:

The MIM Fender PJ Deluxe has a high mass Badass type bridge. and runs 899$ U.S.
The Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass goes for 1,499$ U.S.
Could you do a comparison video, please ?

Peter says:

24:35 his response is all you need to know

Rachel Taylor says:

Thats Mark King’s younger brother.

Joe Ortiz says:

you guys should do bass players in your sound like without busting the bank series.

Bassist Akatski says:

Please make a episode squire dimension vs sterling sub..

Keef Richards says:

This video could have been done in 15 min. Way too much talking. More sustain, better controls, better tone they finally say with the American version after 26 min’s.

Adam Shaker says:

Yooo you guys should do the jaguar bass next. It’s quite a left field and quirky bass compared to the P and J basses, and the mexican and US version are quite different (US is active as well as passive and has more controls and Mex is kind of a standard PJ bass)

Chaprayer says:

Thank you for the “All About the Bass” videos! I’m a long time guitarist who recently got a bass for fun (Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass) and have watched all the bass videos on this channel, keep them coming!

Wesley Wheeler says:

Looking to upgrade the pickups on my bass. Seymour Duncan Quarter pound or DiMarzio DP127?

Wolf Warren says:

The very first precision that came out in 1951 was essentially a telecaster style neck with a double cutaway body and one single coil. In 1968, the CBS-owned Fender re-issued the original ’51-’56 style bass with the Telecaster bass. They are super cool instruments.

Nathan Seybold says:

As for the durability of the bridges, the previous owner of my bass gigged with it for 20 years and it’s still fine. Everything still works and feels sturdy enough to me…

lozz196 says:

USA for me. More even across the tonal spectrum, and has a bit more backbone to the sound. But swap the stock pickups for those Custom Shop 62s that come in US Standards and they`re not too far away, though the US ones still have more oomph.

Conan Shinn says:

My god, get to the comparison.

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