A good, reliable workhorse that will take abuse and still do the job.
Model Year: 1994
Price: $400.00 Euro
Where Obtained: Bumble Bee Music
Made in Mexico with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. 22 frets with one volume and tone button. Passive electronics and has that classic Fender Precesion sound. Coloured black with a white scratch plate.
The sound is the typical Fender Precesion sound, punchy and driving. I like the bass but am not over the moon with the bridges on these guitars. They are very simple and dont appear to be as robust as other bridges.
Play it through 2 BOSS pedals, an overdrive and an equaliser pedal. They can change the sound quite a lot and in my opinion improve it. The bass is suitable for many styles of music.
It is a reliable workhorse but because there are so many of them out there probably not the most glamarous. Cant fault it on simplicity and durability though.
I bought this bass to avoid wear and tear on my real baby the Gretsch 7629 "committee" bass. That and I don't like taking the Gretsch out of the house (it's quite rare). The P-Lyte suits my needs to a T and the price was right. Having bought it for those reasons I am happy that it's also easy to play and sounds fairly good.
Price: $200.00 CAN
MIJ Fender P-Lyte with P/J pickups and active electronics. Finish is Charcoal Sparkle.
I like the action low and I can get it with this bass. The neck is very slim and fast, I like it a lot. It plays as well as my Gretsch.
Acoustically it does not sound very good. There is a lot of un-amplified noise and the tone is thin. Played through my Traynor EB-25 it however it sounds good. The active electronics make up for the lack of acoustic tone. The tone can range from warm and fat to a typical Fender growl. Over all the sound doesn't come close to my Gretsch but it is acceptable.
There are a few scuff on the finish so it isn't as durable as it could be but functionally it's fine.
I purchased this bass because I was looking for an overall bass for live playing..that was light and would not kill my shoulders. Bass could be better with a more sturdy plug. I love the fact that this bass is light and very easy to play...But it would be nice to have a slightly better tone. Oh well...you can't have the best of both worlds.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Heart of Texas Music
Made in Japan
Master Volume and Pickup Tone Controls
PJ Pickups Active Fender
This bass is wonderful to play. The neck makes it easy to fret. I use this bass on all of my gigs...I can play it all night with very little fatigue.
Sound quality is OK. Doesn't have the punch or "balls" of a standard P-Bass or Jazz Bass.
I use this Bass with SWR Workingman's 12 and DOD Bass Sterio Chorus Pedal.
This bass has some buzzing but it's probably just my setup...(I like the strings LOW)
Very reliable...I've never had to adjust the neck. I did have some problems with the plug (static when I hit the cord).