Throughout a long career that started with hardcore punk and flourished first with Sunny Day Real Estate and then the Foo Fighters, there has really only been one main instrument for melodic yet hard-hitting bassist Nate Mendel--his 1971 Precision Bass®. Fender now brings you the Nate Mendel P Bass®, modeled after his beloved, battle-hardened instrument.
The Nate Mendel P Bass shares the same subtly idiosyncratic and distinctive features as the original, with special body contours, extra-slim neck and nut width, a lightly worn Candy Apple Red finish with a black pickguard, a powerful Seymour Duncan® Quarter Pound™ split single-coil pickup, Fender Hi-Mass bridge for rock-solid sustain and stability, and Mendel's signature on the headstock. It also comes with a spare neck plate engraved with a special hybrid Foo Fighters/Fender logo and a deluxe gig bag. Tour bus and platinum records not included.
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This is probably one of the best basses I've ever played. It's my first ash bass and it sounds and feels beautifully. It's definitely one of the most resonant basses I've heard, and plays very nice with stainless steel strings. The rosewood fretboard makes sure it's not too harshly bright. I'm not a fan of small and thin necks but I do like this one, not as thin as a Jazz bass but nice and comfortable.
Seymour Duncan SPB3 and Badass II bridge, which in the latest models it has been changed with a Fender High Mass bridge, what more can you want from a modern sounding P bass? Nice fat tone, loads of sustain, enough mids to get you through the mix. This bass will sound killer with both fingers and pick.
The only downside to it I guess it's the vintage style truss rod. I removed the strings and neck the first few times I adjusted it but then I found out that by removing the pickguard and using a long and thin screwdriver you can easily do the deed. Not the most comfortable thing in the world, but beats removing the neck every time, possibly causing the wood chipping. The pickup screws were the ones that come with Seymour Duncan pickups. Since the screw head is quite large, it was impossible to remove the pickguard without removing the pickup screws. Luckily I found some other Fender stock screws and changed them. No problems whatsoever.
The light relic seems quite unnecessary but you will soon forget about it. Since it's already full of scratches and bumps you probably won't realize if you did one or if it was already there!
On a final note: The lacquer felt strange at the beginning. Since I was the first person to open it from the box I had the feeling as if it was still a bit damp, not sticky or leaving residues, but it did have a very strong scent. Now, four months later, seems to be alright.
Even though it has some light relic I can already imagine this instrument aging wonderfully. Give it a try if you have the chance!
olifs owns this item
I recently bought this simply on the basis that I tried it in store and it was far superior to any of the jazz basses they had. It feels like it's been played for years, even though it's brand new! Pickups are excellent, hardware is brilliant and love the addition of the badass bridge. The tone is excellent and would fit anything from hardcore rock, blues and jazz which is lucky as I play all of these styles. It really does cover all the bases (if you'll pardon the pun). Definitely worth looking at even if you're not interested in buying it, you may well be after a trial run!
I just bought this sweet Nate Mendel Precision after wanting something heavier than my Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass. And i have to say, this bass is worth it!
Right out of the box the bass felt amazing. After a few minor adjustments it was ready to go and it has been one pleasant ride from that moment on. I have to admit that the relic paintjob is kind of unnecessary, but that doesn't spoil the fun.
The bass is capable of playing music like Foo Fighters and Lamb of God, but will also sound great tuned down some steps (As in my case for playing Killswitch Engage). It really keeps a bright tone even when tuned down to a B.
All in All an amazing bass.
Though i never recieved the fender/foos neckplate..
Heebiejeebie owns this item
An all around nice bass. An ash body with a 7.25 radius is a perfect match to my 66 Jazz! The fret work was very nice and an improvement from older MIM basses.
BIG problem... HORRIBLE setup from the factory! Strings just slapped on and not even centered on the bridge saddles. Action at the nut was too high, as was the bridge. Access to the truss rod was a real chore as the pick guard/body truss rod access was useless!! A new buyer should not have to do this much work on an instrument at this price range. It was beyond normal "New instrument" adjusting. After all the re-adjusting the bass plays wonderful.
bassman55 owns this item
|Model Name:||Nate Mendel P Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Candy Apple Red|
|Color:||Candy Apple Red|
|Body Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Body Shape:||Precision Bass®|
|Neck Shape:||Slim "C" (Based on Mendel's '71 Precision Bass®)|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.615" (41.02 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt "F" Stamped|
|Middle Pickup:||Seymour Duncan® Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound Split Single-Coil Precision Bass®|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Configuration:||Split Single-Coil|
|Bridge:||Fender Hi-Mass with Chrome-Plated Zinc Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender '70s Vintage-Style Stamped Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Slim neck with smaller nut width, Seymour Duncan® Quarter Pound™ pickup, lightly Road Worn® lacquer finish, extra neck plate included with "Fender/Foos" logo.|
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