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New Fender range - "Vintera"

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Would someone like to explain what’s new about this series?  Looks like the same old stuff they have been making for years! Shouldn’t 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Precision’s and Jazzes have bridge covers and pickup bridges?

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I’ve often wondered why they don’t do a 60s Precision in these ranges, an sure they ‘d be good sellers.

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I already have a CIJ olympic white mustang and a daphne blue JMJ mustang, plus a '72 daphne blue musicmaster, so I really don't need one of the vintera mustangs, but that doesn't prevent me wanting one. It looks like they use the same hipshot lollypop tuners as the JMJ which apart from working perfectly look great (yep - I'm that shallow).

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I take it when you but the 70`s Jazz you get a dodgy neck pocket, boat anchor weight and general shoddy QC?

But not all 70`s Fenders are crap: so says everyone who tries to sell one :ph34r:

I take it that knowing Fender these ones will be more expensive than the almost exactly the same models that these ones replace?

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Same basses, different 'series' name.... zzzz....

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So boring. Your "choices" are fretboard dots, decals and colour, but still everything is the same, year after year. I wish they did something serious like a competitor to Sadowsky or Suhr or something revolutionary. But no, this brand stands behind its true nature: two main products, a steep price, and varying quality.

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I was genuinely expecting it to be a new model, like the Dimension, but yeah - someone's hit the random configuration generator a few times and this is what you get, with another sneaky £100+ on the price tag.

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11 minutes ago, Daz39 said:

....someone's hit the random configuration generator a few times and this is what you get...

Absolutely

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30 minutes ago, itu said:

So boring. Your "choices" are fretboard dots, decals and colour, but still everything is the same, year after year. I wish they did something serious like a competitor to Sadowsky or Suhr or something revolutionary.

Considering this is the same company that invented the split-coil Precision pickup, you'd think they'd be brave enough to offer something as basic as a choice between "traditional" and reverse P-pickups, wouldn't you? Perhaps they could really go off the deep end and offer different configurations for their two-pickup basses - not just P/J or J/J, but maybe P/P, J/P, P/HB, J/HB. (OK, I'm not sure how well J/P would work, but plenty of other companies have had good results with the other three combinations...)

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Wow! The design team have really ripped up the rule book with these new models! :ph34r:

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Looks like that 50s precision is just the classic series wearing a different shade of red. 

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1 hour ago, LeftyJ said:

Gotta love the period-correct Pau Ferro fingerboards 🤨

This maybe why the new name change. Can't call them Classic anymore as the "woods" are different. Plus as others have said, good reason to increase the cost.

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I'm sure there was a Vauxhall Vintera?

The Inca Silver 70s Jazz looks nice. Well for a Jazz it does. All a bit meh though.

 

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A '51 style Precision is near the top of my 'future acquisitions' list.

I'm not really interested in another split pick up version, no matter how 'period correct' it may be.

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In my opinion (!!!) the best stuff they've done in the last decade is their roadworn line, why can't they expand on that?

Roadworn 60s Precision?

Roadworn 51 Precision?

Roadworn Telebass? 

Sure they pre-aged look is polarising but it's more original than this. 🤷‍♂️

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33 minutes ago, Cato said:

A '51 style Precision is near the top of my 'future acquisitions' list.

Me too... although I probably shouldn't and couldn't really afford it.

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2 hours ago, Cato said:

A '51 style Precision is near the top of my 'future acquisitions' list.

I'm not really interested in another split pick up version, no matter how 'period correct' it may be.

If you like some kind of roadworn 51 check out Nash (US) or Limelight (UK), both do excellent 51 style single coil P basses. Both will be cheaper than a Fender one.

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What a negative thread! Give them some credit - they've made up a word!

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I wonder if I could get a job as a designer for Fender? I know it's a tough one, but I think I'm up to the challenge.

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