Fender Releases New Dimension Basses, Which Are 1 Fret Better

Fender have taken their bass design back to the drawing board for the first time in ages and the result is the new Dimension line.  These new Ash basses (Alder for the black finish) have maple necks and graphite truss rods. And they kind of look a little like Music Man Stingrays, huh?

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The couple changes that stood out upon first glance are the beefy bridge and large humbucker, neither of which are what I’m accustomed to seeing on a Fender. Also, finally, more than 20 frets!

All of these basses are active, and have an 18v preamp and 3-band eq built in. The American Deluxe models look to be retailing for around $1800, and the regular Deluxe (yes, everything is Deluxe) are selling for about a grand less.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.