Legacy brands such as Fender take a risk creating products that deviate from their classic designs. Fender fans will cut them some slack, but as the inventor of the fretted electric bass it's hard to imagine something other than the Precision, Jazz, or maybe a Mustang bass. The Dimension series circa 2014 offered more modern, aggressive tones in a shape that was conventional enough not to alienate traditionalists. Released in both Mexican and USA versions, this Mexican Dimension bass is a high quality instrument that offers a tonal departure from the traditional Fender format.
This is a near-mint condition 2015 bass with plastic still on the pick guard and a high-end molded flight case.
If you squint, the contoured shape of the Dimension hints at its P-bass roots. At 8.4 pounds it's relatively light for a bass, and balances nicely. The nicely finished traditional profile neck is also very P-like, and while maybe not intentionally, this particular example has a quarter-sawn grain orientation. Overall this bass has a natural acoustic vibe that is lively with ample sustain. The simple 4-saddle bridge is also pure Fender. The departure point for the Dimension series are the pickups. In this case a passive humbucker pickup with steel pole pieces. Positioned somewhat south of center and with ample output, the Dimension bass is more aggressive and focused than the typical P-bass. It emphasizes the upper mids of the spectrum and while not as bright as let's say the bridge pickup of a Jazz bass, it's got plenty of presence. Likely not for jazz player, the Dimension bass will appeal to players that like driving rock, punk and power pop. Despite their rebel image, guitar and bass players are often quite conservative when it comes to their instruments. But the Fender dimension offers a different range of tones and familiar Fender feel while not straying too far from its roots. If you are willing the color outside the lines a little, the Fender Dimension is an affordable and high quality alternative.
- Alder body with gloss black finish, 8.4 pounds
- 34" scale quarter-sawn maple neck
- Gloss headstock face
- Satin finish back
- Rosewood fretboard
- 9.5" radius,
- 1-5/8" nut width
- 21 frets
- (1) Passive humbucker pickup
- Volume and tone controls
- TSA approved molded flight case
- Made in Mexico