Fender Deluxe Dimension V Bass

Five-string bass from the big F

Fender's Dimension bass offers a new look and specification from its classic range of solidbodies. With a sleeker body, new pickup design, active electronics, solid bridge block and stylish scratchplate, it's definitely a bass that is aimed at the forward-looking player.

"The Dimension is extremely comfortable to play, and the asymmetrical neck profile is a real boon"

The offset body design, with full back scoop and forearm chamfer, looks and feels great; and in spite of the smaller body horns, the neat Gotoh sealed-gear tuners help keep headstock weight down, so the overall balance is good.

The Dimension is extremely comfortable to play, and the asymmetrical neck profile is a real boon, particularly on this five-string version. It's offered with one or two pickups, and this model is built in Mexico, so it also offers a saving over the USA models.

Sounds

Although our review model has just one of the new staple-pole humbuckers, the onboard active electronics and three-band EQ offer far more sound variation than we are used to from classic Fender basses.

Tone is the key word, with lots of robust and powerful sounds presenting plenty of twang and a generally honky quality, thanks to a very effective midrange.

The treble is gentle in operation - clean but not glassy - and for those more traditional sounds set the bass control on full while winding the mid and treble all the way back; but even then, a funky element is still present when you really dig in. Great performance, balanced output across all five strings, and the low B speaks with authority.

Getting something new from Fender, rather than a vintage modified, or upgraded model, makes this special, and although it's not cheap, make no mistake - this is a beautiful bass to play: a great new tool in the Fender box.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Comfortable to play. Lots of robust, powerful sounds on tap. Balanced output.

Cons

Price.

Verdict

A Fender bass in touch with the needs of today's players. Sleek, comfortable and full of sonic delight.

Scale Length (Inches)

34

Scale Length (mm)

864

Hardware

Gotoh sealed-gear tuners

Fingerboard Material

Maple

Neck Material

Maple

Pickup Type

Dimension Humbucking

Guitar Body Material

Ash

Circuitry Type

18V Preamp with Active 3-Band EQ

Review Policy
All MusicRadar's reviews are by independent product specialists, who are not aligned to any gear manufacturer or retailer. Our experts also write for renowned magazines such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Computer Music, Future Music and Rhythm. All are part of Future PLC, the biggest publisher of music making magazines in the world.

Comment on Facebook