Disclaimer: I am a Fender fan.
Player Plus Active Meteora Bass® | Electric Basses (fender.com)
Having said that, what were they thinking with the new Meteora? I hope somebody else goes out and plays one and comes back to tell me I must have been “doing it wrong” because I have rarely had such a strangely negative impression of an instrument. If you have a different experience, please tell me about it.
The weird body shape was surprisingly comfortable. Like, I instantly thought, wow what a comfortable body. Also, fit and finish were really nice.
Rolled edges on the fretboard were… weird. Maybe a little heavy handed for my taste. I’ve played a rolled fretboard edge before and found it to be a nice comfortable addition, but on the Meteora there is so much rounding it started to feel odd the more I played it. Also, it could have used a few passes with something to take the stickiness off the finish on the back of the neck.
The pickups. Ugh, the pickups. Where do I begin?
They could have used or built their own version of absolutely any kind of humbuckers in the world but they chose a design that would be the most difficult to swap out for something else. Why? Who even uses that shape other than Fender and Rio Grande Pickups.
The reason I became so focused on the shape is because of the sound.
Once again, they could have used or built their own version of absolutely any kind of humbuckers in the world but they chose to charge $1200 and use the most generic, lifeless, uninspiring, and bland humbuckers they could come up with.
I’m usually pretty even keeled and I don’t typically get mad at inanimate objects, like pickups. I know such a feeling is irrational and I can’t explain it. But these pickups made me angry that I had ever heard them.
It’s like somebody at Fender said, “Oh you want a bass with humbuckers? Humbuckers suck on bass and we’re gonna show you how much.”
I really hope someone posts that this must have been a quality control issue and something must have been wrong with the one I played.