Fender Player Plus Active Meteora Bass review

Meet the Fender offset for bassists looking for a radical alternative to P and J archetypes, and for some oomph from the active Fireball humbucker pairing

Fender Player Plus Active Meteora bass
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Guitar World Verdict

A refreshing take on the Fender feel, but with a new edge.


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    High-register fret access.

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    Tones with range and power.

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    No neck dive.

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    Rolled fingerboard edges.


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    Shape will deter purists.

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Fender’s design division have obviously been having a lot of fun lately, expanding their Parallel Universe line of instruments in 2018 with the new Meteora range and adding a Custom Shop version two years later. 

While that high-spec bass guitar came with an equally high price tag, this new active Meteora has been slotted into Fender’s Player Plus line of relatively affordable, high-functionality instruments, with a user cost in the low four figures.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.