The American Standard Precision Bass® is the same best-selling and solidly powerful instrument it has always been, and now it's upgraded with a seismic Fender Custom Shop '60s Precision Bass split single-coil pickup and a striking new Jade Pearl Metallic finish option. It's the latest incarnation of the indestructible workhorse instrument that revolutionized popular music, stronger and more indispensable than ever.
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Well I love this bass, it plays like butter and sounds like heaven. I play this bass daily. I have owned several different basses from Washburn to Gibson and this is the one. I would put it on the top. The jade color is sick!! The only thing I am going to change is the volume/tone knobs as they are too textured for my taste, and the strings that come with it are too bright for my style. Thanks Fender for all your hard work through the decades.
kirk7613 owns this item
I sold my Freeman and Waters P-Basses and bought an American Standard Precision Bass. Woooow, the quality and the tone of this bass is awesome! Brilliant quality (2012), it sounds cool, looks cool so I think this one was made for me. :-)
Marcell0us owns this item
These things are incredible. I put flatwounds on mine as soon as I got my hands on it and I've never been disappointed.
It will probably require the initial set-up. Take it to someone who knows what he's doing and you will have one hell of a bass. The tone is great, too. I play funk/R&B and this thing lays down the floor for your band-mates to stand on. Plug this into a nice fat amp and you'll be in bass heaven!
mrtanveer owns this item
I bought my Fender P-Bass second hand, but unlike some brands Fender products hold their worth considerably more than most other brands. This is the first bass I have owned, but I have played on others and highly recommend precisions compared to other bass types by Fender. The newer models are incredibly reliable and if taken care of will last for many years to come. I prefer playing on this model as the shape is much better suited for me, but that is just personal preference, in terms of sound there isn't much in it compared to other Fender products. They are all reliable, and have good, if not great sound quality.
- TIWO Sebastian
Austen Pownall owns this item
I recently purchased a 2009 (2008 ?? Based on serial number lookup) Fender American Standard Precision Bass guitar in Austin, Texas. The instrument had supposedly been sitting in the store for somewhere between 5 and 6 years. I am the original owner. I plugged it into one of the amplifiers at the store before I purchased it. The tone of this Bass guitar is AMAZING. It feels wonderful in my hands. My Bass guitar teacher is a rock star from Austin, TX whose last album went to #4 on the Billboard Charts. He was quite impressed with my new instrument. I love to play this Bass guitar, the sound is flawless. The Bass had already been aged for somewhere between 5 and 6 years before I purchased it. The wood is just right. There is no substitute for a Fender American Standard Precision Bass. I tried several other Bass guitars before I purchased this one, once you have owned the American version, you will never go back. I will probably never own a Mercedes Benz or a home on Lake Travis (The rich part of Austin), however I own the best Bass guitar that money can buy, and for that I am thankful.
chrisr919 owns this item
Just bought a Mystic Blue American Standard Precision Bass.
Wanted the build quality of a made in the USA Fender and I'm completely satisfied.
The bass sounds fantastic and is a joy to play. I also love the simplicity of having only volume and tone knobs to deal with. I don't like to deal with all the tinkering with knobs and tone that come with active electronics basses.
This bass completely suits my needs and I can imagine playing this one for years and years.
satyayoga owns this item
I play bass since almost 20 years now. I bought this bass one year ago. It's a perfect instrument for me and exactly what I was looking for and more.
First, the tone is just perfect. I put chromes flatwounds on it and it's such a great match. It's perfect for every styles. The tonal options are rather limited but what it does it does good. I didn't expect that I would like the tone of this instrument that much.
Second, the frets and neck are perfect. I can set the action really low with no buzzing, it's amazing. So although the neck is a bit thicker and wider than a jazz bass, the playability is very good.
Overall, this is such a good bass, very well done. It's not a cheap instrument, but I definitely should have bought one many years ago.
gariepyf owns this item
I own mostly Fender Jazz basses. Picked this bass up in a shop and was very suprised how nice the neck felt. Especially coming from playing the thinner neck of a Jazz bass. Very,very playable. The tone of the Custom Shop pickups is very good. I might change out the pickups down the road.
This bass can groove and is built for the "pocket" if you know what I mean. It also has a killer slap tone-Suprised!
This one is a keeper. Fender has improved their quality control as my bass and all the others I tried recently in the American Standard series are built A++. Good job Fender!!!!
jazzbassjo owns this item
You are buying a legendary piece of music history, that has transcended into the new millennium effortlessly. The components that make up the bass are top notch the beautiful grain of the alder and the finish are just wonderful. Fret work, nut and neck pocket are perfect. The harmonics before you plug her in ring out clearly no buzzing or dead notes. The custom pickups cut thru any band and solidifies the bottom end. I don't need to be convincing because sooner or later just like me you will buy this piece of history.
bassblast owns this item
I previously owned a jazz bass. It worked well especially because I have short fingers. However, when I plugged this in at the store to test out a bass cab I was looking at, I was overwhelmed by the tone. It was everything I look for in bass tone. At the first practice with the band I play in, the rest of the guys were very impressed also. I'm done buying. Thanks Fender.
brtank owns this item
I have multiple basses all of which are Fender products. This 2012 Precision is by far my favorite. Tone-playability-looks! It's truly a triple threat! Well worth the price and will most definitely be my number one bass for the rest of my days! Then I'll just pass it along to my son and so on and so on.....it will surely last for generations, it's an American made Fender!!!!!
Bighousebass owns this item
If you have a home studio, then you probably dream of creating new sounds, while retaining the listenable and archetypal sounds of the past. The Fender Precision takes you there; and is a must have for the home studio. You can try bass after bass with mediocre results. Just get it over with. Spend a thousand bucks and buy THE bass--the American Fender Precision. The custom shop pickups sound awesome, and honestly, I never find the bass in any of my tracks lacking.
Wangooflux owns this item
I have owed many basses over the years, mostly mid range axes. The second I held this bass in my hand and played my first note, it felt perfect. The playability and tone is amazing. Perfect size and weight. I own a 53 Fender P-reissue, it doesn't even come close. The Neck on this beauty is fast and comfortable. I would place it close to the 78 Standard Precision in over all feel. Mine has been updated with Custom Shop Pickups which brings brilliance and unbelievable bottom end. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an excellent all-around bass.
Great job Fender!!!
richmiehl owns this item
Bought my American Standard P -Bass in November 2012. Hadn't played for years! My previous bass was a fretless P Bass that I bought back in the 70s. This new bass is just awesome! Great sound. After playing a fretless I was concerned about fret rattle. But the new bass is easily played and fret buzz is minimal. Craftsmanship is terrific. Came right out of the box from Fender and didn't need any adjusting whatsoever. I just love this Bass! And the Candy Cola with Rosewood fret board and white pick guard is really sharp!
And combined with a new Rumble 350 Combo makes a great, great package.
I wouldn't play anything but Fender basses. They have always been the best!
Ralpharmst owns this item
I have been playing 37 years and have owned or played everything out there. I only wanted to purchase this bass for the simple reason that.... as a teen, when I first started playing, it was my dream to own a Fender Precision. Well, for various reasons it has been practically the only bass I've never owned. I was stunned to receive the bass, and find that with only a few standard adjustments it revealed itself to be the most finely built bass I've ever played....I'm serious! I look at things that experienced players look at, including: fretwork, lack of dead spots on the fretboard, versatility between slap and finger styles, nut slot heights were perfect, tone, craftsmanship. Not to mention that the bass is beautiful. Anybody that is thinking about purchasing this bass.....don't hesitate, I believe you'll be pleased!
patbensing owns this item
The moment I picked up this bass and played the first few notes I knew this was the bass for me. Having owned a number of other basses which all seemed to have something wrong with them I wanted something a little bit special. I found it with this one, the sound quality is very good and it keeps its tuning all the way down the neck perfectly something that other basses fail on. It is definitely one to keep!!!
mitchell19 owns this item
This Bass is in General a quite simple bass - one tone knob and one volume knob - that's it. Next to this simplicity are a collection of complex flavour of tone structures which make this Bass so remarkable. The neck is well suited for some big guys and supports a powerful grip and playing style. You either hate it or love it ... I do love my P-Bass and I do regret, that it took me so long to own one.
joekeystone owns this item
Having owned several P-basses over the years, the 60th Anniversary model caught my eye. I scored the Sunburst/Maple neck model and it's just gorgeous! The engraved 60th anniversary neckplate was a big selling point for me, as I wanted something that stood out from the pack a bit more. Absolutely the finest playing and sounding Precision I've ever owned! My only complaint on the newer models is the lack of the skunk stripe on the neck. I've always thought that was such a cool look on a Fender bass. Beyond that, I couldn't be more pleased. It's a keeper!
dougz owns this item
My 1st bass was a Fender over 25 years ago. I have owned and played a plethora of basses over the time that has passed. From boutique, to 'all in one, everything/kitchen sink' instruments. Though my affinity for the Stingray bass holds, and I strongly consider it the Leo Fender P-Bass "Mach 2", I have returned to where it all started - not just for me, but for the instrument itself.
When the last guy sold me a handmade German boutique bass that "can get all the Fender sounds and more", not only did it not deliver, but why did I get an expensive facsimile? I ended up trading it in on the bass I should have bought; I took a loss, but gained so much more.
My Precision bass is a 2012 American Standard. It is solid. It is familiar. It is the bare essential. It is timeless.
I am stoked about the bridge allowing me to string through the body.
I only wish the pickups were a hint more responsive, like the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound's found in some of the artist series. I think it is as it was intended though, and I will not change a thing; I think my ears have been jaded by years of active pickups. Heck - I don't even want to use my regular brand or gauge of strings as the 8250M's it came with sound and feel good - if Fender ships the bass with these its got to be for good reason.
When you realize the only arsenal you need is the original - Fender.
Kbkc09 owns this item
|Model Name:||American Standard Precision Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Jade Pearl Metallic|
|Color:||Jade Pearl Metallic|
|Body Shape:||Precision Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black or White Dot|
|Truss Rods:||Posiflex™ Graphite Neck Support Rods|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Middle Pickup:||Custom Shop '60s Split Single-Coil Precision Bass|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Configuration:||Split Single-Coil|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle High-Mass Vintage (String-Through-Body or Topload)|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender "F" Light-Weight Vintage-Paddle Keys with Tapered Shafts|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (Gauges .045 - .105)|
|Unique Features:||Tinted Neck, Maple Fingerboard Neck: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front; Rosewood Fingerboard Neck: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Headstock Front with Buffed Fingerboard, Fender Spaghetti Logo, Posiflex™ Graphite Neck Support Rods, Rounded Body Shape, Rolled Fingerboard Edges|
|Included Accessories:||Case, Polishing Cloth, Cable, Owner's Manual|
|Polishing Cloth:||Polishing Cloth Included|
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