The original was born in the '50s and produced the sound of bass. On the road, the more you punished a Precision Bass® guitar, the more it gave back as a virtually indestructible bass that took a beating and laughed while it asked for more, becoming even cooler looking and more comfortable-feeling than when it was brand-new. Fender's Road Worn® '50s Precision Bass delivers that aged look and feel. Designed with '50s specs, including a nitrocellulose-lacquer finish, and built to look, sound and feel like it's got more than just a few miles on it.
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I wasn't looking for a Fender bass and didn't like the idea of pre-worn finishes when I picked up this bass in a music shop. Both changed as soon as I started playing it, and I had to have it. I have been playing it regularly for the past four years, and although I have other bass guitars, this is the one I keep coming back to. It sounds great, and I have come to really appreciate the advantages of having a finish that you don't worry about. This bass is tough as nails, but it sounds sweet when you want it to be sweet. It growls and snarls like the best of them when you want that, too. I figured the relic finish was a bit of a pose, so I put a thumb tug bar and ashtrays on it to complete the look. I find that the bridge cover makes using a piece of foam for a mute work very well. That was the original Fender design, and I discovered that it is a great idea. The finish has continued to wear in and get more comfortable. It is currently strung with TI Jazz flats, and they suit its character well. The original Fender strings were brighter than I like. As far as setup, it needed a bit out of the box, but not much. Since then, it has needed a couple neck tweaks, and the adjustments it needs are getting fewer as the wood ages. The finish on the body and on the neck are both thin. I have worn new holes in the finish by playing it, so the relicing is a whole lot more real now. I expect to be playing this bass for as long as I continue to play, and then pass it along to my son or his children.
gaolee owns this item
This bass is about as close to a Mexican as Clint Eastwood would be draped in a Mexican poncho (aka: "The Man With No Name" role he played in the spaghetti westerns of the 1960's). This MIM bass has the outer markings (serial number) indicating manufacture in Mexico but make no mistake, this is simply a "poncho" surrounding an American legend! The Road Worn P-Bass it is built to US specs using US components (pots, cap, hardware etc...& yes I opened it up). This is Fender's "top-of-the-line" MIM quality bass series which, IMHO, easily surpasses the "American Special" series with a lot more attention to detail at the same price point. This P-Bass has the look, and more importantly, the feel of well worn in bass (without the actual fret ware). Everything feels and sounds right and is totally not what you would expect from a MIM product. Everything about the bass screams craftsmanship and quality. Fantastic neck and fretwork. Pickups have surprising punch and growl. The "worn-in look" is natural and realistic looking with a very smooth "played over time" sort of ware (not abused). Bottom line...plays and feels like a top quality US made Fender bass with tons of character in both cosmetics and tone.
GST61 owns this item
Best MIM bass I have ever played. It fully delivers the great P Bass experience of the late '50s. It FEELS like you are literally playing an old bass. And the sound is just awesome. The playability is wonderful… it's a joy to play! Very well set up. I hardly had to do anything to it. The aluminum pick guard rocks, and comes with holes drilled in it for pickup / bridge covers and a thumb rest. If you're struggling with the decision on getting this bass, let me convince you to go for it!!
rumblinman owns this item
So I went to my local guitar store wanting to get some strings and look at some basses and I found this bass. I have been wanting a p bass for a while now. So I got it plugged into an Orange Terror bass head and a 4x10 cab and I tuned it up and just played an easy riff in A minor and I was like...'DANG!' Since when did P-basses sound this good finger style! It just was clear but not then...plenty of booty and bottom end! I was like, 'Wow this really simple bass just sounds fantastic!' I even slapped it and it sounded really good! It was fun.
|Model Name:||Road Worn® '50s Precision Bass®, Maple Fingerboard, Fiesta Red, Gold Anodized Aluminum Pickguard|
|Body Finish:||Road Worn® Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Body Shape:||Precision Bass®|
|Neck Material:||1-Piece Maple|
|Neck Finish:||Road Worn® Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.75" (44.45 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Vintage-Style|
|Middle Pickup:||Vintage Split Single-Coil Precision Bass|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Configuration:||Split Single-Coil|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle American Vintage Bass|
|Tuning Machines:||American Vintage Reverse Open-Gear Bass|
|Pickguard:||Gold Anodized Aluminum|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045-.100 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Distressed Body, Neck and Hardware Creating an Aged and Worn Appearance, Vintage Styling, Gold Anodized Aluminum Pickguard, Synthetic Bone Nut|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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