For more than three decades, Steve Harris's galloping fleet-fingered basslines have turbocharged U.K. metal titans Iron Maiden and have made him the most influential metal bassist alive. Harris has stayed true to his battle-hardened Fender® Precision Bass® guitar over the years, and Fender now honors him with the Steve Harris Precision Bass. Features include a regally cool Royal Blue Metallic sparkle finish, with chromed mirror pickguard, alder body, vintage-tint one-piece maple neck and fingerboard with 20 medium-jumbo frets, Badass® II bridge, Seymour Duncan® Basslines SPB-1 split-coil Precision Bass pickup, chrome hardware, Steve Harris Signature Rotosound® custom flat-wound strings and Harris's signature on the back of the headstock. Deluxe gig bag included.
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I just got one of these today after ordering it. Looks beautiful and sounds great but the advertised specs are not what I received. The neck is advertised here as "1.75 at the nut." No, it isn't. I measured mine and it is 1 5/8 at the nut. The neck on mine is pretty much a standard P Bass neck with a vintage tint and Steve Harris's signature decal on the back of the head stock. I know it doesn't sound like much - an 8th of an inch - but, trust me, it is. Since I have large hands, I was looking forward to having a bass with a fatter neck. These skinny necks Fender insists everyone loves are too uncomfortable for me to play. I did my research and read / heard reviews on how thick and chunky the neck was on this model so, I excitedly chose to get it. Needless to say, I'm more than a bit disappointed Fender. Someone in the quality control department needs a good talking to! Either that or change the listed specs on its web page to what it actually is. Also, for the money we spend on this guitar, it really warrants a hard-shell case...not the useless gig bag. So, with a heavy heart, I am returning this bass and getting my money back.
jta1973 owns this item
I've been wanting a bass that looks like this since the Seventh Son album, and now I have it! I originally got it as a backup or show piece since I usually play a Jbass because I have trouble with the fatter neck. But its so awesome that its my #1 now.
It gets big smiles from people that recognize it and those that don't compliment it on the blue sparkle.
Its a Pbass and its has that distinct sound, because I don't have Steve's rig I did remove the flats for rounds (I put the flats on my active J to balance out the brightness) and I couldn't get a tone that matched what I wanted to do with flats. It still has a Maideny sound.
For me it was a bit pricey but it was worth it, my only gripe are the tuners, they look cheap. The back plate on them has a bit of a curve away from the headstock. It does stay in tune so i think its just cosmetic I think I might up grade to Grovers in the future. And for that much money I (even the guy at the music shop) think it should come with a hard case, the gig bag was nice, as gig bags go.
gv1200 owns this item
This must be the heaviest, bulkiest bass I've ever played. The neck is massive and it takes some time to get used to, but once you do every other bass will seem thin as a toothpick!
I've switched the pickups with the Seymour Duncan SPB4 and it sounds amazing, works perfectly with flatwound strings and as good with roundwounds. Sounds killer with fingers and pick likewise.
Most people would think you're only going to play metal with it but it's still as good as any P bass, so you can really play anything with it.
It looks awesome, but the mirror pickguard gets dirty and scratched very easily, so it is a good idea to wipe it after each use.
The quality of this instrument is truly astonishing, maybe the only downsides are its weight (about 4.7 kg) which about an hour of playing will start to rip your shoulder off so it is a good idea to buy a nice comfortable, and large, strap. Also, I think it tends to have a huge amount of mids, which is strange, considering that Steve basically cuts them out.
olifs owns this item
This bass is absolutely fantastic. The tone is amazing, and the sound it has is unmatched by any bass I've heard. It may be a bass made for playing metal, but I've played loads of jazz, classic rock and even some classical, this bass can do it all. The build quality is fantastic, the sparkle blue finish looks incredible, and the strings are absolutely sexy. The only two problems I've had with it are, the mirror pickguard gets covered in fingerprints super easily, and if you sweat a lot, it will show on the chrome. The only other problem is that it's really heavy, and depending on how long your playing, it can kill your back.
But besides those two problems I've loved everything about the Steve Harris bass, it's truly a one of a kind instrument. Two thumbs up!
TheBassGuy owns this item
This is an excellent quality P Bass and produces a solid tone especially since it's a passive bass. The neck is quite chunky but has a great feel and good playability. Considering it's a single pickup bass it can produce a great range of tones by varying playing technique and using the passive tone.
This is a great instrument and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great P Bass- oh yeah... and it looks absolutely stunning!
Samatza owns this item
It´s the one i like best to play on of my 9 basses!
The neck, the strings and the sound is really mindblowing! The neck is quite thick, but feels great anyway!
I´ve never played another passive 4 string with such power in the low end!
It´s needed 4 adjustements but now it´s perfect! (But we have cold and dry winters in Sweden and it could be the reason for this)
The only disadvantage is the weight. 4,7Kg is too much for me if I need to play standing up more than 2 hours.
It would be great to have 2 active tone controls and switchable between passive and active mode on this bass, but then it wouldn´t be a Steve Harris replica.
Kallekatt owns this item
The bass its simply amazing, the steve bass have a great tone, amazing custom design, and a beautiful steel sound.
Silvafender93 owns this item
I've owned the Steve Harris P Bass since 2009 (the year it was introduced) The workmanship & construction of this bass is excellent , The sound of the Seymour Duncan SP1 pickups is full & deep the neck is thick & has a chunky feel, the Steve Harris Signature strings that come strung on this bass are the cherry on top of the cake, This is a great sounding & great playing bass.
James Coderre owns this item
I've been playing bass for 30 years and this bass is by far the best one I have owned. I kicked myself regularly after selling my Fender P-Bass in my 20's. I finally decided another P-Bass was in order and I couldn't pass up the signature version from the artist that got me into playing bass in the first place. The sound from this bass is incredible. The fingerboard is smooth as glass. It is a beefy bass so you'll want to pair it with a nice wide strap, otherwise you will surely feel the weight of this monster. I put the Steve Harris signature strings on it to round it out and can't be happier.
Bubbha owns this item
|Model Name:||Steve Harris Precision Bass®, Maple Fingerboard, Royal Blue Metallic, Chrome Pickguard|
|Color:||Royal Blue Metallic|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Body Shape:||Precision Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Headstock:||Artist Signature on Headstock|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Middle Pickup:||Seymour Duncan® Basslines SPB-1 Vintage Style Split Single-Coil Precision Bass®|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Configuration:||Split Single-Coil|
|Bridge:||Leo Quan Badass® II|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Strings:||Rotosound® Steve Harris Signature Custom Flat-Wound (.050-.110 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Steve Harris Signature on Back of Headstock|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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