Since its early-'50s introduction, the Fender® Precision Bass® guitar has remained the world standard for thick tone and smooth playability. The Standard Precision Bass combines the best of old and new, with a modern single-coil pickup, shielded body cavity, medium jumbo frets, vintage-style bridge, tinted neck with rosewood or maple fretboard, three-ply parchment pickguard and '70s-style headstock logo.
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I'm more of a jazz bass player but it never hurts to have one of both worlds, can it?
I used to own an American and a Mexican Fender Precision. Needless to say, the prices I got those for were mixed up: my used $700 MIA sounded like crap while the $280 MIM used Precision sounded like a $3000 precision bass. It was killer.
MIA bass: 3 tone sunburst with white pickguard. It was made in 2001 so it didn't have the new high-mass bridge nor the Custom Shop '62 pickup. The pickup that WAS installed on it was awfully quiet on the D-string no matter how much I lowered the string or raised the pickups; just didn't work. And I have never felt a neck that thick in my life; felt like a tree trunk. Was it worth the $700? Well if it played better, then yes, but it didn't. It WAS a great bass but I think I'll stick to the MIMs; I love tinkering and upgrading my basses and I'd rather not touch or dare tinker with an American precision bass.
MIM bass: Black with white. Classic colour combination. The neck was also pretty thick: I've played other P-basses of the same line at my music store and necks felt relatively thin...guess I got a weird one. Anyways, that neck DID help with the tone because of all that extra wood. It just FELT like a tank. Absolutely beautiful. This time, the pickup was loud: it ROARED like the beast it was.
I hate how Fender upped the prices on everything.
Can't go wrong with a standard Precision. I have two of them currently in my daily rotation. Both are 2011 60th anniversary year models in White Blizzard Pearl; I think is what they call it. I have one with a Maple fretboard and one rosewood. The maple board I have setup with a Hipshot Bass Extender as well as a Babicz Full Contact bridge. I have this instrument tuned a half step down and it is used for mostly rock music in a few of the projects I am involved in (lots of younger guys are tuning down these days).
My rosewood fretboard version is all bone stock with some old LaBella round wound strings for that classic old school and fink vibe. It is actually my favorite bass in my collection, followed closely by my Squier VM Precision Bass V.
Tone is classic precision bass. The stock pups are bit wooly with fresh round strings to my ear, but I love the old thumpy sound of the 60's.
You could do some improvements to better suite your own style, but I think for most players, the stock configuration will do just fine.
If in ever in a pinch somewhere and need a bass quickly, I wouldn't hesitate to grab a Standard Precision Bass and Gig with it.
DGFreeman owns this item
i've bought this little piece of history almost two months ago, just for having a precision, but a Fender one.
The first thing I noticed was its tone and output level; very rich in the mids tone and a really loud output, this last surprised me knowing it's a passive bass. I've owned many active basses before this last one anf there was not much difference between them.
The colour I bought is not listed here anymore, this is the Copper Metallic Burst, which is something similar to a brown dark green sunburst but with a glossy end. Quite spectacular depending on the light.
As we play drop D, the OEM strings are not that thick so as to handle this tuning properly, so I changed them for a set of 7250's 45-105 gauge. This made the tone a little deeper in the lows and not that bright in the highs. Much better for our style.
Resuming, I'm enjoying this marvel from the very first moment I tried it at my local store.
alvarospain1971 owns this item
This bass is amazing. The neck is very smooth and the fingerboard is wide (but not too wide), which makes it very easy to play. The tone is very rich and it has the distinct Fender growl to it. It looks incredible and is just all around great. I own this bass, a Fender Standard Jazz Bass, and a Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass, and this is hands-down, the easiest to play and sounds the best. It's worth it. You will not regret buying this bass.
seanflanagan owns this item
I've owned several Fender Precisions over the last 25 years, but this one really stands out in when it comes to value for money.
Bought it new in 2011 as a backup bass, but it has become the one I use all the time. It wasn't properly adjusted out-of-the-box (bought it online), but no big deal. Build quality and sound is excellent. I also own a 2012 American Standard, and even though this Mexican-made version hasn't got the luxurious look and details, it sounds and plays almost equally good. And for little money you can upgrade it like I did with a nicer pickguard, a better bridge and an American Vintage Reissue '62 pickup, and have yourself a nearly perfect workhorse bass guitar.
Milleren owns this item
I bought this bass in july 87. It is a very solid bass. I pretty much learned my style on it. I bought it a month before my 20th birthday.. This bass can twang or really thump. Hardware and paint are great, bass looks new. It goes to every gig. This bass is very special to me. It has the wider 62 neck. Fast neck very playable. Has a very vintage tone
guido owns this item
i bought this bass a backup bass to use and it does a perfect job as a back up the tone is great the looks of it are awsome (candy apple red/parchment) my only concern is that the frets stick out the neck a tiny bit when i bought it so i had to file them down and allso theirs way to much gloss on the back of the neck its awfull fender please put a satin finsh on the neck insted it will be soo much better
Dan Stutt owns this item
I've had this bass rented once for a week and I gotta say it sounds pretty cool. I don't really know much about bass guitars but I do know if the quality of one is good and this one is.
I've owned many P Basses over the years from Made in Japan to American Deluxe. I feel the Standard P Bass is the one of the best basses you can buy on overall tone and value. First it's a P Bass, volume and tone knobs. Doesn't get simpler than that, unless you get a special model without tone but I think it's a waste to give up your tone knob. Construction is solid and the neck stays straight unlike some of the other basses in the price range. As for the tone I prefer it over the American Standard, American Deluxe, and any with Seymour Duncans. I have always thought a P Bass is about raw power and that what my 2006 Standard P Bass has. Hot pickups that will blow away many of the active 9 or 18 volts I've played. It's gritty, maybe even a little fuzzy. American P's are refinded and clean. They thump but there isn't any power. I suggest this bass for anyone over much more expensive basses. If you can find one, get an Antigua. It's one of the best FSR basses you can find, especially for the original price and limited run. For those of you who like any of Fender's Vintage P series or artist series, compare the neck to that of the Antigua. The Antigua is one of the few Fender P Basses I have found to have a 70s era neck. Take the Steve Harris signature model. His bass is a '72 P with the wrong type of trussrod. The Antigua matches it's original counter part. That said, if you want a P Bass try a Standard and an Amercian Standard. I'll choose the Standard any day and you may too.
PIMarine57 owns this item
Quite simply the most versatile, fun, easy to play, simple and robust bass I have owned. Despite what could be seen as the limit of only having one tone control (I'm personally of the opinion that is enough; bright or soft), whatever genre you want to throw its way, this bass is more than capable of holding its own. This simplicity lends itself to a pick-up-and-play attitude, removing the need for excessive tweaking and allowing you to get to doing what we all love . It produces great tone equally well either using finger-style or with a pick and stays in tune even under the most enthusiastic assaults.
The bottom line is there's a reason the P-Bass formula has remained largely unchanged from its inception; from a playing perspective, there's no need for it to be changed, as it delivers everything that is necessary, exceptionally well.
cstubbs owns this item
I bought this in 2006. Standard precision bass with American Series pickups, Fender Diamond Anniversary engraved neckplate, satin tinted neck, and Blizzard Pearl finish. Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. I must say, the neck is a real standout feature of this bass. It's so smooth! That and the incredible tone - plays like a dream, sounds like a dream. I've had to replace the nut (a freak household accident), and the luthier who fixed it mentioned to me what a beautiful instrument it is. Never had an issue with playability or reliability in nearly 7 years. Solid as a rock, an instrument I would not change.
Fender Precision bass is perfect for me. It has very good sound, and better playability. But there is a thing that i don´t like: the design. For me, it would be better to return to 50's model (more or less like Mike Dirnt`s signature bass) with some modifications. For me is more comfortable to play, but overall, is the classical bass that always works.
Lemmy_God owns this item
I got this bass to learn on and to have a bass in my arsenal. The P-Bass is definitely a classic and is about as simple as a bass can get. One thing I like about it, compared to cheaper brands, are the oversized tuners. Very easy to adjust. I gave it five stars because it is what it is, a true classic. However, as a novice I'm still having some trouble because there is no place to rest your thumb. If I had it to do over I would probably get the Jazz Bass, but right now we are slowly becoming good friends. I may get a pickup cover/guard to solve the thumb problem or add a rest of some kind. Also, if you're new to bass, like me, make sure to get a good, wide strap. They are heavy.
sheldon925 owns this item
I borrowed this to model to learn bass. I had to tune it more than my jazz bass but I loved the sound this thing produced. When in tune...it sang!
|Model Name:||Standard Precision Bass®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue, 3-Ply Parchment Pickguard, No Bag|
|Color:||Lake Placid Blue|
|Body Shape:||Precision Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Tinted Satin Urethane|
|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 Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Middle Pickup:||Standard Split Single-Coil Precision Bass|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Configuration:||Split Single-Coil|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle Standard Vintage-Style with Single Groove Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045-.100 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||"New" Knurled Chrome P Bass® Knobs|
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