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Gutsy, vintage appeal for the Precision player.
This reissue of the Fender '51 Precision Electric Bass Guitar nails all the important details of the original--including the sound. A vintage single-coil pickup halfway between the bridge and neck, 2-saddle bridge, gorgeous ash body, and one-piece maple neck and fretboard make up the killer combination that carried the low end of half the top acts of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Amoeba pickguard, vintage chrome knobs and knob plate, stunning butterscotch blonde see-through finish, and classic narrow headstock make it look as cool as it plays.
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The Only One For Me...
I've got a very old fashioned style, my idols are John Paul Jones, Donald Duck Dunn, James Jamerson, Jaco, and Marshall Grant to name a few. I've played bass after bass with...Read complete review
I've got a very old fashioned style, my idols are John Paul Jones, Donald Duck Dunn, James Jamerson, Jaco, and Marshall Grant to name a few. I've played bass after bass with all ranges of features and prices, and I stopped looking when I picked this beauty up. I didnt take it too seriously at first due to its simplicity, but after ten minutes screwing around with the slab of wood I fell in love. This is probably the only bass I will ever play from now on. the vintage frets are smaller than most guitars, which leads to a precise almost fretless sound at times, (coming from the big doghouse bass, thats a big plus) several people have complained about fretwear, the solution is simple, FLATWOUNDS, anything else does NOT do this bass justice. the electronics are great dispite the lack of "fancy-ness" overall its got enough low end to send your pant-legs flapping, but not so much that it sounds like a big booming mess, more of a dark, mellow, natural sound. if played right it can sound almost exactly like an upright, or as punchy as you desire, WITHOUT turning ANY knobs. the vintage style pickup covers dont fit exactly right but once on, i honestly cant tell. other drawbacks are the hidden truss rod adjuster, and reverse tuners, but once tweeked to perfection, no complaint (and you get used to the tuners). Plus its got amazing value, I'd choose this over anything in the thousands any day! wonderful. if i get a new bass, it will be an original 1951 fender p.
Most Liked Negative Review
Not for Me, but a Valuable Piece
SOUND: I wasn't impressed nor surprised by the different tones that i could get. However there was a very limited amount of tonal value. It got a nice sharp punchy p bass tone...Read complete review
SOUND: I wasn't impressed nor surprised by the different tones that i could get. However there was a very limited amount of tonal value. It got a nice sharp punchy p bass tone and a warm, jazzy tone. it even gets a very light distortion if its turned up enough. but it really doesnt stand out with its sound.FEATURES: I give it a 5 for features because it's basically a piece of wood with one dinky pickup on it. The pickup seemed very low in thump and power. At the same time, the rare pickup is probably worth a lot of the bass' price. There are very limited options to mess around with. I like to keep it simple, but this is too simple.QUALITY: I love Fender. i have 2 p basses and a jazz bass. The quality of the Fenders has NEVER let me down. i doubt this one will either. however, the pickguard is just a piece of paper.(it was peeling off) OVERALL: overall, this bass isnt for me. The tuning machines are reversed and are EXTREMLY tight. The neck is thick which adds a lot more weight to the bass. Deffinately not for metal. Im sure this thing can take a hit, but its not for me. But if u want a valuable,good looking piece for the collection, this is the bass that will be worth money down the road.
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This is the nicest bass i've ever played. hands down just the best. it sounds really big and round, but with the tone up and and the punch setting on my rumble 150, it's also a slapping machine. i'm amazed at how many sounds i can get out of this with one tone knob. it's so simple. The craftsmanship is impeccable. the neck is nice and fat. Hats off to Fender Japan!
I picked this bass up used for $500 at a local shop, with the chrome bridge and pickup covers, simply because of a small scratch on the top of the bass...with any luck, I will never need to buy another bass. it can lay down the low end but plays the highs like no tomorrow...I've had it for about a year and have had to tune it maybe once a month. it never goes out of tune. it plays exactly as I want a bass to...I have absolutely no complaints about it. I doubt I will ever buy a different style of bass, even if this one breaks..it is a beautiful instrument and really turns heads at gigs. I've gotten more compliments for it than any other bass I've owned...all in all, definitely, definitely buy this bass. I could not be happier. the tone is absolutely fantastic, fingerstyle or even with a pick. don't think twice..just do it.
I traded for one of these at a guitar show..I love taking it out on gigs. It's a real head turner, like driving an NOS vintage '58 Sting Ray or '57 Thunderbird..I am surprised at the top-end even with nylon tape-wound strings. It has the perfect vintage sound and looks to compliment the Ampeg B15R Flip-top..
I got this bass as a present and I absolutely love it! It has amazing low end quality and nice, precise high end. It has great slap possibility. I mostly play low core rock and worship music, so I never really get to use this bass to its full potential. The only problem I'v had so far was a pulsing sound on the open A ,but a little tweaking with the bridge solved that. The reason that I gave the features a low rating is because it is a very simple instrument. Its basically a slab of wood with a pickup, but that doesn't change the fact that it has simply amazing quality.
Bought this bass about two years ago, and instantly fell in-love with it. On recordings it's deep, punchy, and pushes through anything. Live took a little getting use to. Setting the intonation on this thing is a practice in patients and frustration. I didn't realize I was having a hard time till I got the neck and tonation set. What a difference... the action is now lower, the intonation is as close to spot on as this bridge will allow, and now live it's wonderful. For a classic rock band with a lot of Zepplin involved, this sounds great next to a Les Paul though a marshall... Close your eyes and you could swear it's Jimmy, Robert, John, and John up there... well instrument wise anyway... great bass.
I have had this bass for about a year and played it in many shows and the biggest problem, the pickup is very very weak on the high end, the lows are so powerful it makes it worth it just to play on the two bottom strings but I cant do that its a great design and feels wonderful, but the pickup almost kills it all, its so weak even after i raised it up still no better not sure with what im going to replace it with but it will be took out for somethin with some beef on all four strings, i guess im spoiled but the Rickenbacker and Gibson Thunderbird stomp the pants of any Fender, got this one as a gift, so gotta make the best of it.
The sound of this bass is wonderful. It has a bright and somewhat electronic sound wide open, and if you roll off the filter you get a nice solid thump that would work great for Motown. I didn't think I'd like the low frets, but with the bass set up right I actually feel like they help me play faster. It's not a "do everything" bass, but what it does, it does very well. Some people don't like the slab body, but my first "real" bass was a Tele, so it to me it feels like an old friend.My only knock is that trying to set the right intonation with the 2-saddle bridge is an exercise in approximation.
This bass is great if you like the Fender precision bass. Very vintage with lots of punchy, warm tone. Good for any style of music, but especially motown, pop and rock. This will probably be the next bass I get.
If you're an aggressive player, replace the pickup in this bass. I toured Japan with this bass and the pickup design lends itself to strings catching on the outer ends of the pickup housing. As a result of this, the pickup fell out of the bass at a gig....Other than that this bass is awesome.
Wow, where to start? Started looking at this bass when a close friend and bass head exclaimed his lust for this ash and maple delight. At first glance it may even seem almost cheap to some.. almost being the key word. The pickguard just seems like it could have been a higher quality make, no biggie. The butterscotch blonde finish is just downright sexy, I'm a sucker for wood grains/transparent finishes as I also sport an '05 Fender Jazz yielding the sunset orange transparent finish over... you guessed it.. ash. For me, Ash and Maple are like pb & j. The neck is just beautiful, being slightly bulkier than my jazz, but not uncomfortable by any means. Overall weight here is less than my jazz it seems as well, although I haven't weighed it. So how's about that dangly looking pickup from '51? Not dangly sounding, I can tell ya that! This baby hits the spot, just as you would expect from a precision, and nothing less! Overall, cost aside, this bass kills it in every category. It's just that good. Now look at the price and go buy one!