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American-crafted quality from Fender, priced for working musicians.

The new Fender American Special Precision Bass bring you the latest in U.S.-built quality and value! With its slim neck profile, high-gloss finish, and Fender Greasebucket tone circuit, you get classic American Fender looks and playability plus dynamic and versatile tone.

The Fender American Special Precision Bass begins with an alder body and C-shaped maple neck. A maple fretboard comes standard on the Black and Candy Apple Red models, with a rosewood fretboard on the Olympic White and Three-color Sunburst models. All models feature medium-jumbo frets.

A split-coil alnico pickup provides the legendary American P Bass sound, and Fender's Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off highs while maintaining low-end definition, ensuring you'll cut through any mix. Finishing touches include knurled chrome knobs, vintage-style bridge and strap buttons, and a deluxe gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Made in the USA
  • Alder body
  • C-shaped maple neck
  • Maple or rosewood fretboard depending on model
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • Split-coil alnico pickup
  • Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off highs while maintaining low-end definition
  • Vintage-style bridge
  • Knurled chrome knobs
  • Includes Fender deluxe gig bag

Now's your chance to step up to the quality, tone, and playability of an American-made P Bass. Order now!

SPECIFICATIONS

American Special Precision Bass

  • Fretboard radius: 9-1/2"
  • Nut width: 1-5/8"
  • Scale length: 34"
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FenderAmerican Special Precision Bass
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Small venues (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not perfect, but oh so close!

I bought this bass because I'd always wanted a P bass and didn't want to experience another bad Squire product. Mine is the candy apple red with the black pickguard and maple fretboard. The...Read complete review

I bought this bass because I'd always wanted a P bass and didn't want to experience another bad Squire product. Mine is the candy apple red with the black pickguard and maple fretboard. The paint is perfect! However, on the backside of the body you can see the butcherblock type lamination used to construct the slab if you hold it at the right angle to the light...not a major issue. The bridge is the typical original style piece that was present on just about every Fender bass used on every popular song from the 1950's until now. Having said that, it's time to move on as better bridges are available including Fender's own high mass bridge. Given the price point of this American made bass, it's reasonable that you will have to make that upgrade yourself but it's also still fine with what comes with it. The set-up out of the box was certainly playable but this is a personal thing so I tweaked it to my playing style and preference. I caution readers of reviews to disregard most mentions of poor set-ups as this is a completely subjective assessment and will vary greatly from person to person. What does matter however is how easily the setup is to adjust and how well the instrument responds and holds those adjustments. In this regard the Fender American special P bass is simply the finest bass I have ever adjusted (I have done plenty!). The graphite truss rod moves easily and effectively and is readily accessible using the ball allen wrench supplied. I changed the bridge immediatly to a Babicz full contact and was able to dail in perfect intonation quickly (something that was impossible on my Squire Bass). Once set-up to my liking, the bass has remained stable and oh so very playable! The neck is absolutely fantastic with a nice feel and low profile. The frets are dressed perfectly as well. I am not the best bass player so I also appreciate the utter simplicity of the instument...volume, tone and a jack. I thought I might want to upgrade the pick-up but that thought quickly vanished once I played it for a while. The stock pick up combined with the greasebucket controls sounds amazing and the tone control in particular is now very usable through it's entire range without any "muddyness". Overall, I am extemely happy with this purchase and just love playing this bass. It's as solid as a rock but the vintage style strap knobs that come with it would probably result in some vintage style instument free falls so invest in a pair of strap locks. The best value in an American made quality bass hands down!

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Don't waste your money, buy the Standard!

I was excited to be getting my first Fender, and also pleased that the new American Special line offered Candy Apple Red and was a cheaper than a Standard. I went for it and...Read complete review

I was excited to be getting my first Fender, and also pleased that the new American Special line offered Candy Apple Red and was a cheaper than a Standard. I went for it and I am now regretting it. I wanted to be excited about it, but it arrived with sky-high action that made intonation, playability, and tone a distant hope. After tweaking the thing for the last 4 months (couldn't afford a setup after shelling out the cost) I have finally started to be able to achieve a proper setup, but it rarely holds for more than week before going out of whack again. Also, the strings go out of tune A LOT (I use Ernie Ball, so it is not the strings). Half of the songs I play, I am watching the strings go flat on my clip-on tuner and scrambling to retune, while singing and playing. I never go to a gig now without my bridge wrench, phillips head, and alan wrench, in case the setup shifted in the car and I have to make a last minute scramble to salvage what I can of my intonation. I think that the "Special" line does not include the graphite-reinforced neck, or the high-mass bridge, which I'm sure is contributing to my problems. This bass should be priced lower, because you are going to have to put extra money into it for a new bridge, new strings (came with TERRIBLE strings), and a professional setup before it will actually work. Save up and get the Standard PBass because, even though I prefer Candy Apple over Candy Cola, I didn't get the professional-grade instrument for which I had saved up my hard-earned money.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not perfect, but oh so close!

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from British Columbia, Canada

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Pros

  • Amazing Value
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Outdated Bridge

Best Uses

  • It Can Do It All

Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

I bought this bass because I'd always wanted a P bass and didn't want to experience another bad Squire product. Mine is the candy apple red with the black pickguard and maple fretboard. The paint is perfect! However, on the backside of the body you can see the butcherblock type lamination used to construct the slab if you hold it at the right angle to the light...not a major issue. The bridge is the typical original style piece that was present on just about every Fender bass used on every popular song from the 1950's until now. Having said that, it's time to move on as better bridges are available including Fender's own high mass bridge. Given the price point of this American made bass, it's reasonable that you will have to make that upgrade yourself but it's also still fine with what comes with it. The set-up out of the box was certainly playable but this is a personal thing so I tweaked it to my playing style and preference. I caution readers of reviews to disregard most mentions of poor set-ups as this is a completely subjective assessment and will vary greatly from person to person. What does matter however is how easily the setup is to adjust and how well the instrument responds and holds those adjustments. In this regard the Fender American special P bass is simply the finest bass I have ever adjusted (I have done plenty!). The graphite truss rod moves easily and effectively and is readily accessible using the ball allen wrench supplied. I changed the bridge immediatly to a Babicz full contact and was able to dail in perfect intonation quickly (something that was impossible on my Squire Bass). Once set-up to my liking, the bass has remained stable and oh so very playable! The neck is absolutely fantastic with a nice feel and low profile. The frets are dressed perfectly as well. I am not the best bass player so I also appreciate the utter simplicity of the instument...volume, tone and a jack. I thought I might want to upgrade the pick-up but that thought quickly vanished once I played it for a while. The stock pick up combined with the greasebucket controls sounds amazing and the tone control in particular is now very usable through it's entire range without any "muddyness". Overall, I am extemely happy with this purchase and just love playing this bass. It's as solid as a rock but the vintage style strap knobs that come with it would probably result in some vintage style instument free falls so invest in a pair of strap locks. The best value in an American made quality bass hands down!

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender P tone rocks

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from Undisclosed

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Pros

  • Fender P Bass Sound
  • Slick Neck Finish

Cons

  • 8lbs Means Neck Dive
  • Car Color Not Like Photos
  • Cheap tuners

Best Uses

  • Everything Its A P Bass

Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

Excellent Fender sound and a terrific finish on the neck. The profile doesn't agree with me. I guess I'm a jazz kinda guy. What is most disappointing to me is the body finish. Fender's candy apple red is all kinds of ugly. Looks great in the photos but not so hot in person. There is too much metallic flake and the pieces are too large and more glittery than I care for. Setup out of the box was a little off but easily adjusted. Fret edges were smooth. Body was polished at the factory with something not so smooth and there was swirling in the clear coat. I'm sure a wax would fix it. Overall weight was very light at barely over 8lbs, making it neck heavy.

Overall the neck dive and icky paint were what killed it for me. Still has that sick Fender tone and feel.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

update to last review

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from Chicago

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

    the bad as s bridge with the fender 62 reissue p bass pickup was over all improvement big + in tone and sustain, the notes sound more fuller & fatter.
    The next thing I did was give the neck a vintage look, I used combination of black and brown shoe polish for stain with bulls eye amber shellac on the neck and headstock, she now looks vintage + add Fender F neck plate. BF deal! I got awesome deal on this from MF.

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    5.0

    Candy Apple Red Woohoo!

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    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

      I'm digging this neck I like it better than my 95' UAS P bass neck. I found my perfect P bass pickup tone in the Fender Original 1962 P Bass Pickup, which is now in my P bass special as of last night; there was nothing wrong with the original pickup I just prefer the 62' P bass pickup tone. I replaced the bridge with BAss II for better sustain.. She's now a monster with that vintage fender deep P bass tone! I might replace the tuners later? Love that Candy Apple Red!!!

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      5.0

      Sweet bass

      By 

      from napa, ca

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Great Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

        have had many basses, most recently with active electronics. this bass works perfectly right out of the box.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is a very good Fender Precision

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        from Nowhere Land

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

            I've owned it about a month, and the one I got from MF is a very, very good Fender Precision. I've been playing bass over 40 years, still own a pair of (real not RI) 1964 and 1965 Precisions, and have owned, played, and sold four other pre-CBS Fender basses because I didn't like them as much as the two I kept. The slim-C neck feel on this American Special is quite nice, and I don't know if it's because of the "Greasebucket" circuitry or not, but the sound and responsiveness of the electronics on my new American Special Precision are really nice. Fender has impressed my with this one.

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            5.0

            Great tone and American quality...

            By 

            from Vermont

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Quality Feel
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Hmv Bridges Are Better

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

            I personally like the HMV bridge on my American Standard a little better, but this is a fine Bass with American Quality and sound. I use this Bass all the time...

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            5.0

            truly a great example of a p-bass

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            from colorado

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

              i played 4 american fender basses at GC before deciding on this bass in candy red. the neck is super smooth. the frets were very well dressed. no high frets. pickups sound great. grease bucket tone option is very cool. easily the best playing bass i own or have owned.

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Lucky to have one

              By 

              from Seattle, WA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

                I believe I was lucky enough to find a particularly good one of these, as everyone knows quality can vary in production models. Mine is just awesome. Obviously it's a P bass, no real mystery there. But with this particular bass there were a few things that continue to impress me every time I play it. First is the thin neck, which has a very smooth satin urethane finish. It's extremely comfortable, more so than a Standard P bass. Also, contrary to what some of the other reviewers seem to think, the neck DOES have the graphite support rods. This is clearly stated on Fender's website.

                I also really like the pickup on this bass. It's absolutely quiet (no hiss or noise issues at all) and aggressive sounding. Whereas some P basses have a big, pillowy sound, I would say this is one is more focused in the low mids. It's got a great rock sound, but can mellow out very nicely when needed. And thanks to that Greasebucket thing, I can turn the tone all the way down and still get a useful, punchy sound.

                This bass is also noticeably lightweight, and I think as I become older and more decrepit this will become a standout feature. The action is nice too, not crazy low but easy to play while still allowing the strings to ring clearly. I have traveled around the country with it and noticed zero change in the neck, string action, or whatever else. So I guess it's pretty solid. I even liked the stock strings so much that I just keep putting the same kind on every time. Aside from all this, it's just a good, solid P bass. The overall design is basically perfect. I'm not saying the "American Special" line is the be-all end-all, but mine seems kinda special. Somebody must have brought their A-game to the assembly line that day.

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                (11 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Don't waste your money, buy the Standard!

                By 

                from Florida

                Comments about Fender American Special Precision Bass:

                I was excited to be getting my first Fender, and also pleased that the new American Special line offered Candy Apple Red and was a cheaper than a Standard. I went for it and I am now regretting it. I wanted to be excited about it, but it arrived with sky-high action that made intonation, playability, and tone a distant hope. After tweaking the thing for the last 4 months (couldn't afford a setup after shelling out the cost) I have finally started to be able to achieve a proper setup, but it rarely holds for more than week before going out of whack again. Also, the strings go out of tune A LOT (I use Ernie Ball, so it is not the strings). Half of the songs I play, I am watching the strings go flat on my clip-on tuner and scrambling to retune, while singing and playing. I never go to a gig now without my bridge wrench, phillips head, and alan wrench, in case the setup shifted in the car and I have to make a last minute scramble to salvage what I can of my intonation. I think that the "Special" line does not include the graphite-reinforced neck, or the high-mass bridge, which I'm sure is contributing to my problems. This bass should be priced lower, because you are going to have to put extra money into it for a new bridge, new strings (came with TERRIBLE strings), and a professional setup before it will actually work. Save up and get the Standard PBass because, even though I prefer Candy Apple over Candy Cola, I didn't get the professional-grade instrument for which I had saved up my hard-earned money.

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