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Newly designed tuners and bridge modernize this classic!

This American Standard Series Precision Bass has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The body is rendered in premium alder for optimum tone and sustain. Its rosewood or maple fretboard features detailed fret and nut work. The neck is graphite-reinforced and has rolled edges for a broken-in feel from the get-go. HMV (high-mass vintage) bridge increases sustain, provides punchier tone, beefier looking plates, and 3/8" diameter vintage saddles. String height adjustment screws have nylon patches for a tight fit that won't vibrate loose.

A 12-gauge cold rolled steel plate machined brass backstop increases mass, enhances top end. Socket head intonation screws are engineered for a tighter fit, and are more stable. Features Fender®/Hipshot® tuning keys. They work great and are 30% lighter, minimizing neck dip. Classic 20:1 tuning ratio, cast zinc with aluminum string posts and mounting nuts, and steel clovers. Brass worm gears, steel worm drives.

With a thinner undercoat, the American Standard P Bass body breathes easier and has improved sound (more wood influence). Neck pocket paint buildup has been reduced by 40%, greatly improving the wood to wood connection/reaction.

SKB rectangular-design case, exclusive to Fender, has TSA recognized and accepted locks. Fiberglass reinforced nylon trigger release latching system, indestructible cushioned rubber over-molded handle with flush lock out. Injection molded feet and exclusive arched stacking system.

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Graphite-reinforced neck with modern C shape and satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood or maple fingerboard with rolled edges
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • Open-back cast machine heads
  • 1 American Precision Bass split single-coil pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • HMV Bridge (high-mass vintage)
  • Chrome hardware
  • Thinner undercoat
  • Improved neck pocket
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FenderAmerican Standard P Bass
 
4.8

(based on 53 reviews)

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The standard, now and for the forseeable future

I picked up a 2011 American Standard P-bass a few months ago, and I'm nothing but happy. Having moved from a 1996 American Standard J-bass, I can confidently say that Fender has made...Read complete review

I picked up a 2011 American Standard P-bass a few months ago, and I'm nothing but happy. Having moved from a 1996 American Standard J-bass, I can confidently say that Fender has made massive improvements over the past decade. If you're in the market, you owe it to yourself to see one of the new American models in person. Mine shipped with a gorgeous finish, stable neck, and FLAWLESS craftsmanship, a hundred times better than my '96 Jazz. It also came with a bulletproof case and exceptional case candy - the strap is the most comfortable ever made, hands down.Note: These new P-basses are LIGHT!! And not just a little. You'll be amazed when you pick it up, and I promise you will crap yourself when you feel how this thing resonates with every note. If you don't have one of these, you're making a mistake. The price may seem unreasonable...until you hold it in person.

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Not Setting The Standard

I've played three of these basses at the local stores, and I'm terribly disappointed in these new models. The finish is average for gloss, the weight distribution feels a bit more like a...Read complete review

I've played three of these basses at the local stores, and I'm terribly disappointed in these new models. The finish is average for gloss, the weight distribution feels a bit more like a Jazz, and the necks seem a bit slimmer - not something I'm looking for in a P-bass. The real kiss of death is the pickups: thin, lifeless, without depth. If you're buying one of these, definitely upgrade the pickups. Or spend the extra money on a Vintage Reissue '62 or '59 P-bass.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The standard, now and for the forseeable future

By FoxCharge

from Indianapolis, IN

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I picked up a 2011 American Standard P-bass a few months ago, and I'm nothing but happy. Having moved from a 1996 American Standard J-bass, I can confidently say that Fender has made massive improvements over the past decade. If you're in the market, you owe it to yourself to see one of the new American models in person. Mine shipped with a gorgeous finish, stable neck, and FLAWLESS craftsmanship, a hundred times better than my '96 Jazz. It also came with a bulletproof case and exceptional case candy - the strap is the most comfortable ever made, hands down.Note: These new P-basses are LIGHT!! And not just a little. You'll be amazed when you pick it up, and I promise you will crap yourself when you feel how this thing resonates with every note. If you don't have one of these, you're making a mistake. The price may seem unreasonable...until you hold it in person.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Precision Bass

By Edward Cassesa

from Florida

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

Great bass...I'm a proud Fender bass player.
I recently purchased a Fender Precision Bass, Olympic White, Rosewood fret board...I love it. I've been playing bass for 45+ years, always had Fenders. I have Jazz basses as well but I particularly like the sound and tone of the Precision and use it as my primary gig bass. The sound and tone of the Precision cuts through the mix of the other band instruments and lays down a bottom that is disctinctive in it's tone and quality.
All my Fenders, and this one as well, is made well, looks great. I also have a black Precision with a maple fret board and a three jazz basses. Fenders are an excellent quality instrument. I've never had a problem with the tuning keys, the control knobs, or any other mechanical aspect of the bass.
The American made Fenders are not cheap. Fender value compares above basses of comparable construction and quality from other manufacturers, and many more expenssive basses. I am a Fender man, I've played basses from other manufactures but always go back to Fender.

(2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nothing Special

By Vain Melody

from Canada

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I tried these out at the local stores. I had been playing the same Precision Bass Lyte for many years and felt it was time to get something nicer. Unfortunately, the American Standard Precision didn't cut it.

It is a decent bass ... but compared to my cheaper Japanese counterpart, it sounded dull, lifeless and thin. Granted, the Japanese one had active pickups with a lot of edge, but even with just the split coils selected it sounded better. The tuners and hardware were noticeably cheaper and flimsy. The pots felt like there was virtually no resistance and turned way too easily in my hand.

Compared to my early 90's Squier, with custom pups and pots, the American Standard felt like an overpriced beginners bass. To make this bass work for me I would have to change the pups and pots at least. But that's another $100 or more.

A lot of pros use precision basses, but as per Bass Player magazine, I've never heard of a pro using an american standard. You'll see them using vintage basses, custom basses, etc.

The deluxe models are MUCH nicer. If you can afford it, give those a try. I almost bought one of those ... but since I had the cash I went for something else.

That said, I would be happy enough with one of these if i didn't already have something better.
Basically, there are none. Compared to other designs/basses if you are looking for 'features', this isn't the bass for you.
For the price, it seemed passable. The pots felt cheap and loose, the tuners/machine heads felt cheap but the other hardware was alright.
Middle of the road ... possibly a little over priced.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sweet bass!

By anthony custer

from shelby NC.

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

first off. i have a friend who owns this bass and he came over my house with it. i love the feel of it very easy to play!! smooth fast neck nice paint job also! i forgot how big the fret spaces where on basses lol. i sold my old jazz bass and have not played bass in a few months. overall very good bass great sound my first bass was a fender jazz v mim from like 1999! so this was def much better in the sound but i do like jazz basses better lol. well thats it great buy if you want it amazing sound! peace.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I don't know what people are talking about...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

Seriously, many people have told me never to get a precision bass because of the lack of versatility and the fat neck. They have all told me to get the jazz bass or a musicaman bongo instead. Well, at the time, I was looking for the ultimate bass, that was capable of producing a warm, low end sound, but smooth at the same time, and something that was one could slap on. Naturally, I went to the bongo first, and let me tell you, to me it was by the far the most uncomfortable instrument I've ever laid my hands on. On top of that the thing was ugly, it looked like a goldfish. I don't understand the hype behind those, too bad because i thought the sound was rather good. I then tried a stingray which was much better, but i wasn't able to produce any of those warm tones I was looking for, but it was great for slapping. Tried the jazz and it was very close to what I wanted. By this time, I was scared to try the usa p-bass so many had told me to stay away from. The search was over. This was it. Nice warm tones, has a the best old school slap sound I have ever heard, and it was absolutely comfortable. I don't understand what the deal with the neck is, as I've always been told the p-bass neck is "baseball bat" thick. I have fairly small hands and I think this is even more comfortable than the jazz neck (in my opinion its a little too thin, also making it a little uncomfortable). This even made by cheapest 10 watt ibanez amp sound fantastic. The pickups are dead quiet, and they sound great. True, this is a one trick pony as far as sound goes, but versatily in a p-bass is possible (svt 4 pro halfstack, anybody?) With my that, i'm still able to produce the majority of tones I hear from other bands. Whether its old school funk, jazz, or heavy metal (yes, heavy metal as in sepultura, cannibal corpse, slayer, etc) this bass can do it. Don't let others tell you this won't do the trick, or it doesn't play well. Try it out for yourself on a rig similar to yours, and let yourself be the judge.

(2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nothing Special

By Vain Melody

from Canada

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I tried these out at the local stores. I had been playing the same Precision Bass Lyte for many years and felt it was time to get something nicer. Unfortunately, the American Standard Precision didn't cut it.

It is a decent bass, but compared to my cheaper Japanese counterpart, it sounded dull, lifeless and thin. Granted, the Japanese one had active pickups with a lot of edge, but even with just the split coils selected it sounded better. The tuners and hardware were noticeably cheaper and flimsy. The pots felt like there was virtually no resistance and turned way too easily in my hand.

Compared to my early 90's Squier, with custom pups and pots, the American Standard felt like an overpriced beginners bass. To make this bass work for me I would have to change the pups and pots at least. But that's more money put into it.

A lot of pros use precision basses, but as per Bass Player magazine, I've never heard of a pro using an American standard. You'll see them using vintage basses, custom basses, etc.

The deluxe models are MUCH nicer. If you can afford it, give those a try. I almost bought one of those, but since I had the cash I went for something else.

That said, I would be happy enough with one of these if I didn't already have something better.
Basically, there are none. Compared to other designs/basses if you are looking for 'features', this isn't the bass for you.
For the price, it seemed passable. The pots felt cheap and loose, the tuners/machine heads felt cheap but the other hardware was alright.
Middle of the road. Possibly a little over priced.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All for a Fender

By Bass21

from Minnesota

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I used to be proud to hate Fenders. Now I love the new basses. I have owned 2 of these 08-09' P-bases, one is still my main bass. I like the Fender quality, and SIMPLICITY so much that I also now own an American 5 string P-bass and an American Jazz. What they are doing with the cases and the bases now is great. Totally worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mr. No is Catatonic!

By David Goodman

from Houston. Hawaii

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I'm 49 playing bass for 36 years! I have lots of money, custom basses etc. If you want the VERY best bass for under 2500 bucks.. The "08 American Standard P Basss is draw droppig. Yes, the strings MUST be changed, but after that get a good rig & cabling & you are going to turn heads and make booties move! Could I have made it more emphatic? Remember...All new wood instruments take time to break in . So play it a lot and after about 2 years you will realize you have a killer axe! Sorry about the time thing. It takes that long!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rock-solid tone and feel

By Mikecd1

from New England, CT

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

Every few years Fender does something new to their products or runs a special run of instruments. When they upgraded the Fender American Standard Precision bass in 2008 they really DID make some big changes. Some of these may seem small, but they translate into big gains in the tone department. Let me start by saying that I have owned and played various pbasses from 65 till my 50th Anniversary Pbass in 2001. My 2008 re-designed pbass has the best tone and playability comparable with anything I've ever played. The neck profile is slim, the thinner undercoat lets the resonance of the alder wood work together with the pickup to give that great thumpy and woody tone associated with this bass. Although it is NOT a 1 3/4 inch neck at the nut, this neck is more comfortable to me at 1 5/8 and I have no problem with that. Purists and bassists who prefer the old style will still appreciate the sound of this bass though. I don't know if its the wood and a new pickup along with my maple fingerboard, but this bass nails the pbass sound bone-stock with no mods needed. The new tuners do indeed help keep the neck from diving and the string thru body and high mass vintage bridge all contribute the great sound and playability of this bass. The graphite supported truss rod made adjusting the neck easy and the neck on mine is straight with low action after minor adjustment. About the only thing I can think to change is the ceramic capacitor with an orange drop or a vitamin Q. 'Nuff said, If you love Precision bass tone, try one and you'll want to get one!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender is BACK Baby

By StingRay Fan-eSYLM

from Haddonfield, NJ

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I have been waitng for this for five years. Just a plain old passsive old school Fender bass. I was so sick of that S-1 switch that cheapened one of the greatest basses ever made. The only way to get an old school bass like this was to get something vintage or custom. Let me say that with the Fenser Amercian Standard Precision and Jazz basses the KING and creator of basses is back and better than ever. The tone, finish and playablity of these instruments is amazing at this price point. You will have these basses for years. Fender instruments have always been the work horse of the band. That is why you see so many old and weathered Fender instruments being played. Once you have them you can't let them go. They have character and durability. Thank you Fender for getting rid of the S-1 swicth and giving us a bass that rperesents the true greatness of Fender.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the Funk Machine

By Fernando Herrera

from San Jose, Costa Rica

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

Stop reading this and get yours quickly!
I must tell you this bass has been my target since the first time that I had the chance to play one. From that moment I've been on a personal quest to find the right one. I am close to it, very close. But in the meantime I've bought maybe 5 different basses to fit my need of the American Standard Precision. None of them has what it takes to step in the shadows on the real one. I was discussing with my friend John Alberts at the Guitar Center in Summerlin, NV that this is something amazing and misterious somehow: a very simple device with one pickup, one volume and one knob has more gutts on it than any other bass on Earth. This is why this bass is a MUST on my list. Very simple to setup and with the perfect weight and balance. The look is amazing and the tone... uff... the tone stands by itself among any other. This is the real deal. you don't need much, just a Real Bass. Trying to make people dance or get in a sentimental mood? this is your bass.
I have to say that the frets are a little bit weird on the sides of the fretboard. For a bass like this with such a huge tone and look this must be taken into consideration by the Quality Control of Fender. You feel the metal crashing against your thumb up and down all over the fretboard. This is the only issue I can advice. I have a MIM Jazz Bass and a Special P and none of them gives me any problem on the frets. Weird isn't it?
If you consider to own a piece of the musical history at this price you will have your reward when you get this bass. There is no other bass on Earth that has the number of recordings and #1 hits than this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rock N' F---ing Roll

By Rocknroller-PeLRk

from Asuncion, PY

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

Well, I've own this bass for 9 years now.. The body is top-of-the-line crafted, much better than any other bass guitar IN THE WORLD.. I play now every technique in this lovely instrument. It has never in 9 years letted me down. So I give a 5/5 to this superior instrument.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great improvements to the standards

By T.M.M.

from L.A., CA

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I love this new model of the American Standard P Bass. It's sort of like Fender did all the after market work for you this year. First off, really glad they started going through the body. It's more resonant now. Just gotta remember to be longer strings. I really love this new bridge, its a HUGE improvement. I really hope they start selling the bridge, I've got some other basses that could really use it. The graphite truss rod neck is a big plus too. I know it sucks that Fender keeps getting more expensive, but I think with this model, its worth the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Bass, but poor quality control at Fender

By Sidewards

from Oneonta, NY

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

When i finally received my bass, i heard a rattling sound as i was unpacking it from the shipping carton. As I opened the case, there was the knurled metal volume knob just rolling all over the body of the guitar! The hold down screw was backed all the way out and I don't think it was ever tightened from the factory, thus the volume knob just falling off during shipping and putting minor scratches in the finish of my new Bass! I can live with it, but where is the great American workmanship and quality control that you are paying the higher price for? I read another review where a guy had to tighten tuners,etc. on his new Fender also.

 
5.0

As Good As Advertised, And More

By Bassman-Nza01

from Boca Raton, Florida

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I have used Fender and Gibson basses for forty years. One thing I have noted with those basses, they were all different. No two felt the same, or played the same. I did find my Fender American Standard Precision Bass to be the best out of the box bass I've used in a long time. Many things on basses come down to personal likes, or dislikes. Fender did a superior job on the entire P Bass I have. Comfortable to play, and setup very well as I like it. The neck fit to the body is flawless. The finish has no blemishes. Nice to have a good number of body colors, and fingerboard options as well. I chose the Olympic White body, and the Maple fingerboard. It looks great, and sounds even better. The Mexican Fenders are good. They don't however have the little things from the factory that takes the extra time in manufacturing to get an overall complete bass. More rounded edges on the fingerboard, neck etc. Thanks Fender, great job. Pick up this American Standard P Bass, you may not want to put it down.

 
5.0

Rock Solid

By Mr.Carr

from Ozark,Alabama

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I decided to buy one of these this past Summer because every one I played ,played exactly the same.Other than some tonal differences in the maple neck and the rosewood fret board.I have the three tone sunburst with the rosewood fretboard.Absolutely stunning.I get complements on it all the time.The sound can go punchy to bright to warm.Its all in the wood.I rated high because less is more.Tweak your sound from your amp and the one tone nob thats all you need.

 
5.0

Can I get a witness?

By JD Jesus

from Pacifica, CA

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

Just received my Fender American Standard Precision Bass this morning. By the grace of the gods, Musician's Friend had the Charcoal Frost Metallic with maple fingerboard in stock. Guitar Center in SF didn't even have this as an available option, which did surprise me. All I can say is this is one beautiful instrument in both sound and appearance. No regrets here, I love this thing.

 
5.0

Best bass ever!!

By Pantera12

from VA

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

Obviously, this bass doesn't have a lot of features, and it doesn't need them. I prefer basses to be with passive electronics simply because of reliability issues with the batteries dying on active instruments. You can still get plenty of tones out of this thing. I can get a variety of tones with the tone control and as well as control on my amp. This bass can be used for any type of music. I play mostly metal, but I also use it for funk. It is great for slap in my opinion. Check one out today, you won't regret it.

 
5.0

Best Bass In Town.

By Bigal76

from Brownville, ME

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I am not kidding when I say this is probably one of the best basses on the market today. Even basses 4 time it's price do not stand up to this monster. They only problems I have had is with the paint. Because the undercoat is thinner, the bass tends to get dinged easy. But the feel and sound are amazing.

 
5.0

You live once, just do it.

By Ler

from Texas

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Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

It deserves straight 5's because it most definitley is that good. It's a P bass so it's not loaded with features. It's simplicity at it's best. I've gotten away from P's for several years and primarily play a GL Fender Jazz which is another fantastic bass. I got a chance to get my hands on the new American Std. P in a store recently and it was a no brainer. The quality is top notch. I got the maple fretboard and the profile/playablity of the neck is perfect. (This is not a baseball bat neck) Out of the case (which is also very nice) the bass was setup almost perfectly. The new tuners and bridge are of great quality. The pickup is all I thought it would be. Very big, loud, distinctive, unmistakable P bass tone! The Blizzard Pearl finish is beautiful. I've never been a fan of Fender strings but I'm liking them a little as well- for now anyway. You live once, spoil yourself a little.

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