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Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass

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The Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass is made in the U.S.A. This vintage reissue features a traditional maple neck, alder body, vintage hard...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass is made in the U.S.A. This vintage reissue features a traditional maple neck, alder body, vintage hardware, and gold anodized pickguard. Fender offers the American Vintage '57 Precision bass with either a Maple or a rosewood fretboard.


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FenderAmerican Vintage '57 Precision Bass
 
5.0

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Wonderful Long Time Companion

By Mr. Lowfinger

from Southern CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

    I purchased my '57 Reissue P-Bass new in early 1984. It was my primary bass for about 15 years. I have used it extensively for performance and recording in all types of venues and environments(i.e indoors, outdoors, hot, cold, dry, damp,)and for many different styles including rock, country, R&B, casual, etc. I strongly recommend this instrument based on its round classic tone, comfortable feel, good workmanship, and mostly, its rock solid stable operation. It stays in tune, has simple high quality controls, no superfluous junky attachments and a tone that is consistently voiced from the low E to the high Eb.
    In the sudio, you can choose a modern "hi fi" instrument and treat the tone with many EQ and leveling devices, OR you can use this bass with just a touch of compression and sound like a Motown or Wrecking Crew icon!
    I own many basses, and for live work in recent years I often choose one of my 5 string active basses. However, this is mostly because I have come to look at my '57 as a special heirloom and I don't want to risk wrecking it!
    Every serious working bassist should own a P-Bass, and this one is the most refined and essential of the breed. It ages like fine wine...
    Get one, put on La Bella flatwounds, keep clean and adjust properly. True love...no kidding!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Vintage P-Bass is the way to go!

    By Ron-gc-4Y

    from Orange County, California

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

    I've been playing this P-Bass every day for several months now and still can't get enough! The neck is fast, comfortable and so easy to get around on, and the tone is just fantastic! If you're looking for that classic "old-school" Fender P-Bass tone with the look and feel of a real vintage 57 then this is it! The two-tone sunburst (or tobacco sunburst)with the gold pickguard is just beautiful. I've received numerous compliments on it from other musicians on the finish. This is truly the next best thing to a Custom Shop for those who want that classic vintage look, sound and feel but don't want (or can't afford) to pay the extra dough for a Custom Shop. What you get is better than an American Standard, not quite a Custom Shop, but something in-between, and it's priced accordingly. Great bass!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Smokin' vintage tone

    By Bassmunsta

    from Vermont

    About Me Professional Musician

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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
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

      A little pricey for the beginning Bassist, but a great buy for the seasoned pro. I have been playing for 30 years, and I have yet to find a Bass sound and play this good. Personal preference prevails, but if you like vintage tone without the accompanying pitfalls and price of an original piece, this is your axe. Go USA Fender !!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      better than a ric!!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

      I have primarily used a 4003 rickenbacker for the past couple of years, but this P-bass is much more easier to play. This bass is fantastic and reasonably priced. It's a must!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      amazing tone, amazing bass

      By dtle

      from toronto, canada

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

        A pretty simple/straightforward bass (only 2 knobs). Don't confuse simple with deficient. This bass is simple because it doesn't try to do everything... but what it does do, it does amazingly well. The tone really is fantastic.

        Nice size fretboard. slightly wider than my american deluxe precision bass. I got the 2 tone burst and swapped the gold pickguard for tortoise. Looks fantastic. my current 'go to' bass.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fenders Best

        By Richard Cranium-H1G_y

        from Huntington Beach, CA

        Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

        I tried every bass that Fender has on the market over a 6 month window.(Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, and American. The Ameican made basses are by far the superior line. I purchased a Highway one and thought it would suit my needs. I was wrong. I tried the Standard, and I was still wrong.When I got the 57 and checked it out from top to bottom, I was extremely impressed with the Quality and playability. The best feature I think is the neck. The decal is put on the outside of the finish which is not usually done previously, and it was noticable (It could have used about 5 more coats of nitrocellulose laquer to optimize the surface) but I'm kinda anul about stuff like that. Other than that, the bass is supreme to all Fender basses, but the 62 re-issue is pretty close. I play this through my SVT classic and 8x10, and I rule the earth. I just love to see the American craftsmanship from Fender still lives on. This is a players bass, the way a bass should be all around for decades to come. I would buy it again. Its worth way more than it sells for. So don't let the cost scare you. Be a real man and buy a real bass. You won't be sorry.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Bass in Your Head is this BASS!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

        I am in my mid forties and the bass sound that is in my head, the tone I've been searching for comes from a Fender not all Fender's. This is ONE, the AV 57 is the best Fender bass and truest to tone and sound I've ever played. Out of the case tune it and its ready to rock n' roll.Forget MIA, MIM, MIJ. CIJ just get the AV 57 and you're DONE!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Vintage Heaven!

        By PRSaddict

        from NJ

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

        This is just a fantastic bass. Roll off the tone for way down deep thump, roll it back in for vintage P-Bass trebly growl -- it's all great. I tried several American and American Deluxe P and J basses, and just couldn't find one that I felt delivered the sound and playability I was look for. With this bass, I've found what I was looking for and more!I have the suburst finish and it's just a thing of beauty. I wasn't sure how the gold pickguard and maple neck would look all together, but it's just gorgeous. I haven't played bass this much in years, and the playability and sound of this bass have encouraged creativity and experimentation.

         
        4.0

        The one.

        By LACY D.

        from Louisiana

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

          This is the bass I've been searching for since I let my 79 P bass get away. Old school Fender sound and feel. Only bad thing, this bass has been discontinued from Fender's product line.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Bass I ever played

          By Bassmunsta

          from Vermont

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

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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
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            Best Bass I have ever owned or played....

             
            5.0

            57 P Bass

            By Vito

            from Chicago, IL

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            Great Vintage feel and tone. This Bass Feels broken in from the minute you start playing it,it has a beautiful glossed maple neck and gives that ballsy P-Bass tone that has been sought after for decades!

             
            5.0

            At Last! Mine!

            By stevieg-OtnDW

            from Oakland, CA

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            Ever since my first Jr. High School band, before I even began my bass studies, our bassist had a white '57, maple neck and fingerboard and gold anodized pick-guard, I have had a "jones" for this instrument. As I seriously began to study bass in '67 it was always on my mind. Finally I find that these are vintage and way out of my price range. Admittedly, I would not trade my '63 J-bass for an original as once offered, I still wanted one. Finally Fender re-issued the '57 and I am in love with it as the day I got it. Since I have no clear recollection of the tone of my old bassists, original, I suspect the re-issue is close if not perhaps slightly better with improved manufacturing techniques. Thx, Fender!

             
            5.0

            Great rock and roll tone

            By turf727

            from chicago, il

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            This bass has "the" p bass tone you hear in your head. Punchy, warm, vintage. Great rock bass. Lights up when played with a pick. It's a one trick pony, but if you want classic p bass tone, grab it.

             
            5.0

            vintage tone wanted

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            Totally pleased the finish looks sweet and nastalgic, I got the white color, this is the first maple neck bass I've owned and I love the feel, the neck radius feels comfortable, the tone is vintage just what I was looking for. I also like the weight of the body it's light and the neck feels a little heavier which I prefer. It reminds me a little of an old rick 4001 I used to own. Overall a winner in my book.

             
            5.0

            Fender geek

            By Ed Fedewa

            from Lansing, Mi

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            I own an original 57' and this new one is by far the closest to the original in detail and sound. Actually it's superior in a couple of areas. I've owned four 57 reissues since 82 and I found all of those basses wanting. I didn't need it but when I picked it up it spoke to me so I own it. It'll be my last one! Buy the way I really prefer the alder body to ash.

             
            5.0

            Amazing Bass!

            By basstonal

            from Southern California

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            I have been playing classic rock for 35 years and have owned numerous bass guitars. This bass is as good as any vintage Fender or Custom Shop you can buy.Great playability and unmistakeable P-Bass tone!Buy it!

             
            5.0

            Doesn't get any better that this.

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            These are the one and only when it comes to the mighty "P"! I only wish that they'd offer it with the narrow Jazz style neck.

             
            5.0

            Excellent Guitar

            By bassguitarmaster04

            from Hempstead, TX

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            Great bass with an excellent sound I own an original 57 Precision and it is great.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AWESOME

            By bassplayamasta

            from oklahoma city,ok

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            This bass is the BOMB!Ive owned several p-basses and by far this is the best i got it for my birthday, love it i have it in dakota red and it is the best playing bass ive owned love it great bass

             
            5.0

            awesome bass

            By strangebrew22

            from Kenosha, Wi

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '57 Precision Bass:

            This bass is the best I've ever played. I am into simplicity and this bass is simple but it gives the tone and bottom end that I want. Don't even consider anything else.

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