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Fender Blacktop Precision Bass  

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Overview

  • Alder Precision Bass body
  • Maple C-shape neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
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    $699.99
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Supercharge your sound with this unique P Bass loaded with raw humbucking power!

Fender's new and innovative Blacktop series expanded the sonic horizon of classic Fender guitars by powering them with high-gain humbucking pickups. That phenomenal Blacktop power and performance now comes to the bass world with a dual-humbucking-pickup version of the Precision Bass guitar.

Sleek and supercharged, the Blacktop Precision Bass guitar features two pummeling Blacktop Bass humbucking pickups that make it one of the most powerful basses—if not the most powerful bass—Fender has ever offered. Other distinctive touches are three Jazz Bass control knobs (volume for each pickup and master tone) and a Blacktop HiMass bridge. Features include an alder body, maple neck with modern C shape and gloss urethane finish, rosewood fretboard with 9.5" radius and 20 medium jumbo frets, three-ply black-white-black pickguard, open-gear tuners and chrome hardware.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Alder Precision Bass body
  • Maple C-shape neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Blacktop Bass Humbucking pickups
  • Blacktop 4-saddle adjustable HiMass bridge
  • Vintage Style Jazz Bass knobs
  • Case sold separately

Get in on a new era of Fender bass tone! Order your Blacktop P Bass now!

 

Blacktop Precision Bass Specifications:

  • Fretboard radius: 9.5"
  • Nut width: 1.625"
  • Scale length: 34"
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FenderBlacktop Precision Bass
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (7)
    • Recording (7)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    love it

    I like the comfy feel of a P-bass. This is a pretty bass, too. The neck feel is very nice, maybe not 'american', but nothing wrong with it. But the sound...Read complete review

    I like the comfy feel of a P-bass. This is a pretty bass, too. The neck feel is very nice, maybe not 'american', but nothing wrong with it. But the sound is what makes this bass what I'm looking for in an instrument. It has the boom and sustain of a P-bass, with the versatility in tone of a J-bass, without near the noise. I just got it, but played it in a jazz group tonight and sat around with it a while solo..... I like this bass A LOT!!

    ..... all I want is an American standard 5 string version now.....
    The new bridge is solid, the saddles are massive, with a single groove. This blacktop Precision bass is about the pick ups, and the sound is awesome, strong and well balanced. I prefer the knurled metal knobs to the plastic ones this comes with, and would have preferred a single volume knob with pan-pot, this is the standard J-bass set up, but without the annoying buzz when the the two volume knobs aren't balanced, it works somewhat better. Small plastic knob for tone, but I generally keep it all the way up anyway.
    This is pretty much your standard mexican Fender precision bass underneath, but the one I got is nice; the neck and frets are smooth, the finish fine, etc. I DO like the new 'white chrome pearl' (is that it?) finish; I have a 'blizzard pearl' old squire P-bass I always liked, but this Blacktop is a little lighter and more sparkly. The set up on mine was ok, I did tweak the action and intonation a smidgin, but that was more because I feel better if I mess with em.
    For the money this bass rocks! I have other basses but most always PLAY Fenders; with the two good quality pick-ups added, at pretty much the standard-P bass price, this is a good value indeed.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good tone, bad electronics

    I have had this bass for over a year now. It has been an okay bass. I have had some grounding issues with it and plan to trade up and let it be someone...Read complete review

    I have had this bass for over a year now. It has been an okay bass. I have had some grounding issues with it and plan to trade up and let it be someone else's problem.

    I have determined that the grounding issue is the bass, after swapping out heads, cabs, cords, you name it. Finally, I was having the issue with it "crackling," and I plugged my other bass in and it worked just fine. This can be extremely frustrating during a live show.

    Other than that, I like the cosmetics and I like the tone that I can get out of it.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Supercharged Metal Heavy P Bass

    By cmecho1

    from Wilmington, NC

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Heavy Low End
      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

      I dropped it to C, turned both humbuckers up, and received a response that Justin Broderick from Godlflesh would be proud of. Until the Blacktop series, this statement would have been ripe with inaccuracies from a non-modified Fender Precision. And at first look I was not convinced. Until my younger brother who plays in a regionally-successful sludge metal band, told me to look again. And this is a kid who-when we outfit his Warlock with the Kerry King EMG88/89 PA switch kit, still needed heavier. I run it through an Orange bass amp and with the gain cranked, distortion or overdrive would be redundant. For the price tag, I assure you, you cannot find a better or heavier bass for playing music's darker genres. The tone is warm and punchy too, if you are so inclined.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By haozhou28

      from Detroit , MI

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

          This bass was bought for one of my customers , he is very satified with this bass, and asked to buy another guitar from your store, Very well, and good service

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Big Hit!

          By basslady30

          from london, KY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

            This was a Christmas present for my husband. His dream bass!! Big hit he loves it!

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Very nice guitar

            By Psoup1965

            from Roseville, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Strings Hard To Press
            • Truss Rod Adjustment

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

            The finish on this guitar is wonderful. It was a little dirty from shipping and was missing the gig bag as promised. However, the instrument itself is very nice. The truss rod was out of adjustment very far, at the 8th fret it was out about 1/16 of an inch that made playing very hard. After about 2 hours of playing the first couple times my hands really hurt because of the string tension being so high on this bass compared to others.

            However, the sound and over all feel of this instrument is wonderful. The rosewood fingerboard is beautiful... nice variegated patterns... not the run of the mill brown rosewood.

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this produck again

            By Long time player

            from Dry Fork Va

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Slim Line Neck
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • More Color Finishes

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

            I have a 1994 jass+ It plays great but the Blacktop is a handfull for the money.I would say in all it's more bass than you would expect for the money.If your in the market for a bass give it a try.

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            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good tone, bad electronics

            By Nate

            from Undisclosed

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Bad electronics
            • Flat Sound
            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

              I have had this bass for over a year now. It has been an okay bass. I have had some grounding issues with it and plan to trade up and let it be someone else's problem.

              I have determined that the grounding issue is the bass, after swapping out heads, cabs, cords, you name it. Finally, I was having the issue with it "crackling," and I plugged my other bass in and it worked just fine. This can be extremely frustrating during a live show.

              Other than that, I like the cosmetics and I like the tone that I can get out of it.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              just awesome

              By max bassman

              from cleveland ohio

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • I Couldnt Find Any Flaws

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

              I can write all day on this subject. But what I really want to say is that if ur a young bass player you'll probably do the same thing I did for a long time & that is go thru a ton of different basses trying to find that one , but because we dont have a lot of money we keep going thru a bunch of cheap basses & thats why im writing this review. For the price point this bass is that one...quality, playability, tone. These e the reasons why we pick a guitat when we play & at this price good luck finding that in about 98 percent of the cheap priced basses out there. So I highly recommend this bass to anyone out looking for a bass at this price that feels like it cost at least tthree times more.

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              top quality and very low price

              By jack

              from winter haven florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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 Blacktop Precision Bass:

                excellant all around instrument

                Comment on this review

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                just when you thought, you had it all.

                By bassblast

                from washington d.c.

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • You Can Get Any Sound You

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

                just when you thought you had all the "basses" covered this fender bass comes along. first of all the finish (black on black) is perfect well finished could not find a flaw and i was looking hard. the neck is fantastic fret and nut work second to none. "c" shaped neck 9.5 radius very nice.the pickups are true monsters they deliver a deep and varied sound you can dial anything rock,metal, jazz blues, it is truly amazing. i have an american fender p deluxe, and american fender jazz and this blacktop is over the top. the tone is very effective the spectrum of sound is very wide from the capacitor. all the hardware is top the bass feels like it cost more than what they are selling for. don't let this bass get away it is fabulous leo would have been proud.

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                (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Really like this bass

                By Bob

                from Union City, TN

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender Blacktop Precision Bass:

                      I just started playing the bass about 6 months ago. I have an acoustic electric Fender bass. I have a friend that has an older Fender P-bass and I like the way it plays. The new Fender P-bass I bought has better tone and is easier to play than the acoustic.

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