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The unique bass of a unique artist.

Mike Dirnt has a style all his own and he makes his music with Green Day on the very distinctive Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass. Based on the '51 P Bass, it's armed with a Custom Shop '59 pickup for a very effective twist. Combining a vintage vibe and modern appointments, it has medium-jumbo frets, a Badass II top-load bridge, rosewood fingerboard, and '51 slab ash body with arm contour. Very cool. Includes Fender deluxe gig bag.

Features

  • '51 slab ash body with arm contour
  • Maple Lite tinted, artist-shaped, maple neck with satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • 34" scale length
  • 1.590" nut width
  • Chrome hardware
  • Bad Ass top-load bridge
  • Custom Shop '59 pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Includes Fender deluxe gig bag

Be like Mike! Order his signature bass today. It's the coolest.

 
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FenderMike Dirnt Precision Bass
 
4.6

(based on 67 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect combo of old and new

Ok, I'll admit it- I've had a "thing" for the old-school Fender Precision Bass for years now. As in, those built between 1951 and 1956, before it was redesigned...Read complete review

Ok, I'll admit it- I've had a "thing" for the old-school Fender Precision Bass for years now. As in, those built between 1951 and 1956, before it was redesigned in 1957 to more closely resemble the (then) new Stratocaster. I was seriously interested in purchasing one of Fender's 1951 reissues, but what held me back was the weenie little pickup it used, as well as the primitive bridge. Then Fender comes out with this bombshell- the Mike Dirnt Signature Precision Bass. Folks, this is the closest thing to what I'd have if given the opportunity to create a custom bass. The tiny, single coil of old has been replaced with a split-coil '59 Custom Shop pickup. The original string-thru bridge, eschewed for a top-loading Badass Bass II. Just for good measure, Fender throws in a rosewood fingerboard (which I prefer due to its softness) and a contoured shoulder. The meaty, C-shaped '69 Precision neck allows you to get a good grip on any type of music you may be playing; yet the '51-56 "Telecaster" headstock is retained despite this newer neck. As an added, unexpected side effect, the Dirnt Precision lends itself particularly well to slap/popping, not an ordinary Precision trait. Even if you're not a Green Day fan, the Dirnt Precision is a versatile, beautiful (especially in black), sweet-playing addition to any bass collection.

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peice of crap!!!!

i have a friend that bought this bass and i have played it many times.i am a guitarist but i can play a little bass. i cannot stand the punchy sound it gives. the...Read complete review

i have a friend that bought this bass and i have played it many times.i am a guitarist but i can play a little bass. i cannot stand the punchy sound it gives. the tone control doesnt change the tone at all(probably a bad connection). and to get a good sound you have to be very very gentle when u touch the strings bc they buzz on like every fret. and the strings seem loose when played. everytime you tap the strings they make this loud po noise because the string hit the pick up. this bass is extremely heavy. i think mike could have had the body cut away some.it is definitely not worth the six hundred and fifty dollars my friend payed for it. i have played a squier P bass live that is ten times better than this one. squier basses should not be looked down on.i would take the squier over this piece of decroded crap anyday

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5.0

Simply Awesome!

By Mert

from Australia

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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
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    love everything about it!! Fantastic feel and tone, simply amazing. Slight fret buzz but I'm fine tuning. Awesome bridge neck and colour shape headstock all combined 51 awesomeness!

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    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Bass Overall

    By Mickey Jamieson

    from Missouri

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    The bass sounds great, and the finish is flawless. The pickup sounds absolutely great. But the nut broke, so I have to give this an 8 under the overall rating.
    The bass has the controlls of your standard P-Bass; one volume and one tone. The bridge is a great high-mass bridge. The pickup has a great booming P-Bass sound. The neck is very smooth, and very playable. And the finish is georgous in person.
    At first, I loved this bass. But when I was re-stringing it today (about two years after purchase), the nut broke below the G string due to the string's tension. Not good at all. I'd expect better quality from Fender. Now I'm going to have to get that repaired (out of my pocket...)
    Good overall value, but save some money for a new nut.

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    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Bass, needs some work.....

    By BassMasta69

    from The South

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    I have owned this bass for 3 years. The best thing about the bass, has gotta be the look. No other bass on the market can look as good as this one, and everybody knows in the guitar world looks matter. The neck needs a little slimming down, you can accomplish that simply with some sand paper, and the pickups (i changed mine out for GFS ones) you can keep or not, they are good pickups. Ok, now my biggest complaint, THE PAINT. I have stripped mine of the paint and BOY have realized how much tone has been robbed by this paint. there is at least 1/4' inch of paint ON TOP of the wood. After stripping the paint, I stained the body so it would look great and still sound like a P-bass of this magnitude should!

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    5.0

    Perfect Punk Bass, But . . .

    By nasoria93

    from Urbana, IL

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    I spotted this little beauty in 2-tone sunburst yesterday. First off, Mike Dirnt is my idol and if it weren't for him, I wouldn't be playing bass. I'm a P-Bass lover and I knew I'd love his signature. First, it's a beautiful instrument and I love 50's style P-Basses. The neck is the thickest thing I've ever felt and It was a perfect feel in my hands. The body is pretty heavy, but it makes it sound better. The Custom Shop '59 pickup had a lot of output and sounds just like Mike's tone. However, the p-up was a bit too trebly for my taste, and I feel it lacked bass. Hey, it's the perfect punk bass, but I play more than just punk and I like something with a little more versitility. Amazing bass! But try it first.

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    5.0

    Great all around

    By RocknFunk94

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    First of all, I am a mike dirnt fan, but that is nto why I bought this bass, I'm a serious player and I have my reasons. First off, Alot of you complain about the tone, I'm not sure what your taking about truthfully. with the treble up high this bass has a strong punch and even matches up with an active bass(by comparison to my active fender jazz), the bottom end has a strange growly tone, which i've actually come to really like.People also complain about the sound out of the box, being to bright and snappy....SERIOSULY? It's a signature bass,for those of you familiar with mikes work, the bright sound is quite similar to his common tone, its suppost to be a mke dirnt signature bass, not a plain ole P bass. Since I've bought this bass I've played slap, pick, finger, and even tap, and all work fine with the bass, For playing slap, with the treble up it sounds really funky, tapping works surprisingly well with both the bottom or the treble up, Fingering is smooth, and with picking you get excellent tone, its fairly obvious this bass was more desigfned with pickign in mind. All in all I thinjk the bass is great, and those of you complaining about the tonal pallet are damn crazy. Looks great too, love the vintage body style.

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    5.0

    Rock 'n' Roll !

    By P-bass addict

    from Nijmegen

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    Just bought a brand new Fender Mike Dirnt P bass in two-tone sunburst and it impresses the hell out of me. I also play a 76 P-bass and can say that "old" Fenders are not better than new ones. This Mike Dirnt has a better sustain and more low, simply because of the Badass II bridge. It also has a much better neck and finishing than my 1976 model, so I guess that you will not see me play the " vintage" one much longer !

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great bass

    By fenderbender930

    from Philadelphia

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    I've been playing this bass for almost a year and it is AWESOME!!!! It has a great tone for most rock, especially punk. In fact my only problems with it are that it doesn't slap too well (but it sounds decent) and that it's a little heavy but easy to get used to after a while. Other than that it's a great bass definately worth the money.

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    5.0

    Dirnt's bass rocks

    By Bassplaya101

    from Atlanta, Georgia

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    I got this bass last september in vintage white and it has never let me down. Its just a simple p-bass with a tone and volume knobs and thats it. Its fun to play and the c shape neck makes you stretch your fingers more. Overall this is a good bass.

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    5.0

    Get the facts before you trash it!

    By lopez.rc

    from Fort Lauderdale / Nashville

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    I find it funny how everyone that trashes this bass says it sounds cheap and has no tonal variety (one tone knob). Get the facts people! There is a big difference between active and passive basses. Active basses sound much more punchy and generally have a much broader eq and tonal variety. This is why they use 9volt batteries for their active pre-amps. Passive basses do not use batteries and sound less punchy. They tend to sound more old schoolish (beatles, cream, etc.).I used to be one of those ignorant people who trashed passive basses because they sounded horrible and too acoustic and now I am totally in love with that passive sound. This bass has a very powerful vintage tone and sounds nice and growly especially when played with a pick. Please don't go trashing this bass if you are looking for something funky to slap with. Go play a musicman or warwick!

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    5.0

    Great Vintage Tone

    By KObass

    from Ripley, WV

    Comments about Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass:

    I recently swapped my Epiphone Ripper for this bass in hopes that I could get a bass with a deeper tone and a more comfortable neck. Well, I wasn't disappointed. This bass has some SERIOS low-end power. Even through my little Fender Rumble 25, this bass still produces great vintage tone. I was even able to get a tone that even my bluegrass playin' friends could put up with. Although it doesn't play as well as my 79' P bass, it still has a comfortable neck wich make long playing sessions a breeze. And to top it all off, it looks awesome and I have already gotten several compliments about it. I'd recomend this bass to anyone that wants vintage sound and look with deluxe modern equipment.

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