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Fender Standard Precision Bass

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The Fender Precision Bass, featuring an alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard. The low price makes it especially attractive....Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Precision Bass, featuring an alder body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard. The low price makes it especially attractive.

Alder body
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Rosewood fretboard

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Most Liked Positive Review


great new standard

FEATURES...volume & tone - simple and to the point, straight up P-BassQuality...I have been playing for over 15 years (and have played/owned many basses during this time...Read complete review

FEATURES...volume & tone - simple and to the point, straight up P-BassQuality...I have been playing for over 15 years (and have played/owned many basses during this time period) and this bass stands up to any $1000 + instrument out there. I had a mid-1990's Made in America P-Bass that has gone to bass-guitar heaven (long story) and I would be hard pressed to tell the difference between that bass and the 2006 Mexican P-Bass. My theory is that Fender has raised the bar - The 2006 American series feature graphite reinforced neck, S1 switch pick-ups and an amazingly silky finish. The 2006 Mexican has adopted the features and quality of the previous generation American series. 'Play before you Pay' of course, but this is a very solid instrument.VALUE...if you need to spend an extra $300 + to stoke your ego and have 'MADE IN U.S.A' stamped on the head stock, go for it. If not, this is the best bang for your buckOVERALL...I have owned a Gibson Thunderbird, Yamaha 5-string, Ibanez SG 5-string, MIA P-Bass and a beat up Rickenbacker (which to be fair was awesome) but, today, this is by far the best bass in anywhere close to it's price range.


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did i just get a lemon?

after playing guitar most of my life, i decided to add bass to my resume. i wasn't looking for anything special. just something affordable that felt good and stayed in tune. i got...Read complete review

after playing guitar most of my life, i decided to add bass to my resume. i wasn't looking for anything special. just something affordable that felt good and stayed in tune. i got a good deal on a new Fender P, black. i really love the way it looks, and the sound has some good 'bite' to it. it holds tune well also.i got it setup right away, but soon after playing it, the E string saddle slipped all the way down, causing the entire string to 'fret out.' back to the shop... a little Lock-Tite seemed to fix this problem, but I still notice lots of buzzy string noise. I've been killing myself practicing, thinking my technique was the problem. When I played a different bass though, I realized the problem wasn't me. the worst problem though, is there is a bad ground somewhere in the electronics which causes static. the guys at the shop haven't been able to figure it's a cool bass, but the issues with the action and electronics make me want to get something else. i don't think i'd use my bass for recording.

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The Bottom Line

By Tennessee Thumper

from Greeneville, Tn

I have been playing bass for 20+ years and WOW!This truly is where you get your bottom line. Fender got it right the first time. This really is a bass players bass.


Fender Mexican P Bass

By Big Wally

from Aberdeen WA

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This is my first mexican Fender Bass and I am not real impressed. I have had a couple of Japanese Fenders that seemed of better quality but neither compare to the American Fender I miss so badly. (Sad Story) I never could get the action right with out geting a lot of fret buzz, but it makes a good practice bass because when I switch to my Cheapster Peavey millenium V, from The P Bass, playing seem effortless.It has the unmistakeable tone and sound of the P Bass. My only problem is with the high action with which I am forced to play.This is a fair Bass but if you can wait save up and get the american.


It's not bad

By Da Bass Man

from Sierra Vista AZ

I have had this bass for about 2 years now and for the price you can't go wrong with this one. I?ve played many basses and I feel that this one is an excellent bass for the price; however, this is really a beginner?s bass. If you want to take up bass, I recommend the Fender Standard P Bass. Good luck.


Nice Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I really like this bass,it is my second. My first was a squier, what a world of difference. I like this bass alot because it holds up and the paint is amazing. I got the midnight wine, very slick.


Great bass!


from Wellington, Florida

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I'm a guitarist who decided to start bass. I tried a bunch of basses at the music store and this was my pick. It has that great low end precision bass growl and it has a great neck! I loved the tone and feel a lot. It wasn't perfect though. Even though the sound and the feel were great especially for the price the hardware wasn't top quality.The pots are crap. The volume fell off only three days after I got it. I screwed it back on and then they both fell off over a week later over a period of two days. Also the bridge rattled and the jack fell into the guitar. I had to take off the pickguard to retrieve it!But don't let that stop you from getting it because the sound and feel really make up for it. It totally destroyed the Squier and Epiphones I played and held it's ground well against the schecters I played even though the schecters I played had 100-300$ on it. It even fared well against the american fenders I played.Overall I think you should get it because chances are you won't have as many problems as me. Even though bridge rattling seems to be common maybe I just had bad luck.Anyway go for it!


solid bass

By c_grimm12

from Indianapolis, IN

Got this bass when I first started playing and it is a great bass to start on. The long neck is helpful for when your just starting, but its obnoxious now because its harder to play fast compared to a standard neck. All in all its good though, but I wouldnt recommend it except to someone starting to play.


great bass for the $$

By Beantown Bassest

from Boston

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The Drummer in my band has one and i use it ever now and then to take a break from my standard fretless jazz and to give diff sound. THIS BASS IS GREAT. I have played many basses and this one is till in the top 5. I have total confidence in this bass. If i had a choice of this or my fretless call me crazy but ill go with this bass. 10 out of 10 all around because its versatile with out making you spend a lot of money.


The Bass of the gods!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought my Fender P Bass two years ago,and I am still very pleased this Bass is a monster. The lows are clear, the mids are punchy,and the highs are crisp I highly recommend this bass, its the only Bass I will ever play!


This deserves to be called a P-Bass

By Old Bass Guy-I8PnP

from Florida

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I've been playing gigs on bass since 1970, and I've owned a few of every model Fender has ever made- Jazz, Tele, and P-Basses. I always come back to a P-Bass as my go-to bass of choice. I got my Standard P-Bass back in 2000, so that I would not have to trust my more valuable instruments to airline baggage handlers. After playing it for a few months and dialing it in to my personal preferences for setup, aftermarket pickups, etc., I ended up letting all my other basses get dusty. The Mexican Standard P-Bass has been my main bass for eight years, and it's not getting retired any time soon.


Best bass under $500

By FenderBender1999

from Wynne, AR

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I previously owned an ibanez at around the same price before i got this one and there was fret buzz everywhere on it, i tried 3 different strings but nothing worked, but now with this bass there is 0 FRET BUZZ on any string. I did make several modifications, i put on some seymour duncan SPB-3's, a sharp concepts polished alluminum pickguard, some elixer nanoweb medium strings, and a badass bass III bridge...with all that, it pretty much rocks, not to say it didnt before.Overall, its a basic, plain, low-profile bass that has good tone, zero fret buzz, and a well built, sturdy body.


Plain and Simply Awesome

By d-man the almight

from Texas

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This is pretty much the best valued and versatile bass you'll ever come across. Ive been in jazz, punk/ska, and metal bands and its been amazing for all of them. Just a simple effect or two and this bass can do anything. Even if you don't intend to buy it you should at least try it out to compare others against it.



By Joeybar

from Savannah, GA

I bought this bass about 6 months ago and was pleasantly surprised at the action and sound. It is a sweet playing bass.


my right arm!!!!

By the walrus-NkeiS

from manila ar

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I've had my fender for 10 years and it is unbelievable! It's not incredibly heavy, so I dont feel lumbered down with it. But the best part is the neck of the bass. My fingers move so smoothly across the neck that it makes it look effortless. The controls are great as well. I turn my treble completely down and get a real swampy sound out of it. And as a bonus, it looks great on stage! It is my right arm!!!


not quite what i expected

By Convict 762

from Walterboro, SC

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I did not quite get what I was expecting from this bass. It doesnt quite have enough treble in it for what I play. Also, the strap button by the neck came loose numerous times, until after rescrewing and rescrewing it, the screw just wouldnt stay in at all. I did fix this though, I only had to put a bigger screw in it, but I still should not have had to do this at all. Also, every now and then for some reason, the neck feels like it "pops" every now and then, something I still need to look into.


Not bad

By VincentVonSaitan

from Columbus,OH

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This was my first bass which I got three and a half years ago. It's gone with me as I've learned and now I consider myself a mid-level player. The neck is very when it comes to speed. Basically if you know how to take care of a bass, the action will stay good for you. The knobs fell off of mine after about a year... I didn't really miss them though. My main complaint is with the stock pickup: they left a lot to be desired. Basically, the bass by itself is ok for beginners, but it can be frustrating for middle and pro-level players unless you do a few mods(a quarter lb. pickup is your best friend with this bass). If you're a middle level player and looking for a good sounding bass for the same price, I'd reccommend the Epi thunderbird or and Ibanez Soundgear.


heaven on earth

By voxone

from Ashland Mo.

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This bass is the most amazing basses that I have ever owned. You see it, you buy it, you love it. Simple as that. It's just great.


Great tone for the money

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought mine used as a backup to my Fender Jazz bass. This was a great investment. I own 6 basses, 3 of which are made by Fender. I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for that classic bass tone. The price is good for the musician on a budget. I customized mine with chrome telecaster barrel knobs and a pearloid pickguard. Thank you Fender for an affordable bass.


Great Bass

By Cuban Dude

from Chicago, Il

This is a great bass. it's good for any rock you play. Great sound to it, high quality. Recommended for any bass player. probably the best electric bass guitar out there. Fender makes all sorts of great instruments this is one of their best. Buy it.


Fender P Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I use to play bass and then got sucked into the world of guitar, but let me tell you, this is a nice one! P bass has a bit more treble then the low end output it seems where as the jazz bass gives a nice low growl. Over all I'd say alot of the hardware is alright, but there's always room to improve upon it. Fender makes a quality product and the Mexico factory's doing a fine job. Rock on! Oh yeah, Kim Deal and Roger Waters. Nuf said!


The best hands down

By MasonxRiot

from Elk Grove, California

This bass is, in my opinion, the best bass you can buy. I play through a GK 115 and 410 cab and this thing just growls through it like no other. I put some seymour duncan quarter pounder pickups in here which beef up the tone but don't take away from the tonal qualities that you buy the p-bass forall around great bass for whatever you want to play I definately reccomend it

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