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Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass  

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    A bass made to Police specifications.

    It's a faithful limited edition reproduction of Sting's trusty 1953 Precision Bass with his signature in a block inlay at the 12th fret. Contoured lightweight ash body with single-ply pickguard. Maple neck and fretboard with a 7.25" radius, a vintage 2-saddle bridge, and a vintage single-coil pickup. Enjoy this re-creation of the P Bass from the early days and pay homage to a great player at the same time. Includes Fender gig bag.

    Features

    • Includes a gig bag

    This is a limited run bass, so don't delay - order yours while the getting's good.

     
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    FenderSting Signature Precision Bass
     
    4.4

    (based on 30 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very good value...

    I think about selling this bass from time to time, but I know I will be sorry.. It is not perfect out of the box but a little TLC and..
    I...Read complete review

    I think about selling this bass from time to time, but I know I will be sorry.. It is not perfect out of the box but a little TLC and..
    I bought this when they first came out. Loved the pickup growl and retro sound but it was noisy on stage so I called Seymour and had a custom wound Stack pickup made ( that is two vintage single coil pickups on top of each other to cancel out single coil hum)fit right in minus the spring adjustment. The height of the stack was perfect, I dont believe Seymour had the quarter pounder yet so I don't know how they sound but the stack sounds great and I have had it in there for around 7 years?
    The body is great, nice grained Ash but a bit heavy on the coating. The neck is thick and not really fast but strong and I love it.
    I have been able to intonate the bridge "close enough for rock and roll" as they say ( and I have perfect pitch )- no problem.
    Never had to adjust the neck - has remained straight all these years with very nice action.
    Replaced the jack - you just have to "sorry Fender!" bought the WD football shaped jack plate with screws $5 bucks?..took 10 minutes - thank goodness I saw a reissue on the wall at Hard Rock with this jack plate.( WD also make "Sting" pick guards in all colors )
    Machines - those that complain just didn't know what they are buying and would have complained when Henry Ford put a reverse gear in the Model T! duh!
    I added the retro bridge and pickup covers properly drilling out the template holes and not just driving screws into the wood - took the pickup cover off though because it limited my sound not being able to pluck above the pickup.
    Never had a string get caught under the pickup!! what are these guys doing!! and I am an original punk rocker...
    Still looking to buy a 62 reissue Precesion but for some reason I am thinking it won't sound any better then this. Remember "you get out what you put in!"
    An old neighbor of mine in NYC who has graced the cover of Bass Player Magazine more then anyone else convinced me years ago "It Is All About Practicing"
    Enjoy your Sting Bass and pay no attention to the signature inlay.. dazzle them with your playing!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Be ready for a letdown

    The finish is great and the bass presents itself well but wait, you can't tune your strings? Yes the bridge does not intonate 100 percent. The Fender American deluxe bridge is a drop...Read complete review

    The finish is great and the bass presents itself well but wait, you can't tune your strings? Yes the bridge does not intonate 100 percent. The Fender American deluxe bridge is a drop in but the holes are so far back that the last two bridge pieces will move forward past the alignment grooves on the bridge. The badass will raise the strings significantly and change the tone. The tuners are junk and the bass is poorly shielded. This is very expensive for an entry level bass. I would not buy this guitar again.

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet Vintage Re-issue!

    By Fozzman

    from Maine

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Country

        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        After reading several negitive reviews on this bass, I had to add my two cents. First off, this is not an entry level bass. It is a spot-on reproduction of Leo's first basses. Built with the blues players coming out of the 40's in mind so thay wouldn't have to haul around the "Dog House". Listen to those old blues tracks and you realize that this bass sounds the way it was made to sound. The bass is very unforgiving in the sense that if your technique is sub-par, it will come through in your sound. It will help you improve your technique if you take the time to practice your skills. I do not recommend this as your first bass and I do not recommend this bass to anyone who thinks it can be used for anything other than what it was intended for. Do us all a favor by not buying this bass and not writing a negitive review. Do buy this bass if you are into the era that it came from and the music that it made. Do your research and you will not be disappointed.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very good value...

        By MCL2012

        from Boca Raton, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          I think about selling this bass from time to time, but I know I will be sorry.. It is not perfect out of the box but a little TLC and..
          I bought this when they first came out. Loved the pickup growl and retro sound but it was noisy on stage so I called Seymour and had a custom wound Stack pickup made ( that is two vintage single coil pickups on top of each other to cancel out single coil hum)fit right in minus the spring adjustment. The height of the stack was perfect, I dont believe Seymour had the quarter pounder yet so I don't know how they sound but the stack sounds great and I have had it in there for around 7 years?
          The body is great, nice grained Ash but a bit heavy on the coating. The neck is thick and not really fast but strong and I love it.
          I have been able to intonate the bridge "close enough for rock and roll" as they say ( and I have perfect pitch )- no problem.
          Never had to adjust the neck - has remained straight all these years with very nice action.
          Replaced the jack - you just have to "sorry Fender!" bought the WD football shaped jack plate with screws $5 bucks?..took 10 minutes - thank goodness I saw a reissue on the wall at Hard Rock with this jack plate.( WD also make "Sting" pick guards in all colors )
          Machines - those that complain just didn't know what they are buying and would have complained when Henry Ford put a reverse gear in the Model T! duh!
          I added the retro bridge and pickup covers properly drilling out the template holes and not just driving screws into the wood - took the pickup cover off though because it limited my sound not being able to pluck above the pickup.
          Never had a string get caught under the pickup!! what are these guys doing!! and I am an original punk rocker...
          Still looking to buy a 62 reissue Precesion but for some reason I am thinking it won't sound any better then this. Remember "you get out what you put in!"
          An old neighbor of mine in NYC who has graced the cover of Bass Player Magazine more then anyone else convinced me years ago "It Is All About Practicing"
          Enjoy your Sting Bass and pay no attention to the signature inlay.. dazzle them with your playing!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Still Solid after 10 years...

          By Bones

          from Santa Cruz, CA

          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          A good solid bass - Fender made in Japan. Make sure you realize it has vintage style tuners that turn in the opposite direction to tighten the strings - clockwise instead of counter clockwise. Also, this is probably not the best bass to have if this will be your only bass since it's not terribly versatile but it's nice to have if you also have another bass like a jazz bass or equivalent. It looks cool with the vintage P-bass look and the long Tele headstock. It looks way longer than other basses due to the long body and long neck headstock. It's a 34 inch scale. The coler is vintage 2-tone brown burst so it's not the typical 3-tone burst but still looks nice. The vintage bridge with the two saddles are kind of weak looking but have held up for 10 years now. I wouldn't replace the bridge since it would no longer have the vintage appeal. There is a "Sting" signature inlay block at the 12-th fret but nobody much notices or asks about it. Most people are too busy noticing the great finish. THis is a great second or third bass if you want to have a vintage looking/sounding bass for your collection.
          I got this from a local Music shop around the time they first came out - in early 2002 - so I've had it for about 10 years now. The single vintage P-style pickup produces nice vintage tones but has some buzz when you are using a higher gain. Not the best for heavy rock/metal or slap. I use it primarily for old school rock and blues and some alt stuff and it works great. Velvety smooth and toneful. I might replace it with a Seymour Duncan but it works fine so I'll have to think about it. One volume and one tone - not much to it feature wise. The neck is very vintage feeling - round like a baseball bat - and very slick with a thick poly coating. One important thing - the truss rod adjustment is at the base of the neck where it sits in the body and to get to it you have to remove the neck. It's kind of a pain in the butt to do but I've done it 5 times now to adjust the neck due to seasonal changes and string guage changes and the neck is still in there solid - no looseness or stripped out bolts. But you need to realize this bass is a "vintage" spec bass - not modern.
          Pretty good quality. Mine came with the jack cup (Tele style) a tad loose but since I bought it in from a music store with a trade-in and got a great price I didn't complain. I left it like that for about 9 years and then it started getting so loose that when i pulled out my bass cord the jack cup pulled out and I would have to push it back in. Finally I fixed it last year by replacing the jack cup with a new one and it's still going strong. Other than that I could not find any major quality issues. Tuners and bridge, controls and pickup all still work perfectly. Built solid. Other than the jack cup they did a great job putting this together.
          THis bass is a pretty decent value for what it is. You are paying a bit more for the Sting signature name. The components are good and it's a Fender - made in Japan - so for the price it's a good deal but not spectacular. There's not much to this bass other than the single pickup and vol/tone so it's not versatile compared to an equally priced jazz bass. You're definately paying for a look and name here as much as for the overall good quality so if this was just a vintage P-bass re-issue, and without the name, I would expect to see the price a couple hundred lower. It also comes with a gig bag that is not much protection so you will need to buy a decent hard shell case. For the price it should have included a hard shell case.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Purchase

          By Cali

          from Los Angeles, CA

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          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          This bass has better definition playing notes on the low E string (particularly in the first and third position) than a standard P Bass. I took the advice from reading other reviews and replaced the pickup with a Seymour Duncan quarter pound pickup. Definitely unleashed the beast within. Threw the original in the trash. I went a step further and had it shielded. Now not only does it kick butt, it has no hum!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Classic/Boogie Rock PLayer

          By Groovemeister-ufQNt

          from Portland Oregon

          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          I got mine used. I have always been a Jazz Bass guy but after many tests at my local GC Iknew this would be a great addition to my arsenal. I may never like the baseball bat neck but for good old rock i can deal with it. Especially since this Bass looks so cool and sounds sooo solid. I use old solid state Peavey head and a variety of cabs but all reflect the grat solid thick tone I love. Like most the 12th fret Sting inlay is from respect for Sting and not the bass. I can live with that too.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Snarky

          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          I own this bass and have flirted with others in the stores but I always leave feeling I own the best bass already. The neck, while insanely thickly coated with poly, is comfortable in the hands and the contoured body is so comfortable to play, especially compared to its cousin the 51RI slab. With Dr Hi-Beams it purs.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great bass

          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          Great bass! Simple, one pick-up. I love the neck, its easy to play. It works for whatever style of music you play. I use it for Bluegrass, Rock, Jazz, Blues and whatever else I'm playing: which let's face it many bassists have to do.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid Bass

          By AmericanAmpMark

          from St. Louis

          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          This is a very solid bass. Incredible warm tone. Ultra smooth maple neck. Very solid feel. I have several other basses and will say that if you're wanting to play a lot of slap, & pop funk style bass this is probably not what you want as your primary instrument but it will still perform even there, just not near as bright sounding with the passive pickups. I play it through an Ampeg B100R and it really has a very smooth deep tone.

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          3.0

          Average

          By Famatty

          from California

          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          This is a very basic bass. If you believe you need a battery to sound good this bass is NOT for you. If you believe tone is in the fingers and want a solid bass this it. Mine buzzed more than I care for so I added shielding and replaced the pickup with a vintage Nordstrand. Replaced bridge and shimed neck to allow more room for intonation. Put flats on and I am in retro heaven.

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          4.0

          Pretty cool

          By Dragonetti

          from Natchitoches, LA

          Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

          I got this bass because I liked the look of it and the initial sound of it when I played it. After owning it for two years I've had my fair share of problems with it, mainly on the G string. I've had numerous string replacemnt problems on the G with mine, and never since has a new set been able to replicate the sound of the factory stings, all others have a very tinny sound. Also on the highest octave I have noticed a few buzzes on quite a few notes, but this shouldn't bother you if you stay in the bass area of the instrument. Also I've had to get the pick-up replaced once, which is a pain considering this style of pick-up isn't used much anymore. But it is an excellent bass to record with, and has great deep tones and harmonics. Get it if you like the lower octave and can handle a challenge.

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