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Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass 2-Color Sunburst Maple Fretboard

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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 li...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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FenderSting Signature Precision Bass
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

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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..
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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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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...Read complete review

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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(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Vintage Re-issue!

By Fozzman

from Maine

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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.

      (8 of 9 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!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Still Solid after 10 years...

        By Bones

        from Santa Cruz, CA

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        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.

        (4 of 4 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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great bass

        By Fenderbassman-VJq3z

        from VA

        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Snarky

        By GordonSumnerwannabe

        from Miami

        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.

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Be ready for a letdown

        By Underwhelmed

        from California

        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (2 of 2 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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        '54 'tele' Precision Bass

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        A well built bass (well its Japanese!)with a nice sunburst,3 piece ash body, one piece maple neck & authentic looking pickguard & hardware. Pity about the 'sting' signature inlay on the 12th fret which (although i greatly respect Sting as an artist)kind of spoils the otherwise original & quite stunning styling & looks. Good to play with a nice clear 'woody' tone, plenty of bottom but at the same time quite bright (this can obviously be toned down with the very effective treble 'roll off' knob) I think the string thru body design probably helps add some bottom to the tone. Overall a great, if very basic, bass, with a really retro/vintage look & feel.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Lesson in Progress

        By Anchoret-brYPA

        from California

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        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        I like this bass very much, but it is extremely demanding to set up, maintain and play due purely to the vintage reproduction parts, dimensions and design -- from the very primitive bridge to the reproduction reversed machine heads and their historically-correct, non-relieved mounting. Fortunately, '50s trussrod adjustment access has been rationalized so that one does not have to pull the neck to adjust it, but there are MANY frustrations that remain for someone used to playing and setting up modern basses.If you want a bass quite close to true vintage, this is it -- but be warned that 1953 was the Stone Age for electric bass!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can't afford a '50s P-Bass?

        By DennisTruckDriver

        from St. Louis MO area

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        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        I bought the Sting bass almost two years ago, because I wanted a vintage-early-'50s style P-Bass. The Sting bass is Japanese made, so the quality of fit and finish is FAR superior to the Mexican version of the '50s model. It is beautiful! The wood is pretty and well-grained, the poly finish is smooth as glass. It stays in tune while sitting in the rack for days, even coming out of the gig bag in tune.The only gripe I have, and it is very minor, is the goofy 'Sting' signature thingy at the 12th fret. For this to be a 'replica' 'Sting' bass I would prefer just the two black dots like on the one Sting actually plays.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Simple solid bass gets the job done

        By tglacy

        from Saco, ME

        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        Bought this used with Duncan replacement pickup installed. after stringing with flat wound strings and gigging with it for over a year I have learned to handle and appreciate it's dry, woody and solid tone (much different from my Jazz bass). It's been a solid piece of gear, looks cool, feels good (lightweight) and is a great compliment to the classic/retro style of music I am currently playing.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Purchase

        By Roger

        from undisclosed

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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!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sting Bass is a monster in vintage clothing

        By jazzbass52@juno.com

        from OC, CA.

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        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        When I first got it I found it to be nasal and too woody sounding, and not very clear in the lower notes. adjusting the pickup helped but it was missing that split-single-coil sound of the Precision after 1957. It was absolutely beautiful in every way except for the sound. I ordered a Basslines Quarterpound Single Coil Pickup,installed it in fifteen minutes and that unleashed the Monster within. I swapped the 2-saddle bridge out for a Fender American Deluxe precision bridge. String through as well as top loading and no drilling. The pickup and the bridge were direct replacements.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This bass is quite a surprise!

        By BASSPLYR

        from New York, NY

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        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        Being a bassplayer for over 25 years, I have played and owned basses from the cheapest basswood bodies to the most exotic of woods, and I must say that this bass is well worth the money. It is an absolutely faithful reproduction of the early P-Bass. But what of the sound? How good can one thin little single coil pick-up be? I can sum it up in one word: MASSIVE! I was never one for an all maple neck either, but the overall tone is excellent.It's basic, straightfoward and functional. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but it's worth spending time with. Thanks Fender, there is now another workhorse in my stable.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sting p-bass

        By Matt-AJTq-

        from Boston

        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        Real nice bass, I wish it had a bridge pickup as well however, also getting parts is a little tough for it, however it sounds amazing. I definitely recommend this bass.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Copy of Original

        By Ruben-hR_ES

        from Austin, TX

        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        My Sting bass is the lightest solid body bass I have felt. (Weights vary on these!) I have an orig 1956 and this one is a great alternative to taking the vintage one out...Beautiful finish, nice woods and the right tone once Flatwound strings are added. Cool Bass. Well made and worth the price!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Cant get to many sounds out of it

        By Tuna89

        from Indiana

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        Comments about Fender Sting Signature Precision Bass:

        I have played this and I is neat because it has a vintage look to it but as far as playing ...You can hardly change the sound of it because it just have one pickup...but if you like that sound go for it!

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