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The Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass is built with modern features that bassists demand, with a newly designed preamp circuit that delivers deeply exhilarating active and passive tones. The Fende... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass is built with modern features that bassists demand, with a newly designed preamp circuit that delivers deeply exhilarating active and passive tones. The Fender P-Bass' powerful-yet-quiet N3 Noiseless pickups present more clean headroom, extended EQ range, and even more sublime tonal options, thanks to the active/passive switch and passive tone control.

The American Deluxe Precision bass is crafted with a select alder body-a hard wood that provides clear tone and lasting sustain. A graphite-reinforced maple neck with modern C-shape, Posiflex graphite neck support rods, 5-bolt neck plate, and contoured heel make the Deluxe Precision bass extremely easy to play. The Fender High-Mass Vintage bass bridge offers compressed and focused bass tone, with more mid range punch. The American Deluxe Precision bass retains the Fender articulation and sparkle, combined with vintage-style saddles to maintain a classic vibe. A combination of a steel plate with brass saddles produce the best possible Fender Bass sound.

Fender N3 Noiseless pickups
Fender's N3 Noiseless pickups are among the best-sounding pickups ever affixed to a Stratocaster or a Telecaster guitar, providing unmistakable vintage sound without unwanted noise. In short, N3 Noiseless pickups deliver landmark vintage Fender tone and response without the hum that can plague single-coil pickups. Using an improved stacked-coil design, N3 Noiseless pickups are specially tailored for each Stratocaster and Telecaster pickup position-neck, middle, and bridge. The insulated metal core of each pickup position type differs in thickness and composition for enhanced tone, and Fender has fine-tuned the size, shape, and wire gauge of the coils to balance the magnetic responsiveness essential to great tone.

N3 Noiseless pickups represent a welcome return to the warmth and clarity of alnico magnets. Again, the type of alnico magnets used is tailored to pickup position-Alnico 5 for the power and warmth of the Stratocaster N3 bridge pickup and the signature snap and spank of both Telecaster pickups; Alnico 2 for the sweetness and sparkle of the Stratocaster N3 middle pickup; Alnico 3 for the fullness of the Stratocaster N3 neck pickup without undue magnetic string pull.

The active 3-band EQ, along with a split single-coil pickup and bridge humbucker provides a wide range of dynamic tones, so you can individualize and pinpoint your ultimate Fender bass sound. The American Deluxe Prescision Bass is perfect for players who want a top-of-the-line modern Precision Bass.

Other features include Stealth "A" string retainer, tinted neck, rolled fingerboard edges, highly detailed nut and fretwork, genuine bone nut, flat-head screws on battery compartment (for easy changes with a coin or pick), and pearloid dot inlays. Includes case.

  • Select alder body
  • Graphite-reinforced maple neck with modern C shape and satin polyurethane finish
  • 21 Medium Jumbo frets (9.5" radius)
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Deluxe chrome-plated steel bridge plate (strings-thru body or top load) with chromeplated brass saddles
  • Precision Bass split single-coil pickup (mid) and humbucker (bridge)
  • Pan pot for pickup switching
  • Master volume, pan pot, and 3-band active EQ
  • Lite-Bass tuners
  • Includes case
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FenderAmerican Deluxe Precision Bass

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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


Good Combo of Jazz & Precision

By Stephen

from Holly Springs, Georgia

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

When it comes to Fender basses, I prefer the Jazz bass hands down. Most precisions, to me, sound "muddy" and lifeless. This is NOT the case with this guitar, as it has both jazz and precision pickups on it so that the bass is capable of a myriad of sounds. If you want a good "all round" type bass that's versatile in various musical genres, this is a good one to have. I've never regretted getting this instrument.

(20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


P-Bass to the rescue!!!

By Roger

from New York

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

I play P-basses and this one is exactly the one needed to play rock and metal music. I love the sound and the adjustable tone is awesome. You can get the fuzzy tone to jam along those Metallica riffs while also getting the option for a refined tone to play some scales or solos. This bass is very versatile in its tone and its pickup volume, depending on if you're a finger style player or a pick artist, you have the option of choosing which pickups will create your sound. This bass shows the power of the P-bass for those jazz bass fanatics.

(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


A P-bass both from the Past and the Future

By P.M. Adams Jr.

from Trenton, NJ

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

When I ordered this P-bass, It reminded me of a P-bass I once had, many years ago. I had a early 70's P-bass, and I did what most bass players did in the era. We added a Jazz pickup in the rear, to get that extra "pop". I'm glad Fender brought back the single J-bass pickup, instead of the Musicman-like pickup they had before. Plus, the bass is light compared to it's 70's cousin. Even the passive and active modes, is a nice touch to a "classic" and historic bass. Leo would be proud! Now, I'm a Fender purist, and those small "lightweight" tuning keys, well, their nice, but, with a 70's decal on it, couldn't Fender just put on those vintage "keys" to keep the "vibe" going? A very nice "new" Fender Bass. I'm very "old-school"so, I know most bassists chose a old Pre-CBS, or CBS Fender, before they get a "new" one. Hey, Fender, why don't you do us all a favor, brung back the 1970 CBS Fender P-bass, with the "A" neck and the alder body, and of course, the rosewood neck? All and All, this bass is a Fender, period!!

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Soul Brother Number One!

By Doug

from Cincinnati, Oh

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

I bought mine a few months ago, it was the only new deluxe model they had in stock at my local gc at the time(Sunburst). It looks and feels top of the line mint cherry & plays beautifully, its very solid seems durable and is well balanced. The sound of the P bass pickup is worth the price alone, to me. It has that recognizable p sound it is very BOOMy and it sounds great no matter what pedal I throw at it. T he j pickup doesn't have the character or sound as alive as the p, I never use it soloed, it doesn't have the low end i want, it has alot of the highend more snarly which is great bcuz you can blend it w/ the p, with the blend knob. I never use the active electronics sounds kinda sterile to me but the on-board eq does give the player options. : ) Bottom line is, I'll never get rid of this bass, ever.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing bass..

By John Samoskevich

from kennesaw

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass: its pricey..but I will tell ya this bass has it all. I have compared a couple basses to this model, one being a fender pbass hot rod and a pbass mexican deluxe. This bass was the badest of all. Clearly had every tone any musician would need. I played this bass thru a swr 500 and a 210 swr cabinet. At this price it is well worth it to step up from a MIM or any foreign bass. Go the extra cash it will be worth it in the long run and hold more value than any japan or MIM made bass.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


A bass for every sound!

By Tyler

from Salt Lake City, UT

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

Fender has outdone themselves! They took the popular design of the earlier Am. Deluxe models and crammed even more features under the pickguard! The N3 Jazz is completely noiseless and the pre-amp is much more responsive. The addition of a passive/active switch is the best new design, I think. Now a classic P-bass sound can be achieved without having to own another p-bass and can be a lifesaver when the battery dies. I'm unsure if Fender kept the electronics 18v or if they wired 2 9v for twice the capacity but the battery compartment does have 2 9v installed. The sound is very fender-like, as it should be, but the active electronics allow for a bigger, more present sound. The passive mode is like playing a Fender Am. Standard. The build is very strong and the looks are amazing. Fender really did an amazing job! The only complaint I have is that all finishes have either rosewood or maple, but not both as available options. Still, a great bass.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)



By debbie dunkley

from Wake Forest

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

I have been playing for 33 years. I have been pro, semi pro and now I just play for fun. I grew up in an era when there was a big influx of imported non Fender brands. I owned Arias Westones, Wals, as well as Rickenbackers and Musicman. Each and every one of them were excellent in their own way and I spent years avoiding the Fender band-wagon but was unable to find something I really loved. I got close a few years ago when I came across a '96 P deluxe. I bit the bullet and tried it out. I realized what I had been missing and it was very nearly everything I wanted. Then a few months ago I went into my local GC and tried the new P deluxe. OH MY !! It was love at first sight!! It had everything my other deluxe had and more. I loved the fact I could now choose between active and passive and save battery life. I found the bass better balanced on the strap - the older one was a bit neck heavy. I love being able to get the guitar to sound like a jazz or a P bass. It plays like a dream. Well, I finally found my bass after many years of searching and I will be selling pretty much all the others.................Yes... I love it THAT much!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great Bass, Great Tones, Great Versatility, Great Value!!!

By Chris Rodriguez

from San Antoniio, TX

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

Let me start by saying I rarely if ever write reviews on music gear. I like this bass so much, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on it. I read all the reviews, watched all the YouTube videos I could find and with assurance I could return it if I didn't like it, I ordered and paid for a new Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass, ash body, maple fretboard, natural finish. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BASS!!! I've owned 3 Ken Smiths and several other nice basses over the 20+ years I've been playing and don't mind spending $$$$ on a high quality instrument. I've only owned 1 other Fender, an American Standard Jazz several quite a few years ago. I am completely impressed by the quality of construction and materials of this new P-bass. The PJ pickups, active/passive option and great woods make it possible of creating many different sounding and awesome tones. I was on the fence between this bass and the fretted Tony Franklin model. They both have PJ pickups but the option to also go active on the P-bass deluxe is what sold me on it. It's like the best of both worlds. And if you when you want to go active, a 3 band EQ with sweepable mid and 18-volt electronics you just can't go wrong. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BASS!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A very nice, and extremely versatile offering.


from Baltimore, Md

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

I've got to say that I haven't found much on these besides a couple of youtube reviews by people I cannot understand (wish I did), or one half-assed one with terrible sound. Additionally, I haven't found much discussion on them either. Fortunately I was able to finally get my hands on one in a D.C. area Guitar Center. It's a 3 tone sunburst model, and looked and sounded very nice. I was/am impressed. Fit and finish were very good, with the only ding being a few of fret ends being a little sharp. This took away from the broken in feel the rolled edges were meant to offer. The finish looked amazing, and the rosewood on the fretboard is funny or out of place markings. The neck is comfortable, and I doesn't feel much different than my favorite 2008 American Std P bass. The sound is unique in a way. It may not please players who are expecting the traditional thumpy tone of a P bass. Even with the passive mode engaged/ P pickup soloed, and the tone rolled completely off, the notes still maintained some definition, which I personally thought was a plus. So far I've played it through my Markbass cmd 102p with eq set flat and both the VLE & VPF filters off. The pickup is reminiscent of the Original 62 imo. With both pickups on, and active mod selected, the bass was capable of getting some very, very crisp sounds that sounded somewhat similar to an active jazz bass. Roll the treble eq back about 1/2 way from the center detent, and boost some lows, and it gave me an amazingly defined, yet thick rock n' roll tone that could fit a classic rock, modern rock, and punk band with ease. The highs could get a little brittle sounding when cranked, but that was to be expected. Adding a little goes a long way with the preamp. Can I get a traditional P bass tone...sure...maybe not a gooey fat motown tone because of the strings, and the clarity of the particular pickups, but it can definitely cop a P bass with rounds sound without any problems. I didn't hear much noise except when cranking the highs/eq...but many preamps do this. I've played $2000 Warwicks with preamp noise when highs are turned up. The tone knob only works in passive mode, and works well. Active mode definitely boosts the volume by a couple of decibels when engaged, so you may have to turn down your bass's volume a bit if you go from active to passive in a live setting (probably a 2-4 decibel boost when engaged). All in all...I love the bass, especially because it actually has the passive option. For the price, it's also a good deal for what you're getting. It's only $350-400 more than an American Std, and I personally think sounds great as it comes (stock). Traditionalists may not find it appealing at first, but I would suggest they try it in passive mode first. The P/J pickups in passive mode are enough to cover a plethora of different genres of music, then when selecting active mode...keep an open mind, and turn your volume down a bit to compensate for the active boost. Baby steps with the active controls. Some small details that separate it from the American Standard (for the extra $350-400): preamp pearloid inlays schaller/fender strap locks strong arm string tree for A string a P/J setup as opposed to a single pickup asymmetrical neck This would have easily been a 5 star review if the fretwork was a little better. I'm hoping that once it settles at my house that things will correct themselves naturally.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Versatile as can be

By Owen Clapp

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass:

I am very very happy with my recently purchased Fender American Deluxe P-Bass. Strung with some D'Adarrio medium gauge flatwounds, this bass can mimic anything from the grit of Entwistle's 1960's P-Bass to the brightness of Jaco's 70's jazz bass to the thump of Jamerson's P-Bass. The natural finish is gorgeous and matches well with the natural maple neck. The bass didn't come out of the box with a perfect setup, which I'm finding is typical of Fender instruments (even on the other American Deluxe Jazz Bass that I purchased.) If you can get the bass set up by a quality technician it will feel even better than it does right away. I use this bass with a Markbass Tube 800 and with the two voicing filters on there can get pretty much every sound you could ever want. To me, this bass has the visual aesthetic and the sonic flexibility that I like in an instrument.

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