Fender American Precision Bass  

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Known for its toughness, tone, and playability! This American Series Precision Bass has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The body is rendered in premium ash or alder for ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Known for its toughness, tone, and playability! This American Series Precision Bass has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The body is rendered in premium ash or alder for optimum tone and sustain. Its rosewood or maple fretboard features detailed fret and nut work. The neck is graphite-reinforced and has rolled edges for a broken-in feel from the get-go. Features S-1„¢ switching to change pickup coils from series to parallel to give a brighter, snappier Jazz Bass tone.

Features
  • Ash or alder body
  • Graphite-reinforced neck with modern C shape and satin polyurethane finish
  • Rosewood or maple fingerboard with rolled edges
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Open-back cast machine heads
  • 1 American Precision Bass split single-coil pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • S-1 switching (parallel/series)
  • American string-thru-body bridge
  • Chrome hardware
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FenderAmerican Precision Bass
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

BIG BOTTOM

I walked into the store planning to purchase a Mexican P-Bass, but found it impossible to proceed with that plan after playing the American P-Bass. You'd think that having only one pickup would limit...Read complete review

I walked into the store planning to purchase a Mexican P-Bass, but found it impossible to proceed with that plan after playing the American P-Bass. You'd think that having only one pickup would limit the versatility of this instrument, but the S-1 switching system COMPLETELY changes the character of the instrument. When the switch is in "parallel" position, it has the natural, delicate tone of a good electric guitar... but prepare to have your insides shaken and stirred when you switch to "series" position. Yes, the instrument is a little on the pricey side, but I seriously doubt I'll ever need to buy another bass... and THAT'S what makes it a good value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wasn't Really Impressed (for the price)

I was recently looking for a new bass, and hit up all the music stores I could find. Right off the bat I picked up the American Precision bass, because I had heard...Read complete review

I was recently looking for a new bass, and hit up all the music stores I could find. Right off the bat I picked up the American Precision bass, because I had heard so much about how amazing it was. It really does look beautiful and the neck is very well made. It didnt play like a $1000 bass should though, the tone was decent and there arent much options for the sound you can create. For the price you can do much better, but if you are a very die-hard Fender fan, this would be a good bass. The bass i ended up getting Is an Ibanez BTB 4 string, and it is beautiful it plays way better than the american series did in my mind,forabout half the price.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BIG BOTTOM

By jediknut

from Oswego, IL

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

I walked into the store planning to purchase a Mexican P-Bass, but found it impossible to proceed with that plan after playing the American P-Bass. You'd think that having only one pickup would limit the versatility of this instrument, but the S-1 switching system COMPLETELY changes the character of the instrument. When the switch is in "parallel" position, it has the natural, delicate tone of a good electric guitar... but prepare to have your insides shaken and stirred when you switch to "series" position. Yes, the instrument is a little on the pricey side, but I seriously doubt I'll ever need to buy another bass... and THAT'S what makes it a good value.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All the sound

By Frank DeVito

from Pleasant Grove, Ut.

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

I have been playing bass for years and am totaly in love with tone. This bass has given me all the tone I could want. I love the neck. It is heavy and solid. The keys seem to hold the tuning forever. I have been able to play this thing hard and beat it up on the stage and it is amazing how it is always in tune. I own a few basses these days but this is by far the best made bass I know of.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just looking at it makes me smile!

By JF

from NJ

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

For me it's the perfect bass. Great sound, versatile, vintage, responsive, and I got it on a clearance sale! Mine has a maple fretboard which I like because it feels like butter to play (maybe this is a mental thing). After playing a J bass for 8 years, the wide P neck is real easy and roomy to play. Great looking axe too! I highly recommend it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely suprised....

By Bonabe

from Loganville, GA.

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

While waiting for my backordered Ric, which by the way, won't be available until summer of '08, I decided not to wait that long for a top quality bass. I ordered the American Series P-Bass and was dumbfounded by the quality. The factory set-up was dead on. No tweaking needed. Plays like a dream and the S-1 feature gives it a J-Bass sound.

 
5.0

The perfect bass for anyone

By GarTro

from Jordan, MN

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

I've had the Fender American Precision Bass for awhile now and let me tell you, it's probably the best bass money can buy, honestly. I've gone through shops playing all kinds of basses and I haven't come across a better one than mine. I don't think it's just me either, the action is just set perfectly so that it's the smoothest playing bass there is. The sounds are just like they've come straight off of your favorite bassline in a song! I use this thing to jam with my friends all the time and I get all kinds of compliments! It's also a very nice looking bass compared to a lot of the others that are popular right now. This thing is very durable too! Unfortunately, I've dropped it quite a few times and hit the headstock on the ceiling and I don't even have any scratches let alone technical problems! If you buy this bass, you'll never need another and you will have it for a lifetime! There's no reason not to buy this bass right now...some may say it's a little expensive but...for what you're getting, think again!

 
5.0

Have heard it in action

By Kurasuke

from San Rafael

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

Very great tone. Probably best tone I've ever heard. Full sound. A little on the heavy side though. If you can get this kind of money, I'd buy it.

 
3.0

Wasn't Really Impressed (for the price)

By Kevin

from AZ

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

I was recently looking for a new bass, and hit up all the music stores I could find. Right off the bat I picked up the American Precision bass, because I had heard so much about how amazing it was. It really does look beautiful and the neck is very well made. It didnt play like a $1000 bass should though, the tone was decent and there arent much options for the sound you can create. For the price you can do much better, but if you are a very die-hard Fender fan, this would be a good bass. The bass i ended up getting Is an Ibanez BTB 4 string, and it is beautiful it plays way better than the american series did in my mind,forabout half the price.

 
4.0

A bit expensive

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

While this bass does remind me of the fenders of yesteryear I feel that it's not completely all the big for the buck. Though this is a very good quality insturment, it just doesn't feel like a high quality one. I felt it was just like a mexican made or highway series. Now for the sound, the sound was very nice punchy tight p bass sound. Think live at leeds entwistle. However this was the case for the other mexican and highway p basses, so it feels a bit overprice again. The neck was pretty thick and chunky, not everyone likes the baseball bat neck but I like it. Now I'm disappointed at this bridge on the bass, for so much I thought they could of at least used something a bit more, well effective. The best part of the bass is the high resale value, I've seen some go very high, and I mean very high.

 
5.0

Great purchase

By Dscam

from South Carolina

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

Just got the new Precision bass home and already I'm very pleased with the purchase. I started playing in 1984 and have been thru several basses. The last was a 2000 Jazz Bass. Just recently passed it on to my son and after much research I went with the P-Bass. Fender makes a great product and this one is no exception. Srtong tones, smooth action and high quality materials all add up to a superb product. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.

 
5.0

I like it

By Sam

from richmond RI

Comments about Fender American Precision Bass:

I have the squier P bass, and it is my first guitar, and I'm sure the two basses aren't that much different other than the quality.

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