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This American Standard Series Precision Bass has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The body is rendered in premium alder for optimum tone and sustain. Its rosewood or mapl... Click To Read More About This Product

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This American Standard Series Precision Bass has a vintage body radius and contour for a classic vibe and feel. The body is rendered in premium 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. HMV (high-mass vintage) bridge increases sustain, provides punchier tone, beefier looking plates, and 3/8" diameter vintage saddles. String height adjustment screws have nylon patches for a tight fit that won't vibrate loose.

A 12-gauge cold rolled steel plate machined brass backstop increases mass, enhances top end. Socket head intonation screws are engineered for a tighter fit, and are more stable. Features Fender®/Hipshot® tuning keys. They work great and are 30% lighter, minimizing neck dip. Classic 20:1 tuning ratio, cast zinc with aluminum string posts and mounting nuts, and steel clovers. Brass worm gears, steel worm drives.

With a thinner undercoat, the American Standard P Bass body breathes easier and has improved sound (more wood influence). Neck pocket paint buildup has been reduced by 40%, greatly improving the wood to wood connection/reaction.

SKB rectangular-design case, exclusive to Fender, has TSA recognized and accepted locks. Fiberglass reinforced nylon trigger release latching system, indestructible cushioned rubber over-molded handle with flush lock out. Injection molded feet and exclusive arched stacking system.


  • 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
  • HMV Bridge (high-mass vintage)
  • Chrome hardware
  • Thinner undercoat
  • Improved neck pocket
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FenderAmerican Standard P Bass

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(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


It's all you need!!!

By Ragin' Rog

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

This bass is all you'll ever need to play any Rock based music; including Blues, Punk, Metal, and Classic Rock. Just plug in, set your amp, and you're good to go for the night. Having owned and gigged eveything from Fender Jazz basses, Rickenbackers, StingRays, Bongos, and BC Rich Eagles; the American Standard P bass does the job, and does it well. All the talk about a bass requiring versatility is overrated. The slightly different tones you get from dual-pickup basses is very minimal in the "band-mix" or "front of house" sound. The tone knob on the P bass is sufficient for variety in sound. The simplicity of a P bass is also very nice. Now keep in mind, that I'm relating this opinion as to how a P bass fits into the genres I mentioned above. Bass players playing in fusion/funk/ jazz bands, that requires more of a solo-type presence will likely need more than a P bass. The new features (rolled neck, bridge, case) are minimal to some, but I can honestly say, that aside from a pickguard change, it's the first American P bass I've kept STOCK. It's great as it is, so get down to your local GC and check one out.

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)



By jon

from newark, nj

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

The fender american standard precision bass is among the best playing/sounding basses for the money. the 3 tone sunburst is beautiful and the neck feels great. i have heard friends say that it isnt versatile, but i get a nice punchy and clear sound when picking but also can get a deep bassy sound when fingering, as well as a great slap tone. this bass might seem expensive for not a lot of features, but it has monster tone and the great american made quality that fender is known for. combine this with the great sound and this bass is one of the best for the money. don't cheat yourself with another bass- this one is the real deal. props to fender for making an amazing bass!

(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Nothing Like a P Bass

By Paul Rivera

from Fredericksburg, VA

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I have an SR500 and my first Bass which is a squire P that now belong to my son. I had to add this new and improved P bass to my arsenal. There are just some licks that sound better on a P than on a Jazz and this is the P-Bass you have to have!!! The Playability is excellent - one of the most comfortable, light, modern bass guitars I've ever played. Sounds fantastic, offering booming lows and crystal clear highs, I have the Sunburst with the maple neck, and it is just beautiful. Also the hard-shell case it comes with is very solid, TSA approved locks, nice plush interior. Well worth the money; you won't need another, ever.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


From Gospel To Death Metal

By Priest Bass Player For The Saints of

from NY, NY

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

In music there are only two things that matter Tone, and Dependability. This Bass has both in spades. It will sound great, and never break. You really can't ever ask for anything more. You can go from Gospel to Death Metal with a single bass. Very few basses can claim such a high title. From growl to super clean and everything in between. I personally own and have toured with P. basses off and on for the last 10 years, They have never let me down once. Frill free, and simplistic, making it the perfect bass for the road. No pointless EQ's, no silly adjustments or anything to get in the way of great sound. Pairs perfectly with an Ampeg SVT Head and 8x10 cab.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


At Fender's best

By Funk man Frank

from nashville, tennesee

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

First I would like to say that this bass is phenomenal. Neck - All of Fender's necks are maple so there is nothing really to say here, but this has the most smooth going neck and makes it very comfortable to play. Finger board - I recommend maple. Rosewood has a grungier sound, which is not always a bad thing. But I think maple had the twilly/bright sound I was looking for. Body - The one I have is alder, it is all opinion. Frets - Cut nicely, don't jut out. Hardware - Nice is all I can say. The tuning pegs could be better though. Stringing - You can string through the back or the bridge. I prefer the back because it tightens the strings more. Pickups - A single split which is very well in its use. I love it. Overall - I love this bass. Has the tone to go from smooth, to punchy when you need it. My best buy.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)



By Joel Pinson

from Laurens, SC

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I have to say that I typically do not write reviews, but this is different. If you are a tone buff and love to rip thru the mix then this bass is for you. It sounds amazing and looks amazing. You can really tell that this bass is made with the finest parts america has to offer. I definately reccomend this bass to any player.

(10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Astounding Bass!

By Jonathan Epstein

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I consider this to be my first "real" bass. The other bass I own is a squire bronco bass, and as great as that was for becoming an intermediate player, but it was pretty limited, tone-wise. This is an astounding imoprovement! I got mine in the 3-tone sunburst with maple neck, and it's absolutely beautiful. The neck is smooth as butter. Whoever said the p-bass is limited tonally is completely wrong. I find that I can play almost any style I want with just a few adjustments to my EQ. I highly, highly reccomend this bass!!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Excelent Feel, Excelent Tone

By Nick Snyder

from Santa Cruz, Ca

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

The P bass is the best bass I've ever played. I came from a Epiphone eb-3 and those things a pain the butt, it's headstock it heavy and hurt my shoulder blade. But with the Fender, the feel and light weight bass is just awesome. With just the simple two nobs, volume and tone, makes it as simple as snapping your fingers. Nothing can go wrong with this bass!

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


The Bass!

By Josh

from Pittsburgh

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

This is the bass. Yeah J basses are nice but not as nice as these. P basses can play any style of music and sound good this and the MM stingray are the only bass,s i can say that about because J bass's sometimes don't sound great on hard rock or metal songs and yeah they may be better at slap and but still the P bass can play slap although not like the J bass can but overall the P bass is better. The stingray is good to but not like the P bass this bass plays with soul on Mowtown songs, can whale on rock and metal songs, has great sustain for slower songs, and don't even get me started about the blues. Overall this is a great bass I highly recommend it and don't settle for a Squire, MIM, or a highwayone bass get the real deal

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Look What We Have Here

By Scythe Sheba

from West Hyattsville, MD

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

What do we have here? A great bass with great sound thats what. The precision bass is an awesome guitar for almost any style of music or play. It has a very clanky, bassy sound to it that I love but alas everything has flaws. The bass isnt the most kick "butt" looking bass for a metal performance and the strings that it comes with get filthy very fast. Besides that I definitely recommend this bass for all players.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Simply the Best!

By Al

from Washington, DC

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I owned a SR300 for 2 mos that I never played before I played and brought this 3 weeks ago, essentially making this my 1st bass. First off I can not say enough about the fit and finish of this instrument. This rig was crafted beautifully from tip to tail and has a manageable, balanced feel to it though it takes a little getting used. As for the sound, it's perfect. The rauchy tone of the P-bass is legendary and unmistakable yet versatile enough to play pretty much anything from Blues to Country (beleive it or not). Caveat: The neck on this model is huge! As a beginner this has taken some time to get used to. Please keep this in mind before committing to this purchase or if you like the feel and action of the J-bass or similar models. Overall This bass is simply the BEST. Period!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Precision Bass up-grades are fantastic

By svtspazz

from Washington, D.C.

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I own a 2006 model American Standard jazz bass and I notice a definite across the board quality difference in the 2008 Precision bass. This bass sounds and plays amazing. The pick-ups are rich, punchy, and extremely clear. The neck is very smooth and a joy to play. It's very close to the 70's P-bass I had and sold (big mistake) and is my main bass now. I have the triple sun-burst model and it looks lovely. I play through a classic 70's SVT and I think this bass and the SVT are a match made in "heaven". Fender's attention to detail with this bass are right on the mark. If you need a pro-quality rock bass you've found it!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Just WOW!

By Lee Brunk

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I had gotten an Ibanez BTB on clearance through mailorder a couple months ago with a mind to switch from guitar to bass, or maybe double on both. I'd never really had a bass before and the Ibanez drove me batty, the neck seemed to shift every time I took it out of the chintzy case I had to pay extra for. I returned that, and went to my local Guitar Center to bass-shop since my Jackson Soloist was over at Mike Lull's for a Plek and setup job. While I was originally predisposed against Fender basses after having tried some of their MIM stuff, I had since read a bunch of reviews and thought that an American Standard Jazz Bass was probably exactly I wanted. But when I saw that they had a drop-dead gorgeous Olympic White American Standard P-Bass on clearance sale, I decided to try it out. Just WOW. I didn't even take a Jazz bass off the shelf, nor did I try any of the Stingrays, another bass I had my eye on. My Jackson's due out of the shop tomorrow and I'm not even sure that I'll play it for a few days, even after Mike Lull set it up, just because I am so in love with my new P-Bass! It begs and beckons me to play it from inside its topnotch SKB hardshell case, I dream about new bass lines to try every night, I played it for over three hours just now and my thumb is just about ready to pop and bleed! The tuning is very stable and easy peasy to dial in with the Hipshot tuners, even with the stock Fender strings that have probably been on it for about a year now. The action is a little high but very playable, even on quick fills I don't feel like the bass is holding me back one bit. The neck shape is very comfortable for my slightly-large hands, and the fretwork is pretty good out of the box. The rolled edges give it a broken-in feeling, none of that new guitar slasher action on your pinky knuckle as you slide and glide up and down the fretboard. It sings with fantastic sustain whenever I want it to, and it pops easily on all four strings up to about the 14th or 15th fret. It gets all those great rock and R&B tones easy as pie, and sounds fantastic through my Line 6 X3 Live. I feel like I've been playing bass for a year instead of a week, as ambitious as my bass lines are getting already. I think once I get some fresh XLs on this monster and have Mike set it up for me, I might never put it down... well, until I save up enough to think about trying one of Mike Lull's basses anyway. ;-)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Fender American P-Bass

By Dan Green

from Plainfield Indiana

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I have several Fender basses all of which are not USA made. The quality of all of them are excellent but you cannot beat this American Standard P-Bass. It plays like butter and has enough punch to keep up with some active basses. I love this bass and the maple fingerboard with the Charcoal Frost Metallic finish set this off from the rest. I would rate this a 10 out of 10.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


American Standards are Great

By Rob Norton

from New Orleans, LA

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I owned a 2003 American and a 98 Hot Rod P. I sold both after buying this one. The American Standard redesign/upgrades in 2008 from lighter weight, neck, new bridge, lightweight tuners, etc. are all home runs. I thought this was such a superior P, that I modded it to a PJ over keeping my hot rod P b/c everything else about it was that much better.


Made in America- Rocks!

By Jeff Simmons

from Texas

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

Got my 2011 American Standard in Candy Cola Red w/ Rosewood neck. This thing is awesome. The Alder body is pretty light, but don't let that fool you. The overall sound is big- the highs/mids sound punchy & clean. The low end simply drives, and will deliver that low end we are all looking for. This bridge is solid & Strings through the body. Fender did a good job on this piece of it for sure, as the other Fender bass bridges don't have the solid mass that is needed. The neck feels really good, all I did was reset the action on mine(was set too high out of box) & replace with the strings I like. The case that it comes with is top notch. For the money this is an awesome bass. The sound, feel, finish & case... it is all worth it.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


1976 P Bass

By Larry Sheffield

from Winter Haven,Fla

Comments about Fender American Standard P Bass:

I keep trying out other basses and not..Bought my P.bass in 1976 when I was 18..still play same bass every weekend..still the smoothest bass around.can't go wrong with this bass...

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