Standard Precision Bass  

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The Fender Standard Precision Bass has an Alder body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. A great low price makes it especially attractive.

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The Fender Standard Precision Bass has an Alder body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. A great low price makes it especially attractive.

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  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
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4.6

(based on 109 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Bass for the $$$

Okay, I'm sure I'll be excoriated for this, but I actually prefer the Mexican Standard P Bass to my 2003 American P Bass. Yeah, yeah, I know that's heresy, but let me...Read complete review

Okay, I'm sure I'll be excoriated for this, but I actually prefer the Mexican Standard P Bass to my 2003 American P Bass. Yeah, yeah, I know that's heresy, but let me explain. The Mexican Standard Precision has come a long way in the last few years, and their quality control is WAY up. As such, this bass plays extremely well, with good fretwork, a nice rosewood fretboard, tight neck pocket, and a surprisingly good pickup to boot. What makes it more appealing than my American P Bass is the cheap top-load bridge, which is more like the old vintage style bridges, and the vintage style truss rod. Together, these two cheaper components make for a bass that's more resonant and lively than my American Precision, which has a posiflex (i.e. curves in two directions) truss rod, graphite reinforced neck, and a modern string-through bridge. The pickup on my Mexican is about 90% of the tone of the pickup in the American, but P Bass pickups can be easily replaced, and most of the Seymour Duncans sound better than the stock American P Bass pickup, anyway. Put it this way: with a pearloid pickguard and a Quarter Pounder pickup, my Mexican Standard has become the ultimate four string rock/country/metal/blues bass. Plus, it cost a third of what my American Precision set me back, and I'm not as concerned about getting dings in the Mexican. This is simply a superb bass for the money, and you'd be hard pressed to find a better instrument in this price range. As for all those who have reviewed this bass and complained about their bridges "sinking," what precisely are you talking about? Are your bridge saddles lowering? Are the saddles flipping over? I haven't had any problems with my bridge at all, but I've been playing bass for 22 years now, and I tend to finesse the strings more than pound them. At any rate, the bridge itself is unlikely to move at all, since it's firmly bolted to the hardwood body. I'd love to hear more from those folks, as their complaints don't make sense given the terms they are using.Bottom line: great way to hold down the bottom end at a rock bottom price. The Squier Standard Precision Bass Special is pretty good, also, but it's about half the quality (and price) of the Mexican Standard.

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This bass sucks, horrible action, a horrble brdge

Oh my God! What has happened to Fender? I'm glad Leo Fender isn't alive to see that his amazing piece of art, the Fender Precision Bass, like it is here. This was...Read complete review

Oh my God! What has happened to Fender? I'm glad Leo Fender isn't alive to see that his amazing piece of art, the Fender Precision Bass, like it is here. This was THE first bass to have frets, and one of the first electric basses, if I'm not mistaken. This bass has horrible action. It tends to create a buzzing sound when you play it, and it is not from the amp, the noise is created by this instrument. The bridge that comes with this bass is, and excuse my language, but it is a piece of crap! There is no other way to put it. I'm pretty sure that the bridge is what creates the buzzing sound. The saddles of the bridge tend to slide down after a couple days of playing. Not to mention the neck is extremely uncomfortable. Now I just spent fifty-nine dollars on attempting to make this bass be a little average. I have purchased a new bridge, and I made it a point too buy something other than a fender bridge. If you own this bass I highly recommend buying a new bridge. If you are looking into buying this bass, look at something else. It is not worth it to buy this bass. I've been thinking about what could be wrong and I've come to a conclusion. What I believe to be the real reason is that Fender has become nothing but a money sucking brand name. I recommend going out and buying an old Fender bass, from the 70's. That is around the when they actually put effort into their instruments. I also think that and Gibson or G&L bass would be great choices over this bass. Once again, do not buy this bass.

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5.0

Wouldn't Have Less...

By Peter-182

from UK

This is my first bass, and the quality is far far better than cheaper models, it sounds great and looks great too! Great bass!

 
5.0

Wonderful Tone for any Style

By Scott Simontis

from Alpharetta, GA

The Fender Precision bass is synonymous with many different types of music, and for the price, you cannot go wrong. The P-bass tone has been perfected over several decades, and if you thought a cheaper bass couldn?t have great tone, you will be surprised. The P-Bass I played was set up very well from the store, and would only need minor adjustments. As for features, what more could you need? The P-Bass shines in its simplicity. Every bass player should own a P-Bass, and you cannot go wrong for the price.

 
5.0

pretty sweet

By Australian punk rocker

from Echuca Australia

i borrowed this beast off a mate to play at a this crazy party once and the sound was stunning. this guitar is beautifuly made. i myself would put in a seymore duncan bassline spb quarter pound p bass pickup. that would make one of the sickest basses around.

 
5.0

AWSOME

By Philip-.3nTy

from Carleton, MI

AWSOME, I love, it such a great sound and is very easy to play.

 
3.0

this is an okay bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this bass can put out a kick, it has an okay nice deep tone to it and the price is resonable.

 
5.0

awesome bass

By Hough

from seattle, WA

This bass is incredibly awesome. it's the second bass i ever got, and it's just a really good bass for any type of music, especially rock. it has a very nice sound and it is a really good deal. i would reccomend it to anybody. so if you're a bassist with dollars laying around, get it.

 
5.0

One and 3/4 thumbs up

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This bass is great for beginners. It doesn't get any better than this for such a low price. It has a sleek neck that enables you to get to those high notes and get back down again. The beautiful finish compliments its light body. It's got a great tone that can make a whale crap it's pants. I would highly recommend this bass to anyone who's on the market.

 
5.0

Great bass, but I've played better

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I sold this bass a few months ago, but it played really well the entire time I had it (about a year). It has a good sound to it and it plays like a real bass should. I sold it for a fender deluxe p bass and i have to say I like it better. All in all, a great bass for the price. You won't have any problems with this bass, trust me.

 
4.0

could be better

By IntentionalMisuseGuitarist

from Long Island, NY

I just got this bass for Christmas. It sounds awesome but there's a big problem. The bridge keeps dropping. I play for about 5 hours straight every night and I have to raise the bridge about 10 times. It also falls out of tune very easily. It sounds awesome when it's staying in tune and when the bridge stays up. Be careful.

 
4.0

Great 2nd Bass

By The1JvG-mBm2S

from Brooklyn, NY

I've been playing with a GSR190 for the past two years and I thought the Fender Standard P Bass would be a great change. I love the feel of the bass and love the look in brown sunburst. Very strong bass and looks like it can take a lot. The bridge saddles started to sink a little and move a bit the first week I had it. So I had to replace them with Leo Quan Badass II Bridge. Great replacement for the fender standard p bass and the bass is even more awesome now. No real rush to change the pickups but I chose to since I had the money for it. Awesome bass and goes great with the Fender Rumble amp. Only gets 7 stars for quality due to the bridge. Highly recommended for punk bassists.

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