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Alder body and a modern C-shaped maple neck with an unfinished, unfretted ebony fingerboard with side dot position markers. Franklin's trademark growl comes from an American Series Precision Bass neck... Click To Read More About This Product

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Alder body and a modern C-shaped maple neck with an unfinished, unfretted ebony fingerboard with side dot position markers. Franklin's trademark growl comes from an American Series Precision Bass neck pickup and his own signature Jazz Bass bridge pickup with hex screw lugs and bar ceramic magnets. Other features include vintage tuning machines with a Hipshot Bass Xtender Drop D tuning key on the "E" string to get way down low, and 3-way switching for maximum tonal choices.

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  • Alder body
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Unfinished, unfretted ebony fingerboard
  • Side dot position marker
  • American Series Precision Bass neck pickup
  • Tony Franklin signature Jazz Bass bridge pickup with hex screw lugs and bar ceramic magnets
  • Vintage tuning machines
  • Hipshot Bass Xtender Drop D tuning key on the "E" string
  • Three-way switching for maximum tonal choices
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FenderTony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Definately Worth it

Ive owned, sold, traded, and purchased several fretless (and fretted) basses. At the time I purchased this (from Musicians Friend) I did not currently have a fretless bass. Now that...Read complete review

Ive owned, sold, traded, and purchased several fretless (and fretted) basses. At the time I purchased this (from Musicians Friend) I did not currently have a fretless bass. Now that I've owned and played this Tony Franklin model for several months I can honestly say its easily the finest fretless you can buy for well under $2K. If money weren't a concern, I would have undoubtably re-purchased a Pedulla MVP Buzz bass (about the sickest fretless bass ever made).
I had no idea who Tony Franklin was when I bought this, but I knew I wanted a quality fretless with an ebony fretboard, no fret lines, and classic-to-professional workmanship.
Before buyin this one I also looked at and played a Godin fretless (very nice), and had just traded in a Carvin LB-50 fretless (not what I needed it to be).

Between the Carvin, the Godin, and this Fender Custom shop fretless,..the Fender was easily the better purchase, the better bass,..and the sweetest looking. As mentioned in reviews above, it is neck heavy,..but thats easily solved by shortening you strap (just get used to playing it higher on your body than you other bass,..its gonna be different than your main axe and you should expect that of any bass,..they are all different).

The case it came with is exceptional for a stock case,..and the sunburst finish is just outstanding! I put a set of medium gauge DR Sunbeams on this, and it sounds epic. Sure, the nickel strings make minute marks on the finger board, but so what,..they leave no serious impact thats detrimental,...(and if you actually wear into the neck that badly then you're playing like a monster and its time to have your bass worked on,..consider that a badge of honor :-)

Its the sweetest fretless for the money. The next step up is a boutique custom fretless. If you can't spend more than 2K on a fretless,..get this one. If you can afford more,..def go with a Pedulla Buzz Bass,..(Bar-none the finest fretless ever made,..but this Fender Custom is an excellent, even supreme, second choice to that).

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Disappointed in Fender

I've been playing for 40 years and have come to know what to expect from a bass. Have had this bass for 10 days. I agree in general with the other reviews here -...Read complete review

I've been playing for 40 years and have come to know what to expect from a bass. Have had this bass for 10 days. I agree in general with the other reviews here - this bass is nice to play, it has a very good feel. However, the issues so far are:
1) the G string has a dead spot around the 6th-7th 'fret' area (C#-D)
2) the D string has a dead harmonic at the 5th 'fret' area (G)
3) the E string saddle unscrews itself. After 3 hours of playing the E string was buzzing on the fretboard. After examining the instrument, I found that the saddle was down as far as it could go. A considerable change from the original setup condition that it arrived in.

If this was a lesser Squire model, I could understand issues 1+2. I've never had or seen a bass with issue 3 and it's not acceptable at any level.

I'll be contacting Fender about these issues next. With the understanding that the street price for this bass is $1700, my question is: How much do you have to pay for great bass?

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5.0

stick your throbbing hot knife in the butter

By vollkat

from minneapolis, mn

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

    if you have any commercial motivations or want to play someone else's stuff the just way they like it. This probably isn't the bass for you. You should probably stick with a bass by numbers (frets). If you want to explore the caves of your own mind thru the tones only a bass can, This is the tool. I think its actually cheap! get yourself a 15 or 20% coupon. No sales tax if your outta state.Use a airlines or cashback credit card. Plus a great case.. Again, a great value....spelunk thyself

     
    5.0

    great product and fast shipping

    By thecrimsonking55

    from Port Haywood, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful Construction
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

    The bass is a joy to play and after a little setup the buzzing ceased

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disappointed in Fender

    By MarkE

    from Syracuse, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

      I've been playing for 40 years and have come to know what to expect from a bass. Have had this bass for 10 days. I agree in general with the other reviews here - this bass is nice to play, it has a very good feel. However, the issues so far are:
      1) the G string has a dead spot around the 6th-7th 'fret' area (C#-D)
      2) the D string has a dead harmonic at the 5th 'fret' area (G)
      3) the E string saddle unscrews itself. After 3 hours of playing the E string was buzzing on the fretboard. After examining the instrument, I found that the saddle was down as far as it could go. A considerable change from the original setup condition that it arrived in.

      If this was a lesser Squire model, I could understand issues 1+2. I've never had or seen a bass with issue 3 and it's not acceptable at any level.

      I'll be contacting Fender about these issues next. With the understanding that the street price for this bass is $1700, my question is: How much do you have to pay for great bass?

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply put - amazing

      By andrew bevers

      from Brookfield, IL

      Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

      I'm fairly new to fretless bass - but, did have a fretted fretless Spector previously that I got rid of. Although I really liked fretless bass - I wasn't particularly crazy about this particular one. I decided to give it another go, and figured that I would go with the best. Needless to say I was completely blown away by the quality of this instrument. I have owned it for approximately a month - and I haven't even picked up my Fender American Jazz Deluxe V since (although this is another amazing instrument). The transition to an unlined fretless has been much smoother than I had anticipated as well. Hands down - the finest instrument that I have ever laid my hands upon, and one I fully intend to own for the rest of my life.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Definately Worth it

      By jave brown

      from Maine

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

        Ive owned, sold, traded, and purchased several fretless (and fretted) basses. At the time I purchased this (from Musicians Friend) I did not currently have a fretless bass. Now that I've owned and played this Tony Franklin model for several months I can honestly say its easily the finest fretless you can buy for well under $2K. If money weren't a concern, I would have undoubtably re-purchased a Pedulla MVP Buzz bass (about the sickest fretless bass ever made).
        I had no idea who Tony Franklin was when I bought this, but I knew I wanted a quality fretless with an ebony fretboard, no fret lines, and classic-to-professional workmanship.
        Before buyin this one I also looked at and played a Godin fretless (very nice), and had just traded in a Carvin LB-50 fretless (not what I needed it to be).

        Between the Carvin, the Godin, and this Fender Custom shop fretless,..the Fender was easily the better purchase, the better bass,..and the sweetest looking. As mentioned in reviews above, it is neck heavy,..but thats easily solved by shortening you strap (just get used to playing it higher on your body than you other bass,..its gonna be different than your main axe and you should expect that of any bass,..they are all different).

        The case it came with is exceptional for a stock case,..and the sunburst finish is just outstanding! I put a set of medium gauge DR Sunbeams on this, and it sounds epic. Sure, the nickel strings make minute marks on the finger board, but so what,..they leave no serious impact thats detrimental,...(and if you actually wear into the neck that badly then you're playing like a monster and its time to have your bass worked on,..consider that a badge of honor :-)

        Its the sweetest fretless for the money. The next step up is a boutique custom fretless. If you can't spend more than 2K on a fretless,..get this one. If you can afford more,..def go with a Pedulla Buzz Bass,..(Bar-none the finest fretless ever made,..but this Fender Custom is an excellent, even supreme, second choice to that).

        (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not bad

        By RG-OPQ2E

        from PA

        Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

        Very heavy neck dives all the time. Center of gravity is located on the neck beyond the area of the body. Ebony still shows wear from round wounds fairly quickly. Probably the best you can do, however. Flats might be cool on it and the range of tones is nice. Good overall workmanship for Fender but the value drops with the neck. This is, unfortunately, the only unlined Fender bass currently in production. I may have to make my own from parts to get it right.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply Amazing.

        By JWW-Ycu-o

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

        I've been playing semi-pro for over 30 years, and my go-to basses have been Rickenbackers, but the stable holds some Fender and Gibson instruments, as well. Never been a big fretless player, but picked this up on a whim and it is my new workhorse. Honestly, the best-sounding bass I've ever played. The craftsmanship is Fender Custom Shop caliber, and the range of tones this beauty produces covers anything I might want to play, from rock to jazz to pit orchestras for musical theater. I picked up my Rick the other day and it felt like playing with Duplos after having experienced Legos. I honestly can't imagine myself using any other bass ever again. I love it THAT much.

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Fretless For Rock Players

        By BassHowLowCanUgo

        from Derde rots van de Zon

        Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

        This is my first fretless I have the black on black just like Tony's orginal. I am a Rock/Pop/Reggae player and I'm partial to P-basses. The ebony board is essential for rock playing because you can use roundwound strings and dig in really deep. It has all the growl and dirt of any fretted P but man or man does it grind hard.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet Fretless

        By RevGreg

        from Four Corners New Mexico

        Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

        A very playable fretless bass with classic Fender tone. Switch it to the bridge Jazz pickup & plug the bass into a Cry Baby wah & see what happens. Play it with both pickups & it is full & bright. Play it on the neck pickup & you have the classic P-Bass tone. This thing is smooth & has a lot of punch. I LOVE IT!!!

        (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        There's better for cheaper

        By Rev. Jake

        from D.C.

        Comments about Fender Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass:

        The neck on this instrument is not very responsive. The range of tones is unusual, and better than a fretless P-Bass, but not as good my fretless jazz. The drop D works fine, but I doubt I'd use it. Too expensive for what you get.

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