For players who find themselves alternating between a variety musical styles at a moment’s notice, the Deluxe Precision Bass Special is the perfect companion on stage and in the studio. Designed for powerful, flexible tone with smooth playing feel, this robust and rich-sounding bass combines the best features of Fender’s classic basses to create a ... Click To Read More About This Product
For players who find themselves alternating between a variety musical styles at a moment’s notice, the Deluxe Precision Bass Special is the perfect companion on stage and in the studio. Designed for powerful, flexible tone with smooth playing feel, this robust and rich-sounding bass combines the best features of Fender’s classic basses to create a “hybrid” model with sleek, authentic Fender style but is packed with new tones.
There’s a wealth of useful tones hiding inside this bass’ pickups and electronics. Powered by a punchy vintage-style split-coil Precision Bass pickup in the middle position and a growling Vintage Noiseless Jazz Bass bridge pickup, this bass rises to any occasion. The robust control scheme includes a three-band active EQ with treble, mid and bass controls—each with boost and cut to accurately shape your tone—along with a pan pot for precision blending of the pickups’ potent sound. The active/passive switch makes it easy to access both vintage-styled and modern voices, further extending this instrument’s sonic flexibility. The Fender HiMass bridge improves every note’s sustain and resonance, while enhancing the attack for lively tone that lets your sonic personality shine through. The “C”-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles and hosts a 1.5” synthetic bone nut and fast-playing 12”-radius fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets.
The alder body bears a durable gloss polyester finish that looks great under the spotlight while being tough enough to shrug off the abuse of gigging and traveling. Classic Precision Bass appointments include knurled flat-top control knobs, nickel/chrome hardware, black pickup covers, pearloid dot inlays and a 3-ply B/W/B pickguard. A pure tone machine with classic Fender sound and style, the Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special is a true performer, equally at home on stage and in the studio. Includes deluxe gig bag.
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Comments about Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special Pau Ferro Fingerboard:
Former pro bassist, now relegated to "glorified hobby" status-
Ordered this axe sight unseen, since GC does not carry a large selection of basses ( shame!). Since I prefer a Precision body, a Jazz neck and active electronics, I thought I would try this one. Mission accomplished! Fit and finish are very nice. The tuners are not butter smooth, but maybe it just needs to break-in the new edges off the gears. Time will tell.This bass came with the typical Fender high string action, which the GC tech lowered and intonated at no cost. Most of my career I have played slim fast-necked basses ( Ibanez RB800 was my go-to for years). The Jazz bass neck on this axe is not "fast" in the same sense as an Ibanez SR or a Schecter, but it still feels good and is not a chore to navigate even with my "small for a bassist" hands.
The pickups and controls introduce their qualities, or lack thereof, right away: The Neck P pickup is solid and present, while the bridge J pickup is very weak. Same goes with the electronics. If you choose to play in "passive mode" be ready to turn your amp up a notch or two. The only real acceptable option for me on this instrument in present form is to crank the neck pickup wide open in active mode. I have no issue with that as a rock player who prefers the P sound. The tone is nice and is what I hoped for. It is pretty light for a Fender, noticeably lighter than my Jazz Active. The pau ferro fretboard feels and plays like rosewood. It is a few shades lighter and is quite attractive. If there is a downside to the pau ferro, it is that there is less contrast with the fret markers, but that's just nitpicking.
Overall, I like it and will use it as my primary instrument. I would give it 5 stars with a hotter bridge pickup.
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