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Gbass75 02-23-2014 03:09 PM

'51 vs. '54 P-Bass bodies?
 
Can some of the Fender Precision Gurus enlighten me in the differences between these two body types?

Thank you!

Caca de Kick 02-23-2014 03:24 PM

51 is a flat slab, meaning no arm and belly contours, and the edge is a little sharper.
54 got the contours, and the edge is rounded down more.

vin*tone 02-23-2014 03:28 PM

The 51 is for real men with large cojones. The 54, not so much.

TomB 02-23-2014 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by vin*tone (Post 15562037)
The 51 is for real men with large cojones. The 54, not so much.

The 51 is for men who enjoy swollen, red spots on their forearms after 2 sets. The 54, not so much.

BassHappy 02-23-2014 05:10 PM

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M.R. Ogle 02-23-2014 06:03 PM

I always thought the 1954-1956 Precisions were the most interesting, being the "transitional" models between the early slab bodied, single-coil models and the contoured body, split-coil "modern" version Precision.

Of course, I may be prejudiced because I'm a 1956 model myself.

Gbass75 02-23-2014 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by BassHappy (Post 15562390)
51



54



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Man... I like the look of that '51... but, the lack of contours does sound like it could become somewhat uncomfortable.

What do you '51 players think? (I suppose that's kind of a dumb question; seeing as how you've chosen to play them)...

ASATMAN 02-24-2014 04:45 AM

Worn low, like a man, the lack of contours on the slab bodies is a non issue.

vin*tone 02-24-2014 04:54 AM

I used to have a 51RI and I hardly noticed it.

The Duesenberg bass in my avatar is a semi with no contours either - it's still really comfortable.

Stealth Fighter 02-24-2014 05:08 AM

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Originally Posted by ASATMAN (Post 15563983)
Worn low, like a man, the lack of contours on the slab bodies is a non issue.

Got it.

mongo2 02-24-2014 05:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Gbass75 (Post 15562705)
Man... I like the look of that '51... but, the lack of contours does sound like it could become somewhat uncomfortable.

What do you '51 players think? (I suppose that's kind of a dumb question; seeing as how you've chosen to play them)...

It's a question of playing style. Most of the time, I pluck up by the neck so my right forearm rests very comfortably on the side of a slab style body, more so than with a contoured body. I don't notice any discomfort from not having a "belly" contour.

TomB 02-24-2014 05:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gbass75 (Post 15562705)
Man... I like the look of that '51... but, the lack of contours does sound like it could become somewhat uncomfortable.

What do you '51 players think? (I suppose that's kind of a dumb question; seeing as how you've chosen to play them)...

Seriously, comfort with a slab body depends on your picking hand technique. For me arm relief is essential for long shows. I tend to wear the finish off the top edge of my basses, and on a slab or hollow body, my forearm gives out before the edge does. But if you're accustomed to playing hollow-bodies or acoustics or if your arm doesn't rest on the top edge (like for most pick players), you should be fine with a slab.

jnewmark 02-24-2014 06:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gbass75 (Post 15562705)
Man... I like the look of that '51... but, the lack of contours does sound like it could become somewhat uncomfortable.

What do you '51 players think? (I suppose that's kind of a dumb question; seeing as how you've chosen to play them)...

Don't play a '51, but for many years I played a Tele Bass that was a slab, with a big Humbucker. Did'nt notice any discomfort, but a contoured body, like my Jazz, just seems to fit me better.

SturmUndDrang 02-24-2014 06:35 AM

If Dusty Hill were here, he'd say go for the 51'!

mongo2 02-24-2014 06:43 AM

A '51 body has a '54 body hiding inside of it...just a thought.

rootsnfifths 02-24-2014 06:43 AM

Well feeling a bit wimpy here but my '51 hurts a bit. My forearm mostly at live gigs. IF I practice sitting down, my rib cage gets sore at times.

Not really a big issue though. Just have to think about it and adjust. I am not giving up the '51!

midichlorine 02-24-2014 06:47 AM

my real deal 56


my copy

yodedude2 02-24-2014 06:58 AM

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Originally Posted by rootsnfifths (Post 15564231)
Well feeling a bit wimpy here but my '51 hurts a bit. My forearm mostly at live gigs. IF I practice sitting down, my rib cage gets sore at times.

Not really a big issue though. Just have to think about it and adjust. I am not giving up the '51!

i have a g&l sb1 with a slab body and it is a comfortable player for my right arm. otoh, i had a ric 4001 and it gouged my forearm. the 4001 had a straight-edge bound top. might be best to try one out.

Gbass75 02-24-2014 07:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mongo2 (Post 15564026)
It's a question of playing style. Most of the time, I pluck up by the neck so my right forearm rests very comfortably on the side of a slab style body, more so than with a contoured body. I don't notice any discomfort from not having a "belly" contour.


I can't really see how the belly contour makes much of a difference.

As for the forearm... you can see in my avatar about where I wear my instruments... So, what would you guess? ...do you think I'm going to run into much discomfort?

Gbass75 02-24-2014 07:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB (Post 15564094)
Seriously, comfort with a slab body depends on your picking hand technique. For me arm relief is essential for long shows. I tend to wear the finish off the top edge of my basses, and on a slab or hollow body, my forearm gives out before the edge does. But if you're accustomed to playing hollow-bodies or acoustics or if your arm doesn't rest on the top edge (like for most pick players), you should be fine with a slab.


About where do you wear your bass?


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