American Standard Precision a good choice?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Waster, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Waster


    Nov 24, 2011
    Hey TB,

    I've been searching for an upgrade from my current bass (OLP MM2). After looking at various fancy active/extended range basses, I've realised that what I really want is the good ol' P-bass. My dad reckons that I should wait until I can afford an American Standard, as this will be my long-term main bass (he plays an American Standard Telecaster, so is slightly biased haha).
    What I'm wondering is; Are there any alternatives to the US Standard that I should be considering? I'm thinking of Lakland, Sandberg etc, but am really not sure. Below I'll lay out some requirements for this bass.


    -Precision body shape and pickquard
    -21 or 22 maple neck, standard nut-width etc
    -Four string
    -Available in black or sunburst finish
    -Jazz bridge pick-up is a plus, but doesn't really matter as I can add one later if I so wish

    Basically a normal P-bass, nothing fancy. Thanks!
  2. K73


    Mar 14, 2011
    Northampton, UK
    Maybe check out Warmoth if you think you're up to putting the bass together yourself, although if all you're after is a relatively standard P then I don't think you can really go wrong with an American Standard. Having said that, Lakland offers very nice alternatives in a similar price range. Try to play an AmStd. and any alternative that you're considering before you think about putting any cash down.
  3. boynamedsuse

    boynamedsuse Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    If you think you might want a jazz PU by the bridge, you can also consider American Deluxe Precision.
  4. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Always groove.... Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
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  6. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    You won't be disappointed with an Am Std P. The newer ones (2008 and newer) have a couple of nice added features: higher-mass bridge, lighter-weight tuners, satin finish neck. They are also generally considered to have more consistent build quality. I love mine. But, yeah, you should probably try to locate a Lakland somewhere that you can try out so you have something to compare.
  7. j.kernodle

    j.kernodle Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    if you buy now, a lot of sellers are clearing out the AVRI precisions for less than the American standards. I just got a '62 Olympic White reissue for 1099 brand new.
  8. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    Get the American Standard.

    Then, one day save up and buy a Lakland USA Glaub with the 1.625 or 1.5 nut width. The Skylines are very nice but can be heavy and the necks aren't in the same league with the USA Laklands.

    So, between a Skyline Glaub and a new American Standard P, go for the Fender as a lifetime purchase. This is from someone who owns a Lakland USA Glaub (with the 1.5 neck) an has owned a Skyline Duck Dunn and a 2011 Am Std P. The only reason I got rid of the Fender is that I'm a 1.5 neck guy, not a 1.625 neck guy, but the bass rocked in all other aspects. So if the Am Std P, feels good in your hands, then go for it. Also, you really don't need the J bridge PU and I wouldn't mod an Am Std, but that's just me.
  9. kander


    Feb 3, 2007
    An American Std. P is a great choice. I'd also look at G&L.
  10. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    To be honest, American Standard isn't *that* hot. They have a good chance to come out great but they try hard to keep a quality distance to the AVRI. Namely, the finish on the Am Std feels cheap to me. Many years have string-through body which isn't in the original design (for split pickup Precisions). They have a poly finish although it appears to be reasonably thin. Some years have rosewood board and still a skunk stripe, a strict no-no in my opinion. The pickups are good but could be better.

    So it's a solid buy but they make sure you long for the AVRI.

    I would play a Road Worn also, and the Mexican reissues (called '50s).

    The American Deluxe is overpriced, IMHO.
  11. Waster


    Nov 24, 2011
    Thanks all for your advice! It seems like the American Standard is the way to go, although I'll play what I can.

  12. Guygrooves


    Jan 3, 2012
    Albany NY
    I started with an old stock 70's P bass (wish I kept it) Have been through (this last year after discovering TalkBass)-Lakland Skylines-Stingray-Spector Euro-Warwick Corvette and Thumb (awesome tone-heavy)-P-deluxes-Jazz Deluxes and standards- Recently Picked up a 2003 P with a maple neck for 500$-threw in a set of Dimarzio P pickups for 58$ and I cant put it down! It sounds sicker, slicker and ballsier than Both my 2011 American Deluxe P and Jazz!! Theyre hard to beat my man--hard to beat! You can change em up easy-any way you like for minimal dough..and they become "new" to you! Good luck-happy hunting!
  13. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    They are a great bass, I absolutely love mine.
  14. TomCHunley


    Jun 12, 2011
    Bowling Green, KY
    I practice a lot but still suck.
    My only experience with a Precision style bass is my G&L SB-1, which I absolutely love.
  15. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
  16. I was about to post this! While only the SB-2 is listed on the website, G&L does still sell the SB-1 - and it's a doozy. I think you should check out one of these before you lock yourself in on an MIA Fender. It's Leo's update to his own classic design! And available with a selection of neck shapes if you buy direct...
  17. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    Can't go wrong with an Am. Std. Bass.
  18. adivin

    adivin Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    New Orleans, LA
    How much better is an American Standard than a Standard? I believe you get Custom Shop pick ups I'm the Am.
  19. Muziekschuur


    May 25, 2009
  20. I just got an American Standard Precision Bass 5-string. It's a 2011 model and I LOVE it.
    It's light, the finish is thin and the tone is huge.
    Just used it at my first practice last night & the tone fit perfectly.
    I wasn't taking anyone else's space in the mix and the sound complimented our acoustic very well.
  21. Januszak


    Oct 31, 2012
    While specs can easily look good in writing, it may be worthwhile to go to stores and try out everything you can. Every bass will sound and feel different--even if they're the same make+model.