Classic 50s Precision vs. Road Worn 50s Precision

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  1. BassAgent

    BassAgent

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    I'm thinking of getting a P-bass again. I love the feel of the Road Worn Precision, but I was wondering if the $400 difference between that bass and the "ordinary" 50's Precision or even the $150 difference with the lacquer version is actually worth it. What do you guys think?
  2. johnbegone

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    I've played a few of the road worn's and they do feel great. That said, my main bass is the standard 50's classic and I love it. The finish on the neck is a little bothersome on a really hot stage when I'm sweating a lot, but it doesn't bother me all that often. I really dig the huge neck. I did replace the pickups in mine with Lindy Fralin's and it got a little deeper, but the stock pickups were great. By far the best MIM bass Fender has ever made and it's a steal of a deal. I prefer it to the American Standards.
  3. Session1969

    Session1969 Gold Supporting Member

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    Buy a Roadworn that's used.
  4. TN WOODMAN

    TN WOODMAN

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    Hard to beat a Classic 50 s. I love mine .
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  6. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Low end Lover since '78 Supporting Member

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    Do these 2 basses have the same neck specs?
  7. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    The RW P is a bigger neck than the RW jazz. I think the non RW 1950s P neck is the same profile as the RW, but the finish is different. I don't know about the frets.
  8. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Low end Lover since '78 Supporting Member

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    Thanks. I have 2 RW Jazz basses and I know that is different than the P. Just wondering about the Classic 50's P vs the Road Worn P. I would think the nut width is the same but how about front to back thickness?
  9. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    The ones I have picked up have a very similar profile in all ways - width, depth, curvature, etc. I bought a RW because I didn't like the way the poly felt. Otherwise, I liked the regular one very much. I don't remember what the frets were like, so that's something to check.
  10. Floridabwoy

    Floridabwoy Supporting Member

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    the specs on the RW P and RI P are the same... I have the RI P and love it.
  11. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Low end Lover since '78 Supporting Member

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    Great thanks for the info fellas.
    I am not a big fan of shiny poly or sticky nitro necks. My Road Worn Jazz basses feel pretty good. I also dig the neck finish on a new American Standard Precision I just picked up.
  12. TN WOODMAN

    TN WOODMAN

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    The Classic 50s has vintage size fretwire and a. 7.25" radius .

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