1000$ p-bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tenvh, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Tenvh


    Sep 8, 2018
    Heya. I am going to get myself a p-bass for <1000$.
    Prefereably a true fender one. I know im paying for the brand as well, but I dont mind that.
    Perhaps a sire pj would be the best choice, but I want a regular p-bass pickup style.

    There are so many names, types and when they're made and all that. Also the japan/usa/mexico stuff. Is that just what one prefers?

    Is used the way to go?
    What about the fender player for instance?

    Upgrading my amp aswell. Getting a rumble 500. Any comments on that?
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  2. See if you can get a nice secondhand American Standard 2012-2016, or its replacement the American Pro.
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  3. the_home


    Jul 14, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Buying used will guarantee you get more bank for your buck (used, not vintage).

    You have to determine how much wear and/or alteration you're willing to accept. Sometimes the alterations are for the personal preference of the former owner, and do not make the instrument intrinsically 'better'. Though sometimes alterations can be overall improvement to the instrument, and the pricing might reflect that 'upgrade'.
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  4. James Willie

    James Willie Serious Business

    Jul 29, 2016
    Lake Texoma
    Recipe for building your own P Bass:
    • 1. Buy a good used P Bass body. $200
    • 2. New fender P neck. $400
    • 3. Quality Pickups $200
    • 4. New Bridge $100
    • 5. Misc. Parts $100
    • 6. Buy 100% Fender made parts
    $1000 dollars total.
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  5. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I'd be curious to stack my $100 Samick Silvertone P up against whatever you're gonna spend 1K on
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  6. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    You don't need a fancy bass to have all the benefits of a Fender Precision.

    Get a good player (as Shawn says, the Standard or Player models would be my choice as well), have it set up, put on a good set of flatwound strings and you're ready.
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  7. Robert Darby

    Robert Darby

    Mar 23, 2018
    I got a nice solid one on reverb now. You may be able to find an American cheaper this one is pretty nice though.
    Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass Black 2011
    I would buy used though let the first owner take the resale hit. You can find the Mim fenders all day long for under 500 and they are pretty good. Good luck with your search.
  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    curious: what accounts for your decision to get a "p-bass?" thanks.
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  9. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Theres a zillion MIM vs MIJ vs MIA threads... IMO it does come down to preference. I for one am perfectly content with squier or MIM. I love the player basses.

    Focus on the neck. If you like that, everything else can be changed. Just get out there and try as many as you can.

    Fender rumble 500 is excellent, I'm saving up for one myself.

    Good luck.
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  10. JZQuantum


    Oct 12, 2008
    I recently built a Warmoth P bass for about 1100. Frailins overwound to my personal specs, Obsidian harness, roasted neck and roasted body, Hipshot lightweight tuners, Fender vintage bridge and knobs, custom designed dry transfer logos for front and back of the headstock, shielded cavities and it sounds amazing.
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  11. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    Fender player series Precision bass. Great simple workhorse if a bass and it's a couple hundred under a grand. Get a nice case for it. Pocket the rest.
  12. kbraker510

    kbraker510 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    The classified section here is a great start.
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  13. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    This isn't really a "60th Anniversary Precision Bass." Fender made a special model that year with that title:

    Gear Watch: Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass

    I think there's been a lot of confusion about this, caused by the fact that all Precision basses built that year carried a special "60th Anniversary" neck plate. The bass you are advertising might well be a totally awesome bass, but it is not the special "60th anniversary" edition; it's just an American P-bass that happened to be built in 2011. There's a mega-thread about the special anniversary model here:

    Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass
  14. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    I’d buy used.

    You couldn’t pay me to ever use a Fender amp ever again.
  15. Robert Darby

    Robert Darby

    Mar 23, 2018
    thanks for letting me know I guess I should have looked a little closer. I try and be so accurate in my listings I am surprised I missed that. I think when I bought it the bass was listed that way. Either way nice catch. I just updated the listing.
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  16. James Willie

    James Willie Serious Business

    Jul 29, 2016
    Lake Texoma
    I just like to build my own stuff. The journey taught me so much.
    You should post a picture. Thanks
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  17. JZQuantum


    Oct 12, 2008
    Here it is. Thanks.

    20190318_123353.jpg 20190318_123314.jpg
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  18. James Willie

    James Willie Serious Business

    Jul 29, 2016
    Lake Texoma
    Metaphysically, a bass guitar that special, as yours, deserves a name.
    My newest bass is named Chopper; After a headless motorcycle guy.
    Just my opinion, yours looks like Sophie Turner.

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  19. EmuBass


    Jan 24, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    Pleeeeeeaaaase!!! Let go of that Fenderism. Stupid and boring. Try to find a good vintage Japanese P-Bass from the 80ies. That will be $ 600 to $ 800. Danny M. Stewart.

    Fernandes, Greco, Tokai, Aria, ... u name it.
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  20. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Many people say used is the way to go, but there's nothing like having a brand new bass, yours and yours alone, and for a little less than $1,000 you can buy a new MIJ Midnight P bass
    I'm not a Fender guy but when I saw one of these hanging up at Russo Music and tried it out, I have to say I was really impressed. Sounded better than all the other P basses in the store and definitely looked better.
    I think you'll do good with the Rumble 500.
    I played this through a Rumble 40 and the tone was just what you'd expect from a P bass, and then some.
    The Fender FSR Limited Edition 70s Precision Bass was also very nice. I saw this a few months earlier and actually considered buying it after trying it out...the grain pattern on the one in the store was superb...but I didn't put it on hold and it was gone when I went back the following week.
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