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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by IamGroot, Feb 27, 2020.
I chose the thread wording intentionally.
Acceptable to whom? For certain finicky (lazy) recording engineers, only the real thing will do. (Others may accept any old FSO (Fender Shaped Object)). The Tokai Hard Puncher is a pretty accurate copy, for example.
What is the question? Do you want other basses that also sound like a Fender Precision but aren't a Fender Precision? Do you want basses that don't sound like a Precision but still sound good? Do you want other basses that aren't Precisions but garner the same acceptance and respect from producers and band leaders? Etc...?
I'm going to assume the OP means "sounds like a Fender Precision but is not a Fender Precision."
I recently bought a Yamaha BB734a and when you leave it in passive mode and roll it all the way onto the neck pickup, it does a very credible Fender P impression. Perfect? No. But close. I think this is kind of the point of the Yamaha BB series.
Literally any bass? Or if you want a P but not a fender, then any bass with a P pickup that isn't a fender? There are hundreds of them. If you're looking for meaningful feedback you'll need to give a little more detail about what you're looking for.
There is no acceptable substitute for a Fender Precision. Thread closed.
I've owned several Fender P basses over the past six or seven years and was quite satisfied with them all, but this P bass goes beyond mere satisfaction in every respect.
If I ever see a Gamma Jazz bass at half price...bought my P bass for $500...I'll seriously consider grabbing it.
Why a substitute? Why not the real thing?
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The old 70s Tokai, Ibanez, Greco, etc. Japanese 'lawsuit' P-bass clones are GOOD (often better than their American counterparts, I'm sorry to say) and can often be found for very reasonable prices. A lot of the 80s Ibanez Road Star and Yamaha BB basses are pretty P-bassy, but look and feel a bit different. The G&L LB100, Lakland 44-64, and Music Man Cutlass are all essentially P-basses, but moderately to drastically improved. And of course there are any number of wild-shaped crazy basses that use P-bass electronic schemes.
Too fancy for a P, needs a satin finish and gamba corners, haha!
For me it's my Fender Mustang LE PJ. Better sounding than any P bass I have or ever had and easier to play.
Because OP considers their ideas provocative. Don’t take the bait.
Do i need to say anything?
Single coil selected on this bad boy is pretty convincing.
A different Fender Precision.