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Acceptable substitutes for a Fender Precision.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by IamGroot, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. I chose the thread wording intentionally.
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    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.
  3. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    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...?
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  4. SunByrne

    SunByrne Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    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.
  5. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    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.
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    for preciseness?
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  8. There is no acceptable substitute for a Fender Precision. Thread closed.:laugh:
  9. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    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.
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  10. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Why a substitute? Why not the real thing?
  11. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    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.
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  12. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    Too fancy for a P, needs a satin finish and gamba corners, haha!
  13. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    For me it's my Fender Mustang LE PJ. Better sounding than any P bass I have or ever had and easier to play.
  14. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Because OP considers their ideas provocative. Don’t take the bait.
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    Do i need to say anything?
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  16. Hard puncher! :D
  17. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Single coil selected on this bad boy is pretty convincing.
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  18. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    A different Fender Precision.

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