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Bass w/sound comparable to Fender P-Special Walnut

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by drcysto, Aug 26, 2020.


  1. drcysto

    drcysto

    Aug 26, 2020
    Hi everybody,
    I've been having a really good time with my husband's 1986 Fender Precision Special (Walnut), and the sound is awesome. Problem - if I play longer, my neck/shoulder starts to hurt.. it must weigh close to 15 lbs.
    Can anyone recommend a lighter bass that would have a similar sound?
    Thank you for any input!
    p.s. sorry, we're not selling ;)
     
  2. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    what kind of neck profile is preferred? must it be a Fender?
     
  3. drcysto

    drcysto

    Aug 26, 2020
    Fender neck would be best (D-shaped rather than C) -
    what were you thinking of?
     
  4. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
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  5. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    A precision bass? Any other one will sound just like it.
     
  6. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    the venerable LB11 P bass is my typical suggestion for a good, light, basic P with a nice medium neck, at a rock bottom bargain price, but sounds like you prefer a meatier profile. LB11 P bass - بحث Google
     
  7. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    P bass
     
  8. elgranluis

    elgranluis

    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    I have the same bass , and nothing sounds like it , really. Also , the neck shape is based on the 1957 precision, there is nothing like that on the market right now.

    also , there is a huge difference between passive and active (the bass is active , with a switch for passive). The active tone is very similar to a stingray , with the passive being basically unique
     
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  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Ouch, they are lovely sounding basses and quite heavy. I finally got one of the 4 1/2" Levy's padded straps for mine. It helps a little.
     
  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Nothing to add to the above. Just wanted to say: welcome to TalkBass! :)
     
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  11. MVE

    MVE

    Aug 8, 2010
    G&L LB100 with empress wood body. Great P bass tone at around 7lbs.

    Plus LB100s are balanced better and more comfortable to access upper frets.
     
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  12. m-j

    m-j

    Feb 26, 2019
    I have a 1981 Fender Precision Special. Purchased in 2005. Electronics would do odd things at times. Had a gig where nasty hum was emitting from it. Punched it and it stopped. But I took that as a sign to get another Fender. The neck is different that the Fender P B Special, but I adapted well. And LOVE the weight, and most of all: AMAZING SELECTION OF BASS TONES!
    Fender Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special - 3-Color Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard
     
  13. drcysto

    drcysto

    Aug 26, 2020
    Thanks!! Not bad on the LB11- you are correct as far as the "meatier" - we call our PS "the beast" lol
     
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  14. drcysto

    drcysto

    Aug 26, 2020
    Thanks m-j -- I love it!! This one will get on to the next round!
     
  15. drcysto

    drcysto

    Aug 26, 2020
    Gracias, el gran Luis - I kind of suspected that (nothing like it). And you are correct, as far as the 'boost' mode.
    I may have to lift some weights and just get used to it ;).. maybe have another lighter base 'on the side' for bad days.
     
  16. drcysto

    drcysto

    Aug 26, 2020
    Thanks !- hubby got me a padded strap and it helped some.. of course it doesn't take away the weight ...
     
  17. drcysto

    drcysto

    Aug 26, 2020
    Definitely would prefer a D rather than C shape.. what were you thinking of?
     
  18. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    You must be wrong. They were made in 1982 only and I had one, the whole bass was made of walnut and it had an active/passive switch on the control plate. No walnut special Ps back in '86. I'm talking about the american made walnut bass specialls.
     
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  19. elgranluis

    elgranluis

    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    he’s talking about the same bass. I own one with a 1984 serial number.
     
  20. Is it only a matter of the weight? Or is the reach perhaps too far? If it's both, then perhaps a 30" short scale would be more comfortable. They're all I play.
     
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