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Fender Precision differences

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass18, Oct 13, 2001.


  1. Bass18

    Bass18 Guest

    Jul 21, 2001
    Australia
    What is the difference between a new model American series Precision bass and a new model Standard precision bass? Are these basses active or passive?
    Also, are Sterlings and Stingrays active or passive basses?
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I can't answer your Fender questions, but Sterlings and Stingrays are active basses.
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The American Series is a USA made bass (MIA) & the Standard series is a Mexican (MIM) made bass. For the most part, the MIA is made w/better hardware, wood (ash or alder) & electrinics. The wood (poplar) on the MIM's is softer & is supposed to have the same tonal characteristc of alder. For the money, the MIM's are a great bass. If in the future you have some extra cash & or desire, the MIM bass is extremely upgradable. w/a new bridge, set of pickups & tuning machines, you have a bass that is plays & sounds as good or better than a stock MIA. IMO. Since Fender has been around since the begining of time, every parts company makes direct Fender replacement parts.
     
  4. Bass18

    Bass18 Guest

    Jul 21, 2001
    Australia
    Why are they called 'MIM' and 'MIA'?
     
  5. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    MIA = Made in America
    MIM = Made in Mexico

    just little acronyms we like to use in TalkBass.
     
  6. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Oh yeah, and both Fenders are passive and both Musicmans are active.

    The differences between the Standard P Bass and American are as follows: Standard P Bass has plastic strat knobs, American has chrome knobs. Standard is made of poplar, American is made of one piece, solid, non-veneered Alder (or ash if you get natural or white blonde finish) American series has superior electronics and is generally higher quality all around. Also, the American series is made in the USA, while the standard is made in Mexico. As I said above, both Fender basses have passive electronics with one volume knob and one tone knob.
     
  7. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
     
  8. ChronicPyromaniac

    ChronicPyromaniac

    Jan 25, 2001
    Actually, the only active thing on the MMs is the preamp. The pickups are passive. The 2001 MIM P-Basses have chrome knobs, too.

    Sorry if I sounded like a jerk.
     
  9. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Noone mentioned that the American Series bass has graphite neck reinforcement which the Mexican bass does not as well as a bridge that strings through the body.