Fender Precision Indecision - Which would you choose?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LuvMusic, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. 57 AVRI

    60 vote(s)
  2. 2012 American Standard

    93 vote(s)
  3. 60th Anniversay in Sunburst (GC Special Edition)

    25 vote(s)
  4. Other (Please explain)

    32 vote(s)
  1. LuvMusic


    Aug 18, 2007
    Oak Park, IL
    I am a Fender Precision guy. I own / have owned other brands but more often than not it's a P bass I pick-up to play.

    My two current favorites are a MIM P with a Fralin pup and a CIJ 51 RI. I've never owned a MIA P bass and I think I want to change that.

    In terms of preferences I prefer maple necks/fingerboards and to purchase a new MIA. Been reviewing Fender's 2012 P bass offerings and I've identified three options; a 57 AVRI, 2012 American Standard and 60th Anniversary in burst (the GC special edition).

    Looking for some TB opinions on what you would choose. If you have reasons for your preference, that would be helpful too.

    Thanks for your input, I appreciate it!
  2. magic8161

    magic8161 Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    If your a P-Bass guy then you want to go with a 62 RI . its a bass players bass.
  3. LuvMusic


    Aug 18, 2007
    Oak Park, IL
    Though many will say it doesn't make a difference, I prefer the maple neck on the 57.
  4. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    I don't like the post-'08 American Standards at all and never have.

    The RIs are really expensive for what they are.

    MIA Fender quality has slipped so much (and it's always been up and down) that I think the serious answer is going to be a matter of the individual instrument rather than the specific model.

    I have a number of Precisions, old and new. Objectively the best player is a 2011 Highway One, an excellent bass qua bass. All the subtle stuff just comes together on it.

    Another Highway One made on the same day was the worst MIA Precision I have ever seen in over forty-five years of working on Precisions -- an absolutely atrocious, defective instrument.

    This is what you're up against.

    Good luck! :meh:
  5. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Birmingham AL
    I'll vouch for the newer model American Standards.
    I owned and played an '83 Precision for YEARS.
    It was an amazing instrument, I adored it!
    The neck was a bit chunky, and the weight ruined my posture..
    ...but I digress..
    I just traded here on TB for an '08 Fender Precision, and it's the most amazing feeling P I've played.
    Lighter, faster, thinner, great natural body resonance, great neck..
    Honestly, if I'd have known that the new MIA's were this good, I'd have traded my '83 for one back in 2008.
    You should browse the classifieds and snatch one of these up.
    Save yourself some money and find a great deal on a great instrument.
  6. I'll vote for the 60th. I have one in blonde (thanks to a fellow TBer) and it is the best bass I've played in a very long time. If I could afford a second one in burst, I'd buy it without a second thought.

    The neck on these is amazing. The "Modern C" shape is perfect.
  7. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    IMO the AVRI series is the best production Fender made.
  8. MtManiac

    MtManiac Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    I have the '57 AVRI and have owned a 2008 and a 2010 American Standard Precision. I much prefer the sound of the '57, but prefer the playability of the new American Standards. I just wish my AVRI was black. :) the Transparent white is nice, but there's something about a black on black with maple P bass that just effing rocks.
  9. I would choose Atkinson or John K myself.
  10. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    What is your price range?
  11. LuvMusic


    Aug 18, 2007
    Oak Park, IL
    No more than $1500.00 USD

    Interesting suggestions. I'll check them out. I think Mr. Atkinson may be in the ballpark and I believe JohnK's work is out of my range.
  12. BassBob1


    Dec 21, 2010
    For me it would be between the 57 or the American Standard. I really like the late 07 production year and newer American standard basses. I own a late 07 jazz. The quality is really great. That would be a tough call for me. I like the American Vintage basses but that new jade color for 2012 is sharp. I think the biggest thing to consider is the differences in the necks. The AV will have the 1.75" nut width, 7.5" radius and the nitro on the neck (some say its sticky but none I have played felt that way) and vintage sized fret wire. The AS is 1.65" at the nut and has a 9.5" and has a satin finish and larger fret wire. IMO those are the biggest differences.
  13. LuvMusic


    Aug 18, 2007
    Oak Park, IL
    Thanks, your comment summarizes nicely the conflict I'm feeling between the AS and AVRI.....necks and finishes. :meh:
  14. Yeah, and that's a decision only you can make, I'm afraid. You can't go wrong either way, though, really.
  15. Batmensch


    Jul 4, 2010
    Media, PA.
    I'm liking the new Classic 70's P-bass from Japan.
  16. happyg


    Sep 17, 2011
    At retail prices you are looking at $200 difference between the RI and Am Std. We at talk bass never pay retail. So with that being said......Get your 15% off and pick up the RI. You should be a couple of hundered under your budget. If you are willing to try out a few diffrent ones you can probably find a great Am Standard. I was at my local GC last weekend, and they had a "new"(2010) based on the serial number Am Standard P that was fantastic. If i was ordering on line, I'd go with the RI. They don't seem to be as hit or miss.
  17. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I prefer the Us American standards.
  18. Muziekschuur


    May 25, 2009
    Please try, as a comparison the Steve Harris signature. Tho Steve Harris is the bassplayer for Iron Maiden and his music is Metal. The instrument itself is superb for all styles and a dream.
  19. aaronhutson

    aaronhutson Guest

    Apr 9, 2011
    Tulsa Oklahoma
    I have a 2010 MIA P (The one in my avatar) and it has become my favorite bass ever. It feels so fantastic and sounds gorgeous!

    So my vote is gonna be on the American standard.
  20. MIA P is my vote. I have one and I'm loving it!