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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jimmyb, Oct 12, 2005.


  1. jimmyb

    jimmyb An Avid Indoorsman Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    Elkton, MD
    How can I tell the difference between a highway Fender p bass and a standard American P?
     
  2. Highway 1 spec:

    Model Name Highway 1™ Precision Bass®
    Model Number 011-1300-(Color #)
    Series Highway 1™ Series
    Colors (300) 3-Color Sunburst,
    (304) Daphne Blue,
    (338) Crimson Red Transparent,
    (367) Honey Blonde,
    (Satin Lacquer Finish)
    Body Alder
    Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape,
    (Satin Polyurethane Finish)
    Fingerboard Rosewood, (9.5” Radius/241 mm)
    No. of Frets 20 Medium Jumbo Frets
    Pickups 1 Standard Vintage Alnico Split Single-Coil Precision Bass Pickup (Mid)
    Controls Volume, Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass).
    Pickup Switching N/A
    Bridge Standard Vintage Style 4-Saddle
    Machine Heads Standard
    Hardware Chrome
    Pickguard 3-Ply White
    Scale Length 34” (864 mm)
    Width at Nut 1.625” (41.3 mm)
    Unique Features Satin Lacquer Finish,
    White Dot Position Inlays
    Strings Super Bass 8250M NPS, p/n 073-8250-006,
    Gauges: .045, .065, .085, .110TW (Taperwound E)


    The "standard" bass is Made in Mexico...(It'll say so on the headstock)...

    However...the "American" bass has these specs

    Model Name American Precision Bass®
    Model Number 019-3260-(Color #) and 019-3262-(Color #)
    Series American Series
    Colors (700)* 3-Color Sunburst, add $50.00,
    (706) Black,
    (722) Sunset Orange Transparent, Ash Body, add $150.00 for Special Wood Requirements,
    (725) Chrome Red,
    (750) Butterscotch Blonde,
    (791) Chrome Silver,
    (Polyurethane Finish)
    Body Alder on:
    (700)* 3-Color Sunburst,
    (706) Black,
    (725) Chrome Red,
    (750) Butterscotch Blonde,
    (791) Chrome Silver,
    Ash on:
    (722)** Sunset Orange Transparent,
    Neck Graphite Reinforced Maple, Modern “C” Shape,
    (Satin Polyurethane Finish)
    Fingerboard Rosewood p/n (019-3260) or Maple p/n (019-3262), (9.5” Radius/241 mm)
    No. of Frets 20 Medium Jumbo Frets
    Pickups 1 American Precision Bass Split Single-Coil Pickup
    Controls Volume (with S-1™ Switch), Tone
    Pickup Switching 2-Position Push/Push S-1 Switch:
    S-1 Switch Up: Pickups in Series,
    S-1 Switch Down: Pickups in Parallel
    Bridge American (Strings-Thru-Body)
    Machine Heads Cast / Open Back
    Hardware Chrome
    Pickguard 3-Ply Parchment On:
    (700)* 3-Color Sunburst,
    (722) Sunset Orange Transparent,
    1-Ply Black On:
    (750) Butterscotch Blonde,
    3-Ply Black/White/Black On:
    (706) Black,
    (725) Chrome Red,
    (791) Chrome Silver
    Scale Length 34” (864 mm)
    Width at Nut 1.625” (41.3 mm)
    Unique Features S-1 Switching,
    Posiflex™ Graphite Neck Support Rods,
    Rounded Body Shape,
    Rolled Fingerboard Edges
    Strings Super Bass 8250M NPS, p/n 073-8250-006,
    Gauges: .045, .065, .085, .110TW (Taperwound E)




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    note that the American Precision now comes with the S-1 switch...a push-switch built into the volume control...

    with nothing else...Model numbers should be a dead giveaway on the basses...
     
  3. doesn't one have a duller finish, and one is nice and glossy, the latter being the American Standard? why the urgency? Do you have one of each in your mitts at a store typing with your foot? ;)
     
  4. jimmyb

    jimmyb An Avid Indoorsman Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    Elkton, MD
    Thanx for the Super Fast detailed reply. I'm sorry. I should have been more specific. There was a bass on the 'bay with 45 mins. to go (pbass) But I couldn't tell from the pics What it was. The year was 03 so no s1 switch, bit with the info you supplied, no string through tells me it's a Highway 1.
    Thank you very much
     
  5. That's just a rule of thumb:

    If it does not have string ferrules, it is not a RECENT American Precision.