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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kombo, Jan 12, 2017.
Saw this video pop up and thought it was cool, hope you guys enjoy it too.
Cool vid, helps fill in the gaps on my limited knowledge.
Nice video.Thanks for posting...
Enjoyed that thank you
Nice video. Appears I haven't evolved.
I want one of each.
It is kind of funny. He names a lot of "important changes" in the evolution of the P bass. In reality, once the P bass got contours, individual saddles, and the split pickup, it essentially hasn't changed at all.
And in my admittedly inexperienced opinion, it doesn't need to . I tend to like a lot of the incremental changes, myself. I have an Am Pro on the way, went that route largely because of the comments I have read on the 63C neck shape, and because people either love the narrow tall frets, or didn't notice them, so it is unlikely to be a negative. I am cool with changes to what is considered the norm, I bought a 2013 MIA Tele, and a ton of people complained about the addition of a body contour, and the 6 individual saddles vs the vintage correct 3 saddle assembly used prior. I'll take comfort and better intonation over nostalgia in that case.
I really wish the Pro was just a new Am Standard in name, but I'll live.
American Standard will return. If I remember what Fender's website says about the new Professional name, they dismiss the face that this is the second time the American Standard line has been discontinued. Their American Professional announcement overlooks the American series from the 2000's.
I usually love CME's bass videos but they skipped over several notable Precisions including:
The '70s fretless precision
The 1980-1983 Precision Special
Precision Elite I, Elite II
The early '90s models nicknamed "cowpoke" and "boner". Can't remember the production names ATM.
Although not a Precision in name, but the '80s MIJ Jazz Bass Special is still a precision and deserves a place among other great P-bass designs. Duff is responsible for turning a lot of people onto Fender because of that bass.
If you notice a lot of these YouTube channels are doing "history of the P bass" type of videos since the launch of the Am Pro line. I don't think any of em are meant to give a real exhaustive overview of "P bass evolution" just a marketing tool to highlight Fender's newest rebranding. Despite this, I still enjoy the crap out of seeing vintage gear on these vids and at least it's not Mark Agnisi from Normans rare guitars
"welcome to the backroom of NRG, here is my leather jacket with zippers, and a nice pristine nitrocellulose finish we're about the introduce to eachother".
The last piece he played on the Am Std was a nice transcription of a 90's pop song. Special uber bonus points to anyone else who recognized the tune.
He said the 70s P pickup was wound hotter for the music of the time. How do modern Fender P pickups compare?
Another question: When did Sting start playing the P with the regular single coil in it?
Which begs the question: Is there a resource ANYWHERE that details all the different variations of the Fender P bass, with the production years and what made them different?
According to this video, an interview with his bass tech, he orginally "hired" the bass for the video shoot for the remake of "Demolition Man" which coincided with the release of a movie of the same name with Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. That was released in 1993. He apparently dug it so much he bought it and has not played much of anything else since.
The wikipedia page is not too bad...it links to dedicated wiki pages for some of the significant variants.
Edit: still many gaps and oversights here though.
Fender Precision Bass - Wikipedia
Most of those qualify as "offshoots" to the main line of MIA P basses. The video was fine for what it was, but it omitted some steps in the line it claimed to explain. The P had an S1 switch when it was the American series, didn't it? Was that in the video?
I totally forgot about the S1! which was the "big" thing on Fenders when I started playing bass.