If you had $1000-1200 to spend on a P bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by squeally dan, Nov 23, 2022 at 8:46 AM.

  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    I’m in the process of selling a J bass to get a nicer P. I should end up with around $1000-1200 to spend. I will most definitely buy used. What are my best bets?

    I currently have an old Dirnt Mexican P which sounds great but is very heavy and the neck feels even chunkier than other Ps I’ve tried.
  2. skycruiser

    skycruiser Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2019
    Squier 40th Anniversary Vintage P.
  3. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Used parts.
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  4. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    You should be able to find a used Am Standard, Pro, or Pro II in that range.
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  5. Mike Vee

    Mike Vee

    Oct 8, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I've owned them all. Player, Performer, Standard, Professional, American Vintage, American Original.

    My favorite, at any price range (except custom shop and vintage) would be the American Special. Best neck of any P bass (smaller, closer to a Jazz), simple features, somewhat vintage style aesthetic. It falls within your price range, too. I like it better than the Standard and Pro for many reasons. I actually have 2 right now but am looking to sell the white/maple one.


    I had a black maple and a white rosewood and I switched the necks. I like the black slightly better so I am keeping that one just because it came out a little bit lighter (white is still not bad @ 8lbs 12.4 oz) and I prefer rosewood.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2022 at 9:00 AM
  6. If I personally had to buy a 4-string P-only (no PJ) with that budget I would find a used Lakland Skyline. Unless you are limiting yourself to only Fenders.
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  7. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    Thank you for this. This sounds right up my alley.
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  8. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    I love the AM Pro II. Go with that.
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  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Just go look for an American made Precision and find one you like. If you're gigging it, resale won't matter and, USA models are always most sought after/valued.
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  10. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    i would go to as many stores as I could and play every brand of every FSO "precision" I could get my hands on. For something so simple, they can really vary in every aspect. great value for the old american standard precision basses from the late 90's, early 00's. colors are boring, but you can get them pretty inexpensive.
  11. Al Rivera

    Al Rivera

    Mar 20, 2021
    I would look for a 2010-2015 American precision and spring for some nice pickups.
  12. Erik herman

    Erik herman Gold Supporting Member

    I’d recommend this, especially since they’ve been on sale recently. I put a Model P in it and it sounds great, the stock pickup is also equally good. MIM Fender Player in “Limited” Ocean Turquoise!
  13. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    Even over a used USA Fender? Always been interested in Lakland but never played one. Would think a used USA Fender would be the pick over the budget line Lakland.
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  14. wncBass

    wncBass Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2015
    North Carolina
    This American Standard was just under your price point and came with a nice case.

  15. ShawnG

    ShawnG Gold Supporting Member

    May 2, 2020
    Ft Worth, TX
  16. RGerhart

    RGerhart Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2021
    Portland, OR
    I'd try to find an older model CIJ P bass, or get a used Lakland 44-64.
  17. Headless horse

    Headless horse

    Nov 4, 2022
    I would sell p and buy j.
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  18. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
  19. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Used American Standard
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  20. i would build a warmoth!