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NBD: 2011 American Standard Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by derridiandrift, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. I picked up a (barely) used 2011 American Standard Precision a few weeks back. I switched the pickup to a Fralin I had laying around, strung it up with Chromes, fine tuned the setup to my liking. I needed a workhorse since selling the 1978 P, and after doing only five gigs with this one, I think it's a keeper.

  2. Congrats! That's a sharp bass indeed!
  3. pedulla-2007


    Sep 2, 2008
    In all the years that I've played, I cannot truthfully say that my set up skills are adequate enough to play my basses professionally. I would faint at the thought of a stripped truss rod, and the cost and down time associated with a foolish mistake by me. Curious as to who taught you, or are you self-taught, which does not say much for me, heehee! Hats off to you brother, and the money you have saved yourself. You are much more daring and smarter than me! She looks like a keeper to me also!
  4. hailet


    Sep 16, 2012
    Mount Prospect,IL
    I have the 2008 version of your bass. It's a great sounding and playing bass. I'm sure you're going to be very happy together.
  5. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Can I ask a question? Did you not like the way the stock pickup sounded or you'd already made up your mind to put the Fralin in?

    I ask because I have the same bass, same year, same color with a rosewood neck and I'm very happy with the sound from the stock pickup (so far). I love Fralins, had them in my old AVRI Jazz. What is the Fralin giving you that the stock pickup isn't? Thanks, and congrats, it's a beautiful bass.
  6. I've always tried to fix things on my own... cars, bikes, amps, guitars. There are limits to what I can or am willing to do. But I've lived many years with very little money, so out of necessity I've had to learn how to fix things on my own. A long time ago I bought a book and read up on how to do it and what tools to use. Within the last five years, I've had a tech help me sharpen my skills. Still, it takes me way longer to do than someone who does setups professionally.
  7. I have a 1960 Precision that is completely original (I know this because I inherited it from the guy who bought it new in 1960). I bought the 2011 so that I wouldn't have to take the 1960 out every time I wanted to take a P to the gig. When I A/B'ed the stock 2011 against the stock 1960, there was an obvious difference. I had the Fralin on hand, so I switched up.

    The Fralin is very close to the stock 1960 pickup. I would describe the stock 2011 pickup as more refined, polite, and less punchy than the 1960 and the Fralin. If I didn't have the 1960 to compare it to, I would have been happy with the stock pickup in the 2011.
  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Is the jury still out on the 2012 pickups? Still very curious on peoples thoughts on how they compare to.... well, just about any other P pickup. From what another forumite tells me, they are not identical inside or out to the "Original '62 RI" pickups, though the product info alludes to that fact. Either way, gonna snag me a post 2012 in another month or so.
  9. Sleeq


    Feb 13, 2008
    Pickguard to black and you got a keeper :)
  10. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV

    Makes sense! Thanks, now you've given me something to think about. :D
  11. Same here...
  12. Britbonic

    Britbonic Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Not to highhjack the thread but if you are at all comfortable/handy with basic tools (screwdrivers, allen wrenches), have a decent tuner (strobe type preferred) and do a little reading it's really not that hard to setup a bass. Mostly what it takes is practice and learning which adjustments impact which aspects of the bass (intonation, action, playability). The key is small adjustments and repeated measuring/checking of the results. Takes patience but really pays off. It's pretty hard to break anything if you take your time.

    Oh, and great bass. I have a NOS 2008 with a 2011 fender replaced neck. It's my #1 player - works for so many things. I would say stock pickups have a little smoother top and a bit of a bump in low mids. Not a bad thing really just different and not as vintage. For old school P tone 62 originals or Fralins are great. Mine has a set of Dave Allen pickups and I am totally thrilled with them. Covers a lot a PBass ground.
  13. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
  14. ^^^ everything you said there is the truth

    [DEL]I don't like[/DEL] I'm not comfortable doing frets so whenever I need that done on my basses I leave it to a pro. Everything else truly is pretty simple stuff once you figure out the balancing act that's going on.

    There's not a thing wrong with the stock pickups in the 2011. I just wanted it to sound more like my old one.

    I've been considering switching to a black pickguard and maybe adding a bridge cover. My 1978 was ash with maple/maple neck and a black PG. Classic 70s look.
  15. I did a back-to-back on a 2012 American Standard Precision with a 2011 at my local Guitar Center yesterday. I thought the 2012 pickup was "hotter" and a bit less refined than the 2011. I personally prefer the 2008-2011 pickup. YMMV.

  16. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Very nice - congrats...

    - georgestrings
  17. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Congrats on a nice bass. Love my 2010 Precision V.
  18. Britbonic

    Britbonic Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    OK 1 more setup tip.


    You don't need the straightedge (though it would be nice to have) but the under saddle radius gauge and the string action gauge are worth their weight in gold. Only other piece is a feeler gauge which you can at any hardware or auto supply place. For about the cost of one setup at a guitar tech you can buy everything you need.

    I don't do fretwork either (though I'd like to learn) but this tool will save you from buying a bass that needs fretwork or help you figure out why you can't get the setup you want.

  19. Update: Love of a Good P Bass

    Four years later and I'm still loving my 2011 Am St Precision, so I guess it's a keeper at this point. You can see I've switched up the pickguard to black, which I think looks better. It still has the Fralin pickups. I've been back and forth between rounds and chromes. I've always loved the sound of both so I just alternate when it comes time to change 'em up. I've played a ton of gigs on the 2011 P. It's nice and light, so it's easier on my back when I have to play three sets. The only change I'm considering is a Hipshot drop tuner.

    This shot kind of puts the 2011 P into context. When the gig is on a stage big enough to warrant, I'll bring this rig and one of these two basses. If the room is smaller, I take a V4BH and an LDS 15-6-1 cab. I've got other gear, but this has been my go-to setup for four years.

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  20. garciawork


    Mar 7, 2015
    Meridian, ID
    Was alooker 4 years ago, and is still a looker today. I do agree that the black PG looks better!
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