A short while back I purchased a Fender Big Block Precision from a local shop that was blowing it out for a pretty crazy price. Since I'm going to be traveling out of the country for a while and did not want to bring any of my other basses with me, I figured what the hell and bought the Big Block. At the store, I was impressed by the weight, aesthetic, and most importantly, the sound. It does not sound like a Precision, Jazz, Music Man, or any other bass for that matter. The double Jazz bass humbucking pickup is located fairly close to a larger-than-standard bridge, and the controls are volume and stacked treble/bass with a mini-toggle coil selector. At the store, the coil switch was quite usable and pretty much changed the tone from bright, to dark. After bringing the bass home, it was only then that I noticed that the bass was susceptible to noise. To say that it hums would be an understatement. Checking the control cavity, it was painted over with shielding paint, but the grounding was poorly done. Since I do not have the tools for the job and am traveling shortly, I will just have to deal with the humming until I can arrange a proper solution. For the time being however, the first mini-toggle position (towards the neck) produces an intolerable amount of humming. Back towards the bridge however, it is far more usable. The treble and bass controls on the instrument are quite interesting, with the bass boost providing a ton of low-end without muffling the tone. It is very usable for the price and quality of the instrument, which surprised me. The treble however, coupled with the hum, produces too much hiss when turned more than a quarter. After proper shielding, I'm sure I would be inclined to dial in more highs. Through my amp and cabinet, the Big Block sounds huge this bass really has a pronounced low-end. Again, it does not sound like any other bass, which may have turned off many folks and ultimately contributed to the Big Block's discontinuation, but the tone for me is great for finger and pick playing. IMO this is not the most slapper friendly of basses. While it is possible to dial in a usable slap tone, IMO it just cannot stand up to the familiarity and cutting power of the P/J/MM tones. For reference, I have included three audio files. These were recorded through Audacity with no effects added. The strings are a brand-new set of Sadowsky Black Label light gauge nickles. The hum was quite audible during the recording process, but the general tone is there. Because of the degree of hum, I did not record the bass in the first mini-toggle position. Links to audio clips - Finger-style Pick Slap I will add pics a bit later, but if you've seen any pictures of the Big Block, you know that it's a very simple looking instrument. The finish is a glossy black with a matching headstock, rosewood board with pearl blocks, '51 P style control plate, and a convertible bridge. The bridge allows for thru-body stringing, but oddly enough, the bass was not routed for that. In any event, I find the look appealing, which is always nice. Overall, apart from the hum, I actually like the Big Block Precision because it cops a tone that my other basses can't. While I'll miss my other basses dearly while I travel, I'm sure that the Big Block will serve me well. I hope this thread helps out someone who may want info on this relatively obscure Fender. Anyone else own or play one of these?