NBD: the P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kennoath, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Kennoath

    Kennoath Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    (Replacing my (stolen) Yamaha BB1024x, I wasn't able to find a straight replacement in Aus so I got to thinking, what I really liked about the yammy was the legit p-bass tone. I like the versatility of a PJ but i have another PJ and use the p pickup 90% of the time anyway. So I decided to aim for the p-sound that I love and get something that would feel and play really nice, pref with a maple board.)

    Decision: American Standard Precision.

    Okay it's sort of a boring choice with all the stuff that's available these days. But damn. I love this bass.

    The build quality looks perfect. Compared to the mid-range Yamaha, everything is just tighter and more exact. And the P is lighter.

    The bridge is nice and through-body, I like.

    The neck's 'rolled' edge with smoothed-off fret ends feels great in your hand and makes it feel a bit like a vintage instrument. At first i thought the neck finish was a bit too glossy and sticky, and considered giving it a light sanding, but tried it out first: After a 4-hour jam in a smoking-hot room i'm sure i dont need to touch it.

    Out of the box the action is perfect.

    The Fender custom shop pickup sounds exactly like it should: big thump, smooth growl. (I don't know how "custom shop" can describe parts for a mass-produced bass, but anyway it's good.) In a loud jam with 3 guitars it was easy to cut through and it sounded fantastic.

    To top it off, the hard case is really nice and it came with a cable.

    Immediately added an allparts tort guard and a decent DSL leather strap.

    Pbass glamour shots below.

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  2. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    A real beauty! Congrats man. lPcodIX.gif The Best of playing it.
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  3. davedblyoo

    davedblyoo "All the mayhem and none of the sticky mess."

    Nov 15, 2012
    Augusta, GA
    Very, very nice. Hard to beat a nice Precision. That one is beautiful.
  4. Gorgeous bass. Congratulations. Enjoy!
  5. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    MIA Ps with tort PGs rule !

    Oi Oi Oi
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  6. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    Doesn't look boring to me, nice bass!
  7. imdkoz


    Nov 16, 2006
    Love the black and maple!
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  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Now that's a pretty bass congrats.
  9. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Nice!! The more I play other basses, the more I appreciate a great P!!!

  10. Skasteadyb


    Aug 24, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Very pretty. Very sexy.
  11. osonu

    osonu Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Las Vegas
    Yep, maple/black/tort definitely works! Great looking bass
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  12. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    A classic combo for sure, congrats!
  13. Congrats and enjoy, that's a beautiful bass and I bet it sounds amazing. My American Standard Precision is my favourite instrument, they are fantastic in my opinion.
  14. Welcome to the American P-Bass club! It is beautiful.
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  15. Love the DSL strap too... gotta love good Aussie cowhide! I have 3 of them and there's a 4th on the way. If they're good enough for Lemmy Kilmister, they're good enough for me!
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  16. bassrich


    Nov 20, 2011
    Sarasota, FL
    veery nice
  17. I couldn't agree with you more. I've got a Yamaha BB2024X and a Fender American P-bass. While the Yamaha has a great tone, the Fender also has a great tone (just different than the Yamaha) and it's a lot lighter than the Yamaha so it gets gigged quite a bit. Congrats on snagging a great instrument.
  18. Dragan


    Oct 5, 2009
    I would keep black pickguard or even white, tort looks much better on any colour but the black IMO. But yes, that is nice bass...ofcourse ;)
  19. Midak


    Sep 4, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    Congrats on that beautiful P! :)
    Nice photos, too. :thumbsup:
  20. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Looks great!