Newbie looking at the Fender Japan Precision '57 and '62 Re-issues. Opinions?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by on1ne, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. on1ne


    Dec 21, 2004
    Hi all,
    Just joined.
    I'm considering the Japan Reissue '57 and '62 P's. They are not accurate Re-issues like the US models but I hear they are very well made excellent basses. They are offered in Lefty versions which the USA models are not.

    The Japan models are both the same price. If I go by the tone of the samples posted at the US Fender Website for the US 57 RI and 62RI Precisions, I'd pick the 62. But I don't know if those samples correlate with the MIJ versions or what settings were used to make those samples anyway. I like the look of the '57RI and I like the Maple fretboard.
    Anyone have any advice concerning the 2 models from Japan?
    I'd especially like to hear from Japan RI '57 P owners if there are any here. How do you like it? Can you get plenty of deep funk and punch out of a Japan P '57RI?
    Anyone have experience with both the 57 and 62 Japan P's?
  2. I don't have direct experience with the Precisions, but I can say that the Japanese Fenders are really excellent instruments. If you like the look of the '57RI, go for it - you'll be very happy. You can always change the pickups out later for better ones if you so desire - I put Fender Custom Shop pickups in mine and it is the bomb.