Precision Bass Lyte

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheBasicBassist, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    So I scored this mint precision bass lyte for $300..
    It's probably a little late to be asking this but..
    would you guys say that's a decent deal?

    -- john
  2. I am not sure what they are going for in the used market, but they are pretty decent basses. I found one in a store in Manchester NH for quite a bit more than that and it was kind of beat up. Might be a spike in demand for them??
  3. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    yeah i've been looking for a precision for awhile as i've never owned one,
    and this bugger popped actually might be the deluxe i'm not really sure..
    because it's active. =-\
  4. metalbob


    Aug 2, 2004
    so california
    Excellent score I had one in the early 90"s great bass awesome tone
  5. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    i just hear the pups need to be upgraded..
    reccomendation = EMGs?

  6. dmrogers

    dmrogers Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Eastman, GA
    I have the Precision Deluxe Lyte. It is a nice bass. The reason I like it is, the neck feels and plays great, Plus it is light and easy on those long gigs.

    If I am not mistaken, they made two, one was passive, one active, and they had different pickup configurations, and the Deluxe has a natural finish with a mahogany body.

  7. id play it a while before meddling with it. Not that it may not need it, but it may prove to be a wste of money for your application to drop 150 or so on pups for a 300 dollar bass. Then again, whats the fun in not doing anything to it?
  8. I could be wrong but I think all the P-Bass Lyte's are Active BUT the active guts they (Fender) used back in the '80's were pretty weak in my opinion. I got a black sparkle one in like new condition this year for $300 also and that is a good price as I see them go for as much as $500 or even more sometimes, tho I would never pay that much. I have been having a lot of back troubles this year and this bass is a LOT lighter than anything else I own and very easy on the back.
    I did think the active system in it sucked and I found a Demeter onboard Preamp on CL for $50 !!
    With that upgrade I have a very good sounding bass even tho I am not blown away by the new pre it IS a big improvement over the orig. issue one. I am now thinking about replacing the PU's as well but am in no big rush for that upgrade.
    Some would argue that the slim neck is too small but I love it. It actually is one of the easiest to play basses I own and I have 8....I think have to go look to know for sure..LOL...
    oldtimers disease and all that you know! :D

    peace....Capt. Kirk :bassist:

    anyway enjoy your new axe and RAWK ON !!!
  9. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    hmm..weak preamp..
    do you guys think mr. sadowsky might
    be able to hook me up with something onboard?
    how much do his preamps normally run around?

  10. thejrace


    Oct 3, 2008
    If i recall, I saw a post from Jimmy saying that he is using one now. Only thing is that hes changed his to all passive and that he loves it that way. Just a thought.
  11. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    that's what i would prefer actually..i'm just not very handy with wiring.. =-\
    precision and active electronics don't seem to go together.. IMO
  12. +1 on each.

    Still, it seems easier to rip a pre out that properly put one in :)
  13. The original P-Lyte had a poplar body, a PJ configuration and the pole pieces were not exposed. The later p-lyte had p-doublej pickups. Both versions were active. I used an early version of the pre-amp in a modded 76 precision with a set Bartolinis. My take was that the preamp was fairly advanced for the time, but the pickups were cheap import ceramics. The preamp with quality pickups sounded very nice.
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I think it's a great deal. I love the P-Bass Lytes.
  15. I own a 90's Lyte in pearl white that I won at auction a few years ago.

    I wanted one when they were part of Fender's line up back in the 90's, I checked the specs on them at the time & will tell you what I remember:

    Fender Lytes were made in Japan. The basic body wood was basswood (the "light" in Lyte) for the painted models, & mahogany for the Deluxe series. They have a slim J-bass style neck, & all had rosewood f/b's. A lot of them, if not all, had gold hardware. All had active electronics. Pickups were "Fender" labeled, and although the signal is very powerful (at least on mine, & the others I have played) the sound generated by the factory system is no a particularly pleasant one. An EMG PJ set would make this bass sing, but, as others have pointed out, a $200 upgrade (more if you add on EMG's "custom" electronics) on a $300 or $350 bass (this is what they're going for these days) is a pretty tough call. Still, if you like the bass otherwise...and it's a verrrry nice bass to play, especially for long gigs...upgrading the electronics to EMG's is a viable option, IMO...

    ...the Lyte was discontinued i the late 90's and replaced by the Zone bass. The standard Zone basses were made in Mexico, using poplar as a body wood, & some tweaks to the active electronics. The Deluxe Zone was USA made, not sure of the body wood, but they were on the expensive side; don't think I've ever seen a USA Zone. The Zone basses are now discontinued also.
  16. jgbass

    jgbass Guest

    Dec 17, 2003
    Great bass. I have the P-Lyte Deluxe. The Deluxe has the gold hardware and mahogany body and was made in Japan. I use TI Flatwounds on it and never did any upgrades.

    Just do a search here on previous posts from a awhile back and check out re: possible neck problems. I do not play mine much, and got it new in the 90's, no problem with mine, but others have had problems. Before you sink any $ into it...
  17. thejrace


    Oct 3, 2008
    Bro, i didnt even notice you were from here, lol. Ive never tried to wire anything, but im gonna give it a go next week. If all goes well I'll let you know and I'll rewire it for you. Should actually be pretty simple, just take out the pre and solder a few wires here and there.
  18. THand


    Jun 9, 2008
    I have a MIM Deluxe Zone...Sienna Sunburst...the body is alder, not poplar. Luckily, the neck issues of the Lyte didn't migrate to the Zone. Mine was made in 2003, I think. The preamp finally crapped out on it this year, so I replaced the electronics with an active EMG P/J set.

    The Zone's original pups are now in my SX p/j minus the preamp.

    The only issue with the EMG's that I put in the Zone is: it is a V/V/T setup going into the Zone's 3 band EQ layout so there are some dummy knobs on board now, just for appearance sakes. ;)
  19. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    what kinda neck problems we talkin' bout? =-\
  20. TeamTrejo


    Oct 12, 2008
    Franklin WI
    Good question
    I'm going to check out, and probably buy, a red photo flame P-Lyte from craigslist tomorrow. What should I be concerned about? / looking for?