Thinking of picking up a PBass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thejamesjordan, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Thejamesjordan


    Mar 2, 2006
    Hi guys,

    After a long time of trying to find my tone I realize that most of the tones I have really appreciated have been Fender Precisions.

    I realize of course the vintage P Basses sound best, but overall would the crowd here recommend a new American made P Bass?

    Side note- I am currently using a musicman bongo.

  2. jthurston


    Nov 22, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    For what it's worth, I love my '04/'05 American P Bass. BA2 bridge and Basslines pickup. If I could only keep one that would probably be it.
  3. Thejamesjordan


    Mar 2, 2006
    Thanks, I am looking for a punchy rock/ punkish tone. Think these are a good match?
  4. ac11367

    ac11367 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2007
    Flushing, NY
    I would recommend installing a DiMarzio Model P pickup on the P
  5. jbednarski

    jbednarski Supporting Member

    May 31, 2010
    Chicago area
    The Fender American Standard P Bass is an amazing instrument. I own 6 Ps total and they all are different and all are great. The '62 AVRI pickup has that really classic P sound but the American Standard is darn close. I have 2 Ps built by Ben Lindsey, one with a Fralin P pickup and one with Ben's P Bass pickup. Again both are different but Ben's pickup wind is exceptional, sort of like the '62 AVRI but it can be cranked to go way above and beyond in terms of tone. Either of my Lindsey basses with stainless rounds gets a fantastic punk sound. It's up to you where you want to go with this and there are a million combos of nut width, pickups, fretboard wood etc. that contribute to the sound you're going after. For what it's worth I watched the classifieds here and on craigslist and got my AMER STD P and an AMER STD Jazz for $750. each, brand new only a month old, so deals can be found with patience.
  6. I purchased an Amc. Std. P5 new 3 weeks ago and it sounds really nice except for the B having less volume and punch than the EADG. Something to be aware of if you're considering a 5 string.
  7. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Admitted Precision Bass fanboy here. Own a 2002 American Standard and an MIA Precision V.

    If, I had to, was to, could, buy a Precision bass today at market value, I would run the rack of new ones and probably pick or order one.

    Second choice would be a lightly used newer American Standard.

    The older they get, the setups, care & condition become the issue. If you want to easily get at the notes and make music, buy something that takes to adjustments (with a warranty!), that plays well so you can get beyond battling the instrument.

    I love the Precision V. It likes DR Low Rider Nickels the best. Sunbeam Nickels are a bit more mid-rangey but nice too.
  8. s4001


    Feb 2, 2009
    American, MIM or MIJ. All good.
    However of all the Fenders I've owned with a irreparably warped neck - they've all been American.

  9. The standard Precision has a great sound. I have also developed a fondness for the Telecaster-style Precision basses with the single coil pickups. They aren't dead quiet like the split-P pickups but they have a great tone.
  10. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    Many would say that a Lakland Skyline 44-64 is equal or superior to any Fender.
  11. rob_thebassman


    Jul 26, 2010
    Normanton, UK
    playing bass since 2005
    can't go wrong with a p bass :)
  12. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    And you can't get that out of a Bongo? Those things have a ton of tones - particularly if you have the HH.
  13. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Do it.

    Just try out several if you can, and honestly don't sweat what country it comes from so much, there are gems to be found throughout the lineup.


    Let's just say there simply would be no rock or punk if there wasn't the Fender Precision.