What precision?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mikaelbass, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. Hey all,

    I am selling one of my nv610 cabs and will hVe $1300 to spend on a bass and I'm after a precision bass.
    In my area there are a couple of american precision 5's second hand up for grabs. I used to own one of the NAV 63' precisions which I really regret selling and might be able to get in contact with the guy I sold it too and see if he still has it.

    What you guys think? What precision would you go for? I haven't played a precision V before but the extended range sounds good.

    Feel free to post pictures to help my decision!!
  2. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    look on ozbass, some very nice Ps go on sale there.

    any colour is good, as long as it's Sunburst with rosewood neck and tort PG hehe
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  3. Those five strings are on ozbass actually!! Have you ever played one? The only thing with the fivers is the visual impact of it, I'm just not used to looking at a precision with a neck that wide.
  4. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    I'm at the same point as you, thinking about a fiver.....but don't want a wide neck either, or maybe I should just tune my MIM P to BEAD tuning seeing as I haven't touched it since I bought the MIA P a month later hehe
  5. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I'm of the opinion that new basses are almost never worth the money when used basses are available for significantly less, but if you have the money to spend, how about a Carvin PB4 or 5 built to your specs?
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  6. Thanks captain,

    Ive never really paid carvin much thought. There is a purist within me who enjoys the "iconic" aspects of some instruments, ie fender headstock. But ill have a look and see what kind of options are available. If I can get it built in a way I really like but doesn't pull a price above what I can afford then I may have to consider it!
  7. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Yah. I'm a Fender guy but Carvins are fantastic instruments. Their new precisions are very Fendery. You can use their "bass builder" to select options and come up with a final cost. I've done it with this model in a PJ with only a few high end options and it came out to about $1400. If you leave everything fancy out, it comes out to about $900 and it's still a hell of a bass.

    Used Carvins are some of the best bang for your buck basses you can get cuz they have really low resale value but these haven't been around long enough to show up on the used market.
  8. I am in Australia so their website won't show me a quote on the bass design I put in, and also there isn't a "mock" up image of the bass you order...which would be nice since the visual aspect of the carvin is what gets me the most.

    Watching Ed friedlands review of the PB5 gives me lots of confidence. Ill have to go to a store and try out the fender and see what it does for me..
  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I wouldn't plunk down that kind of $$$ without first trying one out, and being SURE you are going to play it. Could be a costly mistake if you buy it on whim.
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  10. Trombassix


    Nov 14, 2013
    Precision necks are an acquired taste: they can be chunky, which may or may not be up your alley. I agree with buldog5151bass, try before you buy. I recently tried six Fender Precisions of various models with a budget of A$2,300. A MIM Deluxe P-Bass Special fell into the Goldilocks zone in terms of playability and sound, and cost me about A$1,300 from the Basscentre in Melbourne.
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  11. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    I personally don't care for Precision 5's, so I'd go with an Am. Std. Precision 4 stringer. They're hard to beat.

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