Which Precision do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MrWalker, Jan 6, 2014.

Which Precision bass is your favourite?

Poll closed Jan 8, 2014.
  1. 51 Precision w/single coil

    20 vote(s)
  2. Standard Precision

    135 vote(s)
  3. Cabronita Precision

    6 vote(s)
  4. Some other Precision spin-off

    43 vote(s)
  5. Not Precision at all...

    15 vote(s)
  1. MrWalker


    Apr 3, 2002
    I'm going through a Precision period right now. It is the instrument I started out on back in the early 80s, but I've been playing other instruments for the most part over the last 30 years. But recently I've been getting more fascinated with the Precision again. And I'm a little curious... there are a few different models around these days, mainly the "standard" P, the 51 P with the single coil (Telecaster), and the recently added Cabronita version as well.
    However, the only one I've got any experience with, it the standard P with the split pickup.

    And there are some Precision spin-offs, such as Billy Sheehan's Yamaha Attitude, and the other Telecasters.

    Which is your favourite, and why? :)

    1) The 51 P bass single coil pickup
    2) The "standard" Precision bass
    3) The Cabronita with the Fidelitron pickup
    4) Some other strange P variation :)
    5) Some other bass all together :D
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I like the Standard P best.
  3. DionClassic

    DionClassic Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2012
    Should throw the deluxe in there too!
  4. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I love my '51 reissue. Really a lot.

    BUT.... it's pretty hard to beat a regular ol' P-bass. My standard Ps get gigged a lot more than my '51 RI. It's an industry standard for a reason!
  5. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    2 or 4. I like a regular ol' P, but I also like the ATT-LTD II quite a bit. I own both of them. I gig the regular P's a lot. It's hard to get a bad sound out of them and they are so simple.

    If I owned no P basses right now, I'd be looking at a Lakland or Lull. Nothing wrong with Fender, I just prefer the neck on a Lakland by a mile.
  6. MrWalker


    Apr 3, 2002
    Yeah, I guess... :)
    See, I'm pretty outdated on the topic :-D
  7. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I am also going through a precision phase and I got myself a Special Precision, I realy like everything about it.
  8. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    I have two 60th Anniversary Precisions and a 72 Tele. (Which I would call a variant.)

    I voted P bass variant.


    I forgot the why.

    My 60th Anniversary Ps are may favorites. I really like the American Standard, but also want something that is slightly different. These fill that for me.
  9. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Standard P, no matter who makes it, works best for me.
  10. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    Standard P with J bridge pup. Why: versatility. But I've been bonding with my 69 Tele single coil. If I was in a blues band, that's what I'd be going to.
  11. Jutsushine


    Jan 8, 2010
    I played a Cabronita at my local guitar shop. I found it very comfortable to play and it had a nice warm tone. However I prefer it over the traditional p bass mostly because of the look. I love the headstock, pickguard and I prefer the mini humbucker look over the split coil. It's a cool solid little bass if you can get it on sale.
  12. man, I voted before seeing the pictures, can I change to some other bass all together?
  13. MIM Classic 50s. Black, maple neck and gold anodized guard. These guards eliminate the only issue I have with a precision-the cracking of the guard @ the input jack.
  14. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    If I was in the market for a P-bass, I would definitely get a 51 RI' Love that old school look.
  15. BassKnuckles


    Dec 17, 2013
    New Orleans
    standard. but that dusty hill furball IS pretty sweeeeeet
  16. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    Please check my avatar. It is a G&L Legacy P bass. Also have a SB-2 that is my go to bass right now.
  17. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    I have a '51 RI, a Classic '50s and an AVRI '57. I gigged for several years with the '50s, but currently the '51 has won my heart. I'm playing in a small combo, not very loudly, with two sisters who sing, my lady friend on percussion and a good friend playing a Carvin SH550 with single-coil pickups. This is a sweet-sounding ensemble.

    If we were playing louder, more rock-style, I'd go back to the '50s.:bassist:
  18. MrWalker


    Apr 3, 2002
    To those who have tried them, how does the 51P and the Cabronita compare?
  19. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    The single-coil precision pickups have a beautiful sound, but I prefer the split-p. I think the reason is that I like the inherent peaks in its response. I can hear the split-p better in a mix. I voted for 'precision spin-off' because my favorites are made in-house at the Dingwall shop.

  20. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    I play these two pbasses with great frequency. It's a 2007 Highway One with the neck from a 2011 MIJ 70s P and vice versa. (but now theres a tort pg and ashtrays on the SB). does that count as standard?