2008 Fender American Standard Precision Bass,




A real beauty – pristine condition with plastic still on the pickguard and no wear anywhere.  The Precision, with its classic fat-bottom tone, defined the tone of electric bass on virtually all hits from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, and it remains the most popular bass in the current era.  Initially making its debut in 1951, the Precision (so named because notes sounded with “precision” due to its non-fretless neck) first appeared with a small single coil pickup and slab body.  The body contours and split coil humbucker came on the scene in 57 and really defined the tone we know and love.  There have been minor changes throughout the decades but it’s much the same bass that Leo designed back in the 50’s.  Fender made some enhancements in 2007, when the bass was renamed “American Standard”, including a HMV (high-mass vintage) bridge increases sustain and provides punchier tone, beefier looking plates, and 3/8″ diameter vintage saddles. String height adjustment screws have nylon patches for a tight fit that won’t vibrate loose.  It also has Fender®/Hipshot tuning keys which are 30% lighter, minimizing neck dip, with a classic 20:1 tuning ratio, cast zinc with aluminum string posts and mounting nuts, and steel clovers with brass worm gears and steel worm drives.  It also features a thinner undercoat which lets it breathes easier and has improved sound (more wood influence), neck pocket paint buildup has been reduced by 40%, greatly improving the wood to wood connection/reaction, more detailed fret and nut work, and rolled fretboard edges for a broken-in feel.  You’re going to pay $1449 for a new American Pro P-bass but get this “as new” beauty for $899.


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