The Fender Precision Bass in its current form was introduced in 1958. It was preceded by a design we’ve come to know as the Telecaster Bass. There are many different versions available ranging from the budget Fender Squier range costing around £100 to Fender Custom Shop versions costing many thousands. For this review we’ve selected an American Precision bass circa 1988.
The body has a dual cutaway for easy access to the highest frets and is sculpted for comfort. The neck and frets are well finished. The electronics are basic with the split single coil pickup being controlled by just volume & tone cntrols. The overall impression of the finish is that it is practical and hard wearing.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO PLAY?
The thin neck and 34” scale length make the Fender Precision very comfortable to play. The sound is full and rounded with a healthy growl possible with the tone control turned to full.
There’s not a lot to say about this bass that hasn’t been said altready. It’s easy to understand why it has become the first choice of many studio engineers: the sound is naturally great just plugged straight into the desk. This is a solid, workmanlike bass that delivers great tone and playability every time. If you’re on a budget try the Squier but if you have a little more money available try the American Series.
Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape
Fingerboard Rosewood or maple 9.5” Radius (241 mm)
Frets 20 Medium Jumbo
Pickups 1 split Single-Coil
Controls Volume Tone
Bridge Vintage style
Machine Heads Fender® Standard
Pickguard 3-Ply White
Scale Length 34” (864 mm)
Width at Nut 1.625” (41.3 mm)
Further information: Fender Guitars