Fender Standard Precision Electric Bass (with Gig Bag)

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Updated version. Split single-coil pickup.
Fender set the standard (invented it, actually!) more than 5 decades ago with an elegantly enduring design for an innovative instrument that transformed popular music.

Such simple elegance continues today. The Standard Precision Bass guitar features a comfort-contoured body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, single split-coil hum-canceling pickup and knurled chrome American Precision Bass knobs.
Model Name: Standard Precision Bass (Upgrade)

Model Number: 013-6100-(Color)

Series: Standard Series

Colors:
(306) Black
(325) Chrome Red
(332) Brown Sunburst
(375) Midnight Wine
(380) Arctic White
(387) Electron Blue
(Polyester Finish)

Body: Alder

Neck: Maple, Modern 'C' Shape,(Satin Polyurethane Finish)

Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5 in. Radius (241mm)

No. of Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo Frets

Pickups: 1 Standard Precision Bass Split Single-Coil Pickup (Mid)

Controls: Volume, Tone

Pickup Switching: None

Bridge: Standard Vintage Style

Machine Heads: Standard

Hardware: Chrome

Pickguard: 3-Ply White

Scale Length: 34 in. (864 mm)

Width at Nut: 1.625 in. (41.3 mm)

Unique Features: "New" Knurled Chrome P Bass Knobs

Strings: Fender Super Bass 7250ML, NPS, Gauges: (.045, .065, .080, .100)

Accessories: Standard Gig Bag

Case: None

Introduced: 1/2006

Notice: Product Prices, Features And Specifications Are Subject To Change Without Notice
(380 ratings)
Submitted January 16, 2008 by a customer from gmail.com
"Fender P-Bass Review"
I wanted a Fender P-Bass and this is exactly what I have. Of course there are others out there that may be better and some worse, but this is what I wanted. It might not be for everyone, but it's right for me.

Sound
If you want a classic Fender P-Bass sound, the best instrument to use is a Fender P-Bass. I've played copies and other instruments with the P-Bass pickups, yet they still don't sound like the original. It has this certain growl to it went cranked that you'll know when you play it. To me, it's the best when equipped with Fender flatwounds. It is also a very versatile instrument. You can play anything from country to metal and sound good.

Features
Pretty basic set up, which is nice. I like the simplicity of it. I usually tweak my amplifier for tone settings and leave my tone and volume knob wide open anyhow.

Ease of Use
If you can play the bass, you can play this instrument. It feels just right to me, although if you have smaller hands you may want to consider a Jazz Bass, since the neck is thinner on those. If you do, it won't have that P-Bass sound, though.

Quality
Here's where it gets iffy. When I first got the bass, I thought it was perfect then I really noticed a major problem with it: The fret ends were sharp and protruding. When I slid my hand on the neck, it would cut my hand. This impeded my ability to play it, so I had to get read more it fixed. I've come to understand that this can be a common problem because of the wood on the neck drying out (especially in the climate where I live,) but this was a huge hassle. I've never encountered this where I previously lived, but I also live in a more humid enviroment. The bridge is not that great, also. I might be able to live with it, but I may upgrade to a Badass bridge in the future. The tuners seem to be fine, so no problems there. The pick ups sound excellent, to me. Of course, sound is relative to one's taste. Another thing I should point out is most instrument that you buy in a shop or online are often not set up correctly. You may have to have this done, but this is not usually a reflection on the instrument itself. Fortunately, the place where I recieved mine must have set it up prior to being sent, so I had no problem with that.

Value
It's about average value. Sometimes you may find something cheaper that you like better. It's really one's own taste. How much do you want to spend?

Manufacturer Support
When I first contacted Fender they just played the blame game with the company I got the bass from. When I contacted the company, they just blamed Fender. It was an issue of how the instrument was stored, apparently. Needless to say, it did not resolve anything and eventually I just took it to a local shop and had it fixed.

The Wow Factor
In spite of the problem I had, I still love this instrument. Maybe with a bridge modification, it will only get better. I don't regret owning it and enjoy playing it.

Musical Background:
Professional Bassist/Musician

Musical Style:
Electro-rock
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