Fender Classic '50s Precision Bass
Fender Classic '50s Precision Bass

Classic '50s Precision Bass, 4-string bass guitar from Fender in the Classic Precision Bass series.

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ejor2131 12/01/2020

Fender Classic '50s Precision Bass : ejor2131's user review

« An excellent and accurate reissue of a groundbreaking instrument »

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Anyone
I had always liked the look of 50 s basses and acquired used over two years ago a mint Fender Mexico Classic 50s Precision Bass in Fiesta Red, ‘gold’ anodised pick guard and maple neck and ‘tweed’ hard case for a very good price. It’s previous owner had included bridge and pickup chrome covers.
Before lockdown I was using it regularly on gigs and playing it through a SansAmp bass driver into a GK MB-210 combo.

I have played several varieties of P-Basses and own a 2001 AVRI ‘62 Precision.

1. The bass looks stunning with its very distinctive livery, is just over 4kg weight.
2.The neck has serious heft but I like the playing feel and the guitar begs you to ‘dig in’ and play hard! There are no dead spots. The gloss finish on neck may not be to everyone’s taste but I like it. I quite like the ‘reverse’ style machine heads.
3. The FR paintwork feels thick but it’s durable and I am not prepared to interfere with it as it looks so good on the bass. Yes, it may strangle the bass’ sound a little but this is nothing that cannot be adjusted on the amplifier.....that’s what all those interesting knobs and buttons are for!
4. The bass sounds like, well, a good Precision should. Deep, well- grained notes that drive a band. The volume and tone controls have a progressive ‘sweep’ and the bass is surprisingly versatile. The pickup, pots and capacitor are,I believe, the same ones that used to be fitted to the American Standard basses.
To conclude, this bass is of largely similar quality to US models. I cannot fault it on quality and it succeeds in delivering a 60s vibe and sound at a very good price.
I believe the new Vintera 50s Precision is largely the same instrument with a couple of tiny tweaks.