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"This is a 1961 Fender Precision, my hands-down favorite bass. Anyone that's played a 1961 Fender knows that there's some mojo to it. I think really to me the neck is so comfortable on this. It's nice and worn in on the back, it's a flatter shape on there so it's comfortable for my hands. I did actually add a couple things to it. When I found it it actually already had reissue pickups in it and the pickguard is replaced. I like the idea that it can be a player's bass. I didn't want something I was just going to put under my bed or not feel comfortable taking out on tour. I love these, they're called the Babicz Full Contact bridge. When I first got the bass it obviously played well but there were maybe a couple, not even dead spots, but maybe some spots that jumped out a little bit more here and there. And when I put this bridge on there it was just night and day. Part of it too was that I hit pretty hard with my right hand and so it really helps almost the way a limiter or a compressor would without affecting the tone. The pickups that I put in here were actually made in Chicago, they're called Hanson. These are the Neo-Punch P Bass pickups. What they do is they wire more like a classic Fender-style pickup but in the back they put in another neodymium magnet which gives it almost a little more hair on the note and breaks it up a little bit. It's got the original slab board, rosewood. The neck used to be finished, I guess now it is unfinished. This isn't a relic. This is how it was. I found this at Cowtown Guitars in Las Vegas when I was there on tour - it's a vintage shop. There's a local bass guy in Vegas who has been the bass player for Lenny Kravitz for many years and brought this in. I handpicked the Hanson pickups because of the way that they break up. It almost sounds like they have a natural compression to them that almost like if you're recording and you're through the board that they're going to put some sort of compressor on the bass. It sounds like that has already been done to them, but they're hotter other pickups and it also puts in a little bit of dirt. Kind of like a natural growl in there that I was using pedals to do before, something like a SansAmp bass driver. I'm getting that more out of the bass and having to put other things into the signal to do that. Everything else on here is original. I use the DR Fat Beams on there, just the regular 45-105 setup. I love this thing, it's well balanced. I can dig in and rock out with it with the pick. I can also just play with the fingers as well. This is number one, numero uno."more