"The Black Fender Mike Dirnt Precision P Bass, which I believe they designed after a mix between a '51 and a '55 style Fender. This one has a '59 custom shop pickup in it which is all stock. Yeah, Fender - I had another one of his basses that Fender sent to me early on which is now hanging at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. They actually did a little thing for us there. Fender sent me a Mike Dirnt bass and said, "Hey Mike, you know Branden is from Neon Trees and he's this new bass player out on the scene. Just to let you know he's digging the bass.' It was a sunburst one, and so we played in Oakland sometime after that and he comes out to the show and says, 'Hey man, good to meet you. I've been working on my new record and thought that you don't have a dark Mike Dirnt bass. You have to have a black Mike Dirnt bass. I didn't just want to order one and have it be some not-awesome off-the-rack bass. I wanted you to have this one - I was playing it today.' It was really cool just down home cool guy. That really meant a lot o tme because he's a great rock-n-roll bassist. It's cool to play that bass because I can see how they spent the time on it to get that sound, that if you want you can totally dial in that pick and get that whole Green Day sound. So yeah that one is a cool one. Igot it last year. I added the thumb rest so I can get more of some finger funk out of it."more
If you haven't noticed I'm quite the fan of all things Green Day. The REAL reason I enjoy this guitar is that it just sounds like quality. I've always enjoyed the "springiness" of the Precision and I feel like it'll take quite a battering. It's big and I'm quite a small guy but I'm used to size and shape that it never really bothered me.