In this picture you can see Gordon playing a Fender Precision bass on stage at a Bloc Party concert "Well, we have our favorites, which, for me, is the P Bass®. It’s actually a Mexican P Bass that I play. Kele and Russell play different types of Telecasters. I can’t say exactly what exact models. I know Russell just bought one in Japan. They’re all new; they’re not vintage, and are pretty good stock." - [interview with Fender done in 2006.](http://www2.fender.com/experience/artists/bloc-party/)more
Can you talk us though your current live/studio set up from bass to amp to the pedals (and anything else besides!)? "It changes a lot from situation to situation but I can say that for the past few years I often lean on P-basses; they are simple, have a broad range of ability, and work great in so many situations. Meat and potatoes. I have a few from the early 70's"more
One of the very few basses that Winery Dogs and Mr. Big's bass guitarist has been seen playing that wasn't a Yamaha, this Fender Precision was purchased in the early 70's by Billy Sheehan. Nicknamed "The Wife", this bass was heavily modified with washers to hold the input jack in place, a mudbucker installed in the neck position, poorly scalloped frets by Sheehan using a dremel, and to quote Sheehan himself, "...actually salty from soaking in my brine sweat!" http://www.vintageguitar.com/wp-content/uploads/SHEENAN-WIFE-BASS-II.jpgmore
It's Sir Paul, circa 1990 or so, with a 5 string Rickenbacker. At this point, I think it would be pretty cool to do a visual accounting for Sir Paul with all of his basses from throughout the years. The ones I can think of? -1961 Hofner 500/1 -1963 Hofner 500/1 -1966 Rickenbacker 4001 (fireglo, later painted psychedelic colors, finally stripped to natural finish) -1966/67 Fender Jazz Bass (3 tone sunburst) -Unidentified Fender Precision -Bill Black's upright bass -Unidentified Yamaha bass -Kay semi-hollowbody -Zemaitis acoustic bass guitar -Rickenbacker 5 string -Wal 5 string -------------------------------------------- Paul had a Precision Bass? - Steve Steve Boisen said: ? Paul had a Precision Bass? - Steve Yup! IIRC, you can see it in his studio during some of the interview segments of The Beatles Anthology in a rack of instruments.more
Sting can be seen here playing a Fender Precision Bass. The image comes from [*Paste Magazine's*](http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2011/10/20-underrated-bass-guitarists-in-popular-music.html?p=2) article where they rate him at #7 in their "20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists" list.more
"When I played the P-Basses and Rickenbackers on Nightmare, I felt like that was getting closer to the tone I want to get. I wanted the percussive low end of a StingRay humbucker blended with the classic P-Bass clunk and Rickenbacker growl. For six months, Schecter and I went through six or seven different pickup combinations before finally trying an EMG 81 guitar pickup in the neck position. When we tried it, we knew we had what I was looking for. With a blend knob to roll from one pickup to the next, the bass has a really broad sound, from pianistic clarity to distorted growl. Right up the middle gets the sound I generally want. After 60 years of the electric bass, so much of it is all the same; it’s cool to be pushing some boundaries and trying new things."more
"1961 Fender Precision, used on many records including: Diary of a Madman, Mungo Jerry singles, Chicken Shack album "Unlucky Boy", Uriah Heep albums "Abominog" and "Headfirst", Rainbow's "Long Live Rock 'n Roll", Black Sabbath's "Eternal Idol" & Both Widowmaker albums." A quote about one of his many Fender P basses.more
"Edmunds’ career gained steam soon after the band split, and he recently came full circle by recording the instrumental album On Guitar… Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics, on which he played all instruments including a vintage Fender Stratocaster, Precision Bass, Taylor T5, and a Taylor 412 CE."more
"For recording, I have my Fenders that I really love. I have one Fender P-Bass on the road with me - a '65 - it's my security blanket. Just in case everything else goes to hell, I can grab her, because... she knows. She knows everything! Out of all of my guitars, she's very special to me. There are a couple that are so special to me, I don't even think about bringing them out on the road anymore. "more
“The new songs are more technical than anything we’ve done in the past, there was just a certain way I wanted to hear everything come together with the bass. It was a matter of touch, of feel. Since I wrote it all, I thought it would work out better if I played it with my own touch." [Daron Malakian](http://www.guitarworld.com/daron_malakian_21st_century_schizoid_man?page=0,6).more
"My favorite is a ’63 Fender Jazz Bass, and I also have a ’59 Fender P-Bass. If I’m looking for that old-school rock and roll vibe, I grab the P-Bass. If I need something to speak a bit more and cut through the mix, I’ll use the Jazz. Lately, I’ve been tuning down a minor third, and using heavier-gauge strings, so I can grab some lower notes that you usually can’t get with standard E, A, D, G tuning."more
Nicky can be seen using this Fender Precision Bass in Glastonbury Festival 2014 and in the whole The Holy Bible 20th anniversary tour, where he played with his band Manic Street Preachers. It has in it the logo of Punk Rock band Sex Pistols, one of the favorites of the player, as well as the Flag of Wales.more
"Tichenor’s only other bass on the road with him is a standard Fender American Standard P Bass that is completely stock. He strings both Ps up with Fender Tapewound .045–.110 strings and uses Dunlop 1.0 mm Tortex picks," states [this](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21457-rig-rundown-cage-the-elephant) Premier Guitar rig rundown.more
At 0:20 Randy can be seen holding the Precision bass. In this video is one of the songs the Eagles performed for a concert aired on BBC. The song is "Certain Kind of Fool". ***** Randy is on the left side of the screen performing with Rick Nelson on The Mike Douglas Show. Look carefully and you can see the "War is not healthy for children sticker" he placed on the guitar.more
This photo shows Trevor Dunn performing live and playing his 1975 Fender Precision bass guitar. On his official website he says: "Around 1998 I got the vintage bug and decided that I had to have a Fender P-bass. I went to Univibe in Berkeley where they had two. I picked this one up and it felt the best so I bought it. It has since been my main ax. I had a BadAss bridge put on and I had the nut and bridge at the E-string cut to fit a low B-string. In Fantomas I string it B-E-A-D, but for everything else I use regular tuning. Somewhere along the line I decided to start putting butterfly stickers on it--maybe out of contrast to the music I was playing. So, I call this my Butterfly Bass." – Trevor Dunn on his 1975 Fender Precision, from the [GEEKING OUT](http://www.trevordunn.net/geek.html) section of his official website.more
He's playing it there, there are numerous pictures of him playing them online. See for yourself, type Jeffrey Hammond Hammond bass into google images https://www.google.com/search?q=jeffrey+hammond&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS712US712&biw=1600&bih=804&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjoksDJrJDSAhVU42MKHftqBFEQ_AUIBygC#imgrc=xI5uzx7eUXvk5M:more
(21:13 minute mark) - Harris has the 1976 Fender Precision Bass. 15 years ago, this bass was stolen from him, but his friend subsequently found this bass in Craigslist. It was stolen in Portland and found in Portland as well.This bass has the tortoise pickguard on it, unlike the black pickguard which was usual for 1976 P-basses. Everything on this bass, except the pickguard, is original.more
Davey Faragher on recording for the new Porter Block album "Hard To See Beautiful" Team Mensch Published on May 20, 2016 Bassist Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Cracker, John Hiatt) on recording for the new Porter Block album "Hard To See Beautiful" Recording on his vintage sunburst Fender Precision bass thathe uses almost exclusively.more
Colin Moulding used three basses on *Oranges and Lemons*, predominantly a Wal. Back-up basses were a Fender Precision and, for the double-bass sound on "Pink Thing", an Epiphone Newport. "It goes 'poun'," Partridge describes helpfully. Moulding's album rehearsal amp was a Trace Elliot -- "so clear it was unbelievable" -- and he holds his group together with Rotosound strings. Instead of a pick he prefers a fingernail (home-grown). He writes with the help of an Ovation acoustic guitar.more
In [this article](http://cms.bassplayer.com/artists/1171/geezer-butler-the-wizard-returns/27032), Geezer Butler says, "Because I saw Jack Bruce play with his fingers, and I said, that’s the way you play bass. After we got the first gigs out of the way, I swapped my Telecaster for my first Fender Precision Bass."more
[Premier Guitar](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Rig_Rundown_Sigur_Ros) states that "[Georg] also uses a '75 Fender P bass strung with roundwound strings with a factory Jazz bridge pickup and DiMarzio neck pickups that bears the scars of being thrown each night during the performance..."more
In the picture you can see Henk with a Fender Precision Bass. In the picture you cannot see the Fender-writing on the headstock. But on this ( https://fronz.wordpress.com/tag/henk-smitskamp/ ) webside you can see in the picture below the Fender-writing of the bass. Direct link: https://fronz.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/img_2424.jpgmore
This is a video of Roy on tour with Mutemath at The Tabernacle Theatre in Atlanta, GA on November 6, 2009 during their fall 2009 Armistice tour. According to [Rig Rundown](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7F2u5G1mAc), body is from 1976 and the neck is from 1978. Original neck was switched because of some "problems". This bass was used to record "Armistice" and many other records. This guitar uses Ernie Ball Flatwound strings.more
Andy Hummel used a Fender Precision Bass with a maple fretboard throughout his time with Big Star. >"A little after we returned to Memphis I traded my Gibson in for a new, sunburst Fender Precision Bass (I believe they call them P-basses these days) with a maple fretboard. This must have been late 1970 or so. Chris and I were obsessed with the sound John Entwhistle got out of his bass and heard him say the words “Rotosound Strings” on one of the songs on “Who Sellout”. We figured he must be talking about guitar strings and, sure enough, I went out and found some. Of course Rotosounds were all round wound in those days – may still be – and no one I had ever heard of used them except Entwhistle. I put them on the Fender, turned the treble way up, and that was the sound. This became my primary bass throughout the Big Star years, and other folks’ at Ardent too for that matter. " - Andy Hummel, 2007more
"Saw the Jayhawks show last night at Slims in SF. Nothing fancy but solid as a rock. Killer tone from a maple board P. Couldn't see the backline but when I've seen them in the past he had what looked to be a SVT/6-10 cab with a rack of goods. Great show. Marc does a great job playing with the song in mind." https://www.talkbass.com/threads/marc-perlman-jayhawks.813351/more
"I play a 1976 Fender Precision bass with a maple neck that I acquired in a drum shop in Greenville, South Carolina for $700. I talked him down from $900 because they obviously had no idea what they had. It was in bad shape so I did had to fix it up a bit. I guess it was owned by some guy who played at his church in the mountains every Sunday. But he just played acoustic bass, so the electric just sat in his closet for twenty years or something. So that’s kind of like my baby. I use D’Addario Chrome Flatwounds on that," says Michael League, in [this interview](http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/02/13/from-the-ground-up-an-interview-with-michael-league/).more
"I feel like when listening to the records it is easy to see who I have been influenced by throughout the years. Bands like the Melvins, Neurosis, and Godflesh are obvious choices but some unexpected ones might be Neil Young, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Wu Tang, Madvillain, Quasimoto, Adrian Young and Mark Lanegan. That siad, I do feel like if it wasn’t for my experience playing with Cave In that I would never have been able to accomplish Zozobra. Those guys helped me develop a skill set that enabled me to be able to go out and do my own thing and feel confident about it." Read More: Interview: Caleb Scofield of Zozobra/Cave In | http://www.invisibleoranges.com/interview-caleb-scofield-of-zozobracave-in/?trackback=tsmclipmore
Starting at 1:22, Tyson Ritter talks about the Fender Bass guitars he uses: “I was kinda torn whenever I got the Jazz Bass because it played beautifully, but didn't have the beefy bottom that I love on a P Bass. Or I guess the dirty bottom that a P Bass has. It’s got a round clear bottom but… I think every song we play a different bass, it’s not like we record with P Basses the whole time, so I think it just depends on getting as close to the sound that we achieved on the record.” Around 1:26 into the video you can see a shot of him playing a Fender Precision Bass in what appears to be an Olympic White color.more
The Precision Bass (often shortened to "P-Bass") is a bass guitar manufactured by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. In its stock configuration the Precision Bass is a solid body, four-stringed instrument equipped with a single split-coil humbucking pickup and a one-piece, 20 fret maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard. Its prototype, designed by Leo Fender in 1950, was brought to market in 1951, the first electric bass to earn widespread attention and use, remaining among the best-selling and most-imitated electric basses with considerable effect on the sound of popular music ever since. The Standard P-Bass is sanded, painted and assembled in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico along with the other Standard Series guitars. Fender also produces Precision and Precision/Jazz basses in its Squier line of products.more
3:28 into this video from Total Guitar shows new Slipknot bassist Alex "V-Man" Venturella saying that he used a 1969 version of the Fender Precision Bass or "P" Bass when recording inside the studio for Slipknot's current album. He mentions he does not use the bridge pickup on his bass and referenced the Precision Bass to further attest why.more
I have a black MIM (early 90s) Fender Precision bass with 3-ply black pickguard, maple neck with rosewood fretboard and reshaped to P-Bass'51 style headstock, vintage bridge, relic'ed knobs, pickup and bridge covers. Body and neck relic'ed too but neck is super smooth and feels great! In total bass look amazing and have good sounding for that price. Now I have plan to install vintage pickups
I've been on a search for Precision bass, finally found one in great condition, with original mics. Haven't played a gig yet, but used in studio & rehearsals, and already can say it is a great, versatile bass, from Funk to Jazz and all the way to more Gritty Punk / Rock!
"Pentagram Bass" - I call this bass the Pentagram Bass because there is a pentagram sloppily etched into the back of it by the previous owner which can't seem to be sanded out.
If you aren't one of the bom-slap open e string slap typical slap players and just want to chug out some decent notes then buy one of these. Cuts through the whole mix like a freight train and just sounds fit especially with a pick!
I picked up my P-Bass back in 2010. It's a 2002 Agave Blue MIM. I kept it stock for a long time before upgrading the pickup to a Dimarzio P.
The neck might be a bit thick for some, but I always preferred the wider neck. The bass gets that classic P-bass grind and fits into anything and everything. My only problem with this bass was that it seemed to be on the heavy side. Still, I've used it for every recording over the last 7 years.
My made in Mexico Fender Precision Bass is the one constant through over 10 years of playing bass professionally. Rolled on the thighs of virgins on the beaches of Ensenada, this machine will take whatever you give it.
The P-bass is the original and the classic workhorse bass. I have a 1973 with a maple neck and Seymour Duncan Quarter-Pounder PUPs.Great rock bass. The ONLY bass for classic country. A big carpet-layer. I've been playing mine for 35 years, and it looks like it.