As hard as it might be for the tech-obsessed denizens of Quora to grasp, there are fields in which newer is not always (or even not *ever*) considered better. That battered old bass that Sting is often pictured playing is a 1955 Fender Precision, the first commercially available solid body electric bass. Here's Sting: Sting: Yes, I’ve played the P-bass since the late Sixties. I’ve tried other basses. I had a Gibson for a while, but I like Fender. I like the old ones. Mine are from 1955 and 1957. Those are the two that I use, really. The old ones were made by Leo Fender, physically handled by one guy. There’s a sense of history and love there. They weren’t made on an assembly line. They were made by one man who chopped a piece of wood and shaped it, wound the coils and the pickup himself. When you hold it in your hand it feels like a weapon. It’s a piece of work. And there’s something powerful about playing the bass. The root. Something simple and fundemental. It doesn’t have to be flashy. So yes, Sting has more than enough money for a new bass, but chooses to use one almost as old as he is. It's professionally maintained by a technician who tours with Sting and his band, but is such a primitive piece of engineering that it might well outlive old Gordon. here is a video [Check out this video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1nCySKz9I0[)more
I don't play electric guitar as often as I play acoustic. However, when I do pick up an electric, I tend to pick up this one. Obviously, this isn't quite as good as a Standard Fender Strat, but this guitar has a great tone range for the price.
I really dig this guitar, it's just as good as the mexican strats if not better. The glossy neck was a bit of problem so I sanded it down (which took a long time because the lacquer is really thick). Also, the trem broke off pretty early on but that might be my fault. The sound is awesome, pretty bright but with nice lows.