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SnapSnap Frets: 3338

Anyone got any thoughts on these? they look v cool, especially the white one.

Thinking about one for my daughter

cheers all.

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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 11833
    It's a P bass. Can't really go wrong.
    Might get a used MIM cheaper though.


    Hello darkness my old friend.


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  • diapdiap Frets: 20
    If your daughter is new to bass or smaller/younger a Fender Mustang might be a better bet as it's shorter scale so easier to play and a bit lighter. They do it in Sonic Blue too! That said, if she can handle it, you can't go wrong with a Mex Precision IMHO.
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  • It's a P bass. Can't really go wrong.
    Might get a used MIM cheaper though.
    What he said. 


    In the longer term, it might be desirable to upgrade the pickup, pots and bridge.

    My nearest Fender dealership currently has one of the Player series in Buttercream with a maple neck and a Vintera Fifties style finished in anachronistic Seafoam Green. IMO, the Vintera sounds better and is nicer to play. With a single-ply white scratchplate, I could probably forgive it.

    If cost is an issue, consider the Squier Vintage Modified and recent Classic Vibe models. 
    Be seeing you.
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  • Snap said:

    Anyone got any thoughts on these? they look v cool, especially the white one.

    Thinking about one for my daughter

    cheers all.

    Are you sure this is for your daughter .... :-)   
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 3564
    Hofner violin bass.  Cheap from Thomann, light weight and a good thump from it.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

    Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

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  • SnapSnap Frets: 3338
    JMP220478 said:
    Snap said:

    Anyone got any thoughts on these? they look v cool, especially the white one.

    Thinking about one for my daughter

    cheers all.

    Are you sure this is for your daughter .... :-)   


    ha ha!!! You know, I keep reminding myself this, well funny.

    I am looking at the player in white, maple neck, under 600 quid. Bang tidy.

    No, she's not new to bass, she's been playing for a couple of years, and unbiased opinion, she's got it, just a natural. Upto ow she's been using my old Bass Collection, which is a neat bass, but I want to get her something that bit better, and she's into the P bass thing. In a couple of bands, looking to go and so a degree in it eventually so, I think it's due.

    P bass - no messing, cool as, last a lifetime, etc etc.

    Just wondered if anyone had any experience of them. Cheers!


    J

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  • RockerRocker Frets: 3564
    If she is determined to get a Precision, get a good one now.  It is a lifetime 'cost' that will repay many times over.  Do what I did: get a USA Fender Precision.  My bass cost twice what a Mex built instrument cost and while it is not twice as good, it is significantly better.  Better as in the quality of the notes and the 'feel' of the instrument.  Better too as there is no wondering if I should have bought the USA built instrument when I got my final bass.  Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and buy the better bass.  In ten years time you will have forgotten how much it cost so get the best bass you can get.  Now.  Not in two years time.  Now.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

    Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

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  • Wiz awarded to Rocker.

    Walking into a work situation, carrying a US Fender Precision Bass sends a message. Some musical directors and arrangers will be pleased. They immediately know that the bass guitar tone will sit in the mix of anything from a trio to a big band. Others may think "boring". Sometimes, they will be right. Most of the time, however, a P Bass with flatwound strings is the reference sound that people have in their heads. It will always find a use.
    Be seeing you.
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 3338

    I'm not buying a US one. That's too extravagant right now. She's not done GCSEs yet, so there is plenty of time for a full blooded splurge.

    Flatwounds is a good call - I have D'Addario Chromes on my Stingray and they sound and play spot on.

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  • BranshenBranshen Frets: 1129
    edited December 2019
    It's not a Fender but the squier classic vibe looks so good.


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  • thegummythegummy Frets: 2676
    Oof that really does look good, I already liked that model but I didn't know the finish looked as translucent as that!
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 3338
    I got the player series in Polar White, looks great, plays great. I'd quite like it myself!
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  • Branshen said:
    Those generic (Gotoh 201B copy) heavy duty bridges look anachronistic. Eventually, the string anchoring section bends upwards under the string load. An Oil City "Bridgehouse" pickup could be interesting.


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  • MattBansheeMattBanshee Frets: 1092
    edited December 2019
    Snap said:

    I'm not buying a US one. That's too extravagant right now. She's not done GCSEs yet, so there is plenty of time for a full blooded splurge.

    Flatwounds is a good call - I have D'Addario Chromes on my Stingray and they sound and play spot on.


    Slightly too angry-sounding post edited.

    I'm not sure why everyone here seems so obsessed with flats. If someone wants to play rock, punk, alternative music etc then they really aren't suitable, and I highly doubt that a teenager, albeit one that you know vastly better than I, is likely to appreciate or prefer flats over rounds, unless they have some sort of weird obsession with The Beatles or jazz.
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 3338

    @MattBansee I thought exactly that until I got a Stingray that already had Chromes (flats) on them - they feel great, but have all the bite of rounds. Nice and bright, and balance very well with the natural attack of the Stingray. A real surprise

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  • thegummythegummy Frets: 2676
    Snap said:

    I'm not buying a US one. That's too extravagant right now. She's not done GCSEs yet, so there is plenty of time for a full blooded splurge.

    Flatwounds is a good call - I have D'Addario Chromes on my Stingray and they sound and play spot on.


    Slightly too angry-sounding post edited.

    I'm not sure why everyone here seems so obsessed with flats. If someone wants to play rock, punk, alternative music etc then they really aren't suitable, and I highly doubt that a teenager, albeit one that you know vastly better than I, is likely to appreciate or prefer flats over rounds, unless they have some sort of weird obsession with The Beatles or jazz.
    Never knew Iron Maiden were jazz
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  • I'm not sure why everyone here seems so obsessed with flats.
    Flatwounds on a Precision is a reference sound - possibly, THE reference sound. It appears on a lot famous recordings, in pretty much every music genre.

    So, not obsessed, just accepting that resistance is futile. 

    thegummy said:
    Iron Maiden
    Not a fan of Maiden but I can appreciate that Mr. Harries is an object lesson in how to hold down the bottom end of a Rock band. (Try playing his bass lines for fifteen minutes, never mind a full show!)

    thegummy said:
    jazz
    On the original deep, wide P neck, huge flatwound strings and a highish action would have felt more "normal" to an upright player. 

    Be seeing you.
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 3338
    Well I got the Player Precision. It's a cracker. Lovely to play, great tone, very versatile. Would recommend with no hesitation.
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  • BowksBowks Frets: 160
    Snap said:
    Well I got the Player Precision. It's a cracker. Lovely to play, great tone, very versatile. Would recommend with no hesitation.
    Did your daughter like it?
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 3338
    @Bowks she was made up mate, wasn't expecting it, so is chuffed to bits. I did well up a bit, no shame in that!
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  • BowksBowks Frets: 160
    Snap said:
    @Bowks she was made up mate, wasn't expecting it, so is chuffed to bits. I did well up a bit, no shame in that!
    That’s what it’s all about :-)
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 290

    @Snap ;

    Good job and she's got a winner there both the bass and the Dad!

    I'm also looking at these. They're very attractively priced but wonder whether they really cut it playing feel and pipckup wise. Is'd appreciate any specific critique you may have.

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  • SnapSnap Frets: 3338
    @rze99 ; I've not played it much really, but probably have enough to give a view.

    note that my bass is a MM Stingray, so a big thick necked powerful beast. My other is an Ibanez SR370EE fretless, tiny neck.


    the Player Precision:

    First impressions - lightweight, lovely neck, great set up, good frets, feels good. 
    Neck plays very well, and sits nicely in the palm. Its a maple neck on this one. Not sticky, nicely finished. Good clear unplugged sound, plenty of definition and sustain.
    Plugged in - great tone, all the way from a dubby whump, to raspy attacking rock. Lots of power to it too.

    Tbh, for £590 its great value. Very authentic, a good player and I love the tone. Looks good too in polar white, with an off white guard.


    If you like precisions, I'd say it has to be tried really. Just a very nice instrument.

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  • MattBansheeMattBanshee Frets: 1092
    I tried one yesterday, it was a demo instrument in a guitar shop where I was trying out overdrive/preamp stuff.

    Firstly, I play a 2007ish Mexican standard p-bass with rosewood board as my main bass, with upgraded pickups, bridge and electronics.

    I spent about half hour playing a player p-bass, maple board, straight off the peg (still had plastic baggies over the tuning pegs).

    It was dogshit.

    The neck dimension felt totally wrong, it was really deep, not the wide but shallow neck I'd expect, and the maple neck felt cheap, with a glued-on maple board rather than a one-piece that I've had on all my Mex standard telecasters, and was totally unfinished; not even the satin coating from the mex standards (I actually prefer gloss myself, but satin is better than bare wood).

    Setup was atrocious, and whilst I know that a shop should be looking into this before sale, the action was half a mile high and the pickup height adjustment was all over the place. The vol/tone knob grub screws weren't aligned either, which is a small detail but an irritating one. It just felt like no care had been taken in it's assembly or QC at all. 

    I played through a GK 100W combo, and the bass just didn't seem to want to do that natural p-bass piano tone. I remember when I got my mex standard, I plugged it in and it just immediately sounded like a p-bass should do. This one didn't, it just sounded like a generic, uncharacterful bass sound. I appreciate that a proper setup might sort this out somewhat, but it certainly wasn't playable out the box; anyone buying online etc would likely be sorely disappointed and for a >500 quid bass, I'd have expected vastly better.

    Buy a second hand old standard series instead, save some money and still get a better instrument.
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2950

    Buy a second hand old standard series instead, save some money and still get a better instrument.

    That’s probably why the prices of slightly older Fenders and Squire’s are so high.  Looking on ebay there isn’t loads about and even Chinese Classic Vibes go for quite a bit (supposedly better than their later Indonesian counterparts).

    I'm keeping my eye out for older Squires and MIM Jaz basses , but getting a bit fed up, the Vintera 70's JB is looking good so may go back and try one of those.  Although twice the price of the G&L equivalent so would try them side by side.






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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 290

    I just bought a used Player Precision £350 so I'll report back about it being "dogshite" or "alright" when i've had a chance to get to know it at the weekend.

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