Fender Precision Bass – Custom Shop 59 (Scott’s ‘P Bass of Doom’!)
Hey, how are you doing? Scott, here, from
Scott’s Bass Lessons. How are you doing? If you haven’t been to scottsbasslessons.com
make sure you do so straight after this video, because there is
loads and loads, in fact, hours, of free videos and lessons on there
for you. So go check them out. I’ve had a load of e-mails over the last week
about this bass that I used in a tutorial last week. It’s the P Bass that
I use. It is a…, let me get this right. It’s a Custom Shop Heavy Relic.
I think it’s a 59 reissue. Yes, it is. It’s a 59 reissue Custom Shop Heavy
Relic. It’s a Fender Precision. It’s the P Bass that I use if I’m doing the
type of gig that I really want that P Bass tone on. It’s got a real fat,
warm sound. It’s got one pick up, so can’t go wrong. Generally, I use it with
the tone all the way off which gives me this. Kind of P note vibe. That’s
what I’m going for. With the tone all the way up you get more of a hollow
sound. But for me, it’s all about this. The thing about P Bass is the neck shapes
differ tremendously through the years. So, I think – and I’m saying ‘I think’
because I know there’s probably some guys watching this that really
know what they’re talking about when it comes to different types of
basses – these, the late 50’s ones, which this one is essentially a copy
of, have a really thick neck. It’s probably, I would say, the thickness
of a normal five string neck in all honesty. So, it’s quite hard to, if you’re
moving around quite fast you’ve got to be very, what’s the word? Very
precise in where your fingers are going, because there’s a lot of room that
you’re trying to cover on the fingerboard. It’s maybe not built essentially
for zooming up and down the fingerboard like a lot of younger guys are
doing these days. But the sound is killing. That’s where I really
think that P Basses really excel. It’s in the mix of the band they just
seem to fill so much room. It’s really, really nice. I have got flat
wounds on it. I should’ve said that as well which are the strings. These
are la bellas I think and again, it just adds to that really fat sound. If you haven’t tried a P Bass, I was never
really into P Basses. I was always like, jazz bass, jazz bass, jazz bass.
Then, I tried a P Bass. I was at a jam session a friend of mine was running,
and I got up and tried his P Bass. I was like, ‘Whoa, this is amazing,
I want one.’ Hence, I treated myself to this. I’m really happy with it. So, yes, go check it out. Check some P Basses
out. It might not be your thing, but try and play them in a live situation.
That’s what I’d try and do if I were you instead of just trying them
in a shop. Because you don’t really get the full total capabilities of
it, you don’t understand them – or I didn’t, when I was playing it in a shop.
But when I got in a live situation I was like, ‘Wow.’ It really cooks
through, but it also fills the space as well. It’s almost like an upright modern bass. That
makes sense as well actually, because Leo Fender, the guy who designed them.
You know, these were one of the first electric basses if not the first.
I don’t know. You guys out there that know what you’re talking about
I’m sure you’ll comment below in my YouTube thing. So, yeah, is this the first
electric bass? I’m not sure. If it is, it makes sense because it’s got
that really fat neck. It’s almost like an upright. It has got that hollow upright-y
tone, especially when you roll it up. Hopefully that answers all the questions I’ve
got about this bass. If you haven’t been to Scott’s Bass Lessons before
make sure you go over there and check it out. Other than that, take it easy
and I’ll see you in the shed.