Fender American Elite Precision Bass - Black, Maple Fingerboard

4-string Electric Bass with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and Active Preamp - Black
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A Precision Bass for the Modern Player

Fender's American Elite Precision Bass provides players with a classic bass that's updated for modern playing styles and techniques. You'll get the familiar round lows and aggressive mids that Precision Basses are known for, without the 60-cycle hum thanks to a fourth-generation Noiseless single-coil in the bridge and an Elite P Bass in the neck. An 18-volt active preamp adds a 3-band EQ and an active/passive switch. And a 9.5"-14" compound-radius fretboard makes the American Elite Precision Bass effortless to play.

Fender American Elite Precision Bass at a Glance:
  • Familiar tones with a twist
  • Neck designed with you in mind
  • The quality is in the details
Familiar tones with a twist

Onboard the American Elite Precision Bass is a duo of Fender single-coil pickups. A split Elite P Bass pickup in the neck and a fourth-generation Noiseless J-style in the bridge deliver the Precision Bass's familiar punch and growl with more sonic options. But the Noiseless circuitry eliminates unwanted signal noise and hum, making the bass ideal for live performance and recording. The 3-band active preamp adds wide-ranging tonal control with a switch to go passive if you so choose. And the ash and maple construction with a maple fingerboard is a tried-and-true combination that has proven itself over decades.

Neck designed with you in mind

Fender Precision Basses have been known for their thick, sustaining neck profiles since their introduction. Their chunkier feel has made them a favorite among thousands of bassists worldwide. The American Elite Precision Bass continues the tradition with a comfortable contour that morphs from a "C" to "D" profile as you move up the neck. And the 9.5"-14" compound fretboard radius ensures comfort whether you're holding down the low end or delivering up melodic statements higher on the frets. This neck gives you the feel of a well broken-in bass as soon as you open the case.

The quality is in the details

Whether you play sitting or with one strapped over your shoulder, Sweetwater bassists are sure you'll appreciate the comfort of the American Elite Precision Bass's belly and arm contours. A Fender HiMass vintage-style bridge anchors the strings either through the body or in a top-load configuration. And adjusting the neck relief couldn't be easier because of the truss rod adjustment wheel located at the butt end of the neck. But because of a pair of Posiflex graphite support rods, you'll rarely have to worry about this ultra-stable neck.

Fender American Elite Precision Bass Features:
  • Upgraded American Precision Bass
  • 4th-generation Fender Noiseless bridge J-style pickup
  • Elite Precision Bass neck single-coil pickup
  • Active 3-band EQ opens up your tonal options
  • An active/passive switch is a lifesaver if your battery dies
  • Ideal 9.5"-14" compound-radius fretboard
  • Comfortable belly and arm contours
  • Butt-end located truss rod adjustment wheel
  • Bone nut
  • Includes strap locks and adjustment wrenches
The Fender American Elite Precision Bass is a workhorse bass for today's player.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Precision
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Black
Body Material Ash
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape 'C'-'D'
Radius Compound 9.5"-14"
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black dot
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.625"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 4-saddle HiMass Vintage
Tuners Fender "F" Light-weight Vintage-paddle Keys
Neck Pickup Fender Elite Precision Bass single-coil
Bridge Pickup Fender 4th-generation Noiseless single-coil
Controls 1 x master volume, 1 x pickup blend selector, 3-band EQ boost/cut, active/passive mini toggle switch
Strings Fender USA, NPS .045-.105
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0196902706

Customer Reviews

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Truly Elite

I got this bass to go with my American deluxe jazz, It gave me what I needed, all the bottom end you will ever need, the neck is a little fatter than the jazz and a little shorter, plays like a dream! and best of all if the batteries go out on the active just switch to passive, and it will play in passive mode even if you dont have batteries in the bass at all. bottom line is you will love this bass!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Music background: Gigging

The Hammer and The Sword!

I'm a Hard Rock bassist who has been playing since 1980 and the vast majority of that time I have been in bands so I'm gonna express my opinions as they apply to my situation. I've always been a lover of the P Bass but the demands of the music I'm doing require a broader sonic pallet so I've always found myself needing more than one bass to get the job done. Not anymore! With the P-J pickup configuration, the blend knob, and the active and passive electronics, getting any tone I need is a snap. When you read the overview of the guitar you can see all of the cool features on this guitar so I'm not gonna get into all of that except to say that these new pickups sound really, really good! I think Fender does sell themselves a little short when they describe the active/ passive switch as great feature if your batteries die. Let me tell ya that I think the passive tones from this guitar are equally as impressive as the active ones. Between the single tone knob and the blend control it is amazing what I can get from that alone. Now throw in the active electronics and the sky's the limit! I really like the voicing of the active mid control for getting a nice bitey modern rock tone that really cuts through the mix. I once heard that a P Bass is like a hammer because it pounds through the mix and a Jazz bass is like a sword because it cuts through the mix. This bass is the hammer and the sword!
Music background: Gigging Musician/ Bassist

Fender Precision Elite

I had been looking for the right American Standard Precision for some time to replace the 1977 model I had sold years ago to keep the family afloat. I recently got a chance to try a friend's new Elite Precision, and despite the fact that I have always played passive Fender basses, this one really appealed to me. I immediately noticed that the neck felt really different, in a good way. The taper just invites you to run up the neck. That upgrade alone is worth the price of admission in my opinion. OK, that is great, but does this sound like "A Precision Bass?" By that I mean the good-old low end punch and growl we are all used to from our passive Fenders. This bass absolutely does; had it not, I would not have bought one. In passive mode when you solo the P pickup, the tone is slightly muddier that what I feel the Fender Vintage or Custom Shop pickups deliver, but a very slight amp tweak fixes that and you get "that Precision sound." When you solo the J pickup in passive mode, you can cop a decent Jazz tone, but minus some of the American Standard Jazz mid-range, no matter how you tweak the tone. It is understandable since you are only running one pickup in the bridge position at that point. Active mode completely addresses this issue, and you can get a cutting, solid-punchy Jazz sound, think "Geddy-Tone." In active mode it fairly screams, while still keeping the familiar Precision (or Jazz) sound if you want it. You can dial in most any sound you may need, and the single tone dial dedicated to passive mode makes it a breeze to switch between modes and still be able to tweak tone on the fly. The Active/Passive switch is something EVERY active bass should have, not only for switching up your sound, but also in case you become battery-impaired during a gig. Unless you wear your bass slung high on your body, the new cutaway likely won't make much difference to you, but if you do, you will note marginally better access than on an American Standard. The additional fret will be welcome to guys who like to dwell up there. The new truss rod adjustment looks easier to access, but I have not had to touch it yet, so I have no hands-on info on it. There is also an additional string tree on the A string. Nice touch, but I am unsure if it really changes anything. As always, my bass form Sweetwater came perfectly set up and in fact in perfect tune. They clearly do go hands-on with everything they ship out, which is a welcome change form other retailers I have dealt with in the past. The case is marketed as upgraded, or at least an "Elite Case," but is more a redesign of the standard Fender plastic case, but the fit is great and the redesigned storage compartment is an improvement. The bass comes standard with strap locks, which is a nice touch. The usual Fender swag was in the case, but with a nice faux leather strap instead of the usual Fender logo strap. I like it and it is a keeper. As always, great service, personalized attention, and products from Sweetwater, thanks!

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