I detested the Fender Precision bass when I was young. I hated the sound of it. Honky, burping, like breaking wind, sort of. My preference is in the Fender Jazz bass. Soo elegant, delicate and versatile. That P-bass could do just one thing: honk in a cardboard box manner.
Then one day, some ten years ago I decided I'd like the s.o.b. so I bought me one, a Mexican made, sunburst. The first thing I did was breaking the pots, so I changed them to real ones with barrel knobs. I started to fiddle around.
All of a sudden it came to me: I like it! I started to use the bass in all situations, from hard rock to jazz trio gigs.
Well, I sold it. After all, it was not the real deal, just a MiM. I got my hands on a 57 Classic P, also MiM. A beauty with maple neck, two tone sunburst and flatwound strings. I let that one go when I got my EUB. But I missed the honkin' thing in my arsenal.
Two years ago I picked up an American made black Precision with rosewood board, a 2006, I think. The former owner had it equipped with Seymour Duncan SPB-3 pickup. I got it cheap. Really cheap.
It is a very good bass, the best P I've played. The acoustic tone in the bass is tremendous. I changed the tone pot to a Stellartone Tonestyler switch. The best I've done in light rebuilding. You get a firm solid tone all the way down to "non on", useful and playable over the whole register. This bass sounds good for everything.
I used to think a P-bass has one voice. That is still true, but you can articulate with that voice in so many ways, like "muted thump", double bass tone, ringin' grindin' rock tone, pick tone (I play pick tone without a pick in a special manner...) and a solid slap &pop tone.
I did some recordings yesterday in Audiodog's studio. This bass just sits in the mix like no other bass. Leo, you knew what you did with this one...