#1
I want to get a new precision styled bass, and I can't decide between these two. I want to know what the bass forum thinks.

Fender Blacktop


Schecter Diamond P


Aesthetically speaking, they're both very similar. Tone-wise I'd imagine that they're slightly different though. If it helps, I play mostly punk-infused alternative rock, lo-fi music, and sometimes metalcore.

Help me out, guys. Tell me some pros and cons, tell me about experience...any advice is welcome here.
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#2
I haven't played the Blacktop, but the Schecter was a very good playing and sounding bass. If I were in the market for a moderately priced 4-string, it would be on my list.
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#3
I've played the Blacktops before and they play fine it's that they lack tone.
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#4
Quote by dark Mass
I've played the Blacktops before and they play fine it's that they lack tone.


How so? I haven't played one, but they are just Mexican fenders with different pickup layouts. I'd Love the jazz bass with dual P pickups.
#5
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How so? I haven't played one, but they are just Mexican fenders with different pickup layouts. I'd Love the jazz bass with dual P pickups.

I've played both at my shop and they were very bland(Jazz) and too dark(Precision).
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#6
TS, what kind of music do you plan on playing with this bass? What kind of tone are you after?
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#7
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TS, what kind of music do you plan on playing with this bass? What kind of tone are you after?

The kind of genres I play are in the first post. And I like a really trebly tone. Similar to Rickenbackers, but not quite.
#9
Quote by DonWeaso
The kind of genres I play are in the first post. And I like a really trebly tone. Similar to Rickenbackers, but not quite.

You're not going to get the tone that you like from either of the basses listed.
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#11
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What sort of tone would these basses give me?

The Fender Blacktop will give you a fat tone from the humbuckers.

As for the Schecter it's only going to give a slightly jazzy tone from bridge pup when it's split. Though you might not get the tone that you want from it.
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#12
I gotcha. I was just looking at p-basses because I know that they're really comfortable and playable. I can't afford a Rickenbacker, so I'm looking for alternatives. :/
#13
Quote by DonWeaso
I gotcha. I was just looking at p-basses because I know that they're really comfortable and playable. I can't afford a Rickenbacker, so I'm looking for alternatives. :/

You might to look for a CIJ 51RI since it has a brighter, snappier tone.
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#15
If youre really undecided go to a close music shop and try anything and everything. That will do more for you than any advice. I thought I was dead set on a Stingray until I actually played one
#16
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I'll check it out.

You'll have to either buy one used or import a Fender Japan OPB51-SD if you want one new.
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#17
It seems to be just as expensive as a Rickenbacker. Haha. I do play alot of the stuff around the music shop, I just was curious about these two basses because we don't have them in stock.
#18
Ive seen American P's go for 650. I dont know what your budget is but you live in Cali which seems to have a fantastic used market from what ive seen on CL and ebay
#19
I've seen the 51RI's go for around $650.
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#20
Quote by dark Mass
I've played both at my shop and they were very bland(Jazz) and too dark(Precision).


I wonder if the kept with 250k pots and a .47 cap on the P bass with humbuckers, that would darken it up. Same with the jazz, but how could you describe the bridge P pickup tone wise?