The tremolo arm on the USA is much thinner and screws in to the block at an angle (I actually think the USA trem-arm feels cheaper than the mexi); the USA trem arm flexes and feels like it might snap off. If you need a bass capable of more modern tones you may want to think about something like the Ibanez SR Series. Way to go Fender. On the other hand, while the specs may say otherwise, many bassists feel, if you are willing to look around a little, you can grab an outstanding MIM Fender that stands up to any MIA instrument. It is affordable, it sounds, looks and plays better than you’d expect and it allows you the freedom to make modifications as you see fit. While there are some irregularities in their quality control here and there, the MIMs I’ve had in my collection were/are all excellent instruments. Fender has Standard versions of the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazz Bass and more. Feel free to mod the heck out of it. Like many affordable instruments out there, you’ll find all kinds of rumors and legends about what really goes into the making of a Mexican Fender. NAMM 2014 – Is the Faded Tennessee Orange Telecaster Really a Telecaster. However, you’ll want to compare the Standard Precision Bass to the new Player Precision Bass and decide which you think is a better option. An amazing bass guitar only takes you so far and the really great players know the sound is about them, not their gear. And, of course they give us a Standard version of the Precision Bass. A great bass is in the eye, and ear, of the beholder. The rest of this article will cover the old Standard Precision Bass. So essentially, the neck on a Mexican Fender – truss rod and all – simply does not allow for as many modifications as the American variety. If any of this sounds like you, strongly consider the Made-in-Mexico Precision Bass before dropping the cash on an MIA Fender. There is nothing at all apart from the Made In USA logo that deserves double the asking price. Otherwise, if you know the P-Bass sound is what you want, you will get it here. Others like a good bass which they can modify and add their own fingerprint. Change the pickups, the pickguard, add a high-mass bridge or whatever. These big companies are loosing the plot. Now we arrive at the point in the article where I stop telling you about facts and get into some of my opinions. do not. I have to say that your W/site is grade "A". For the most part, people seem fixated on the wrong questions. Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. For the price of a USA made Fender, you can get one built by a very well known respected Luther nowadays. Fender has upgraded their MIM guitars and bass guitars, and the new lineup is called the Player Series. As I was informed the wood supplied for the guitars is the same through and through. If you're looking to get back into bass the Fender MIM is a great choice. and the stock pickups were worse than terrible. Upon inquiring I had learned there really isn’t much of a difference in the manufacturing process of the guitars themselves. Maybe change the pick up and strap buttons, I know the bridge is "Old school" but it never bothered me on the copy I had. Compared to an MIA P-Bass, I’d say the main advantage of the American version comes down to depth and texture. The string t’s on the USA have rollers, vs the Squier and Mexi have crappy sharp metal t’s. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy. Both finishes are known to be rather hard and durable with but a minor difference in density and cost. Thankfully, for the rest of us, there is the Fender Standard Made-in-Mexico Precision Bass. So, why would anyone expect such an instrument to compare to MIA Fenders, some of the best basses in the world? Learn more about Fender electric basses. You'll also want to compare the Standard Precision Bass and Jazz Bass. What better place to start than to call Fender directly and just ask them? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. To put it another way, while Mexican Fenders may not rival American Fenders when they go toe-to-toe, they are superior to other basses in their price range, and that is their true competition. For starters, I’ve owned many Made-in-Mexico Fenders, both guitars and basses. The Fender Precision Bass is a classic among classics. It’s also a little expensive and, while nobody would argue it isn’t worth the asking price, some of us just can’t afford it. They are among the top bass guitars in the world for good reason. The trem block on the USA is much larger and more dense. No worries about your beloved MIA Fender getting smashed up or stolen, and you’ll still sound great. The Mexi and Squiers have different fretwire which is not leveled out. Thank you for that. Here’s my opinion: There was a time with MIM Fenders were among the best bass guitars under $500. It also has real magnetized pole pieces vs. unmagnetized steel pole pieces with a fridge magnet glued to the back on the MIM (2 fridge magnets) and Squier. They are two classic instruments, and each has a unique vibe. Anyway. It is still Mexican-made, and it continues to bring us the same bang for the buck as the Standard Series. Practically, what this means is that spending more does not necessarily mean better sound. £12 bought a pair of split humbuckers from Amazon that were, clearly, very cheap but vastly superior to the originals. The tuners are a million times better on the USA than the Squier, the tuners on the Mexi are pretty decent, but not as good as the USAs. Both countries have a set criteria to run through to ensure they’re not sending off a some busted piece of junk and after that all guitars, regardless of their origin, are shipped to their main distribution center in Ontario, California where they undergo a second QA process just to make sure. And speaking of necks, while a Mexican Fender comes with a standard four bolt, an American Fender comes equipped with a four bolt micro tilt that allows for more string adjustments. There isn’t some esoteric, uber-organic, special breed of alder reserved for the American models. I’m merely speculating at this point, but I would guess that means there is a greater ratio of similarities between higher end Mexican models and lower end American models.