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Fender Upgrades American Standard Series for 2012

Fender has raised the bar for 2012 by upgrading their American Standard series of instruments, including the Precision and Jazz basses. The main change is the inclusion of Fender Custom Shop pickups for each model, while other slight adjustments and a new finish also help to update the line.

Fender American Standard Precision Bass

First up, the American Standard Precision basses now feature Fender Custom Shop ’60s Precision Bass split single-coil pickups. The four string Precision will now be available in the company’s new Jade Pearl Metallic finish. Both models are available as lefties, as well.

Fender American Standard Jazz Bass

Similarly, the American Standard Jazz and American Standard Jazz Fretless basses are now equipped with Fender Custom Shop ’60s Jazz Bass single-coil pickups and comes in Jade Pearl Metallic.

All 5-string versions of the American Standard basses will still carry the American Standard Series Alnico V pickups.

Fender 2012 American Standard Jade Pearl Metallic finishFender hasn’t yet issued a photo of the new basses sporting the new finish, but they have shared photos of the Strat in Jade Pearl Metallic (see photo to the right).

The Fender American Standard Basses range in price with MSRP listings between $1,649 and $1,859.

For more details, check out the Fender website.

Fender American Standard Jazz Bass Specs:

  • Finish options: 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Black, Candy Cola, Jade Pearl Metallic, Charcoal Frost Metallic
  • Body Shape: Jazz Bass
  • Neck Shape: Modern “C” Shape
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5˝ (24.1 cm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood or Maple
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.5˝ (38.1 mm)
  • Scale Length: 34˝ (86.36 cm)
  • Neck Plate: Standard 4 Bolt
  • Truss Rods: Posiflex Graphite Neck Support Rods
  • Truss Rod Nut: 3/16˝ Hex Adjustment
  • Pickup Configuration: S/S
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop ’60s Jazz Bass Pickup (Bridge)
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop ’60s Jazz Bass Pickup (Neck)
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Bridge: HMV, High Mass Vintage, (Strings-Thru-Body or Topload)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Truss Rod Wrench: 3/16˝ “T-Style” Ball-End Hex (Allen) Wrench
  • Saddle Height Wrench: 1/16˝ Hex (Allen) Wrench
  • Case Gig Bags: Molded rectangular SKB case
  • Included Accessories: Molded rectangular SKB case, Cable, Strap, Polishing Cloth

Fender American Standard Precision Bass Specs:

  • Finish options: 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Black, Candy Cola, Jade Pearl Metallic, Charcoal Frost Metallic
  • Body Shape: Precision Bass
  • Neck Shape: Modern “C” Shape
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5˝ (24.1 cm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood or Maple
  • Neck Material: Graphite Reinforced Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.625˝ (41.3 mm)
  • Scale Length: 34˝ (86.36 cm)
  • Neck Plate: Standard 4 Bolt
  • Truss Rods: Posiflex Graphite Neck Support Rods
  • Truss Rod Nut: 3/16˝ Hex Adjustment
  • Pickup Configuration: Single Split-Coil Pickup
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop ’60s Precision Bass Split Single-Coil Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Bridge: HMV, High Mass Vintage, (Strings-Thru-Body or Topload)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Truss Rod Wrench: 3/16˝ “T-Style” Ball-End Hex (Allen) Wrench
  • Saddle Height Wrench: 1/16˝ Hex (Allen) Wrench
  • Case Gig Bags: Molded rectangular SKB case
  • Included Accessories: Molded rectangular SKB case, Cable, Strap, Polishing Cloth

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