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I took delivery of my new pride and joy yesterday. Many of you will have heard me ramble on about how impossible it is to get a Surf Green Precision bass off the rack from Fender, and whilst that may be true, may I present to you my Surf Green Mark Hoppus 'Jazz' (Precision) bass! Complete with a picture of me looking like a smug **** while I was playing it for the first time.

I don't think I need to say a lot about the bass itself - it's a raucous, aggressive sounding Precision in truth - the neck is straight up Precision, the pickup is a Quarter-pounder (also straight up Precision) it just happens that it's all screwed together in a sleek, lightweight Jazz-shaped shell.

It's the business!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6q0gy22y1dt266c/2014-05-27%2022.06.29.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/oon19jjbao8lltg/2014-05-27%2022.05.54.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qlv27f2rweta0ny/2014-05-27%2020.19.09.jpg

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Nice! Surf green is such a good colour as well as Daphne Blue, so with the pickups reversed does it really beef up the D and G like they say?

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Congrats! Very interesting looking bass, they've always appealed to me. Was wary of the lack of tone knob before, until I realised I never roll the tone off at all in gig situations with any passive Fenders.

Would like to pick up a P with a reversed pup at some point.

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I've definitely noticed a bit more 'chunk' compared to my other Precisions which I would put down to the reversed pickup.

@JapanAxe - I don't use the tone control that often on my other basses - I tend to dial in any 'extra' that I need with my amp, so I think I'll be OK, but that was a mental hurdle I had to jump while I was entering my card details!

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Very nice colour. Now about that volume knob.... I am also in the tone control and volume to full on, so why bother camp. The sleek look will have no controls at all

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[quote name='theyellowcar' timestamp='1401308805' post='2462386']
I've definitely noticed a bit more 'chunk' compared to my other Precisions which I would put down to the reversed pickup.
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The main difference will be the positioning of the pickup on the bass rather than it's "reversed" orientation. Measured from the 12th fret a std Fender P pickup (the middle bit where the two bits join) will be pretty much bang on 11 inches .
The Hoppus model has it much nearer the 12th fret, or further from the bridge, or however you want to explain it. I'd be interested in knowing the exact measurement (12th fret to middle of the two pickup pieces).

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[quote name='hamfist' timestamp='1401310879' post='2462422']


The main difference will be the positioning of the pickup on the bass rather than it's "reversed" orientation. Measured from the 12th fret a std Fender P pickup (the middle bit where the two bits join) will be pretty much bang on 11 inches .
The Hoppus model has it much nearer the 12th fret, or further from the bridge, or however you want to explain it. I'd be interested in knowing the exact measurement (12th fret to middle of the two pickup pieces).
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I'll get my tape measure out for you tomorrow :)

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I`m going to have to try one of these at some point - don`t suppose you`re coming to the Herts Bass Bash at all?

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[quote name='Lozz196' timestamp='1401313570' post='2462466']
I`m going to have to try one of these at some point - don`t suppose you`re coming to the Herts Bass Bash at all?
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It's in my diary Lozz! I was planning on bringing a different Precision (Deluxe active) for the A/B showdown but I'm sure I could bring this instead!

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Also, if any of you do happen to be interested in road testing one, Thomann not only have an incredible returns policy (30 days!) but they are currently selling the Surf Green model for less than a Standard Jazz currently goes for! I have no affiliation with them but my experience buying this has been spot on.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/fender_mark_hoppus_bass_jazz_bass_sg.htm#bewertung

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a few years a go I tried a variety of P basses in one sitting. The Hoppus was, to my ears, the best. Mind you this was before they flipped the pickup round.
Sadly it's my utter revulsion of anything Blink 182-related that stops me from ever seriously considering one, but that's just me being petty and small-minded. :D

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[quote name='hamfist' timestamp='1401310879' post='2462422']
I'd be interested in knowing the exact measurement (12th fret to middle of the two pickup pieces).
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Estimating it from this pic I'd say a bit over 3cm closer to the neck than a regular P

[attachment=163863:Hoppus pup position.jpg]

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[quote name='theyellowcar' timestamp='1401346002' post='2462568']
It's in my diary Lozz! I was planning on bringing a different Precision (Deluxe active) for the A/B showdown but I'm sure I could bring this instead!
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Both!

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Well, I normally find most Fenders boring to look at but that just looks lovely. And unusual. Nice new toy :)

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[quote name='Lozz196' timestamp='1401387719' post='2463174']

Both!
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Have to see how the prematurely-knackered shoulders are doing - I'm traipsing up on public transport from SE London which isn't the best run carrying two basses!

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