precision bass

Bold, minimalist style meets multitudinous tones.

Solid build. Great onboard active EQ. Ultra-comfortable neck. Rock star looks.

A passive tone control would be nice. Limited paint options

$949

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas PJ IV
charvel.com

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Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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