Vintage Fender Precision Bass

Vintage Fender Precision Basses

In 1951, the introduction of Fender's solid body Precision electric bass guitar changed modern music.

The Fender Precision bass get's it's name from the then novel fact that it had frets, a departure from the upright bass that it sought to replace. It was marketed as not only being 1/6th the size of an upright, but being easier to play with the frets allowing more precise (Precision) intonation. 

Don Randall, (a general manager of Fenders early distributor Radio & Television Equipment Co. who went on to work for Fender) named all of Fender's products except the Precision Bass. He recalls that the name came from Leo Fender who took great pride in the fact that for the first time, a bass instrument, his creation, could be fretted down to a hundredth of an inch with great accuracy. The fret layout on his new bass had a then unprecedented degree of precision. Leo said it was so precise it should be called the Precision Bass.

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Vintage 1977 Fender Precision Bass Guitar in Sunburst 100 All Original
Vintage 1977 Fender Precision Bass Guitar in Sunburst 100 All Original

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Vintage 1984 Korean Made FENDER Squier II Precision Bass Guitar Eggshell NICE
Vintage 1984 Korean Made FENDER Squier II Precision Bass Guitar Eggshell NICE

$375.00
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VINTAGE 1963 FENDER PRECISION BASS  CASE
VINTAGE 1963 FENDER PRECISION BASS CASE

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Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass White Blonde Maple Fingerboard
Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass White Blonde Maple Fingerboard

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Fender Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass Black Rosewood 744
Fender Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass Black Rosewood 744

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2005 AVRI Fender Precision Bass 62 American Vintage Reissue + Upgrades + OHSC
2005 AVRI Fender Precision Bass 62 American Vintage Reissue + Upgrades + OHSC

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Super painted Precision Fender American standard bass USA guitar vintage design
Super painted Precision Fender American standard bass USA guitar vintage design

$1,299.00
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Fun Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design
Fun Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design

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Circa 1980s Fender Squier Bullet electric bass vintage Japan MIJ precision jazz
Circa 1980s Fender Squier Bullet electric bass vintage Japan MIJ precision jazz

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Fender Precision Bass P Bass Made in Japan MIJ 84 87 Vintage White h
Fender Precision Bass P Bass Made in Japan MIJ 84 87 Vintage White h

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Fender 62 American Vintage Precision Bass Reissue
Fender 62 American Vintage Precision Bass Reissue

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Vintage CBS Fender 1977 Precision Bass Olympic White 100 Original P Bass Case
Vintage CBS Fender 1977 Precision Bass Olympic White 100 Original P Bass Case

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Was Leo Fender out of his mind? That was the thought of some in 1951 at the NAMM show when the Fender Precision Bass was introduced. The thought of a solid body bass with frets that was held like a spanish guitar and electrically amplified was quite a stretch for many.

Lionel Hampton and his bass players Roy Johnson and later to a greater extent, William 'Monk' Montgomery played an important role in bringing the Fender Electric bass to prominence. Lionel Hampton appeared in one of the first print ads for the Fender Precision bass in July of 1952. Monk Montgomery would make quite an impression playing electric bass with Lionel Hampton's band as they toured Europe in 1953 giving the Concept of Electric bass in general and the Fender Precision bass in particular, the exposure that it needed to really catch on with other present and future musicians.