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 1983 USA Fender Precision Bass Fretless P Bass With Hardshell Case
Vintage 1983 USA Fender Precision Bass Fretless P Bass With Hardshell Case

$1,395.00
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Vintage 1978 Fender Modded Precision Bass Sunburst
Vintage 1978 Fender Modded Precision Bass Sunburst

$1,249.99
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Vintage 1988 Fender Precision Bass 1950s Re Issue Plays Great w gig bag MIJ
Vintage 1988 Fender Precision Bass 1950s Re Issue Plays Great w gig bag MIJ

$899.00
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Vintage 1966 73 Fender Precision Bass Guitar
Vintage 1966 73 Fender Precision Bass Guitar

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Fender Road Worn 50s Precision Bass 2009 Sunburst Vintage Reissue HardShel Case
Fender Road Worn 50s Precision Bass 2009 Sunburst Vintage Reissue HardShel Case

$750.00
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Free Shipping 1975 1976 FENDER USA Precision Bass Lefty Vintage Used
Free Shipping 1975 1976 FENDER USA Precision Bass Lefty Vintage Used

$4,159.00
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1983 Fender American Precision Bass Custom Guitar w Case VINTAGE Nice
1983 Fender American Precision Bass Custom Guitar w Case VINTAGE Nice

$1,300.00
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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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Great Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design
Great Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design

$699.00
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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

$699.00
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Free Shipping 1961 FENDER USA Precision Bass White Vintage Used w Hardcase
Free Shipping 1961 FENDER USA Precision Bass White Vintage Used w Hardcase

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1964 Fender Precision bass Olympic white excellent vintage original case
1964 Fender Precision bass Olympic white excellent vintage original 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.