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.

Deals now on eBay
Sign up is easy & FREE



Fender Japan 62 reissue Precision Bass PB62 Vintage White Finish
Fender Japan 62 reissue Precision Bass PB62 Vintage White Finish

$598.00
--> Ends In 1h 35m <--
Fender USA 1971 PRECISION BASS Vintage w Hard Case Worldwide Shipping
Fender USA 1971 PRECISION BASS Vintage w Hard Case Worldwide Shipping

$4,904.00
--> Ends In 7h 34m <--
Vintage Univox Bass Matsumoko With Fender P Precision American Standard USA Part
Vintage Univox Bass Matsumoko With Fender P Precision American Standard USA Part

$799.99
--> Ends In 11h 15m <--
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Precision P Bass Guitar Black w HSC
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Precision P Bass Guitar Black w HSC

$249.00
--> Ends In 17h 30m <--
Limited Offer Price Fender Japan PJM Medium Scale Vintage Precision Jazz Bass
Limited Offer Price Fender Japan PJM Medium Scale Vintage Precision Jazz Bass

$599.99
--> Ends In 1d 2h 36m <--
Fender 0192700821 Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass RW Natural
Fender 0192700821 Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass RW Natural

$2,199.99
--> Ends In 1d 10h 42m <--
Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Cabronita 030 6000 506 BK Precision Bass
Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Cabronita 030 6000 506 BK Precision Bass

$249.99
--> Ends In 1d 11h 53m <--
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Sonic Blue
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Sonic Blue

$1,999.99
--> Ends In 1d 15h 3m <--
1975 FENDER PRECISION BASS Excellent near mint P Original Vintage 1970s 1960s
1975 FENDER PRECISION BASS Excellent near mint P Original Vintage 1970s 1960s

$1,800.00
--> Ends In 1d 15h 35m <--
Fun Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design
Fun Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design

$599.00
--> Ends In 1d 19h 20m <--
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
--> Ends In 1d 19h 20m <--
Great Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design
Great Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design

$599.00
--> Ends In 1d 19h 20m <--



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.