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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Fender 2014 Anniversary 1964 Heavy Relic Precision Bass in Aged Vintage White
Fender 2014 Anniversary 1964 Heavy Relic Precision Bass in Aged Vintage White

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Vintage 1964 Fender Precision Bass P Bass Refinished Vintage White
Vintage 1964 Fender Precision Bass P Bass Refinished Vintage White

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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass Fretless 3 Color Sunburst
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass Fretless 3 Color Sunburst

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Fender 0192700821 Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass RW Natural
Fender 0192700821 Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass RW Natural

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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

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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita P Bass Precision Bass
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita P Bass Precision Bass

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FENDER JAPAN PB62 US VWH Precision Bass PB62US Vintage White
FENDER JAPAN PB62 US VWH Precision Bass PB62US Vintage White

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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita P Bass Precision Bass Black
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita P Bass Precision Bass Black

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Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass in Black w Case
Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass in Black w Case

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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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LEFTY 1980s Fender Jazz Precision BassTuning Pegs Tuners GOLD VINTAGE Schaller
LEFTY 1980s Fender Jazz Precision BassTuning Pegs Tuners GOLD VINTAGE Schaller

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Fender USA Vintage Hot Rod Precision bass Natural Ash body Nov Clearance sale
Fender USA Vintage Hot Rod Precision bass Natural Ash body Nov Clearance sale

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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.