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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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1973 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Blonde P Bass w Gold Anodized Pickguard
1973 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Blonde P Bass w Gold Anodized Pickguard

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FENDER New American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue F S R1692
FENDER New American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue F S R1692

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Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass 3 Tone Sunburst Rosewood 170
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass 3 Tone Sunburst Rosewood 170

$1,999.99
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Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Precision Bass PJ Candy Apple Red
Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Precision Bass PJ Candy Apple Red

$299.99
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Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Precision Bass PJ 3 Tone Sunburst New
Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Precision Bass PJ 3 Tone Sunburst New

$378.27
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Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass AVRI
Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass AVRI

$1,250.00
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1959 Fender Precision Bass Guitar Pickups Vintage PRE CBS 1958 1963 pickup
1959 Fender Precision Bass Guitar Pickups Vintage PRE CBS 1958 1963 pickup

$1,579.00
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Fender Precision Bass 1978 Antigua Vintage Rare Free Shipping from Japan w OHC
Fender Precision Bass 1978 Antigua Vintage Rare Free Shipping from Japan w OHC

$3,355.00
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2000 Fender Precision Bass American Vintage 62 reissue AVRI Fiesta Red
2000 Fender Precision Bass American Vintage 62 reissue AVRI Fiesta Red

$1,099.00
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Fender New American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue USED
Fender New American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue USED

$2,541.00
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Fender American Vintage pre CBS 64 Precision Electric Bass Guitar
Fender American Vintage pre CBS 64 Precision Electric Bass Guitar

$6,500.00
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VINTAGE 1963 FENDER PRECISION BASS  CASE
VINTAGE 1963 FENDER PRECISION 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.