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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Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Cabronita 030 6000 506 BK Precision Bass
Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Cabronita 030 6000 506 BK Precision Bass

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Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Sonic Blue
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Sonic Blue

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Fender American Made Vintage Series Precision Bass Blue w Case
Fender American Made Vintage Series Precision Bass Blue w Case

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VINTAGE 1974 FENDER AMERICAN STANDARD PRECISION BASS WALNUT W CASE
VINTAGE 1974 FENDER AMERICAN STANDARD PRECISION BASS WALNUT W CASE

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1979 Fender Precision Bass electric P Bass vintage CBS SUNBURST rosewood
1979 Fender Precision Bass electric P Bass vintage CBS SUNBURST rosewood

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Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Olympic White
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Olympic White

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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 American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Candy Apple Red
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Candy Apple Red

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FENDER AMERICAN VINTAGE HOT ROD 60s PRECISION BASS BLACK RWOOD
FENDER AMERICAN VINTAGE HOT ROD 60s PRECISION BASS BLACK RWOOD

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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Precision Electric Bass Guitar
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Precision Electric Bass Guitar

$274.50
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Fender Precision Bass Guitar Vintage 1977
Fender Precision Bass Guitar Vintage 1977

$1,399.00
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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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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.