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 Fender USA 1972 Precision Bass Original Fletless Model 4 String 1970s
Vintage Fender USA 1972 Precision Bass Original Fletless Model 4 String 1970s

$5,800.00
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Vintage Fender USA 1971 Precision Bass 3 Color Sunburst 4 String 1970s w HSC
Vintage Fender USA 1971 Precision Bass 3 Color Sunburst 4 String 1970s w HSC

$5,750.00
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1970s Vintage Fender USA 1969 72 Precision Bass Bass 4 String w HSC
1970s Vintage Fender USA 1969 72 Precision Bass Bass 4 String w HSC

$5,350.00
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1961 Vintage Fender USA 1961 Precision Bass 4 String 1960s w HSC
1961 Vintage Fender USA 1961 Precision Bass 4 String 1960s w HSC

$9,300.00
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Vintage Fender USA 1974 Precision Bass 3 Color Sunburst 4 String 1970s w HSC
Vintage Fender USA 1974 Precision Bass 3 Color Sunburst 4 String 1970s w HSC

$5,750.00
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Vintage Fender USA Precision Bass 74 Ash Body NAT M Bass 4 String 1970s w HSC
Vintage Fender USA Precision Bass 74 Ash Body NAT M Bass 4 String 1970s w HSC

$4,100.00
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1973 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst USA OHSC
1973 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst USA OHSC

$3,995.00
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Fender Fullerton Vintage 62 Reissue Precision Jazz Bass owners manual
Fender Fullerton Vintage 62 Reissue Precision Jazz Bass owners manual

$139.00
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Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue 191010872
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue 191010872

$1,999.99
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Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass Maple Fingerboard White Blonde
Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass Maple Fingerboard White Blonde

$1,999.99
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Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass 3 Color Sunburst 191010800
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass 3 Color Sunburst 191010800

$2,004.99
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Vintage E series Fender Squier Precision Bass Korea era Red P Bass 80s 90s
Vintage E series Fender Squier Precision Bass Korea era Red P Bass 80s 90s

$199.00
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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.