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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Precision Bass 4 string P Bass Vintage Tone Lollar Pickups Fender bridge
Precision Bass 4 string P Bass Vintage Tone Lollar Pickups Fender bridge

$700.00
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VINTAGE 1974 FENDER AMERICAN STANDARD PRECISION BASS WALNUT W CASE
VINTAGE 1974 FENDER AMERICAN STANDARD PRECISION BASS WALNUT W CASE

$2,195.00
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Fender Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Black
Fender Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Black

$1,450.00
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Fender 63 American Vintage Precision Bass Guitar Sonic Blue With Case W Candy
Fender 63 American Vintage Precision Bass Guitar Sonic Blue With Case W Candy

$1,500.00
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Fender Precision Bass 1984 84 P Bass Vintage USA
Fender Precision Bass 1984 84 P Bass Vintage USA

$710.00
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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

$1,999.00
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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

$699.00
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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
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Fender American Vintage 62 Precision Bass
Fender American Vintage 62 Precision Bass

$820.00
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Fender 0192700821 Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass RW Natural
Fender 0192700821 Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass RW Natural

$2,199.99
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Vintage Fender Precision Bass 1983 Vintage Series
Vintage Fender Precision Bass 1983 Vintage Series

$661.00
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AWESOME FENDER MADE IN JAPAN VINTAGE REISSUE FOTO FLAME PRECISION BASS GUITAR
AWESOME FENDER MADE IN JAPAN VINTAGE REISSUE FOTO FLAME PRECISION BASS GUITAR

$599.00
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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.