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 precision bass Guitar Vintage 1978
Fender precision bass Guitar Vintage 1978

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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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2015 Fender USA American Vintage 63 Precision P Bass Sunburst Rosewood Unplayed
2015 Fender USA American Vintage 63 Precision P Bass Sunburst Rosewood Unplayed

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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V Maple board Olympic White
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V Maple board Olympic White

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Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass Reissue
Fender American Vintage 58 Precision Bass Reissue

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Vintage 1988 Fender Precision Bass 1950s Re Issue Plays Great w gig bag MIJ
Vintage 1988 Fender Precision Bass 1950s Re Issue Plays Great w gig bag MIJ

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Great Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design
Great Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design

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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

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Fun Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design
Fun Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design

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FENDER USA American Vintage 58 Precision Bass WBL M Free Shipping
FENDER USA American Vintage 58 Precision Bass WBL M Free Shipping

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Fender Precision P Bass American Vintage 1982 83
Fender Precision P Bass American Vintage 1982 83

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FENDER American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Olympic White With Hard Case
FENDER American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Olympic White With Hard 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.