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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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VINTAGE 1980 FENDER PRECISION P BASS P BASS ELECTRIC GUITAR SUNBURST FINISH
VINTAGE 1980 FENDER PRECISION P BASS P BASS ELECTRIC GUITAR SUNBURST FINISH

$1,999.00
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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass Fretless
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass Fretless

$279.99
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Fender USA American Special Precision Bass Vintage White R FREESHIPPING 123
Fender USA American Special Precision Bass Vintage White R FREESHIPPING 123

$1,271.00
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Vintage 1972 1974 Fender Precision Bass Electric Bass Guitar Great Player 1970s
Vintage 1972 1974 Fender Precision Bass Electric Bass Guitar Great Player 1970s

$2,450.00
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1974 Fender Vintage Precision Bass Guitar Custom Color Candy Apple Red w OHSC
1974 Fender Vintage Precision Bass Guitar Custom Color Candy Apple Red w OHSC

$3,995.00
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VINTAGE MADE IN THE USA 1978 FENDER PRECISION BASS P BASS GUITAR HSC
VINTAGE MADE IN THE USA 1978 FENDER PRECISION BASS P BASS GUITAR HSC

$510.00
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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

$699.00
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Universe Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design
Universe Fender Mexican Precision Bass standard MIM Mexico guitar vintage design

$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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American Vintage Reissue 62 Fender Precision Bass Fiesta Red Fender P Bass HSC
American Vintage Reissue 62 Fender Precision Bass Fiesta Red Fender P Bass HSC

$1,000.00
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1966 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst USA w OHSC
1966 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst USA w OHSC

$6,195.00
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1973 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst USA OHSC
1973 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst USA OHSC

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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.