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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1967 Vintage Fender Precision Bass Guitar
1967 Vintage Fender Precision Bass Guitar

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Fender USA Vintage Hot Rod Precision bass Natural Ash body Nov Clearance sale
Fender USA Vintage Hot Rod Precision bass Natural Ash body Nov Clearance sale

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Fender Squier electric bass guitar Vintage Sunburst with cakes PJ Precision Bass

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1978 FENDER P BASS vintage Precision Bass
1978 FENDER P BASS vintage Precision Bass

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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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NEW Fender USA Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass CLOSEOUT

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FENDER USA New American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Seminole Red Hard Case

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FENDER USA New American Vintage 63 Precision Bass 3 Color Sunburst Hard Case

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Vintage Univox Bass Matsumoko With Fender P Precision American Standard USA Part
Vintage Univox Bass Matsumoko With Fender P Precision American Standard USA Part

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Fender American Vintage 58 Precision P Bass Black Near Mint
Fender American Vintage 58 Precision P Bass Black Near Mint

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Fender Japan PB57 LH VWH Vintage White Precision Bass Electric Bass Left handed
Fender Japan PB57 LH VWH Vintage White Precision Bass Electric Bass Left handed

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FENDER JAPAN PB62 VSP VWH Precision Bass Vintage White Electric bass PB62VSP
FENDER JAPAN PB62 VSP VWH Precision Bass Vintage White Electric bass PB62VSP

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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.