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 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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Vintage 1969 75 Fender Precision Bass Left Hand Classic Custom Burst w Case
Vintage 1969 75 Fender Precision Bass Left Hand Classic Custom Burst w Case

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Vintage 1983 Fender American Precision 4 String Bass Black Maple USAP
Vintage 1983 Fender American Precision 4 String Bass Black Maple USAP

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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 Japan PB62 US Vintage Black Precision Bass Guitar
Fender Japan PB62 US Vintage Black Precision Bass Guitar

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Fender Japan PB57 US Vintage White Precision Bass Guitar
Fender Japan PB57 US Vintage White Precision Bass Guitar

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Fender Japan PB62 Vintage White Precision Bass Guitar
Fender Japan PB62 Vintage White Precision Bass Guitar

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Fender 62 Precision Bass American Vintage Reissue 2012
Fender 62 Precision Bass American Vintage Reissue 2012

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FENDER AMERICAN VINTAGE HOT ROD 60s PRECISION BASS BLACK RWOOD
FENDER AMERICAN VINTAGE HOT ROD 60s PRECISION BASS BLACK RWOOD

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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita P Bass Precision Bass
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita P Bass Precision Bass

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Fender 2014 Anniversary 1964 Heavy Relic Precision Bass in Aged Vintage White
Fender 2014 Anniversary 1964 Heavy Relic Precision Bass in Aged Vintage White

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Vintage 1964 Fender Precision Bass P Bass Refinished Vintage White
Vintage 1964 Fender Precision Bass P Bass Refinished Vintage White

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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.