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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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2013 Fender American Vintage Hot Rod 60s P Precision Bass Black
2013 Fender American Vintage Hot Rod 60s P Precision Bass Black

$1,599.00
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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision P Bass Candy Apple Red 5 String Bass
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision P Bass Candy Apple Red 5 String Bass

$349.99
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1963 Fender Precision P Bass Guitar Natural Beauty Relic Vintage
1963 Fender Precision P Bass Guitar Natural Beauty Relic Vintage

$3,995.00
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Fender Precision Bass Guitar Vintage 1963 Pre CBS P Bass
Fender Precision Bass Guitar Vintage 1963 Pre CBS P Bass

$4,500.00
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FENDER JAPAN PB62 62 Vintage Reissue Precision Bass Guitar 3TS 1997 2000 CIJ
FENDER JAPAN PB62 62 Vintage Reissue Precision Bass Guitar 3TS 1997 2000 CIJ

$429.00
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Fender Japan PB62 62s Vintage Reissue Precision Used ElectricBass Guitar Black
Fender Japan PB62 62s Vintage Reissue Precision Used ElectricBass Guitar Black

$595.00
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Used Guiter F S Fender USA American Vintage 57 Precision Bass White Bloude base
Used Guiter F S Fender USA American Vintage 57 Precision Bass White Bloude base

$2,485.99
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Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue

$2,049.99
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Vintage 1958 Fender Precision Bass P Bass Modded EMG Pickups + Boomerang Bridge
Vintage 1958 Fender Precision Bass P Bass Modded EMG Pickups + Boomerang Bridge

$4,999.99
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Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V Candy Apple Red
Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V Candy Apple Red

$314.99
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Fender vintage American 1983 Precision Elite II bass w case
Fender vintage American 1983 Precision Elite II bass w case

$2,250.00
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FENDER SQUIER JAPAN PRECISION BASS SQ SERIES 83 84 VINTAGE MIJ SUNBURST BEAUTY
FENDER SQUIER JAPAN PRECISION BASS SQ SERIES 83 84 VINTAGE MIJ SUNBURST BEAUTY

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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.