Vintage Fender Precision Basses 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.

Deals now on eBay
Sign up is easy & FREE



FENDER AMERICAN VINTAGE 63 PRECISION BASS OLYMPIC WHITE ROSEWOOD
FENDER AMERICAN VINTAGE 63 PRECISION BASS OLYMPIC WHITE ROSEWOOD

$1,999.99
--> Ends In 2h 51m <--
VINTAGE 1980 FENDER USA PRECISION SPECIAL P BASS
VINTAGE 1980 FENDER USA PRECISION SPECIAL P BASS

$999.99
--> Ends In 6h 16m <--
Vintage Univox Bass Matsumoko With Fender P Precision American Standard USA Part
Vintage Univox Bass Matsumoko With Fender P Precision American Standard USA Part

$499.99
--> Ends In 6h 40m <--
ALL PARTS Swamp Ash Tele Precision body for Vintage Fender project
ALL PARTS Swamp Ash Tele Precision body for Vintage Fender project

$259.99
--> Ends In 8h 33m <--
1983 Fender American Precision Bass Custom Guitar w Case VINTAGE Nice
1983 Fender American Precision Bass Custom Guitar w Case VINTAGE Nice

$1,500.00
--> Ends In 22h 39m <--
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue Rosewood Fingerboard
Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass Faded Sonic Blue Rosewood Fingerboard

$1,999.99
--> Ends In 22h 59m <--
Fender 57 Precision bass Vintage Series reissue Instruction manual circa 1983
Fender 57 Precision bass Vintage Series reissue Instruction manual circa 1983

$65.00
--> Ends In 23h 44m <--
Fender 57 Precision Vintage Series bass reissue Bridge 1983
Fender 57 Precision Vintage Series bass reissue Bridge 1983

$36.43
--> Ends In 23h 52m <--
FENDER AMERICAN VINTAGE HOT ROD 60s PRECISION BASS NATURAL RWOOD
FENDER AMERICAN VINTAGE HOT ROD 60s PRECISION BASS NATURAL RWOOD

$2,199.99
--> Ends In 1d 5h 42m <--
Vintage 1964 Fender Precision Bass P Bass Refinished Vintage White
Vintage 1964 Fender Precision Bass P Bass Refinished Vintage White

$4,999.99
--> Ends In 1d 9h 24m <--
Fender Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass Black LN
Fender Vintage Hot Rod 60s Precision Bass Black LN

$1,841.39
--> Ends In 2d 4h 54m <--
Vintage Fender Japan 90s made 62 reissue Precision Bass PB62 3TS Made in Japan
Vintage Fender Japan 90s made 62 reissue Precision Bass PB62 3TS Made in Japan

$500.00
--> Ends In 2d 13h 16m <--



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.

Others Have Searched For:

  • precision bass
  • fender precision
  • vintage fender p bass
  • fender p bass
  • fender precision bass vintage
  • fender vintage precision bass
  • fender Precision Bass image
  • 1951 fender precision bass
  • VintageFenderPrecisionBass
  • Fender Fretless Pbass