The Precision Bass Guitar

When we think Bass guitar probably no other bass enters our mind more than that ole standby the American Fender Precision Bass Guitar,

After all this iconic instrument is what started all of us bass players wanting to Thump Those strings.

Although many of us might not know it, The American Precision Bass Guitar was in fact the very first electric bass guitar you could hold like a guitar and play the bass notes in key and in tune with the rest of the band.

It was 1951 and Leo Fender brought his new baby out in the public,. At that time options for bass players consisted of  usually sharing a very expensive upright bass viola that was huge to lug around, And so expensive that sometimes 3 to 4 bands shared the same instrument.

We all know this could not be very productive for the Bass Player or the band as a whole. And after listening to several Musicians especially bass players Leo Fender decided to do something about it.

It did not happen overnight , After  much experimenting over about 1.5 years finally in 1951 it was born The Fender Precision Bass Guitar.

The first version of the Precision Bass Guitar was crafted to match the look of Fenders ever growing popular Telecaster 6 String electric Guitar.

But then in 1954 the New look Fender Precision Bass Guitar arrived, This new look sported Contoured edges, To make it fit closer to the body and be more comfortable to play.

Then in 1957 the Stratocaster electric guitar came out, And the new look Fender Precision Bass was introduced that resembled the new guitar model stratocaster.

This new look had a rounder neck, A Aluminum Gold Anodized pick guard was put on with 10 screws. Also at this time the single split pickup was added This pickup which resembled two pickups with staggered pole pieces is still standard equipment on today’s P Bass`s.

In 1959 a glued-on rosewood fingerboard featuring “clay”-style dot position markers replaced the 1-piece maple neck and remained standard.

Until In 1966/67, when the Fender company began to offer a option of, A laminated maple fingerboard capped on a maple neck.

Rosewood fingerboards were then made of a thin veneered Material , round-laminated piece of wood and pearloid dot markers replaced the “clay”-style inlays introduced in 1959.

In 1960 the aluminum pick guard was replaced with a 13-screw celluloid design having 3 or 4 layers of black, white, mint green,

Aged white pearloid or brown “tortoise-shell”). In that same year  Just nine short years after The Precision Bass  made its appearance the newly designed Fender Jazz Bass was released.

The rest is History

And Today I want to look at a couple of these iconic instruments that had a very big role in changing the way music sounds today.


 Fender Precision Bass 1978 


A black 1978 Fender Precision Bass.



This bass is all original. The action is amazingly good due to a straight neck with good neck angle. Bass weighs 10lbs-4oz.1976 P BASS

Comes with the original case and key. There is a small crack on the pickguard near the input jack as well as some lacquer checking on the back.


And A Little dusty

 Fender P Bass 1976 

76 precision bass guitar

76 pbass in case

Fender P Bass as pictured Serial # 703204

head stock

pbass back

There You Go a little info on the American Precision Bass Guitar Go Play One Today


*(*!*)*    The Player

1976 Fender P Bass Guitar

1976 Fender P Bass Guitar


Up for sale is a white 1976 Fender P bass that is mint.  It is all original except possibly an old body refin.  I bought this from a music teacher that purchased this in the early 90’s to use in his music classes.  He is not a bass player and did not use the bass in school.  It has been in the case unused since the early 90’s.  The finish looks original with the normal amount of yellowing.  But, it is too perfect, I think, to be original.  The teacher thougth that it was all original.  All the electronics and the neck paint are definitely all original.   The neck is straight and plays great.  No buzzes.  This bass has no issues other than the questionable body refin.

Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass – USA P&J P/U Passive/Active

bestinbassguitars.comThis incredibly diverse and super gorgeous Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass with a hard shell case + upgrades.

This bass gives you the ability to use either or both active & passive pickups to blend tones to your taste.  I have found this incredibly useful in the studio when searching for a tone appropriate to the recording.  Want strictly a P sound?  Got it.  Jazz bass tones?  Yup.  You can even push the active side for a little warm, detailed growl.   $1100.00


This model of Deluxe was made from 1998-2002 (this one specifically is a 1998/99).  Fender recently removed the humbucker and replaced it with a single jazz bass pickup.  I have no idea why they would do such a thing.

For a 15 year old bass, you can expect the normal amount of light scratches and a few small nicks that don’t affect performance.  I am not the original owner, and everything appears to still be stock.  The bass has been set-up recently

Here Is Some More Juice :

Here’s some specs:
• Montego Black w/ white pickguard
• 22-fret Maple neck w/ Rosewood fretboard
• Vintage Noiseless pickups (Passive P-Style)
• Special-Design stacked “single-pole” Jazz Bass pickups (designed by John Suhr)
• Schaller American Deluxe Tuners
• 3-Band EQ (9V power supply)
• Strings-through/Top-load Bridge
• Dark aluminum Fender “spaghetti” logo and abalone inlaid fingerboards

The upgrades mentioned above include:
• Authentic Fender P-Bass Pickup Cover
• Authentic Fender Jazz Bridge Pickup Cover
• Extra Brown Tortoise-shell Pickguard
• Strap-Lock
• Grey Leather Levy’s Strap

Things of note:
• As you can see in the photo of the back of the headstock, a different tuner appears to have been installed on the D-string and was then reverted back to the original Schaller.  The job was done very cleanly.
• One of the buckles on the case was knocked off.  This happened before my ownership, so I got no story for you.

The knob functions are:
1) Master Volume (either/both pickups)
2) Pickup Blend (passive P -style +/- active J-humbucker)
3) Bass Boost/Cut (outer ring) + Treble Boost/Cut (inner knob),
4) Mids Frequency Focus

The ONLY reason I’m listing this sick mofo is because I’ve fallen for a Rickenbacker.  I have absolutely no problems keeping the bass.  I am not interested in trades, unless it’s for a Rickenbacker 4001 or 4003 almost specifically with a fireglo finish (+ some cash from my side).