The debut of the Precision Bass in 1951 is arguably one of the most important milestones of the 20th Century. The P Bass gave bass players a means to be heard clearly while eliminating the need to lug around a heavy (and fragile) upright bass. It also profoundly changed the sound of popular music and gave birth to a slew of new musical styles.
This custom-ordered 2020 Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass offers the appointments that made the original the undisputed champion of working bassists the world over, with the addition of a custom spec'd neck - essentially a P Bass neck with Jazz Bass nut width - which feels supremely fast and comfortable. A 7.25" fingerboard radius, '51-‘55 P Bass bridge with vintage fiber bridge saddles and flatwound strings round out the package. Oh, it also boasts an original slab-style P Bass body with a NOS flash-coat lacquer finish that lets the instrument breathe more organically and shows some of the natural grain through the finish.
Other features of the Vintage Custom 1951 Precision Bass include Closet Classic hardware, a 2-piece ash body, 20 vintage frets, '55 P Bass pickup, volume and tone controls, single-ply black pickguard, bone nut, round string retainer and vintage-style tuning machines.
Condition: Excellent save for a small indentation on the top and a few marks on the guard - ie, light play wear.
A living legend, this Precision Bass sounds just as good now as the original did back in 1951. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
- Builder: Fender Custom Shop
- Model: '51 Precision Bass
- Serial Number: 3349
- Weight: 9lbs 2oz
- Materials: 2-Piece Ash, Maple
- Finish: Nitrocellulose, Blonde, Time Capsule Relic Level
- Neck Shape: '60 P-Bass Oval .79-.99"
- Electronics: '55 P-Bass Pickups
- Measurements: 34" scale, 1.65" bone nut, 7 1/4" radius, 45085 'Vintage Upgrade' frets
- Case/Papers: Fender hardshell, CoA, case candy