This revision also featured bridge-mounted rather than through-body strings, individual threaded bridge saddles for better intonation and height adjustment, a two-screw plastic thumb rest replacing the single-screw wooden one, knurled metal knobs with flat rather than rounded tops, and redesigned pickup and bridge covers. Numbers 0001 through 0999 were used between 1952 and 1954. $11,500.00. The 1970s saw straight rock and roll, hard rock, blues rock, country rock, psychedelic rock, glam rock, progressive rock, album rock, funk rock, jazz rock, folk rock, pop rock, soft rock, garage rock, Latin rock, heavy metal, Southern rock, avant-garde rock, pub rock, punk rock, post punk, punk pop, power pop, new wave, rockabilly, reggae rock, and even more. One early champion was bandleader Lionel Hampton, who was featured in 1952 promotional materials for the instrument; both his bass players in the 1950s, William “Monk” Montgomery and Roy Johnson, used the instrument extensively. An updated take on the instrument that created the pop culture soundtrack of the 20th century, the Fender American Original '60s Precision Bass is the best way to get original-era sound and style with today's feel. Rare Vintage 1965 Fender Jazz Bass, FREE SHIPPING! Owning very little in the way of resources — only the name, distribution and some leftover inventory and machinery (no U.S. factory) — Schultz set about rebuilding and revitalizing Fender. Get the down low on more than six decades of indispensable bass history. $10,299.99. Buy online or at your local store today! Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways. 1972 list price, $307.50. It is at this point that the modern-era history of the Precision Bass truly begins. Interior has some minor stains but in overall great condition with all working latches & hinges. There's no denying the Precision Bass is the most iconic electric bass -- its thunderous sound was the foundation of modern music, laying down the grooves in Motor City during the '60s. Neck,, neck plate, Tuning keys, bridge , control knobs, strap buttons. That year, his iconoclastic band released its seminal eponymous debut album, which inspired legions of imitators. Lay down the low end with the Fender Original 62 P Bass Pickup -- accurate reproductions of the pickups from the 1962 Precision Bass -- used on the American Vintage '62 P Bass. ($18,000 to 23,000, custom color) Originally offered in any color … Check out our selection of vintage P-Basses. This bass is exactly what an early 1960's Fender P bass was like brand new. Concurrently, he suggested building Fender instruments in Japan for the large Japanese market. By the 1960s, the Precision Bass was the workhorse electric bass; from the clubs of Detroit to the beaches of Southern California, its tone laid the foundation for modern music. The dawn of the 1990s saw increasing production activity for new Precision Bass models. A July 1962 Jazzmaster in Shoreline Gold. It had a “slab” (non-contoured) ash body with two “horns” (as opposed to the Telecaster’s one; this provided greater balance and was subsequently adapted for the Stratocaster), a one-piece 20-fret maple neck fixed to the body by four screws (despite use of the technically incorrect term “bolt-on”), a single pickup, black pickguard, Kluson tuners, treble-side thumb rest, a string-through-body bridge with a cover (with a mute), and two pressed fiber bridge saddles. The Precision Bass was everywhere during first half of the 1960s, and it remained remarkably unchanged during this period, as opposed to the handful of periodic revisions and redesigns Fender imposed during the 1950s. Fender was on the block, and Schultz, backed by a group of investors he enlisted, bought the company he’d presided over since 1981 in a sale that was completed in March 1985, ending 20 years of CBS rule. Even better! Its lead single, “Money” boasted an irresistibly infectious Precision Bass riff by the song’s author, Roger Waters, while simultaneously accomplishing the unusual feat of becoming an enormous international hit that happened to be in an oddball (for rock music, anyway) 7/4 time signature. In fact, I used it on the job the same day I got it. These Japanese-built Vintage Series instruments were soon introduced into the European market under the Squier name. There are specialty Precisions with five strings and humbucking pickups. On the landmark concept album, the label’s previously uncredited house musicians — collectively known as the Funk Brothers — received individual credit for the first time. 1969 Fender Telecaster Bass. From Fender: By the 1960s, the Precision Bass was the workhorse electric bass; from the clubs of Detroit to the beaches of Southern California, its tone laid the foundation for modern music. That year, 14-year old John Entwistle simply built his own crude homemade instrument based on photos he collected of Precision basses—Harris’s undoubtedly among them. These included the Sting Precision Bass (2001); Mike Dirnt Precision Bass (2004); Tony Franklin Fretless Precision (2006); Duff McKagan P Bass (2007); Steve Harris Precision and Road Worn ’50s Precision basses (2009); Roger Waters Precision Bass (2010); Nate Mendel P Bass (2012); and 2016 saw the release of the both the Flea Bass and the American Professional series, which saw a number of innovative features brought to the classic Precision Bass. All in a package that was more easily transported than a bulky double bass. Please try again later - we are experiencing technical difficulties. Introduced in 1968, the Telecaster Bass had little to do with its elder six-string sibling; rather, it was essentially a faithful recreation of the original 1951 Precision Bass. Most significantly, CBS appointed former Yamaha executive William Schultz as president of Fender in 1981. Also during the first half of the 1960s, the Precision made its way across the Atlantic to the U.K. The second and most substantial revision was implemented in 1957 and resulted in the Precision Bass design that endures today basically unchanged. Fender isn’t just for electric guitars and amps. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/embed/FN-L6yKK1iM. Embedded content: https://youtu.be/qFbQQYHLndM. Passionate about the brand and eager to reverse its ailing fortunes, Schultz immediately recommended modernizing Fender’s U.S. manufacturing facilities, which largely meant halting production while machinery was updated and staff was re-trained. Once the Precision was introduced, Fender’s sales arm wasted no time in getting the unusual new instrument into as many influential hands as possible. A detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. The short-lived Elite Precision Bass appeared in 1983 in several configurations with special electronics and hardware, but the concept lasted barely a year. Fender knows bass guitars–and they should. Email Address * Password * … Telling that the same bass that so supremely underpinned Pink Floyd’s 1973 psychedelic masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon was the same bass that also elegantly underpinned the Eagles’ seminal 1973 country rock classic Desperado. New Instruments Added Daily View Latest Arrivals close. This 1963 Fender Precision bass is an absolute pleasure to listen to and play. Five decades of the instrument were celebrated with the 2001 release of the 50th Anniversary Precision Bass, and the Deluxe series was upgraded with new pickups and electronics. The back finish shows some wear and chipping from age. Indeed, some of Wilson’s best-known and most epic compositions — and biggest Beach Boys hits — featured Precision Bass work from ace Los Angeles “Wrecking Crew” studio veterans, such as Larry Knechtel (Bobby Freeman cover “Do Ya Wanna Dance?”), Ray Pohlman (“Help Me, Rhonda”) and, most notably, Carol Kaye (“California Girls,” “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” “Good Vibrations”). A notable artistic development of that year came with the release of the eponymous debut album by the Meters, which introduced the world to the impeccable Precision Bass chops of master New Orleans funk/soul bassist George Porter Jr. The Precision truly has all the basses covered, as indeed it will likely continue to do for a very long time to come. Lover’s large new pickup for the bass necessitated redesigning the pickguard to accommodate it; the model included other new revisions in the form of a three-bolt neck plate and bullet truss rod. That same year, the new wave of British Heavy Metal was launched in earnest with the release of Iron Maiden’s eponymous debut album, which introduced the world to the melodically galloping Precision Bass prowess of Steve Harris. My Wishlist My Cart 0 Login. As the 1960s drew to a close, a larger headstock logo replaced the Precision Bass’s previous “transition” logo in 1969, and the extra strap button on the back of the headstock added in 1960 was discontinued. Fender stamped its bridge plates and neck plates in the early years. Matching color pegheads started around 1962 on the Jazzmaster, Jaquar and Jazz Bass models (considered the top-end models by Fender at that time). All Rights Reserved. In New York in 1976, bassist Douglas Colvin set the tone for much punk bass playing with a visceral, no-frills machine-gun style driven home using an impossibly low-slung Precision Bass. A limited edition Fender 50th anniversary American Standard Precision appeared in 1996. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Relic it yourself. 1960 Fender Bass case in excellent condition! Fender PlayHOLIDAY SALE: 50% off an Annual or Monthly plan.UNLOCK THIS OFFER. One of the most important features of the Precision Bass was its scale length, which Leo Fender, after careful consideration and lengthy experimentation, set at 34”. Original-era fans can rest assured every curve and line of the body and neck are accurate to the historic originals. Dropdown trigger. Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways. In Detroit, 1971 brought a Motown milestone in the form of Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece album, What’s Going On. This bass has been played but it is completely intact except for the thumb rest and the strap button on the back on the headstock. Fender at this point now had over 600 employees, 500 of them in manufacturing. Fender literally wrote the book on electric basses, laying the foundation for musical innovation and evolution. 1964 - Fender begin production of their acoustic guitars. One of the earliest results was the Vintage Reissue series, a high-quality new family that featured two well-built and largely historically accurate Precision Bass models, the ’57 Precision Bass and the ’62 Precision Bass. Get the look and sound of a well-loved Fender 1960 Precision Bass, without the collector's market price tag, with the Fender Custom Shop 1960 Time Machine Heavy Relic Precision Bass. Even though the Precision had been joined by Fender’s deluxe Jazz Bass model in 1960, it was the Precision sound that most producers wanted — fat and punchy with a strong fundamental. Further design modifications were afoot in 1974, when Fender introduced black pickguards as a Precision Bass standard and moved the thumb rest from the treble string side to the bass string side. Nowhere was this more evident than in Detroit, where Motown Records was incorporated in April 1960. Originally called the Deluxe, the Jazz Bass was conceived as a stablemate to the Jazzmaster guitar, which was introduced two years prior. But whereas the Jazz Bass faced a relatively short uphill climb toward acceptance upon its introduction, the Precision had long since firmly established itself, and the sound of rock and pop in the early 1960s was the sound of the Precision. The range 100-400 was used specifically between the years of 1951 and 1952. The Precision Bass began the 2000s by having the American Standard model transformed into the American Series Precision, upgraded with solid wood construction and parchment pickguards. 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