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Inspired by the most legendary bass of all time! The '50s Precision Bass features vintage styling and appointments, a maple neck, alder body, and a split single-coil Precision Bass pickup. Other featu... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Inspired by the most legendary bass of all time! The '50s Precision Bass features vintage styling and appointments, a maple neck, alder body, and a split single-coil Precision Bass pickup. Other features include a gold anodized pickguard and vintage hardware. Includes deluxe gig bag.

Features
  • '50s Precision Bass
  • Classic Series
  • Alder body
  • 1-piece maple neck with C shape
  • Maple fingerboard
  • Precision Bass split single-coil pickup
  • Volume, Tone controls
  • American Vintage Precision Bass bridge
  • Vintage-style reverse tuning machines
  • Nickel/Chrome hardware
  • Gold anodized aluminum pickguard
  • Unique Features
  • Vintage Styling
  • Anodized Aluminum Pickguard
  • Strings: Fender Super Bass 7250ML, NPS,
  • Gauges: (.045, .065, .080, .100)
Specifications
  • 34" (864 mm) scale length 1.750" (44.5 mm) width at nut
    7.25" (184mm) fingerboard radius
    20 vintage-style frets
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Fender'50s Precision Bass
 
4.9

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Reviewed by 40 customers

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5.0

Beautiful--feels, sounds and looks so good.

By Mbucker

from Orange County VA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Wide neck is easy to play

Cons

  • Some players may not like the wide neck.

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

    This is only my second bass although I have played guitar for 60 years. I don't see how you could buy a nicer looking and better feeling bass for this kind of money. The tone control is a wide sweep of crispy all the way to sustaining sweet boom. I put flat wounds on it right away and it is just a beautiful thing to play. Highly recommended if you don't have a wad but want an all around good quality Fender. The gold anodized pick guard has holes pre-drilled if you really want to go retro and put vintage chrome covers on. Love it.

     
    5.0

    Excellent P Bads

    By Bob

    from Connecticut

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

      Fender got these right. I am very impressed. All the P Bass you will ever need.

      (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great bass

      By Patrick The Elvis

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

        This is the easiest bass I ever played of the 10 basses I've had since 1980. It's also the perfect weight and it looks great.

        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Why did I wait so long...

        By Thin Man Bass

        from East Orange, NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

        Looks and sounds awesome. Neck is a little bigger then I'm accustomed too but I got used to have it. All around a great bass.

        (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Bass! Buy Now!

        By CB Cooper.

        from LA

        Pros

        • Great action
        • Great sound
        • Great weight

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Live Show
        • Practice

        Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

        This is a great bass. I love the wider string spacing at the nut. Once set up, this bass plays like a dream. I love it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Kept Secret

        By Drumguy

        from Baltimore- Washington area

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Excellent workmanship
        • Good Tone
        • Incredible Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • It Will Be My Go To Bass
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

        I own a Rick,a Jazz Bass,a PRS Kingfisher,an Ibanex 5 string and just purchased this bass.It sounds better that any of them.Extreme clearness of sound and uncomplicated operation: 2 knobs,tone and volume.Great bass.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Bass

        By T-Bone

        from Yuma

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Price Well Built
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None Really

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

        Great Bass. I've been playing professionally since I was 14 years old and let's say I'm mildly seasoned. I started with P basses back in 74... Oops! Any way, I love these basses. They're on par with my 74, and 78, and I don't have to worry about somebody ripping a vintage bass at gigs. I got 2 of these actually. First one I bought in like 93-94 when they were made in Japan instead of Mexico, I put Quarter Pounders in it but it wasn't much of a difference. It didn't NEED pick ups, but you know. Quality, fit and finish was top notch on both. I guess my only gripe if I had one is the fact it comes with a gig bag instead of a case (Who started this s#$t) but since the bass is so reasonably priced, you should be able to buy a nice (Fender) case with some of the cash you saved. Also, when recording, I rarely (never) use this bass. Preferring an old Jazz bass. But live, the P Bass is the one. I highly suggest and recommend it. Buying the case and the bass.

        (21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A great bass...Just like they used to make them!

        By AARON FALETTO

        from Renton, WA

        Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

        Much has been written about the legendary Precision Bass. It was the first successful electric bass back in '51, and although it has gone through some changes over the years (mostly cosmetic, however), it remains a powerful instrument to this day. This bass harkens back to those early days. It's a bit of a composite (the very first P basses had pickguards that covered the horns and had a more Telecaster-like headstock), but does have many of the touches that characterize it as an early instrument, like the anodized aluminum pickguard and vintage radius and fret size. If you were wondering why this one is so much more money than a standard Precision, to me it is in the neck--in my opinion, the neck is equal to a American Standard (different radius, but quality-wise the same). Put a set of flatwounds on it, and it is old-school perfect. Deep, thuddy, and fat tone that sounds great, like a Precision Bass should. No, this isn't for prog rock and flying around the neck, nor is it best for slap--this bass is about tone and laying down a solid sonic foundation...and it does that very well! If you like vintage Precision tone but don't have the scratch for an actual '59 Precision, this bass is what you need. Buttery neck, killer tone, and P-Bass simplicity.

        (27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT bass !

        By YBF

        from Ohio

        Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

        This is just a great bass. If you're thinking of buying one, I'd strongly recommend it - I think you'll be pleased with your purchase. You might as well jump on it, as the price goes up every year; it won't get any cheaper. Even if you hate the bass, you could almost certainly sell it immediately. I've had mine for about a month. I have absolutely no complaints - even the factory setup was pretty good. I LOVE the 7.25" radius and the wide string spacing. Consider this: it's not ALWAYS easier to play a skinny-necked bass. If you try one of these out, you'll see what I mean. It plays like a bass, not a guitar. The sound is incredible - there's no need to replace the pickup or bridge. The tone control works extremely well on this bass. The range of tone goes from seriously deep and thick with the tone rolled off to as twangy as you'd want it to be with the tone wide open. And the middle-of-the-road P-bass tone is there in spades, too. It's a Precision - you can play almost anything with it. The first day I had it, I had to use it on a jazz gig in a pinch instead of my acoustic bass - it was the most fun I ever had playing jazz on an electric bass, and I have a fretless that I've used many times before. This is a very simple, very rugged, very nice playing and sounding bass. It's worth the money. Pick up two and string one with flats and one with rounds if you can afford it - you won't be disappointed.

        (21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Pleasant Surprise...

        By Jeff Kurtz

        from Memphis, TN

        Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

        I stopped in a shop one day and played 4 of these (3 Fiesta Reds and 1 Black). Not a dog in the bunch. They sounded awesome. I've owned a bunch of Fenders over the years, but they've all been U.S. made. These blew me away, even though they're made in Mexico. KILLER P-Bass tone. Not a lot of features. It's a P-Bass. But that's the beauty of a P-Bass: It's not pretentious. It does what it does, and it does it well. A few months later, I found a used Honey Blonde in my local G.C. Played it for about 5 minutes and bought it on the spot. Looks great, and does not take a back seat tone-wise to any of my American Fenders. I've had mine for about a year and a half, with no problems whatsoever. Very reliable. There are only a couple things some people might not like. It has the old-style P-Bass width at the nut (1.75") rather than the newer 1.625". Doesn't bother me, but if you don't like the wider width, this might not be for you. Also, some don't like the gloss on the back of the neck. Again, it doesn't bother me, but if it does you, some light sanding will do the trick. Looks-wise, I think these things look great. My personal preference is the Honey Blonde, followed by Black; Fiesta Red; and 2-tone Sunburst in that order. Your preferences will probably be different because all four look great. I love having this bass in my arsenal. You don't have to worry so much at an outdoor gig, or a seedy bar gig, because these are reasonably priced. And yet the tone is awesome.

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