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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... Read More

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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
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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(15 of 15 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.

    (14 of 14 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.

    (18 of 18 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

    (20 of 21 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.

    (26 of 26 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.

    (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    wonderful

    By john

    from LA

    Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

    this thing sounds and plays amazing. i own a mustang bass and a rather thick-necked jazz. usually when i play any full scale bass i cramp up,i have spoiled myself with the mustang. but i recently test drove this Precision and i felt at home. that unforgetable tone shone through. the amp(SWR workingman) probably had some to do with tone. dont get me wrong, the mustang is a beautifull crafted player with great tone, but this precision bass is AMAZING. japanese models are definatley worth investing in. great instruments.

    (25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    No longer skeptical about Fender Mexico

    By R. White

    from Hatfield, PA

    Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

    When I unexpectedly found myself on the market for a reliable 4 string (as a backup to my Modulus Q5), I came accross a honey-blonde classic 50's. The quality of the Mexican instruments has improved dramatically and is nearly on-par with Fender USA. This instrument sounds excellent and puts out a warm, round, vintage tone that is highly-usable. The neck plays so well I can hardly put it down. I have been a bass player for 22 years and have owned over 60 basses. If you are looking to spend less than a grand, you really cannot go wrong with this bass. Whether you slap it, play with a pick or fingerstyle, you will enjoy it. The neck is a bit chunky (c-shape) so make sure your hands fit. It may be a one-trick-pony, but it's a good trick. It is responsive to playing styles and puts out good fundamental tones.

    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Slap Yer' Pappy P-Bass!

    By Jeff Kurtz

    from Memphis, TN

    Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

    I found a used, Honey Blonde Classic '50's at my local G.C. at a great price. Took it home, slapped a set of flats on it and tweaked it a bit. Voila! Sweet, old-school P-Bass tone that I didn't think was possible in a non U.S. model. This baby thumps! I have two other very nice American P-Basses, and this thing hangs right with them. It sounds so good that it has a regular turn in my rotation of basses. The only thing that some people might not like is the chunky neck. But if you don't mind that (which I don't), you will love this bass...

    (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    The King of all basses. Fender is simply the best!!!

    By Mike Campbell

    from Toledo, OH

    Comments about Fender '50s Precision Bass:

    I have been playing the bass for almost seventeen years now. I had spent quite a good deal of time looking at this bass before I bought it. I wanted something with a maple fingerboard that could thump. When the bass came the action was a bit higher than I liked. I worked with the truss rod and its perfect. It feels so good and can definitely rock the house. It is a bit heavy, but it is well balanced so it doesn't take nose dives on you. You can use this bass for every style it grooves well and you can slap and pop. It's a great playing bass that won't let you down. I love the vintage look and feel. Grab one, its a great bass at a good buy. You won't be disapointed.

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