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Fender '51 Precision Bass

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The Fender '51 Precision Bass features a vintage single-coil pickup halfway between the bridge and neck, 2-saddle bridge, gorgeous ash body, and one-piece maple neck and fretboard make up the killer c... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender '51 Precision Bass features a vintage single-coil pickup halfway between the bridge and neck, 2-saddle bridge, gorgeous ash body, and one-piece maple neck and fretboard make up the killer combination that carried the low end of half the top acts of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Amoeba pickguard, vintage chrome knobs and knob plate, stunning butterscotch blonde see-through finish, and classic narrow headstock make it look as cool as it plays.


  • Ash body
  • One-piece maple neck/fretboard
  • Single-coil pickup
  • 34" scale
  • Vintage frets
  • Original 2-saddle bridge
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Fender'51 Precision Bass

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


Nice for the price

By Dogstarr1

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

I played an original early 50's "Tele" Precision (as well as a '62 Jazz bass) as a kid, my teacher had both and I think just liked the tone of the Fenders better than the Ric I had then. So when a friend bough a Reissue 51 Precision recently, I had to check it out. It seemed to capture the spirit of the original in that it's well built (especially for the price)with a super solid feeling neck that's very playable. The Ash looks great and the vintage headstock and pickguard are a nice touch that make this feel almost like a custom shop type of reproduction; once we hooked it up through a Bass Podxt, we started dialing in some very convincing vintage tones within seconds, it got some nice modern ones too, so it's not a one trick pony as Fender built them to be all purpose basses for country, jazz or whatever. Maybe a little something extra went into these as reissue series basses. Or maybe it's really that Leo Fender did such a great job of designing every aspect of his instruments that all they have to do is follow the directions. I generally buy the more expensive American Fenders, but the quality the company produces at all price ranges never ceases to amaze me. If you're looking for a bass in this price range, you owe it to yourself to check out the original.

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Dream bass...

By snowman11

from Mustang, Oklahoma

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

This is the bass that I have wanted since I started playing. The tone and craftsmanship of the bass is amazing. I play with a pic, so it dosen't bother me not to rest my thumb. It's got that good, punk sound and a good walking bass sound whenwver you need it. My '51 hasn't let me down yet. Buy one when you get the chance.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Tone and Maple, simply perfect

By okayplayer

from Costa Rica

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

awesome bass! that single pickup hives an awesome warmth deep tone which is incredibly harmonized with its maple fretboard that gives that brightness you look for, fender really knocks out with this re-issue

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Vintage Glory

By John

from Virginia

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

This will be my next bass. I played it for about half an hour in the store today, and I did not want to put it down. The single coil pickup throws out some poppy yet punchy tone that is only available on this. The color scheme is amazing to, and the finish is flawlwess. The neck is fast and the frets are small which I like I played it through a Fender Rumble 100, which isn't the best of amps, but it still sounded amazing

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)



By I Am The Man

from NY

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

Sounds awsome... one problem it has no place to rest your thumb while playing. But its the perfect bass for a slap player and for anyonewho loves a funky sound.

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Bass

By Rockgod121

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

This is the best sounding bass I have ever played. And you just rest your thumb on the pick up. But it doesn't matter to me, I play my bass with a pick. This is absoutely going to be one of my future basses. Buy it now.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great bass for the price.

By Randy

from Clio, MI

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

I love the way this bass plays. I have 6 basses that are different brands and this 51 precision bass is the best one. It feels good to play, and sounds good at any volume. If your a collector like I am you can't complain about the looks of it either. Kudos to Fender for creating a sweet, yet affordable reissue bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Pretty Nice, Just Not My Type

By GodzillabuffR-80s/J-69

from Bethlehem, Georgia

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

Do you want that classic, refined, and historic tone of Leo Fender's original masterpieces without paying a year's salary for a real one? Fender has pretty much provided that, as close as they could outside of American custom shop, in the form of this instrument. It has all the perks: a heavy, but elegant slab body, a punchy single coil pickup that can make any sound from smooth bluesy jazz to thunderous classic rock, and a thick neck that augments the solid p bass tone that early Fenders are known for. Granted, I wouldn't play this for anything but police covers and worship gigs, and the neck feels like a baseball bat in my smaller hands, but then again, I'm just one bassist, who's used to the world of Geddy Lee, Rickenbackers, and crazy fast bass licks. Overall, it's not the most speedy, playable, or flashy-looking bass I've ever seen by far, but the classy tone that any true musician can't help but love vastly makes up for it's issues. A great bass guitar, just not one suited to my needs. Good job Fender, Japan!


Brought this baby home today!

By Joe Cooper

from Evansville, Indiana -USA

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

I have been playing Jazz basses for many years, but after playing this '51 p-bass re-issue, I fell in love. With the single coil pick-up, low-profile frets and overall retro vibe this is a great little bass. My guitar playing grandsons will be learning the joys of bass playing on this sweet puppy. Great craftsmanship and playability. Sorry that your rating system only goes to 5!




from Illinois

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

this bass is amazing. You can get nice punchy tone or a warm tone with the turn of a knob. it is a very simple bass. the neck is kind of thick so be ready. i am kind of new to the hobby but i can assure it is worth every penny. i also have an aerodyne jbass and a grind and a fretless fender j bass and this is the one i use 80% of the time


Classic in every way!

By Eoin Stewart

from Seattle

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

I've played almost every type of bass possible, from my original Hofner, to Rick 4003s, to Epi semi-hollow bodies, to Gibsons, and of course Fender and the stellar and beloved "P" bass. This is a classic in every way and is a superior instrument in both construction and tone, holding its own when compared against other tried and true standards. Long awaited...too long if you ask me...this bass is true to the original specifications. It is a dream for both collectors and active bass players. Even the guards and "tugbar" are available on the market so this baby can look just like what your grand pappy might have bought in the early 50s. Priced for a musician's wallet, this bass is a steal!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Classic +

By Eoin Stewart

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

I picked one of these babies up three months ago and it was a pleasure to simply take it out of the box. The workmanship is beyond my expectations with the tone providing a sound that is unique compared to my other basses. A magnificent value for anyone who has ever been a fan of early Fender basses and that special sound that made Fender so popular in those early years. I actually picked up a '51 pickup guard and bridge guard, along with a natural varnished wood, single screw, "tug bar" and installed the lot. What one can end up with is what looks like you've time travelled back to 1952 and picked one of these beuities up! Definately 5 stars all round!


one of the greatest out there, no lie

By dan

from Florida

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

Amazing, ive neer played a bass like this one, i got it like a month ago, it has so much of a different tone from any other bass, it doesnt even sound like your average p-bass, its very distinct. The frets are unexplainibly amazing they're light and small there bearly fret buzz, im telling you after you try this bass you'll want it.


The Best Bass Leo Ever Made!!!!!!

By Chris Moore

from Bakersfield, CA

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

I absolutely love this bass!!!! The stock pickup has clarity but has a thin overdriven characteristic to it, and not necessarily in a good way when played hard. I swapped out the stock pickup with a Seymour Duncan single coil p-bass Quarter Pounder and it absolutely kills!!! It retains the clarity of the stock single coil, is surprising quiet and has all the low end/mid growl and thump you'd expect from a p-bass. I A/B mine with my buddies Split P-bass with Quarter Pounders and mine appears to be twice as loud!! This sucker's heavy though. 14 lbs which is fine by me, it feels indestructible. I have the 2 tone sunburst and want to get butterscotch as a backup! I'm never going Split P or Jazz ever again!!! The only other thing I changed was the bridge and added a Hipshot Bass Xtender. The new American Fender 3 screw bridges are a directly replacement! I'd cry if anything ever happened to this bass!


A Vintage Jewel

By Nick

from Antioch, IL

Comments about Fender '51 Precision Bass:

I Had a little bad luck when I first got this. Out of the box, I plugged it in and it didn't even work. Luckily, I took it to an authorized Fender dealer, showed them my warranty info, they fixed it up for free and charged Fender. It turned out, a wire was disconnected. Also, the nut eventually broke off and I had to replace it. But as soon as it was fixed, wow! It sounds great! It's got a brighter punch and a slightly higher output than your typical P-Bass split coil pickup. It looks beautiful, easy to play, great feel and amazing tone. My one complaint, if any, is that the lightweight body and the vintage tuners make it a tad top heavy. If you are looking for a reliable, versatile bass with a vintage vibe, definitely consider this bass. Don't let my bad luck deter you from getting your hands on this classic!

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