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1958 advertisement for the Fender Precision bass
1958 advertisement for the Fender Precision bass. The Precisions portability is demonstrated here, by showing it inside an upright acoustic bass case.

The first bass guitar

When it comes to bass guitars, one name looms way above all others, and for very good reason. Leo Fender launched the first commercial solid body electric guitar, the Fender Broadcaster in 1950, and just a year later came out with the Fender Precision bass. At the time, this was a bold step. Bass players played upright acoustic basses, but the Precision offered such clear advantages over an upright: firstly in portability as the advertisement to the right demonstrates, but also by having frets - allowing 'precision' playing.

Naturally the Fender Precision bass took off, and it has been in production ever since.

Other vintage Fender basses

But Fender did produce other bass models; the 1960s saw a massive boom in guitar-buying, and Fender experimented with different ideas. The Jazz bass was another very big sauces, appearing right at the beginning of the decade, and like the Precision, is still in production today. The next basses were less successful; Fender tried a six string version, the Bass VI in 1961, followed by a 5 string bass the Bass V in 1965. Neither sold in particularly large numbers.

Hollow-body guitars were all the rage in the mid 1960s, and inspired by the likes of the Gibson EB2 and Epiphone Rivoli, Fender hired designer Roger Rossmeisl to create the Coronado bass in 1966. Unfortunately they were poorly received, and another commercial flop.

1973 Fender Precision bass advertisement
The Worlds Favorite Road Machine - by the 1970s, the Fender Precision was the bass guitar, widely imitated by just about every other guitar maker big and small. As this advertisement states, "professionals choose a Fender Bass more than any other"

But another bass introduced in 1966 did fare better, the short scale Fender Mustang. Although it had just one pickup and simple controls, it was a great bass, and sold well.

As the Sixties turned into the Seventies, the American guitar manufacturers started receiving real competition from Japan. Combined with a generally poor economic climate in the US, guitar sales were going down. Companies were closing down, or moving production overseas. This lead to the introduction of some low-priced models, the Fender Telecaster bass in 1968 and the Fender Musicmaster bass in 1970.

Many of the basses designed at Fender have changed very little in the following years, a testament to the strengths of the original concepts. They got it right first time around.

Vintage Fender basses

Vintage Fender basses

Old Fender basses are very highly prized by collectors and players alike, consequently prices for vintage Fender Precision and vintage Fender Jazz basses can be quite incredible. Pre-1965 instruments are especially desire able; before Fender sold out to CBS. Newer Fenders still sell for good money, and there are some great basses even among the originally less popular models, such as the Musicmaster.

Find out about some of the vintage Fender bass models by following the links below

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Fender bass guitars for sale

Vintage 1976 Fender Jazz Bass Electric Bass Guitar Mocha-Walnut 1970's

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11211, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2995

This listing is for a really nice Vintage 1976 Fender Jazz Bass Electric Bass Guitar. This bass was made in the USA in 1976. The bass is all original and has been professionally Set Up. The neck is straight and the action is low and comfortable. The bass is typical of most late 1970's Fender Basses and is on the heavy side and weighs 10 LBS & 11 9 ounces. The pickups are grey bottom original and the pots date the 18th week of 1976. The bass comes as pictured with the Fender molded plastic case. ... more

VINTAGE FENDER PRECISION ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR (1966)

POMONA, CALIFORNIA, 91767, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5199

VINTAGE FENDER PRECISION ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR (1966) SEVERAL SCRATCHES / SCUFFS THROUGHOUT GUITAR DUE TO AGE / NORMAL USE ONE KEY IS DAMAGED GOOD OVERALL CONDITION FOR ITS AGE PLEASE VIEW PHOTOS LISTING WILL INCLUDE ONLY WHAT IS PICTURED... more

Vintage Original 1978 Fender Precision Bass Guitar Great Player.

BUFFALO, NEW YORK, 14225, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $2540

Here's a real and all original vintage 1978 Fender Precision Bass in original Sunburst finish. Plays fantastic. This has upgraded pick-ups and electronics. The ashtray's are new This also as a slip shot drop D tuner on the low e string Nice Neck is straight and plays great without issue or buzz. Original pickups are warm and fat and percussive. This has lots of wear and tear. fret wear but plays like a dream. comes with fender bag. and all the covers ... more

1982 Fender Jazz Bass Natural Finish 1970s Style

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 21224, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1750

Check US Out By Clicking the About Me Icon! 1982 Fender Jazz Bass Up for auction is a 1982 Fender Jazz Bass. Natural Finish over a figured Ash body, 82 dated pots with untouched solder joints, 82 stamped neck date, Both Chrome Covers intact, Bound neck with dot inlays, and 1970s Fender aesthetics. We love these 1982 Fender basses. The bodies were made just like the Fullerton Reissues with deep body contours that fit snug to your body, just like a 60s Bass. Overall a clean vintage bass that ... more

Vintage 1984-85 Made in Japan Fender Squier Bullet Bass Guitar MIJ

VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA, 91405, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$499

Made In Japan. 1985 Vintage, the body was stripped and refinished, in perfect condition, no cracks , no repair, streight neck, low strings action, very powerful electronics. long scale neck 34''. Comes in the nice gig bag.... more

1972 Fender Jazz Bass w / Hector Montes Medallion Neck | Johnny April Signature

HOLMDEL, NEW JERSEY, 07733, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2885

Hey Folks, For sale is this amazing 1972 Fender Jazz Bass. Looks, feels, plays and sounds amazing. Rare treat and unique opportunity to own a spectacular Vintage Fender Instrument. I have done my best to describe & illustrate this great Vintage Fender Bass. · 1972 Fender Jazz Bass· Serial # 369976· All original Hardware | Bridge | Pots | Knobs | Tuners | Plates | Thumb rest / anchor· Original Fender Jazz Pups· Original Tort P / G· Hector Montes Signature ‘Medallion’ Fender Maple / ... more

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